National Treasure #13: Parliament Hill Sound and Light Show

“Seventeen different projectors work together to form a seamless image on the front faí§ade of Centre Block, creating a fully immersive high definition visual experience. ” Government of Canada site

Somehow, a “fully immersive, high-definition visual experience” doesn’t pack much punch, phraseology-wise. But the show itself – that’s quite another matter.

Northern Lights started last summer and runs until 2019. I haven’t seen it yet, but the previous one was fabulous. The one before that, maybe not so much. But what’s wonderful, I think, is using Parliament Hill in this way.

Canada's Parliament Hill lit up for the summer sound and light show.

Sound and Light Show – 2011 Version


This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.


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2 Responses to National Treasure #13: Parliament Hill Sound and Light Show

  1. Jim Robertson says:

    Another excellent choice. (Just wish they would change the shows more often – I know the cost…..)

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim R – I know – they seem to last for years! I loved the one before this (as yet unseen) one and would have been delighted to have it available on a part-time basis for many years to come. I really really didn’t like the one before that, and would have been happy to see it gone after a single season. Pretty sure they should just go with my judgement and taste on these . . .

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