The Toronto Zoo is bringing back outdoor light display Terra Lumina

The one-and-a-half kilometre night walk's run was originally cut short by the pandemic


The illuminated night walk Terra Lumina is returning to the Toronto Zoo later this month.

Created by Montreal-based studio Moment Factory, the outdoor light display originally opened at the Zoo in 2019 but was cut short last March when the city went into lockdown after the pandemic hit.

The one-and-a-half kilometre installation reopened in the summer but closed again during the second lockdown in late November.

Terra Lumina is Moment Factory’s eleventh immersive experience. The company has produced luminescent night walks across Canada (including one in Rouge Park), Japan and Singapore, and was involved with Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl half-time show.

The guided walk is set in the year 2099, and imagines a future in which people and animals live together in harmony.

Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Into A Bright Future reopens at the Toronto Zoo on July 29. Tickets for adults are $29.99.

The Zoo reopened on June 19 when Ontario entered step 1 of the reopening plan. It had been closed for nearly seven months at that point. Five thousands visitors bought timed tickets to visit on reopening day.

Outdoor light installations were already becoming a regular wintertime activity prior to COVID-19 but have gone year round during the pandemic. Holiday light shows were one of the few COVID-safe activities running during the second wave. Outdoor installations were also among one of the only spring events running when the third wave hit in March.

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