Top 100 event honours for Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry


The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has been honoured with two events in the list of ‘Top 100 Events in Ontario’ recently named by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) at their annual conference in Richmond Hill, Ontario.  

Named in the Top Ten honours were Fort Henry’s World Famous Sunset Ceremonies for the ninth time, and Upper Canada Village’s Alight at Night for the fourth time.

 The Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry.

Fort Henry’s Sunset Ceremonies (Wednesday and Saturday nights during July and August) introduced an exciting new 3-D video technology in 2013.  

The high tech addition provides a multi-dimensional projection onto a wall that animates the Sunset Ceremonies with a series of battle scenes in a way that complements the performance of the Fort Henry Guard never seen before.

“The Sunset Ceremony Series is definitely a favourite event with our visitors, and introducing the new high tech element makes it very exciting for a whole new audience,” says Will Baird, Manger, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada.   

Also honoured was Upper Canada Village’s Alight at Night festival which transforms the Village into a spectacular winter wonderland with one million lights on the buildings, fences and trees. Alight at Night is firmly secured as a leisure holiday tradition for visitors and residents to Eastern Ontario in December and early January.

“It is a real honour to receive this recognition from Festivals and Events Ontario for the winter festival Alight at Night,” says Geoff Waycik, Manager, Upper Canada Village. 

“This event has sustained its appeal with visitors for 13 years now, and visitation is as strong as ever.  Events are a very important part of our business mix, and we continue to research and develop new experiences that contribute substantially to the economic health of our community.”

As the winter season comes to an end, preparation for the opening of Upper Canada Village on Wednesday, May 7 gets underway.



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