Sails of Light

The Canada Place Sails of Light are illuminated each evening from dusk to dawn, with seasonal vibrant colours.

A striking celebration of colour and light on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Sails of Light are viewable from the east and west sides of Canada Place.

Sail lighting requests

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver is pleased to offer local charities and non-profit groups the opportunity to build awareness for their cause or organization by illuminating the Sails of Light in colours themed to the specific cause*. 

Send requests by email to [email protected]. Requests must be submitted directly by the charity/non-profit organization making the sail lighting request and any requests missing information will not be considered.

All requests must be received in writing at least 60 days prior to the lighting date. The causes selected are at the sole discretion of Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver.

Please note that lighting for personal occasions, industry-related conferences or other commercial interests are not permitted. We light for awareness causes that are national in scope and are free of charge to support. In some cases, we may light for awareness days that highlight specific industries related to public safety or the maritime community.

Please include the following information in your request:

  • Name of organization
  • Contact name
  • Email
  • Date(s) of event
  • Date requested for lighting
  • Description of cause/event
  • Have you made the same request to other iconic facilities in Canada? If yes, which ones?
  • Is this an annual or one-time event?
  • What colour(s) are you requesting for lighting?
  • Please provide your social media handles. We do our best to promote each cause on social media.
    Facebook:
    Instagram:
    Twitter:
    Hashtags:

If you are promoting the Sails of Light on social media, our handles are @CanadaPlace and #SailsofLight.

*Where possible, causes will be recognized on the official national or international week/day/month.

Sails of Light Calendar – April 2022

May 1 Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month Blue
May 2 Huntington Disease Awareness Month Blue & Purple
May 3 Asian Heritage Month in Canada Red
May 4 Lyme Disease Awareness Month Green
May 5 Red Dress Day Red
May 6 Food Allergy Awareness Month Teal
May 7 Darkness Into Light (Suicide & Self-Harm Awareness) Yellow
May 8 World Ovarian Cancer Day Teal
May 10 World Lupus Day Purple
May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Purple
May 13 Syringomyelia Awareness Month Blue
May 15 International MPS Awareness Day Blue & Yellow
May 17 World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day Blue & Green
May 21 – 27 Safe Boating Week Maritime lightshow
May 28 World Schizophrenia Awareness Day Purple

Note: The Sails of Light will be lit blue and yellow, in solidarity with Ukraine, whenever there is not a scheduled lighting.

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