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The CN Tower in Toronto illuminated in blue on April 1st, 2024, for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Centennial Illumination campaign. The iconic Canadian landmark was one of the 56 landmarks which counted towards the RCAF’s successful world record attempt – All Photos Supplied

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is proud to announce that, with the support of communities, businesses, and citizens in Canada and around the world, it has set a new Guinness World Record for the most landmarks lit in 24 hours. This feat was accomplished on April 1, 2024, as part of the RCAF’s Centennial Celebrations, highlighting a century of service and dedication to Canada.

Guinness World Records had strict requirements as to what constituted a landmark, and after reviewing the evidence, the Guinness World Records officials confirmed that the RCAF set a new World Record, with 56 landmarks illuminated in 24 hours, breaking the previous record of 38 landmarks set in 2010. To be considered a landmark by Guinness World Records, a location must be recognized by UNESCO, national governmental registers, or significant third-party registers. For this record, pre-confirmed locations were verified and approved by Guinness, with evidence including a 10-minute timestamped video, a photo of the landmark illuminated in blue on April 1, 2024, and two witness statements.

The Guinness World Records certificate was presented to Lieutenant-General Eric Kenny, Commander of the RCAF, Chief Warrant Officer John Hall, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the RCAF, and Captain Aaron Niles, Strategic Planner for the RCAF Centennial Team and lead for the illumination campaign, during the RCAF Centennial Ball on June 1, 2024, in Ottawa.

The initiative illuminated over 350 sites across Canada, including landmarks, government buildings, museums, and private residences. A display of blue light, the colour of the RCAF, marked the event, symbolizing national pride and gratitude for the RCAF’s contributions over the past 100 years.

The celebration of this record-breaking achievement extended beyond Canada’s borders. RCAF supporters worldwide joined together to honour the RCAF’s legacy and achievements, from Canadian embassies lighting up their buildings to landmarks across the globe. This global participation underscores the international respect and admiration for the RCAF’s century-long history of excellence and service.

In partnership with communities and cities nationwide, the event saw iconic landmarks like the CN Tower in Toronto and Parliament Hill in Ottawa illuminated, creating a nationwide display of unity and celebration.

The RCAF Centennial celebrations, a year-long tribute to our rich history and heritage, will continue with exciting events and activities. This significant milestone in our nation’s history invites all Canadians to join the celebrations and learn more about the RCAF’s contributions to national and global peace and security efforts

BC Place and Vancouver Lookout are illuminated in Blue on April 1st, 2024, for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Centennial. BC Place and Vancouver Lookout were among the five landmarks in Vancouver which counted towards the RCAF’s successful Guinness World Record attempt for number of landmarks illuminated in 24 hours.

The Ottawa Peace Tower shines in blue on April 1, 2024, in recognition of the RCAF Centennial. The Peace Tower was among the 56 worldwide landmarks which counted towards the RCAF’s Guinness World Record for number of landmarks illuminated in 24 hours.

The RCAF had landmarks which counted towards the Guinness World Record in the following countries: Canada, Scotland, South Korea, New Zealand, France, Austria, Estonia, and Ireland. Out of the 56 landmarks42 sites were in Canada:


  • Bradford Heritage Clock Tower – Bradford East Gwillimbury
  • Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall – Calgary
  • Telus Sky – Calgary
  • Calgary Plus 15 – Calgary
  • Calgary Tower – Calgary
  • Canada Life Centre – Winnipeg
  • Canadian Warplane Museum – Mount Hope
  • Diamond Valley – Diamon Valley
  • Innisfil Legion – Innisfil
  • Missisauga Clock Tower – Missisauga
  • Ottawa Peace Tower – Ottawa
  • Radome – Clinton
  • Rogers Centre – Toronto
  • Thunder Bay Battle of Britain Monument – Thunder Bay
  • Vancouver City Hall – Vancouver
  • Alberta Legislature – Edmonton
  • Vancouver Lookout – Vancouver
  • Bloedel Conservatory – Vancouver
  • Saanich Municipal Hall – Saanich
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver
  • New Westminster City Hall – New Westminster
  • BC Place – Vancouver
  • Signal Hill – St John’s
  • Government House (Newfoundland and Labrador) – St John’s
  • Selkirk Water Tower – Selkirk
  • Government House (Nova Scotia) – Halifax
  • Halifax City Hall – Halifax
  • Camp Hill – Halifax
  • CN Tower – Toronto
  • Guelph City Hall – Guelph
  • Brockville Rail tunnel – Brockville
  • North Bay City Hall – North Bay
  • Gummer Building – Guelph
  • The Post Office – Guelph
  • Meaford Water Tower – Meaford
  • M.L McConaghy Seniors Centre Cenotaph – Richmond Hill
  • Aurora War Memorial Peace Park – Aurora
  • The Armoury – Aurora
  • Belleville Town Hall – Belleville
  • Estevan Water Tower – Estevan
  • Charlottetown City Hall – Charlottetown
  • Pearson Airport – Toronto

Outside Canada

  • New Zealand
    •  Christchurch Airport – Christchurch
    •  Queens Park Feldwick Gates  Invercargill
    •  Queens Park Fountain – Invercargill
  • Scotland
    •  Falkirk Wheel – Falkirk
    •  The Town House Hamilton – Hamilton
    •  Marischal College – Aberdeen
    •  Scullion Law – Hamilton
    •  St Andrews House – Edinburgh
    •  Allan Church – Bannockburn
  • Ireland
    •  Cork City Hall – Cork City
  • South Korea
    •  Seoul Tower – Seoul
  • Austria
    •  Danube Tower – Vienna
  • Estonia
    •  Tallinn Tower – Tallinn
  • France
    •  Juno Bach Centre – Normandy
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