Canada Place lit up in French colours to show support after Paris attacks

Dec 19 2017, 6:30 pm

Following Friday evening’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, Canada Place is joining a wide range of global landmarks by lighting up the building in the colours of the French flag – blue, white and red.

According to Port Metro Vancouver spokesperson John Parker-Jervis, the ‘Sails of Light’ lighting system for the iconic five sails at the Canada Place pier will be lit up tonight and Sunday beginning at 4:30 p.m. each day.

Jervis told Vancity Buzz the lights could not be immediately changed as the colours are preprogrammed by a third party.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible on short notice last night due to the technical set-up of the lights,” he said. “They require pre-set programming for the colour combinations, and we had never done the blue, white and red combination before so unfortunately it wasn’t in the system.”

Image: Vancity Buzz

Image: Vancity Buzz

Earlier today, B.C. Place confirmed that its exterior perimeter lighting system will glow the colours of France tonight and Sunday after beginning at approximately 4:35 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Vancouver City Hall’s exterior lighting glowed France’s national colours shortly after the attack.

Here is a rundown of just some of the landmark structures around the world that have changed their colours: