Kingston marks the 2024 total solar eclipse

The total solar eclipse of 2024 as seen from Kingston, Ontario at 3:22 p.m. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer/Kingstonist.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published at 4:54 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 8, 2024, to include information on recycling/donating used eclipse glasses. Please see bottom of article for that information.

While the tens of thousands of people that had been expected in Kingston for the 2024 total solar eclipse may not have shown up, that didn’t make the once-in-a-lifetime experience any less spectacular for Kingston are residents and the thousands that did join us for it!

As the moon slowly came across the path between the sun and the Earth, the grey cloud cover over the Limestone City seemed to dissipate, much to the delight of those gathered at homes, parks, and area landmarks on the afternoon of Monday, Apr. 8, 2024. The marked drop in temperature called for an extra layer of clothing as the path of totality took its course and Kingston dropped into complete darkness. Around the city where people were gathered, gasps and cheers escaped those who’d planned for the event and were decked out in eclipse glasses, including those who exited the stopped Kingston Transit buses to take in the event.

Grass Creek Park, City Park, Confederation Basin, Lion’s Park, and Springer Market Square all saw the crowds swell just before 3 p.m., and totality took place as scheduled from 3:22 to 3:25 p.m.

While it is too early for data on the crowds seen in Kingston and the area, the effects the eclipse had on the solar powered energy grid, or and accurate weather analysis, here is a collection of photos taken by the Kingstonist team throughout the astronomical marvel.

Kingstonist will provide further coverage of the 2024 total solar eclipse tomorrow.

Update (Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2024, at 12:20 p.m.):

Recycle your eclipse glasses in YGK

With the afternoon of awe behind us following the total solar eclipse of Monday, Apr. 8, 2024, there are thousands of pairs of eclipse glasses in the Kingston area that we’ll no longer use — but others can!

Local residents can help other people around the world experience the wonder those in the Kingston area did by donating used eclipse glasses to an eclipse glasses recycling program. And in the true Kingston spirit, a number of different organizations have taken on the work of collecting glasses to donate to one of these programs, many of which share the eclipse glasses with people who would otherwise not have access to them.

Here’s a list of organizations and locations doing so locally:

Bloom Skills Centre

This not-for-profit community-based organization offers skills-based programming for young adults — and some delicious eats and drinks at its CommUnity Cafe! Located in Centre 70 arena at 100 Days Road, Bloom Skills Centre is collecting eclipse glasses until Friday, Apr. 19, 2024, and will send them off to be reused by others.

Neptune and Salacia Diving

Local scuba diving centre, Neptune and Salacia Diving, is collecting eclipse glasses to be sent to Latin America by Eclipse Glasses USA for children to use to experience the eclipse that will happen there in August 2024! The diving training and charter organization is located in the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Marina building, located at 53 Yonge Street in Portsmouth Village. Neptune and Salacia Diving is located on the waterfront side of the building.

Kingston Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Kingston is accepting eclipse glasses at the Visitor Information Centre on behalf of Queen’s University. The university is collecting eclipse glasses for the US-based organization Astronomers Without Borders, who then deliver the glasses to communities around the world who might otherwise not have access to them. The Visitor Information Centre is located at 209 Ontario Street, and will be collecting eclipse glasses until Friday, Apr. 19, 2024.

Beggars Banquet Books

Gananoque’s curious and quaint independent book store, Beggars Banquet Books, is also collecting eclipse glasses to be distributed by Eclipse Glasses USA to children in Latin America in time for the August 2024 eclipse that will be experienced there. Located at 126 King Street East in the heart of Gan, Beggars Banquet Books will be accepting eclipse glasses until the end of April.

Seeley’s Bay Freshmart

The Freshmart location in Seeley’s Bay is also collecting eclipse glasses as part of Beggars Banquet Books collection. The grocery store, located at 144 Main Street in Seeley’s Bay, will accept glasses from those locally and deliver them to the Gananoque bookstore for those who can’t make the trip themselves.

Utilities Kingston

At their 85 Lappan’s Lane office, Utilities Kingston is collecting eclipse glasses for donation to Astronomers Without Borders. Drop off glasses anytime from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until Friday, Apr. 19, 2024.

Kingston Paint and Decorating

Located at 1187 Princess Street, Kingston Paint and Decorating is offering a free paint sample to those who drop off eclipse glasses by April 20. The glasses will be sent to a company that will be shipping them to Latin America this summer.

Photo by Jason Howell.

Know of any other organizations or businesses collecting eclipse glasses for reuse? Let us know in the comments or email Editor-in-Chief Tori Stafford at [email protected].

4 thoughts on “Kingston marks the 2024 total solar eclipse

  • We marveled at this event, from the River Mill on the Cat River.
    Your pictures are wonderful.
    What a day.

  • Those clouds played with our emotions for sure! But they eased off just in time. I watched it from my front yard. It was truly awesome.

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