Seeing families come together, people interacting, and enjoying Morden's lights, are some of Stephanie Dueck's favourite parts of the Morden Tour of Lights.
Dueck is the Recreational Programmer for Morden; she says the Tour of Lights is a great way to involve the community, getting residents to decorate their homes in festive colours, promoting active living during the winter, and bringing people with similar interests together.
"It's always a good thing when people come together and enjoy common interests, or enjoy something beautiful together. They say that loneliness is one of our big plagues today, so events like this, and many other events that take place in our communities are ways of tackling that."
There are two routes, one for walking, the other for biking, so safety for both is a high priority Dueck says. Darkness sets in quickly during winter, so they promote the importance of visibility.
Red flashers are given out to all members of the tour, and Dueck also encourages anyone who rides a bike to invest in a light at the front and a red reflector at the back so they can easily be seen by motorists. During the tour, there was additional protection with a vehicle following the group.
Dueck notes keeping safety top of mind is important but so is staying active over the winter.
"The event is also about promoting active transportation throughout the year. Even when it's cold out you can still walk places, you can still bike places, so it's just a way to put that idea into people's minds."