Monday, December 18, 2017


I am returning for a couple of posts to Miwate, the event that was held here from early October into early November at the Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River. The approach to the light show stopped first at a series of panels on the Algonquin people in particular and the First Nations of Canada in general. This colourful panel was repeated on the displays; it is by the artist Whitney Whiteduck.

The walkway approaching the viewing platform was lit up, the lights along the base moving along, while those on the trees gradually shifted colours. Mist drifted along the walkway in places. Have a look at this video I did for the approach.

Here we have a look at the viewing platform as we approach, with the Gatineau skyline beyond. The platform was installed on a permanent basis. It is closed over the winter for safety reasons- I can tell you that one can feel the spray coming off the falls if the wind's strong enough out of the west, and that would be problematic in cold temperatures. When spring comes, visitors will be able to come have a look at the waterfalls.

The light show was about ten minutes long, and on the evening I took these, a weeknight, it wasn't as busy as the event was on the weekends, so I could linger awhile. I have more from here tomorrow.


  1. That's spectacular - ethereal - and slightly alien..?

  2. I was about to say the same things as Mike. Fantastic.

  3. That must have been most enjoyable to attend.

  4. Those light shows are always spectacular.

  5. The light over the water is pretty spectacular.
    Good way to start a Monday, a splash of light, water, and color!


  6. @Mike: I really enjoyed it.

    @Deb: it was fantastic.

    @Janey: it definitely was.

    @Marianne: this one was!

    @Janis: very colourful!

  7. Hello, the light show is beautiful. A lovely display! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

  8. There is something very soothing about a light show like this. I know I've said it before but, I do wish we would get one here.

  9. Wish I could have been there with my PAX

  10. The light show business has become large. This would be a very eye catching event to see.

  11. It's a beautiful light show, looks kind of mystifying.

  12. @Eileen: thanks!

    @Sharon: it was fun to see.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Cloudia: I enjoyed it.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @RedPat: it was.

    @Red: it was something to behold.

    @Jan: it does.

  13. The blue lights look amazing William.

  14. A great light show, looks amazing.

  15. Awesome photos of light show! Looks like Xmas ~

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. What a beautiful light show! Looks very elegant!

  17. An interesting interplay of lights, color, and nature.

  18. @Marleen: they definitely were.

    @Bill: I had a blast watching this event.

    @Carol: I hadn't thought of it like that!

    @Tamago: it was well done.

    @Kay: I agree.

  19. I really do think that Mike described this so well ...
    "That's spectacular - ethereal - and slightly alien..?"

    Great series of photographs William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  20. Lovely light show! Love the lighted up trees along the street.