High Level Bridge at night

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 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
January 17 Catholic Social Services 60th Anniversary Blue/White 
January 26 India Day 2022 Orange/White/Green
January 27 Ice on Whyte  Purple/Teal
January 29 National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia Green 
February 1 Lunar New Year  Red/Gold 
February 4 Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies - 75th Anniversary Yellow/Blue/Green 


For regular Light the Bridge updates, check out the City of Edmonton's Facebook and Twitter posts (#LightTheBridge). 

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 3 weeks prior to the requested date.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the bridge be lit?

The bridge will be lit every night of the year.

What hours will it be lit?

It changes with the seasons. In the winter the bridge is lit every day during the morning commute from 6am until sunrise, and again from 10 minutes before sunset until midnight. In the spring and summer when the days are longer, it will be lit from 10 minutes before sunset until midnight, but not in the morning hours, as it will not be dark enough at that time.

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. 

Can I still buy a bulb?

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