Witness the Wonder of Northern Lights! Virtually!

Celebrate Canada’s History Differently This Summer with the Virtual Northern Lights Show

The sound and light show that usually runs on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in the summer is coming to you a bit differently this year. Starting today, Canadian Heritage is making the Northern Lights show available for Canadians to access online for free. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government of Canada’s priority of ensuring the health and safety of Canadians, Canadian Heritage has had to rethink its popular summer show. Production company TKNL, which designed the show, has recreated the emblematic Parliament Buildings on screen to offer a new experience for online viewers. This colourful 35-minute show is a unique opportunity for Canadians across the country to come together with loved ones and celebrate their culture and history.

A variety of fun educational activities, which let visitors learn and test their knowledge of Canada, are new to the website this year. It’s fun for all ages!

Northern Lights is a one-of-a-kind experience. The images, narration and soundtrack brilliantly depict the pivotal moments that have defined our history and culture. This summer, the sound and light show is going virtual! Why not plan a fun summer activity and watch the show at home with your loved ones? Being proud to be Canadian is what unites us, even when we have to stay two metres apart!”

—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Since its debut in 2015, Northern Lights has been a huge success on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. More than one million spectators have enjoyed the experience!

The sound and light show has been transformed into a virtual format this summer and promises an equally magical experience as the iconic Centre Block and Peace Tower are recreated on screen. This is a unique opportunity to join loved ones for a personalized viewing session!

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