Over 3 years in the building, this is Canada's largest all stone open-air amphitheatre complete with a backdrop of nearly 110 fountains (2013). The granite stage walls and outer wings are over 400 feet and surrounded by gardens inside and out. Three individual 80 foot staircase fountains meet behind the stage.
Whistling Gardens has the largest computer controlled and music choreographed fountain system in Canada! Gardens owner Darren Heimbecker, composes the music and choreographs the fountains shows.
The water theatre was inspired by Andre Le Notre’s 1634 design at the Palace of Versailles. The layout and design closely resembles the original however Versailles did not have stone walls but grass banks instead.
About Our Fountain Shows
This season's compositions have been especially written for the fountains. The concept of each program typically starts at least 6 months prior to its performance in the amphitheatre. Darren works with state of the art digital technology in his home studio to do most of the creative writing, editing, mixing and mastering. All the various stages of each musical composition with pre and post-production take approximately 50 to 60 hours.
Once satisfied with the audio rendering it is exported into another sequencer program where the fountains are choreographed to the music, nearly the exact opposite process of film scoring where the composer writes music for the video/film sequence.
The entire process of writing and designing 9-10 minute program is the result of roughly 100-125 hours.
In the near future lights, and many different special effects will be added to the program for evening performances.
We hope you enjoy the shows this season.
Summer Fountain Schedule
Fountain Programs run twice daily Monday thru Friday
11:15 am and 1:45 pm
Saturday and Sunday
11:15 am, 1:00 pm and 2:45 pm
All times are subject to weather, special events and scheduled maintenance.
Updates can be found on Facebook.
Play samples of music written specifically for our fountain shows.