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Lighting the High Level Bridge

The High Level Bridge now has 60,000 LED bulbs thanks to the Light the Bridge campaign! The Bridge will now be lit every night, and this state-of-the-art programmable system is available for requests.

Light the Bridge celebrates and builds community spirit in Edmonton. The bridge lights are a beautifying element to our cityscape, a symbol of pride for locals, and part of our Edmonton story. They can also be used to help represent Edmonton and share our story with national and international audiences.

Calendar of Special Requests

The City of Edmonton proactively fills the calendar to help recognize major events and cultural celebrations. Our aim is to reflect the diversity of people who call Edmonton home and our connection to the global community.

Citizens are invited to make requests based on the criteria outlined below. We strive to fulfill all eligible requests, but any confirmed request may be modified if a major local, national or international situation occurs.

If there is not a special request for a date, the bridge will be lit in a variety of colours. This calendar is subject to change without notice.

December 2016 Update: There are currently some issues we are trying to resolve regarding the bridge lights. We are doing everything we can to repair them as soon as possible. The issue is more complex than simply burned out light bulbs or a power problem. The lighting system, which features 60,000 lights, requires a variety of specialty parts that need to be ordered. We are working with the supplier and installation contractor to have a timeline for these parts to be replaced.

We assure you the LTB project is a priority. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to ensure the High Level Bridge is fully lit and celebrating every night.

Date Reason Colours
Mar 21 World Down Syndrome Day Blue/Yellow
Mar 22 CAWST Paints the Town Blue for World Water Day Blue
Mar 23 In support of London  Red/Blue/White
Mar 24 World Tuberculosis Day Red
Mar 25 Worldwide EndoMarch Yellow
Mar 26 Purple Day to recognize individuals with epilepsy Purple
Mar 28 Pharmacist Awareness Month Green/Gold
Mar 30 Notes of Hope, World Vision Canada Orange
Apr 1 2017 Ford World Men's Curling Championship Red/White
Apr 2 Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks Blue
Apr 3 National Oral Health Month Blue/White/Teal

Application Request Information

Applications must be not-for-profit, community-focused and received at least three weeks prior to the requested date. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received and are considered on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria:

  • Support an event of national or international significance (such as Canada Day or Edmonton hosting FIFA matches)
  • Support of a local festival or event that positively impacts local community spirit (such as Litfest or Oilers home opener)
  • Support a local, national or international awareness issue that builds community or is related to community health (such as Rotary Club of Edmonton, Treaty 6 Day or Movember)
  • Acknowledge and welcome visiting dignitaries (such as the Royal Family or international civic officials) hosted by our city
  • Tributes or memorial requests may be granted for well-documented local or national figures or service members. The lights will complement existing City of Edmonton Protocol for these events

Multi-day requests will not be accepted. The City of Edmonton reserves the right to deny requests that are mainly personal, private, political or commercial in nature.

If you would like to make a request to change the High Level Bridge lighting colours, please submit an online application to the Civic Events Office, a minimum of three weeks prior to the requested date.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the bridge be lit?

 Starting at 11pm Canada Day, 2014 and then every night after that, 365 days a year.

What hours will it be lit?

It will change with the seasons. The bridge will be lit when it starts to get dark, and will turn off late in the evening.  The City of Edmonton sets the hours.

Who decides the colours?

 The City of Edmonton, Civic Events Office.

Can messages be written on the bridge?

No. Since the bridge is not a solid surface, there is nowhere for words to appear. Also, we don’t want the bridge to turn into a billboard.

Can I still buy a bulb?

Thank you for your interest, but bulb purchases are no longer available.

For More Information

Civic Events Office

P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton AB  T5J 0K1



Fax 780-944-0042

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