Bastion Lighting in Various Colours

The Bastion now has six stand-alone lights surrounding the structure with the computer capability of providing accent colouring.

Organizations can request the Bastion be illuminated in specific colours to promote their cause.  

The system can be preprogrammed for a different colour(s) months in advance.

Lighting Requests

To have a request for lighting considered the following information should be provided at least three (3) weeks prior to the requested lighting date

Bastion at Night
  • the nature of the cause
  • history and background of the organization/cause
  • how lighting will be used to benefit the cause
  • the requested date for the lighting
  • the requested colour(s) for the lighting


Applicants will be advised by phone or email stating whether their request has been approved within two (2) business days of receipt.

If a lighting request is approved, the Bastion will be illuminated for the dates requested from dusk to dawn.  The  lights operate on a sensor that will activate at darkness and turnoff when daylight.     

Disqualifying Conditions 

  • private or personal events (birthdays, anniversaries, or weddings)
  • anything that contravenes city policies or by-laws
  • events or organizations with no direct impact or connection to the City of Nanaimo
  • matters of political controversy, ideological or religious beliefs, or individual conviction

Note: The Bastion is wrapped in its yearly rain screen on or about the last week of October to protect it during the inclement weather of winter.  The wrapping can still be illuminated against and does not affect the outline.


Lighting Request Form

Please complete the following online form to submit your request.  

Purpose, occasion or reason.

Please provide start and end date.

Requestor Information



If requiring a Proclamation please complete the online Proclamation Request Form

Last updated: March 4, 2019

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