Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights Turning on Dec. 9th

December 8, 2016


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department is pleased to inform the public that the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights display will officially be turned on for the 2016-2017 winter season tomorrow, Friday, Dec.9th.

The sparkling display of holiday lighting is located immediately west of the City of Brandon’s Community Services Complex on McGregor Avenue. As of Friday evening, the display will be turned on and remain lit from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly through the winter season. NO public vehicles are allowed in the direct area of the Power Smart Waterfall of Lights display. The public is encouraged to park in designated areas on McGregor Avenue or Hilton Avenue and walk through the area to view the lights. The City of Brandon Community Services Department asks all members of the public to enjoy the lighting displays at a safe distance and to not walk in areas where power cords are present. All those accessing the Power Smart Waterfall of Lights are also cautioned to watch out for semi trucks that may be travelling along Hilton Avenue to gain access to portions of the City’s dike system currently under construction.

Meanwhile, preparation of the public skating oval in the area of the Power Smart Waterfall of Lights has begun; however, the oval is NOT OPEN to the public at this time. The community is asked to respect all signage and barricades in place on the oval and stay off the ice surface until it is ready for public use later this month.

Until the oval is ready for public use, outdoor winter recreation enthusiasts are encouraged to check out the Hanbury Hill toboggan run, which is located just off Braecrest Drive in Sir Winston Churchill Park. The hill’s warming shack is available for public use between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, as are flood lights overlooking the hill. Other toboggan hills available for public use include ones in Rideau Park and at the Brandon Recreation Centre/Wheat City Golf Course, while smaller sliding hills include the 34th Street & Cherry Crescent Sliding Hill and the Parkdale Park Sliding Hill. Families are encouraged to enjoy this free winter recreation offering, however, the City of Brandon would like to advise the public that all are unsupervised areas.

Finally, work to prepare the cross-country ski trails at the Wheat City Golf Course will not start until earthwork along the riverbank at the course is complete. Therefore, it is not anticipated the trails will be open for public use until early in 2017.

For more information on public winter activities provided by the City of Brandon’s Community Services Department, call 204-729-2148.