On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States. If this sounds like big news, that’s because it is! An eclipse of this nature hasn’t occurred in the U.S. since 1979, and people around the country are looking for the best places to view the phenomenon. For those who are just now learning about the eclipse, you might not have time to witness the eclipse from the predetermined path of totality, or the area of the country that will witness a 100 percent covering of the sun, but there are still ways to get in on the excitement.
Those who live in Washington will be able to see a partial eclipse throughout the day. In Vancouver, the eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m., peak at 10:19 a.m., and be completed by 11:38 a.m. If you’re wondering, where can I see the solar eclipse in Vancouver? You’ve come to the right place. Check out our list of spots to witness the solar eclipse in the Vancouver area.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be open to earth-dwelling space enthusiasts. Although the location is typically closed on Mondays, the park will open its gates for this special occurrence. Park officials recommend viewing the eclipse from either Parade Ground or Great Meadow for maximum visibility.
Vancouver Community Library
Haven’t managed to find a pair of viewing glasses yet? Never fear, the Vancouver Community Library has pairs for those who attend their viewing party. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. In addition to viewing the eclipse, there will also be a NASA live stream playing, and activities for children to enjoy.
Discovery Historic Loop Trail
If you prefer to step outside the city for a chance to see the eclipse, hop on the Discovery Historic Loop Trail. The 2-mile manmade trail includes natural wonders and urban sights, such as the Pearson Air Museum and downtown Vancouver, along the way. Whether you hike the trail or ride your bicycle, you’ll have a great view of the eclipse, and will get to seize the Washingtonian sunshine during portions of your journey.
Rooftop Bars and Restaurants
This trendy city has a fair number of rooftop bars and outdoor patios available throughout the year—the perfect place to settle in and look up at the sky. Set up a tab at Beaches Restaurant and Bar, grab a cocktail at McMenamins on the Columbia, or head across the bridge to Portland to visit 10 Barrel Brewing. All of these locations are primed for viewing the eclipse, and you’ll get to enjoy something tasty, too.
Washington State University – Vancouver
Peak viewing time is around 10:19 a.m., but Washington State University – Vancouver will host eager students as early as 9 a.m. The Quad on the WSU campus will have snacks, beverages, and space-themed activities. Please note, this event is closed to the community.
Chances are, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you’ve engaged in your fair share of outdoor activities. Experienced canoers and kayakers are welcome to take their vessels out on the water to see the spectacle. Always follow proper safety precautions, check weather conditions, and if possible, go out with a group if you plan to witness the eclipse from the water.
Looking for a bit of merriment to accompany your solar viewing? Head 16 miles north of the city to ilani Casino and Resort. The Solar Eclipse Watch Party will take place in the facility’s VIP Lounge, and reservations are recommended for those looking to attend.