Three weeks ago I was among the first 600 in Vancouver to preview the long-awaited Vallea Lumina launch. Held at Whistler’s Cougar Mountain, Villea Lumina is an immersive light and sound experience along a 1.5 km lush rain forest walk.
We didn’t know what to expect and as we entered the space were quickly enchanted with a lit trail and ominous sounds of the forest. As we wandered along the trail, we realized that this is a full on sensory experience! Using a combination of emotive lights, videos, soundscape and scenography, we were transported to another world, with plenty of opportunities to explore and engage with the environment.
From song filled camping sites to what you assume is a club house waiting to combust, to a bridge completely lit with speckles as if you’re walking into a world of dots paired with waterfalls, this was more than what we could have imagined! I felt like I was a child again in a world only written in fictional books and couldn’t remove the smile off of my face.
I highly recommend that you experience this at least two times! The first time you’ll want to have your phone out because you can’t help yourself but then experience it a second time with no phone at all. You’ll want to really take it in. Be warned, however, you’ll want to wear running shoes as this can be a bit of a hike.
Vallea Lumina is the eighth nightwalk experience from Montreal-based Moment Factory and was brought to Whistler by the town’s very own The Adventure Group, marking the beginning of a new era of destination experiences in BC. It runs daily until October 15th 2018. The experience begins at sundown and takes place every 20 minutes (exact times vary depending on time of year). The illuminated 1.5km long trail takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and a complimentary shuttle service is provided to transport visitors between Whistler Village and Cougar Mountain. Tickets cost $29 for adults (16+), $24 for youth (6 to 15 years) and children 5 years and under receive free admission.
For more information or to book, visit vallealumina.com.