A unique water show that brings history comes to life


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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec
CA Canada
Web http://www.ohneka.com/


About the project Edit

Conceived and developed in 2010 by Héritage Maritime Canada and Laser Quantum International, the general public can enjoy Ohneka, an original show that is completely Quebecois. It’s a free outdoor show that is a mélange of fountains, lights, projected images and lasers on a giant water screen. Set to music, the shows highlight the importance of water in our heritage.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The Ohneka show is a prime example of what can happen between nature and technology.

Ohneka – a 90 ft x 30 ft screen, 6,000 litres of water projected per minute, 32,000 watts of underwater lighting, a laser projector with 16 million colours and 2 km of underwater cables.

All of the elements used in the show have no impact on the environment or on marine biodiversity.

Audience participation is encouraged via social networks and the Internet as the show is modified every year. The creators listen to their viewers.

Ohneka is the recipient of the 2010 Grand Prix Innovation de Tourisme Suroît, as well as the award for Excellence de tourisme de la Montérégie.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The Ohneka project has two main objectives at the social level: historic and cultural

The historical side is an integral part of the show. In fact, the presentation highlights moments or stories that mark the little-known history of the Lachine rapids and the network of canals found upstream of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

The cultural side is definitely the animated public space created by the presentation itself. Located at the heart of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Ohneka encourages people to socialize outdoors and occupy the public spaces around the show that recount the history of the region where they live.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The initiative promoted by Ohneka shows that it is possible to connect creation, technology and the environment to the benefit of everyone.

In fact, as well as actively participating, all the players involved in the project found a particular interest in the project. The municipality and economic development organizations discovered an aspect of tourism development. Private enterprise found a window for its knowledge and residents rediscovered outdoors and animated summer evenings.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The Ohneka project was initiated by the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and supported by the Société du Vieux-Canal de Beauharnois. The first goal aims to develop tourism in the upper St. Lawrence area.

The show can be seen a tool to attract tourists thereby helping to increase the number of visitors coming from outside the region.

Another objective of the municipality was to reinforce its nautical image.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The Ohneka show is completely free to the public thanks to the various project partners. In addition to being a driving force for tourism development in the region, the show helps animate a public space, as well as allowing a local business show off its expertise to all the visitors in the region.

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