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
October 20  Mastocytosis and Mast Cell Disease Awareness Day Purple
October 21 Light It Up for NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) Purple/Blue 
October 22 Mark it Read for Dyslexia  Red
October 23 65th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight Red/White/Green 
October 24 International Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Awareness Day  Green
October 25 Dysautonomia Awareness Month Turquoise 
October 26 Pituitary Awareness Month Red/White/Silver 
October 27 National Duty Counsel Day Red 
October 28 On Site Placement - 40th Anniversary Lime Green/Purple 
October 29 98th Anniversary of the Turkish Republic Red/White 
October 30 Light Up for Rett Syndrome Purple 
October 31 Halloween  Orange/Black 


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.