What is the Lights of Courage Campaign?

VDBF_Lights of CourageEach year, thousands of people purchase paper lanterns from Fairway Markets, The Bay Centre, and Denny’s Restaurants to bring to the Festival on Saturday night and hang on the water’s edge. Each lantern carries a tag that bears a message of hope or remembrance for those affected by cancer. This moving display honours their battles with cancer and shares their stories with the community, and all proceeds from lantern sales are donated to the BC Cancer Foundation.

The lantern colours are beautiful, adding magic to the evening. But the colours are not nearly as breathtaking as the hand-written messages on the tags. Messages are filled with hope, humour, grief, love, and inspiration.

Write your wishes for a healthy and long future. Write a poem of remembrance. Write a name and nothing more. Write whatever you want – and fill the lantern with light.

This year, community members will be invited to the festival site at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour on Friday, August 9 for our Lantern Lighting Celebration. Members of the  public are invited  to display their lanterns for the entire weekend of August 9, 10, and 11, 2019. Lanterns will also  be on sale at the Festival.


Lantern Lighting Celebration

Join us as we illuminate the lanterns and spread hope.

8:30 pm, Friday, August 9, 2019

Ship Point Pier, Inner Harbour

Purchase your lantern during the weeks prior to the festival at our partner locations: