Ottawa 2017


Illumination of Chaudière Falls

October 6 – November 4

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, an ambient 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 local First Nations, 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.

Additional information


  • From October 6 to 22 > 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • From October 23 to November 4 > 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. 

Location > Chaudière Falls | 3 Booth St. 

Co-produced with Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation.