The LightsNiagara Parkway
An 8km Illumination Route that travels through the stunningly beautiful Niagara Parks and into Dufferin Islands
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is one of the premier illumination festivals in North America. Its Illumination Route extends eight kilometers along the stunningly beautiful Niagara Parkway, through Dufferin Islands and into surrounding tourist districts. The Niagara Parks displays make up the largest section of the WFOL illumination route and host many of the Festival’s iconic displays.
At the bottom of Clifton Hill is an area known as Grandview, for the Winter Festival of Lights this area will feature decorative lighting including spiral trees at Oakes Garden Theatre, the Grandview Christmas Tree with presents and new for the Festival’s 35th Season this area will feature white lighting on the trees resembling Spanish Moss.
Queen Victoria Park
Moving towards the Falls, visitors can view the Festival’s iconic Zimmerman Fountain, the Niagara Parks Duck Pond and the illuminated Niagara Parks Police Building with Angels.
Queen Victoria Park is beautifully illuminated with a forest of tree-shaped displays in various colours. Behind these trees white blinking lights are spread across the moraine which resemble sparkling stars in the night sky.
Queen Victoria Place
New for the 2017/18 OPG Winter Festival of Lights a light exhibit called the Passage will be on display infront of Queen Victoria Place from December 15 to January 12. Measuring eighty-four feet long the Passage is a tunnel made of twenty illuminated circles. Visitors can walk through the Passage and for a stunning experience as the tunnel or light changes colours.
The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse building and surrounding grounds are brilliantly decorated with lights during the Festival.
Just outside Dufferin Islands, visitors can observe the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag. At three stories in height, this display morphs between the Canadian and American flags. This flag display was added to the Festival in celebration of 200 years of uninterrupted peace between our two great nations. Our signature Noah’s Ark display can be found along the Niagara Parkway near Dufferin Islands. Look to the river-side of the parkway to see it!
Hydro Power Stations
Completed in 1906, the Toronto Power Generating Station was a major component of Ontario’s energy production through the first half of the 20th century. The plant closed in 1974 and in 1983 it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In 2007, ownership of the plant was transferred to the Niagara Parks Commission who were tasked with repurposing this spectacular piece of Canadian History. In 2015 seventy-two programmable DMX lights were installed onto this historic building creating a spectacular sound and light show. For 2017/18 visitors can enjoy a newly programmed light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the light show will be choreographed to music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Tune your car-radio to 100.5FM and watch this historic structure come to life during the Festival Season!
In 2016 the Winter Festival of Lights also illuminated the Canadian Niagara Power Station with animated DMX projection lighting.