The Sound and Light Show – Northern Lights is a very captivating show that uses the Parliament Buildings as its backdrop. It is a unique and moving show which tells a story through music & words.
Here is some useful information about the Show:
- the dates for 2016 are July 9 to September 10, 2016
- show times: 10pm in July, 9:30pm in August and 9:00pm in September
- the show is absolutely free
- the show lasts 30 minutes
- if the weather is bad, the show may be cancelled
- performances will be in French and English
- Northern Lights transforms Parliament’s Centre Block into a giant screen more than 143 metres long and 6 storeys high
We went to the show a couple of years ago with some adult family members that were visiting from out of town. After dinner downtown, we walked over to Parliament Hill and found a nice seat on the lawn. We had packed a blanket as the lawn can get a little cool some evenings.
When the show started we didn’t quite know what to expect. By the end of the show we were all pleasantly surprised at the presentation and it we all agreed that it was worth seeing. The colours were vibrant, the music was moving and the images were gigantic (much larger than we expected). We were also surprised at the amount of people who turned up to watch it. We will definitely be bringing more visitors back to see it this year. Especially seeing as it is FREE.
Last year we decided to take our 2 young children. We went later in the season when the show starts a bit later. We found a great parking spot downtown, treated our kids to a Beavertail and then found a nice spot on the lawn in front of the Parliament Buildings. We had brought a blanket and some small pillows (for the kids). They absolutely loved it. We would highly recommend it for kids as well as adults. While they may not understand all of it, they will still enjoy the lights, the music and the experience.
So, grab some friends and/or family and head on downtown to see the Sound and Light Show this summer at Parliament Hill. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. There is a lot of space for everyone so don’t worry about not getting a seat.
Enjoy the presentation!