Calgary Tower flame to be lit for the Olympic plebiscite

Nov 9 2018, 10:01 pm

Calgary’s photographers had better get their gear ready.

The City of Calgary has said it will be lighting the Olympic cauldrons throughout the city to remind people to vote in the upcoming plebiscite.

The flame atop Calgary Tower, along with the cauldrons at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, will be lit for 20 minutes and 26 seconds every day until the November 13 vote — with the exception of Remembrance Day on November 11.

The lighting will take place at the aptly-timed 8:26 pm (or, on a 24-hour clock, 20:26 — see what they did there?) each evening, and on the day of the vote the Calgary Tower will stay alight from 6 to 7 pm.

The lighting of the cauldrons has been sponsored by the Calgary Hotel Association, alongside private donors.

“The Calgary Hotel Association is pleased to demonstrate its support for the Calgary 2026 bid in such an iconic and public way,” said Richard Main, Chair of the Calgary Hotel Association.

“It is our intention that these cauldrons inspire Calgarians to learn more about the bid, and show their support at the polls November 13.”

Red and white lights will illuminate the tower each night, and the lights will also be seen on Calgary’s Telus Spark, Olympic Plaza, Arts Commons, Glenbow, and Reconciliation Bridge on November 13.

The last time the Calgary Tower’s flame was lit was during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in support of Canadian athletes, and many photographers around the city took the chance to snap some amazing shots of the iconic landmark:

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