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August 21, 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse in North America for 11 years



This August, North America will experience it’s first total solar eclipse for 11 years … and in Desolation Sound we’re well positioned to experience this incredible and historic event in style.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in its orbit directly in front of our sight of the sun, ‘eclipsing’ it’s light and preventing it from directly reaching the earth. 

Those people that live somewhere along a narrow curved line running from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east are best positioned to view the ‘total’ eclipse of the sun - where the moon passes directly and completely across the sun’s path - but in Desolation Sound we are still well placed to witness a truly once in a generation event.

Just after 9am on August 21st, the moon will start to pass in front of the sun, and by around 10.15 am will reach its ‘maximum eclipse’, covering 85% of the sun’s surface and casting much of the earth into shadow.

Check out this great illustration of how we will experience the eclipse in Desolation Sound.

Imagine waking up early in the morning as the sun reaches your tent, rising to greet your friends in your secluded camp on a deserted island in the middle of Desolation Sound, and watching a once-in-a-lifetime event unfold slowly over a hot cup of coffee!

All told, the spectacle lasts more than 2 hours as the moon casts more and more shade over the sun until it reaches this maximum state, and then slowly retreats as the sun returns to its maximum size in the morning sky.

Here on the west coast, the timing could not be better. 

Mid-morning in the middle of the summer are this region’s warmest, clearest days of the year, maximizing our chances of experiencing this event without being impeded by clouds or the bitter cold.

To view this spectacle safely, special eclipse glasses are crucial to protect your eyes. Never look directly at the sun, even during a near total eclipse! Luckily, we’ve got you covered. 

For all guests paddling with us on August 21st, whether tour guests or kayak renters, we will provide a pair of these safety glasses free of charge!