Fun things to do in Ottawa can get pretty expensive. Whether you go out for a meal or simply decide to spend your day downtown, the amount of money you spend can add up really quick. Doing something for free has to be one of the best feelings ever. Considering the amount of money we spend during the summer months, any chance we can take to save money is a definite yes. 

Parliament Hill always comes through during the summer with this amazing free light show. The light show doesn't cost a thing and is 100% worth seeing this summer. Seriously, Parliament Hill is already pretty incredible on its own, but add these crazy lights to it and it becomes something you've never seen before!

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The Northern Lights Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill starts tonight and will be on through the summer. The show broke records last year after more than 314,400 people made their way to the Hill to watch it! Every night this summer will be a day to see the light show take over Parliament Hill. After spending your day exploring downtown Ottawa, end the night by watching this incredible light show without needing to spend any money. 

The sound and light show takes you on a unique journey through Canada’s history. It combines digital technology with the stunning architecture of the Parliament Buildings. The show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, discovery, pride and vision at the heart of the country. Key figures, events and achievements from Canadian history are brought to life using five distinct artistic styles. All are presented in unreal detail, with narration and an original score, against the backdrop of the Centre Block and Peace Tower.

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Seventeen different projectors work together to form a seamless image on the front face of Centre Block, creating a fully immersive high definition visual experience. The story unfolds through five thematic “books", each book tells a different story about Canada. The five main books are: 

  • Foundations of the Nation: From traditional indigenous ways of life and early European settlements to modern citizenship ceremonies, these stories are linked by our desire to call Canada “home”.
  • Strength in Partnership: Using an illustration style inspired by classical paintings, this book explores alliances that have shaped our country.
  • Discovery and Adventure: A lithographic style takes us on a voyage showcasing the achievements of explorers, scientists and innovators.
  • Valour: This powerful book honours the men and women who have served their country, both at home and abroad, in military conflicts since the First World War.
  • Pride and Vision: Inspired by the stained glass windows of the Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower, book celebrates our country.

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The show is completely free to watch and starts tonight! Northern Lights is a bilingual show and will be on nightly from July 9th to September 3rd, 2018. In July the show begins at 10 pm, in August it begins at 9:30 pm, and in September it begins at 9 pm. Don't miss this unique show that happens at Canada's Parliament buildings!

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