Chaudière Falls to be illuminated as part of Ottawa 2017 festivities

The organizers behind the celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary have announced the latest in a series of attractions aimed at extending the 2017 celebrations throughout most of the year.

An ambient lighting display, accompanied by a soundscape, will illuminate the Chaudière Falls from late September to early November, officials said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

The attraction is aimed at evoking the culture of Indigenous people and the Algonquin heritage of the region in particular.

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“In a year when Ottawa will welcome millions of visitors from across Canada and around the world, we are thrilled that one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks will be featured with a new experience to celebrate and share Indigenous culture,” Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement.

Officials said more details about the attraction, including its name, would be released at a future date.

While Canada Day is still expected to be the pinnacle of next year’s 150th anniversary celebrations, officials have worked to schedule other events throughout the year with the goal of attracting visitors to Ottawa beyond the annual influx around July 1.

These include the Underground Multimedia Experience, Red Bull Crashed Ice and the Stanley Cup 125th anniversary celebrations, among others.

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