Twinkling gardens, illuminated fountains, and music under the stars? Sounds like an enchanting combination to us. The Festival of Fountains at Whistling Gardens returns this month.
Taking place in the Night Garden, the Festival of Fountains is described as a “highly visual and immersive experience.”
The botanical garden hosts this event every year, creating a “theatrical fountain experience unlike anything ever seen before in Canada.”
The show begins at nightfall during the festival — before the show begins, visitors can explore the entire award-winning 22-acre park, order on-site snacks and drinks, and enjoy performances by local talent.
Over 100 fountains are illuminated with custom-built lights and activated with computerized pumps.
The display is choreographed to music, so not only will you be witnessing the glowing fountains shoot into the night sky, but you’ll also hear beautiful old-world sounds and a variety of instruments.
The music will include pieces by Pedro Eustache (Yanni, Hans Zimmer), the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and musicians across Canada.
Special effects and state-of-the-art technology are used to to take this show to the next level.
The doors to the botanical garden open each evening at 7 PM, and the show itself will run for 57 minutes and feature 10 compositions.
Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Folding chairs are provided, but you can bring your own and a cozy blanket if you like.
The Night Garden is best enjoyed in total darkness, so you can get the best view of the 100-year-old cottonwood adorned in lights.
The festival’s website has samples of the music that you can listen to to get you ready for the show.
Located less than two hours outside of Toronto, this magical event is worth making a special trip for.
When: August 26th to October 14th, 2023
Where: Whistling Gardens, 698 Concession 3 Townsend, Wilsonville
Cost: $25+HST per adult, $20+HST per youth (5 to 15)