Vancouver’s Olympic cauldron will be lit for PyeongChang 2018

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Vancouver’s Olympic cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza will glow brightly again soon in support of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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The Plaza and the surrounding area were key gathering places just eight years ago as Vancouver welcomed the world as host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The cauldron was donated through a legacy investment by FortisBC, and the impressive 32.8 ft (10 m) tall structure remains a compelling local landmark and source of great pride for Vancouver.

The cauldron will be lit at a special event on Thursday, February 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. to mark the PyeongChang games’ opening ceremony. It will be lit again Saturday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in recognition of the closing ceremony for the Paralympic Games.

Additionally, landmarks all over Vancouver, including the cauldron and plaza area, will glow red for the duration of the Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

The exterior lights at city hall, Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Burrard Bridge will be red for the full duration of the Olympics, February 9 to March 18. BC Place will glow red on select days and will feature a medal ceremony animation during the opening and closing days, and on days when Team Canada wins a medal.

With files from the Vancouver Courier

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com