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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 international, national or local 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.

 
Date Reason Colours
Jun 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Purple
Jun 16  Rubgy Canada vs Romania on Jun 17  Red/White
Jun 17 Homeward Walk/Run Orange/Green
Jun 18 Make Music Edmonton Yellow
Jun 19 World Sickle Cell Day Red
Jun 20 Edmonton Police Service 125th Anniversary Red/Blue
Jun 21 National Aboriginal Day Red/White/Yellow/Blue
Jun 22 scheduled maintenance   Lights off
Jun 23 National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism White
Jun 24 Climb out of the Darkness Blue
Jun 25  Eid-al-Fitr, end of Ramadan Green
Jun 27 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day Teal 
Jun 28 Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) Awareness Day  Blue

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 major internatinal events)
  • Support of a local festival or event that positively impacts local community spirit 
  • Support a local, national or international awareness issue that builds community (such as Treaty 6 Recognition Day or End Bullying Pink Shirt Day or World Cancer Day)

Other Recognized Lighting Events

  • Acknowledge and welcome visiting dignitaries (such as the Royal Family or international civic officials) hosted by our city
  • Tributes or memorial requests for well-documented local or national figures or service members will complement existing City of Edmonton Protocol.

Multi-day requests will not be accepted. The City of Edmonton reserves the right to deny requests that do not merit public support or are mainly personal, private, political, polarizing 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

Telephone

780-944-7740

Fax 780-944-0042
Email civic.events@edmonton.ca

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