Now that La Machine is over and there are no longer a giant robot dragon and spider roaming Ottawa you might be looking for other fun events to enjoy this summer. Thankfully there is still plenty of incredible free events to enjoy, including strolling through the plant sculptures at MosaiCanada, exploring the interactive art installation Kontinuum at the new underground LTR station, or watching the Northern Lights Parliament Sound And Light Show at Parliament Hill.
The Parliament Sound And Light Show has been running every summer since 1984, and the current version Northern Lights will run every summer from 2016-2019 but this year there is an additional Canada 150 content. The free event runs until September 16th, with the show starting at 10:00 pm in July, 9:30 pm in August, 9:00 pm in September.
The show is projected onto the Centre Block and the Peace Tower, so I suggest bringing a blanket to sit on while you watch.
If you haven’t seen Kontinuum already, I’d recommend getting your free tickets for the event and then walking over to the Parliament Buildings and watching both free light shows back to back as the events are only a 5 minute walk apart from each other.
The Northern Lights Parliament Sound And Light Show is a 30 minute show that instills a sense of pride through displaying key moments throughout Canada’s history, including achievements of key explorers and innovators and the foundation of the nation, and displays Canada’s diversity through a beautiful narrative that aims to inspire.