Wednesday, November 30, 2022
November 30, 2022

Rare solar eclipse wows locals

Salt Spring residents joined people across North America who took to the streets on Monday, this time not to protest injustice but to celebrate the wonders of the universe.

Canada may have missed the path in which a total eclipse could be viewed, but that didn’t stop thousands from stepping outside to see what was visible with official viewing glasses, welding hoods and homemade pinhole cameras.

Dr. Andrea Varju’s Salt Spring Eyecare office took a rare field trip Monday morning for a viewing party at the Island Escapades beach. Optometric assistant Gretta Hildebrandt said between 30 and 40 people arrived, both people who knew about the event and others who happened to be downtown.

“‘Wow’ is the first thing most people say,” Hildebrandt said of the experience of actually looking at the sun in that state.

For more on this story, see the Aug. 23, 2017 Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper or subscribe online.

Other stories you might like

Final push needed to protect 400 acres on Salt Spring’s south end

Salt Spring has an opportunity to preserve 400 acres of rare Coastal Douglas-fir forest with existing trails and connection to other important and well-loved...

GISS swimmers end season at provincials

By BRAD BUNYAN GISS SWIM TEAM COACH Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) swimmers spent two weekends last month in heavy competition, first against the other schools...

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities we can make Salt Spring more inclusive

Barbara Casey, the executive director of GIFTS, localizes the International Day of Persons With Disabilities on Dec. 3.

John Reischman and global reputation come to ArtSpring Dec. 4

SUBMITTED BY ARTSPRING Grammy-winning musician John Reischman brings his old master’s sense of tone, taste and musicality, along with his global reputation as one of...

Weather

Salt Spring Island
scattered clouds
2 ° C
3 °
0.5 °
69 %
2.3kmh
27 %
Wed
2 °
Thu
0 °
Fri
-3 °
Sat
-0 °
Sun
0 °