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Niagara Parks to Offer Free Eclipse Programming

Give attendees a once-in-a-lifetime celestial experience at Niagara Parks this April

By Linden M. Bayliss

Niagara Falls is at the center of the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse occurring on Monday, April 8. For those looking for a unique experience for attendees in early April, Niagara Parks is offering free interactive and educational programming on the day of and days leading up to the spectacle.

Solar eclipse viewing
Person viewing a solar eclipse || Photo by Adil, courtesy of Adobe

The park’s multi-day event schedule will feature interactive panels with subject matter experts from both NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), hosted jointly with New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. At the Niagara Park Power Station and Tunnel, a mobile planetarium from Astronomy in Action will be available for viewing and hands-on learning about the solar system and the significance of a solar eclipse. Table Rock Centre, located at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, will be a top eclipse-viewing spot and will offer access to the park’s top attraction, Journey Behind the Falls, in addition to dining and shopping options. On April 8, the park’s Butterfly Conservatory will host an astronomer from Toronto Metropolitan University to engage with attendees.

niagara falls skyline and table rock centre
Niagara Falls skyline and Table Rock Centre || Courtesy of Niagara Parks

All programming will be free, though advance online registration is required to attend the NASA and CSA talks as space is limited. Niagara Parks reminds all attendees traveling to view the eclipse to exercise safe viewing practices, meaning wearing protective filters or glasses during all viewing where the sun is not completely obscured. Complimentary viewing glasses and filters will be available to attendees at the park’s total eclipse programming on the 8th.

Niagara Parks also offers five unique restaurant venues and two garden venues for small to large-sized events. Their Queenston Heights restaurant boasts 2,904 square feet of event space in the main dining room with stunning vineyard views. The outdoor Queenston Heights Park pavilions can accommodate 800 people with a bandshell available for performances.