Oméga by Night: A magical sound and light show
Parc Oméga offers an enchanting family activity along illuminated trails. For over an hour, wander among projections, sculptures and wolves, surrounded by a unique soundscape.
In the car, the excitement is peaking. We arrive a little early, but the Land of the Pioneers parking lot is already full. Couples, families, teens and children are eager to set out along Parc Oméga’s night-time walking trail. We see a few wild boars, deer and elk, but we’re asked not to feed them.
We start our walk at the Enchanted Clearing. It’s a perfect evening: no mosquitoes, a starry sky, a warm summer night. In the gathering dusk, the air is filled with the sound of frogs and crickets.
The illuminated sculptures have a fairy-tale look.
In the Marsh, the reeds light up to the sound of nocturnal insects. The children exclaim in amazement at the smoke on the dock above the marsh. We snap a selfie in front of the huge sculpture of the king of the forest, the moose.
Change of scenery and atmosphere: we’re witnessing a battle between two male elk. The projection on the trees is mystical. More than ever, nature is an integral part of the show.
The setting changes again as we walk the Circle of Life. The rings of light and sound come alive as we go by. We wander through the Milky Way, shrouded in mystery. Another world of sound and images opens up before us.
The pack of alert and hungry wolves.
The wolves at night
The highlight of the tour is definitely the Wolf Observatory. Under a magnificent (artificial) full moon, the pack is gathered, waiting for its evening snack: red meat. The clan welcomed three cubs this summer! The contrast of their white fur against the nocturnal background makes these animals even more impressive.
It’s a quiet walk back to the car—the kids are exhausted. Their amazed reactions were worth it. We promise ourselves that we’ll come back to explore this lesser-known route to the west of the park, and try the aerial course.
A few helpful tips
This is a popular activity, so allow at least 90 minutes to complete the tour. The trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. However, there are a few hills!
You have to reserve your departure time in advance and buy your tickets online. If you have young children, I’d recommend booking in September or October, when the tours start earlier.
Of course, before you go, please consult the park’s safety instructions and sanitary measures. Although the route is outdoors, masks are recommended on the trail, and they’re mandatory on the ground floor of the Wolf Observatory. The staff will remind you to respect physical distancing.
There are chemical toilets (illuminated!) at the beginning and end of the trail, and there are hand sanitizer dispensers at intervals along the trail.
The gift shop is open late.
OMÉGA BY NIGHT
Parc Oméga, 399 Route 323 North, Montebello
Until October 10, 2020 (a few nights a week).
Adult (age 16+): $24.99 | Child (age 6–15): $17.99 | Toddler (age 0–5): Free
Between the closing of the park and the first departures for Oméga by Night, you must leave the site. There are restaurants and shops in the village of Montebello, a few minutes’ drive away.
While you’re in the area, why not take time to explore the Petite Nation?