3 Vancouver Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties You Should Know About

Travel & Outdoors

The most exciting astronomical event of the year is taking place this August.

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse is supposed to occur. What makes this even more fascinating is that it will mark the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse crossed the entire continental USA and here in Vancouver.

Equally important, Vancouver will enjoy 86% totality.

Here are three places in Vancouver hosting viewing events.

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

To help you celebrate, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is celebrating with a big community viewing party. People will be asked to gather on the grass outside of our Gordon Southam Observatory for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Admission, which includes eclipse glasses, are by donation.

Science World

Science World is hosting it’s own viewing party from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. There will also be full coverage from the U.S. in the Science Theatre from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will also be numerous activities taking place throughout the day for all ages to enjoy.


UBC’s physics and astronomy department is hosting an event from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at their Point Grey Campus. Telescopes will be available to use. A live streaming of the total eclipse and presentations about how an eclipse occurs will be hosted in the Welcome Centre at the Robert H Lee Alumni Centre.

Furthermore, you can join the UBC Astronomy Club from 9:10 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. at Robson Square.

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