Agora Path of Light opens September 19 to October 25 at Blue Mountain
TOWN OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS., Sept. 9. 2020 — Anyone who has taken in the view from atop Blue Mountain knows it is breathtakingly spectacular. But many GTA skiers and mountain bikers may not know that the mountaintop vistas under the stars provide a whole different kind of beauty. And that is the setting for Blue Mountain’s new night forest experience, AGORA: Path of Light.
AGORA: Path of Light is an unusual and magical space inspired by the cycles of life in nature. As participants walk this circular path, they will encounter a series of interactive lighting installations based on the five elements of air, space, earth, water and fire. This is a journey of learning where participants can communicate with nature, bringing Agora to life with the language of light.
The adventure begins with a moonlit gondola ride up the mountain, watching the twinkling lights of Collingwood reflecting off Georgian Bay and looking directly down on magical Blue Mountain Village. From there, participants begin the 3-kilometre trail walk along the escarpment and through the spectacular and interactive light installations of AGORA.
These interactive light experiences, along with the voice of the forest help tell the story of the land in the language of light. It’s an introspective journey where guests might just find the story being told is their own.
“We’re very excited to unveil this unique outdoor experience; the result of a collaboration between an extraordinary creative team from all across the country,” says Stacy Manning, V.P. Sales and Marketing, Blue Mountain Resort. “Beyond being a remarkable, multi-sensory adventure, it’s also a tribute to our natural surroundings and the Indigenous people whose land we are stewards of.”
Creating AGORA was a journey in itself with some of the most talented creators from across Canada. The amazing result is the work of a team composed of Limbic Media from Victoria BC, leaders in interactive art and light technology; Edesia Moreno Barata – Concept Designer & Stage Director, most notably recognized for her work with Cirque du Soleil; Marie Metaphor Specht – Poet and Spoken Word Artist; Jeff Monague – Ojibwe language professor; writer, Grey Cloud/James Carpenter – Anishinaabek healer and project advisor; along with the talented group at Blue Mountain. Together, the team has brought to life the spirit of the forest.
“Today especially, being innovative with new programming is integral to the growth of local tourism,” explains Patti Kendall, Director of Marketing and Events, Blue Mountain Village Association. “With support from the Federal Economic Development Agency of Ontario, and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, we’re grateful for the opportunity to create a safe, new experience for visitors that will also support our local tourism businesses and most importantly sustain employment.”
AGORA Path of Light runs from September 19 to October 25, 2020. For more information about AGORA and how to purchase tickets, details can be found at www.AgoraPathofLight.ca.
Guests are strongly encouraged to plan their visit in advance. The 50 shops and restaurants and all Blue Mountain attractions are open through the fall. Dinner and lodging reservations are strongly recommended. To book fall activities and lodging visit bluemountain.ca/fall.
SOURCE Town of the Blue Mountains