Tourism Calgary Media Release

Olympic flames to be ignited to remind Calgarians to vote Nov. 13 on 2026 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games

Olympic cauldrons to be lit November 8-12 at 20:26 each night


November 8, 2018 – To spark awareness and remind Calgarians to vote in the Nov. 13 plebiscite on the 2026 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, Calgary’s three Olympic cauldrons will be lit for 20 minutes and 26 seconds at 20:26 each evening (save Nov. 11, Remembrance Day) until the vote.


Over 54,000 Calgarians cast ballots in advanced polls, and all other eligible voters are encouraged to vote on plebiscite day, Tuesday, Nov. 13. Details about voting stations, hours and eligibility can be found here:


Sparking a reminder for Calgarians to vote on Nov. 13 is important to Calgary’s tourism industry, which has been proud in its longstanding support of Calgary’s 2026 bid. The Calgary Hotel Association partnered with private donors to generously sponsor the lighting of the cauldrons as another way of encouraging Calgarians to vote.


“The Calgary Hotel Association is pleased to demonstrate its support for the Calgary 2026 bid in such an iconic and public way,” says 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 Nov. 13.”


On Nov. 13, the Calgary Tower will be lit between 6 - 7 p.m. while the other two cauldrons will be lit for 20 minutes and 26 seconds within that hour. The Calgary Tower will also be illuminated with red and white every night from Nov. 7 to 13. On Nov. 13, it will be joined by Telus Spark, Olympic Plaza, Arts Commons, Glenbow and Reconciliation Bridge.


The Calgary 2026 Games will build on the successes of the city and country’s rich Olympic and Paralympic history, shaping a brighter future for the next generation of leaders. Canada’s Games are the choice to compete internationally to host lies in the trusted hands of Calgarians. Complete details of Calgary’s bid can be found at

Becca Gould