The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) was recently honoured with recognition of three special events being in the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario. This honour is awarded annually by Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) to those festivals and events that excel within the industry.
For the SLPC, this isn’t the first time they have achieved such honours for these events. Upper Canada Village’s Alight at Night event is recognized for the second time; while for Fort Fright it is the fifth award (including Best New Festival in 2008). Fort Henry’s World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies has been awarded for an impressive seventh time.
Two of the events – Alight at Night and Fort Fright – take place during the shoulder season or what is traditionally considered to be the ‘off-season” for tourism. Both events have made significant impact in the regional tourism market drawing over 40,000 visitors (Alight at Night) in December and 20,000 (Fort Fright) over the end of September and month of October.
The World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies are an entertainment tradition in Kingston.