Air horns blast Olympic cheer across the entire city
VANCOUVER (CP) — Every time Canada wins an Olympic medal, 10 air horns atop Canada Place in downtown Vancouver blast the opening notes to O Canada at an ear-shattering 115 decibels.
The heritage horns are typically only played at noon to signal lunch. But for the Olympics, officials thought it would be a good way to alert residents and spectators of another Canadian medal.
“We’re really calling on the city to celebrate with us every time we win a medal,” says Brett Calder, from Canada Place Corporation, the iconic Vancouver waterfront convention centre and cruise ship terminal.
The horns were built in 1967 as a Canadian Centennial project for BC Hydro, the big provincial power producer. They were later bought by Canada Place and have resided on its roof for the last 15 years.
In all, there are 10 aluminum horns.