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

Sep 1 Arthritis Awareness Blue
Sep 4 National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day Teal
Sep 6 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Gold
Sep 7 World Duchenne Day Red
Sep 8 UNESCO International Literacy Day Purple
Sep 10 World Suicide Prevention Day Yellow
Sep 13 World Sepsis Day Pink
Sep 14 Dystonia Awareness Month Blue & White
Sep 15 National Blood Cancer Awareness Month Red
Sep 16 Living Organ Donation Week Green & White
Sep 17 Craniofacial Acceptance Month Red, Blue & Yellow
Sep 18 Jumpstart Day (Kid’s Sport Awareness) Red & White
Sep 25 World Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week Green
Sep 26 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Blue
Sep 27-30 Truth and Reconciliation Awareness to recognize the families and victims of Canada’s residential schools. Orange
Oct 1 International Day of the Senior Blue
Oct 2 World Maritime Day Lightshow
Oct 3 Wrongful Conviction Day (Oct 2) Yellow & White
Oct 5 Breast Cancer Awareness Pink
Oct 7 International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day Teal
Oct 10 World Mental Health Day Purple
Oct 11 Thanksgiving Orange
Oct 13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness – Light Up MBC Teal, Green & Pink
Oct 14 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Pink & Blue
Oct 15 Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Purple & Yellow
Oct 18 International Dyslexia Awareness month Red
Oct 19 Waste Reduction Week in Canada (Oct 18-24) Green
Oct 22 Phelan McDermid Syndrome Awareness Day Green
Oct 29 Rett Syndrome Awareness Purple
Oct 31 Halloween Orange
Nov 1 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness Orange
Nov 2 Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) Green & Purple
Nov 3 4-H Colours Day across Canada Green
Nov 4 Alzheimer’s Awareness Teal
Nov 11 Remembrance Day Red
Nov 17 Cervical Cancer Awareness Teal
Nov 19 National Enteropathic Arthritis Awareness Day Purple
Dec 3-Jan 2 Christmas at Canada Place Lightshow


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