Fort Henry launches new winter event December 1, 2016

Kingston, Ontario

Where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River, in historic Fort Henry, the spirit of winter has found a place to live.  Every night it howls softly into the wind, a spell concealing its beauty from anyone but those with a warm heart.

Fort Henry in Kingston is getting ready to launch one of Canada’s most unique winter events starting December 1 and running through February 4 on select nights.  Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 21 at noon.  Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended as entry is for specified tour times with limited capacity.

Lumina Borealis is a night-time winter experience set in Fort Henry.  Produced by Moment Factory, a Montreal based multimedia entertainment studio, this event is inspired by winter childhood dreams and memories. Lumina Borealis will draw people into a participative, colourful and enchanting experience that is interactive and sure to make you love winter. 

“Ontario is a four-season destination that offers unique experiences for visitors to discover and enjoy that stimulate the economy and build vibrant communities. This new event, Lumina Borealis, will be a great opportunity for visitors from Ontario and beyond to take in the sights and sounds of winter at historic Fort Henry in Kingston.”  - Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“This event has been in development for over two years.  Our team sought to create an overwhelming winter experience at Fort Henry with the goal of transforming Kingston into a genuine winter destination.  Collaborating with the City of Kingston, we hope to reshape the economic nature of the winter season here. And with a creative partner like Moment Factory, it will be world class.” - Darren Dalgleish, General Manager  & CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission

The Story
In the magical land of Lumina Borealis, Winter’s secrets are kept safe.  Visitors will journey across a frozen landscape and into another world, to reignite their winter spirit.  They will be guided from ice to fire and from darkness to light, finding their way through a mysterious land of enchantment, to the source where Winter’s secrets are yearning to be discovered and unlocked. 

“Lumina Borealis is an unforgettable outdoor winter attraction for the whole family to enjoy.  It’s not just a show, but an immersive and interactive experience. It is a way for people to reconnect with their childhood memories and of course, to create new memories with their family and friends.  Simply put, Lumina Borealis is a night walk through winter’s wonders.”   continued Dalgleish.

The addition of Lumina Borealis will also create some serious economic benefits to the tourism industry in the region during a time that is widely considered to be the off season.  It is estimated that Lumina Borealis will generate over $5 million in economic impact with expectations of attracting over 60,000 people.  Special Lumina Borealis overnight packages are available through participating Kingston accommodations.  Visit www.visitkingston.com for more information.

“When our team first visited Fort Henry over a year ago, they were truly inspired by the site’s grandeur, as well as by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission’s vision of creating a winter wonderland.  Our team was excited by the challenge to work with new seasonal elements such as ice and snow, to see how we could use them technically and creatively to produce an unforgettable experience for the Fort’s visitors,” explained Eric Fournier, partner and executive producer, Moment Factory.
Dates & Times:

Open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, December 1 to 23; Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; Nightly, December 26 to January 8; Thursday through Sunday, January 12 to February 4, 2017 

Adult (13 yrs+) $12; Youth (6-12 yrs) $10; Children (5 yrs & under) FREE (all prices are plus HST). 

Timed entry with tour times departing every 15 minutes; last tour starts at 9:45 p.m.  Advance ticket purchase highly recommended as entry is for specified tour times with limited capacity. Buy online at www.luminaborealis.com.  Arrive at Fort Henry 15 minutes prior to tour time.
Park downtown Kingston and take the free shuttle.  Pickup and drop off points:
#1 - Kingston Visitor Information Centre, 209 Ontario St. (Across from City Hall), Kingston, Ontario departing every 15 minutes.  Shuttle takes 15 minutes to get to Lumina Borealis from bus departure time; #2 - Bottom of Fort Henry Hill, departing every 10 minutes.  Shuttle takes 5 minutes to get to Lumina Borealis.

Check www.luminaborealis.com,  Facebook or Twitter for up-to-date shuttle times.  Visitors should plan to arrive at Fort Henry at least 15 minutes before the tour time indicated on your ticket

Find your path into another world, across a frozen landscape; once you unlock the magic of Lumina Borealis, winter will never be the same.

St. Lawrence Parks Commission

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328

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