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Lighting the High Level Bridge

The High Level Bridge has 60,000 LED bulbs thanks to the Light the Bridge campaign! The Bridge is lit every morning and evening, 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 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 fulfil 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
November 1 MADD Project Red Ribbon campaign launch Red
November 2 Denim & Diamonds Gala for JDRF Blue
November 3 Family Violence Prevention Month Purple
November 4 No Stone Left Alone  Red 
November 5 Colour the World Orange for CRPS/RSD Awareness Orange
November 6 Show Your 4-H Colours Day Green
November 7 Alzheimer's Foundation of America: Light the World in Teal Teal 
November 8 4th Annual Bridge Walk for Crohn's & Colitis  Red
November 9 Celebration of the Birth of the Prophet Mohammed Green 
November 10  World NET Cancer Day  Black/White
November 11 Remembrance Day Red
November 12 SOS Children's Villages Canada 50th Anniversary Blue
November 13 Métis Week Red/White/Blue
November 14 World Diabetes Day Blue
November 15 An Evening To Remember - Lives Lost to Suicide Purple/Teal
November 16 Edmonton Oilers Hockey Fights Cancer Lavender
November 17 World Prematurity Day  Purple
November 18 National Child Day Blue
November 19 SIX the Musical  Blue/Purple/Pink

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 international 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 Protocol.

Multi-day requests will not be accepted. The City 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 during the morning commute and again 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

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