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Chaudière Falls light up and a play about a John A. Macdonald road trip among Ottawa events.

Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls

It's a breathtaking spectacle, it's free and it is not without controversy. A brand new platform allows a view of the cascading waters of Chaudière Falls, bathed in a multitude of coloured lights and special effects, as a sound track of Indigenous musicians fill the air. Mìwàte means "dazzled by a light or fire" in Anishinaabe, and it's the latest attraction from Ottawa 2017, marking Canada's 150th birthday.

Montreal's Moment Factory created the sound and light show — it's the group responsible for the Underground sci-fi odyssey Kontinuum.

The area is a sacred space, unceded territory for the Algonquin Nation. Pikwàkanagàn First Nation agreed to participate in developing information boards and acting as on-site storytellers, describing the history of Aboriginal people and the significance of the Falls.

WHERE: The entrance is at 6 Booth St., just past the Canadian War Museum.

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 6 to 22, and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5. The light show is 10 minutes, but the entire experience, including the walk to the falls and back, is 30 minutes.

COST: Free.