Join members of Team Canada on Jack Poole Plaza on Tuesday, August 24th for a symbolic lighting of the iconic Vancouver 2010 Olympic Cauldron. The ceremony will recognize the start of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as well as celebrate Team Canada’s achievements at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The ceremony will be hosted by B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) and the Vancouver Convention Centre and is free to attend for the public.

Members from Team Canada include:

  • Alannah Yip (Sport Climbing)
  • Evan Dunfee (Athletics, Race Walk)
  • Lisa Roman (Rowing)
  • Maxwell Lattimer (Rowing)
  • Madison Mailey (Rowing)

Lighting Schedule 

  • The Cauldron will light on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 6 pm to 9 pm PDT.

In addition, PavCo will show support for Canada’s athletes competing in the 2020 Paralympic Games by lighting its venues in Canada’s colours:

  • At the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Cauldron and facility district markers will glow red and white to mark the start of the Paralympic Games.
  • BC Place will feature a special Maple Leaf Illumination to mark the start of the Paralympic Games.

The Cauldron lightings are sponsored by FortisBC. The gas being used for these lightings is 100 per cent Renewable Natural Gas. This carbon neutral energy source, also known as biogas, is made in B.C. from organic farm and landfill waste.


The Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

"The Olympics and Paralympics are the pinnacle of sport. On behalf of Premier John Horgan and our entire government, we wish the best of luck to every member of Team Canada headed to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic and, in particular, the athletes with B.C. connections. You are truly an inspiration to us all, and we can't wait to cheer you on as you make your mark and go for the gold."

Alannah Yip, Team Canada, Sport Climbing

“It’s a huge honour for me to be a part of Team Canada, especially as Tokyo 2020 was Sport Climbing’s first inclusion in the Olympic Games. The Olympic spirit and camaraderie I felt was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I hope the Paralympians feel the support of the entire nation behind them and hear our cheers from across the ocean!”

Ian Aikenhead, Q.C., Chair, PavCo

“Following the incredible accomplishments of Team Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we are thrilled to carry that momentum forward with this special lighting as we now look to cheer on our athletes competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Doug Slater, Vice-President, External and Indigenous Relations, FortisBC

“FortisBC is proud to use carbon-neutral Renewable Natural Gas to light the Olympic Cauldron. We look forward to watching Team Canada compete and wish everyone the best of luck in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”