Mìwàte — Magnificence of Chaudière Falls


Mìwàte — Magnificence of Chaudière Falls

Date(s) - Sunday, October 1 - Sunday, November 5
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Chaudière Falls

Discover one of our most important landmarks and immerse yourself in First Nations culture through a vivid display of colourful lights that will elevate the natural beauty of the magnificent Chaudière Falls.

In fall 2017, a dynamic lighting display will illuminate the falls. Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular the Algonquin heritage of the region. In addition to the illumination, interpretation panels will share the story of the presence of Indigenous peoples in the region.

The name Mìwàte means “dazzled by a light or fire” in Anishinaabe, the language of the Algonquin people. Light will be used to amplify the energy that comes from the water.

This powerful tribute to Indigenous people is co-produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and world-renowned Canadian production company Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities.

Spectators will be able to view Mìwàte from the new public space overlooking the falls that is part of Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Falls expansion project.

As a complement to Mìwàte, visitors are encouraged to visit the Kabeshinân Minitig Pavilion located on Victoria Island.

Location > Chaudière Falls | 4 Booth St.

Time > From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Please note that the ambient lighting display runs in continuous 10 minute loop. It takes about 30 minutes to enjoy the entire experience, with a walking distance of approximately 800 meters.

Peak periods

Mìwàte is surpassing expectations in terms of attendance. Please expect 20-30 minutes to start the experience during peak periods. Your experience will start in the interpretation zone followed by 3 more zones of immersive sound and light. Expect a total of about 50 minutes once you have reached the interpretation zone for a total visit time of about 1 h 30min.

Allowed on site
  • Portable cameras only (tripods will not permitted)
  • Friendly dogs on short leach
  • Baby strollers


***Important notice***

Drop off at site entrance is only reserved to OC Transpo UA

Other drop-off locations: Middle Street and Canadian War Museum


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