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.

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 2021

Spring 2021 Shine the Light for essential service workers Light daily at 7:00 p.m.
May 31 In memory of the children lost to the residential school program Orange
Jun 1-6 In memory of the children lost to the residential school program: “following the discovery of remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in memory of the thousands of children who were sent to residential schools, for those who never returned, and in honour of the families whose lives were forever changed.” Orange
Jun 7 Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Light Blue & Green
Jun 8 World Ocean’s Day Light show from dusk to midnight
Jun 9 National Deafblind Awareness Month Blue
Jun 10 World Action Anxiety Day Blue & Orange
Jun 11 ALS Awareness Purple
Jun 15 World Elder Abuse Purple
Jun 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day Red, Yellow & White
Jun 23 Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Awareness Red & Blue
Jun 27 Canadian Multiculturalism Day Red & White
Jun 30 Canada Day Light show from dusk to midnight
Jul 1 Canada Day Light show from dusk to midnight
Jul 5 National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD) Green
Jul 30-Aug 1 Vancouver Pride Light show from dusk to midnight


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