A rare phenomenon that only comes around once in a lifetime is set to take place in Ontario. A total solar eclipse will turn daytime into darkness in our province next year.

According to The Weather Network, the total solar eclipse will be visible in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.

During the rare event, the moon will “pass directly between Earth and the Sun, casting a dark shadow on a tiny strip of land below,” says the weather outlet.

As a result, parts of Ontario will experience more than three minutes of daytime darkness.

Cities that are directly beneath the eclipse’s shadow will turn from daytime to total darkness, and a “sunset-like glow” will be visible in the distance at the edge of the shadow.

Some cities in Ontario, like Hamilton and Kingston, will have an especially good view of the moon eclipsing the sun.

Other cities that will experience the eclipse in all of its glory include Montreal, Fredericton, Moncton, and Gander.

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The last time that a solar eclipse took place in Canada was 2008, but it was only visible in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

More recently in 2017, a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast in the United States.

This could be your one and only chance to see this fascinating occurrence here in Ontario as long as you live. How wild is that?!

According to The Weather Network, the total solar eclipse will take place on April 8th, 2024.

Be sure to mark your calendar in advance, and maybe make a special trip to Hamilton or Kingston to get the full effect.