What is the Solar Eclipse?


On Monday, April 8th, 2024, Hastings County will experience its first total solar eclipse in 400 years. The Moon will pass between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on our region. For parts of the County, complete darkness will occur under the path of totality.


The County encourages residents to take a few moments to view this rare phenomenon safely on April 8, 2024 however it is essential that everyone takes the proper precautions to protect our eyes and personal well-being. This webpage is designed to provide information to help you and your family enjoy this celestial event while minimizing risks and ensuring a healthy experience for everyone.


In the following image, areas within the blue lines will experience the total solar eclipse. Click here to view the path of the eclipse in your region. 

Impacts to the Area


During the solar eclipse, you can expect several notable changes in your surroundings: 

  • A gradual dimming of natural light as the moon partially obscures the sun.
  • A temporary drop in temperature as the Sun's heat is partially blocked by the Moon's shadow.
  • Potential increase in visitors from outside of Hastings County.
  • Potential changes in wildlife behaviour, such as birds roosting or animals becoming more active due to the sudden darkness.
  • An unforgettable experience of witnessing the Sun's corona—a glowing halo of plasma—during the brief period of totality for those within the path of totality.


Eclipse Timing in Hastings County (Within Path of Totality)


Partial Eclipse

Full Totality

Totality Duration

Belleville (City Centre)2:08 PM3:22 PM2m 2s
Tyendinaga2:08 PM3:22 PM1m 36s
Trenton2:07 PM3:21 PM2m 1s
Deseronto2:08 PM3:23 PM2m 28s


Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

It is not safe to look at the Sun without eye protection. Looking at even a small sliver before or after the eclipse without eye protection can be harmful to your vision. Health impacts may include retinal burns, blurred vision, and loss of eyesight (immediate or delayed onset). 


Glasses with specialized filters adhering to the ISO 12312-2 international standard can be worn to prevent eye damage. Glasses should be inspected for wrinkles or scratches ahead of use and should not be used if damaged.


If appropriate eye protection is not available, alternative viewing strategies should be considered, such as an eclipse box or a live stream


Prepare and protect yourself for safe viewing experience:

  • Never look directly at the sun through binoculars, a telescope or with your unaided eye. 
  • Inspect your solar viewing glasses for damage including cracks and abrasions. 
  • Do not use if they are damaged. 
  • Do not walk around wearing the glasses. 
  • Do not drive or operate machinery or equipment wearing the glasses. 
  • Closely monitor infants, especially those without proper eye protection. 

Seek medical attention immediately, if you notice any symptoms such as pain, blurred vision or dark spots with vision within 24-48 hours following the solar eclipse.

If you're traveling to witness the total solar eclipse, plan your journey in advance to avoid unnecessary stress and potential hazards. Be aware of increased traffic and consider leaving early to reach your destination safely. During the April 8 total solar eclipse please don't pull over on any county, township or provincial road/highway. We anticipate a busy day in our region.


Driving during a solar eclipse 

  • While driving, avoid looking at the eclipse. Keep your eyes on the road to safely operate your vehicle and avoid collisions.
  • Follow local directives and road signage as you travel on April 8. While travelling on highways, do not stop, take pictures, or get out of your car to view the eclipse.
  • Stay updated on road conditions before, during, and after the eclipse by visiting 511on.ca
  • Expect increases in traffic and road congestion. Plan ahead, fill your gas tank, and have snacks, water, entertainment, and first-aid supplies on hand. 
  • If travelling to view the eclipse, plan to arrive at your destination 24 to 48 hours ahead of time.

If you are planning on taking some time to view this phenomenon, remember that when selecting a viewing location, be mindful of your surroundings. Avoid areas with steep terrain, unstable ground, or bodies of water. Choose a safe and open space where you can comfortably observe the eclipse without risk.

With a potential large influx of people, it is important to plan ahead. Roads may become congested, cellular service may be impacted in the area, and emergency services may be delayed in responding. Having a preparedness plan and 72-hour emergency kit can help in case an emergency happens during the eclipse.


Emergency kits should include enough food and water for you, your family and your pets for 72-hours, along with medications, cash, phone chargers, first aid kit and change of clothes. In addition to your 72-hour emergency preparedness kit, make sure you have a car survival kit in your vehicle in case you get stuck.  

Please visit the Hastings County Emergency Services page for more information on emergency kits: Click Here

How to Use Eclipse Glasses or Viewers

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Step 1

Turn away from the sky and find your shadow. With your back facing the sun, place your eclipse glasses or viewer over your eyes. You should not be able to see anything through the filter(s), so be careful of your surroundings!

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Step 2

With your eyewear in position, turn back toward the sky and look around for the (now much fainter) Sun. If you can’t seem to find it, don't remove your eye protection to look! Ask someone for help.

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Step 3

During full totality, it is safe to temporarily remove your eclipse glasses/viewer, but you must put your lenses back on before totality is over. When in doubt, always keep your lenses on.

Solar Eclipse Fun Facts

Key Contact

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Leanne Latter

Emergency Planning Coordinator/CEMC

(613) 966-1311 ext. 2500