By Jim Bamboulis
I love a good light festival. Especially one that’s engaging, entertaining, interactive and located within a beautiful backdrop. I found one recently that not only fits all the criteria but is also within driving distance of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, making it a perfect winter road trip getaway.
Located in Kingston, Ontario, Lumina Borealis has become really popular, really fast. Only in its second year, more than 60,000 people are expected to attend which would surpass last years total. Sure, the effects are gorgeous but adding to the allure is the fact that all the installations are within the inner walls of Fort Henry, a National Historic Site of Canada, which makes this festival that much more special and beautiful.
The whole idea of this awesome winter event is to get outside and enjoy the season. Lumina is a festival focused on providing visitors with an enchanting experience of colour and light. As you walk in, through and around the fort’s walls, prepare for an explosion of the senses with beautiful visuals and animations all in beautiful, night-time winter atmosphere.
Of course it’s cold but with so many distractions, you may not feel the chill factor. In the case that you do, there are several fire pits and warming huts to keep you warm-ish. But along the self-guided 45 minute walk, not only will you get the chance to sing, dance and take in the pretty winter and animal inspired wall displays but you’ll also have the chance to enjoy a winter market.
Lumina is equivalent to a giant snow globe, inspired by the imagination of a child all wrapped in a beautiful fortress setting. It runs until February 19 and is simply a must-experience!
Hey y’all. I’m Jim. Cute pic, no? That kid went on to spend 16 years in the broadcast media world before starting up Travel Mammal, a site dedicated to travel, food and cultural experiences.
Travel Mammal isn’t about the selfie or checking things off a list. It’s about experiencing both the journey and the destination. To breathe, learn and really absorb what’s around you, in the moment and experiencing in a way that is both memorable and meaningful.
Happy travels, y’all.
A BIG thank you to the great people at Lumina Borealis for hosting me and showing me the beauty of winter at Fort Henry. All opinions are, as always, my very own.