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Photograph: Courtesy Extra Architecture & Design

NDG is getting a 360° cyclorama screen showing projections of the Northern Lights

Grab a seat at one of the site's cottage chairs at night and watching some swirling blues and greens.
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JP Karwacki

Montreal's NDG neighbourhood is going to be the site of a new "resort" for the winter season with Aurorama, a 360-degree cyclical screen that will screen swirling blues and greens in the form of projections of the Northern Lights.

Designed by the architecture and design firm Extra, the project is one of 26 stations hivernales (winter stations) across 18 boroughs that the city announced on December 15, and the one designed for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is among the most impressive.

Photograph: Courtesy Extra Architecture & Design

Located at Place Guy-Viau, a small triangular park in the middle of NDG, the terrasse is already set up with a large Christmas tree that's been placed at its centre. The main attraction will be set up at the end of January, Extra told Time Out Montreal, and will last until April.

"The light show called Aurorama was designed to give Montrealers the experience of the Northern Lights... a cyclorama will take the place of the fir tree. Images of the aurora borealis in the borough’s colours, namely blue and green, will be projected there," writes the City of Montreal.

"The site will be set up in such a way as to comply with public health instructions related to COVID-19."

The maximum capacity for the site will be posted to avoid overcrowding.

Photograph: Courtesy Extra Architecture & Design

Make sure to support some local businesses while you're checking it out, Montreal! Cosmos Snack Bar may be back up and running again, but they're only open during the day—not so good for nighttime viewing of the Northrn Lights. Consider Croissant Monkland right across the street from the site, and there's other spots for dinner like Dawa, L'Gros Luxe, East Africa, Pasta Casareccia and a lot more.

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