Northern Lights — Sound and light show on Parliament Hill

Notice: Northern Lights 2020

In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s priority of keeping Canadians safe, Canadian Heritage is currently exploring all options for presenting the 2020 edition of Northern Lights on Parliament Hill this summer. Details will be announced as soon as possible.

Join us this summer on Parliament Hill as key figures, events and achievements from Canadian history are brought to life against the backdrop of the Centre Block and Peace Tower. It's free!


July 9 to September 8, 2019


Show time: 10:00 p.m.

(starting July 9)


Show time: 9:30 p.m.


Show time: 9:00 p.m.

(ending September 8)

See you on the Hill! 

Northern Lights may be cancelled in the event of poor weather conditions. Visit this page or our Twitter feed for cancellation notices.

Visitor information

Plan your Northern Lights experience.

Universal accessibility

See when simultaneous sign language interpretation is available!

About Northern Lights

Learn more about the theme of the show and the bold digital technology that makes it all happen.


How many of these past shows do you remember?


External link to Sound and Light Show Flickr album

Northern Lights – teaser

Here is a sneak peek of Northern Lights, the sound and light show on Parliament Hill. This thrilling thematic journey through Canada's history is presented nightly from July to September.

Video length: 00:00:31

Transcript | Watch on YouTube

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