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Solar Eclipse in Niagara: What you need to know

Posted Aug 19th, 2017 in Municipal, Awareness, welland, fonthill

Solar Eclipse in Niagara: What you need to know

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What you need to know about the Solar Eclipse - precautions, closures and general information. 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in totality within a band across the entire contiguous United States; it will only be visible in other countries as a partial eclipse. Wikipedia

We've compiled interesting information and links to articles about the eclipse. Note closures during the eclipse in Welland and Pelham. 

Solar Eclipse Guide from Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Solar Eclipse Guide provided by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - you can download the guide here

RASC Solar Eclipse guide page 1

solar eclipse guide page 2

Town of Pelham Takes Precautionary Approach Regarding Solar Eclipse

The Town of Pelham is taking a precautionary approach toward the solar eclipse that will be experienced throughout North America on August 21st, 2017. 

Solar eclipses are not safe to look at without the appropriate eye protection, and looking at an eclipse can result in permanent eye damage from the infrared and ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun. 

To reduce the potential for this type of injury to users of various Pelham outdoor facilities, the Pelham Pool, located in Marlene Stewart Streit Park, 55 Park Lane in Fonthill, will be closed to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In addition, Summer Camp participants will remain indoors during this timeframe.

Residents are cautioned against looking directly at the sun, or through sun glasses, binoculars, telescopes, cameras, colour glass or reflective objects such as mirrors.  Sun glasses will not protect against retinal injury.1

Information about the Solar Eclipse 2017 can be found at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada site, at

1Adapted from Globe and Mail, Ivan Semeniuk; and the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association   


Welland, ON - City of Welland outdoor swimming pools and the Welland Canoe Rental Program will be closed on Monday, August 21, 2017 between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. due a solar eclipse, which will move through Niagara between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. according to Environment Canada.
Closures between 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. include:

  • Welland Canoe Rental Program (located at 108 Thorold Road)
  • Memorial Park Pool
  • Maple Park Pool
  • Rosie Smith Pool

City staff urge residents to take caution during these hours and educate children on the harmful effects of viewing a solar eclipse. City of Welland splash pads will remain open; however, staff ask residents to use at their own discretion. For more details visit


We will add any further announcements from local municipalities as we receive them. 

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