Every year at this time of year, for over 30 years, Owen Sound has featured its Festival of Northern Lights, an outdoor display of Christmas lights that people can drive or walk past. Because it's outdoors, and most people view it while driving, it went on in conformity with the pandemic rules. The other day we were in Owen Sound late and went to see them.Gitche Namewikwedong Bridge.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Festival of Northern Lights
To quote the Sun Times, the local newspaper, "City officials say the name, which means Great Sturgeon Bay in Anishinaabemowin, will acknowledge Owen Sound’s Indigenous history – the city is within traditional Saugeen Ojibway Territory and was named Gitche Namewikwedong before contact by European settlers – but will also be an important gesture towards nation-to-nation reconciliation and restoring a relationship of respect and friendship with Indigenous people."
The oldest part of the light display extends along the river for two blocks downtown, and it's very popular with locals.