The 5 Most Memorable Moments From Expo 86

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Expo 86

Not only did Expo 86 introduce the world to a litany of advancements in technology and transportation, but it helped shape some of the city’s most iconic infrastructure.

Indeed, it was a tremendous success for the city, as it put Vancouver on the world stage. In addition, the fair predicted roughly 13 – 14 million visitors, but over 22 million attended.

The iconic world fair was home to vendors from over 50 counties, and they all added unique perspectives on the fair’s theme.

The Top Moments in Expo 86

The Iconic Princess Diana/ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Prime Minister Brian Mulroney greeting iwht Princess Diana and Price Charles took place for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Diana donned an elegant red ensemble, and looked positively stunning. Of course, the world was captivated by the charismatic princess, and her presence electrified the city.

Expo 86

Photo: Vancouver – Expo 86 – Part I / YouTube

Expo 86

Photo: Vancouver – Expo 86 – Part I / YouTube

Canada Pavilion

The centrepiece of the fair, the Canada Pavilion stunned visitors in Vancouver’s lovely harbour.  A constant carnival of live presentations took place under the white domes, and gave the world a full view of Canadian culture. Truly remarkable demonstrations took place within the structure, which made it a favourite amongst guests.

Expo 86

Photo: Vancouver – Expo 86 – Part I / YouTube

Soaring Gondola Transportation

Not only was the fair enjoyable from the ground, but guests could experience a spectacular bird’s eye view from a gondola service. These boxcar-style gondolas were magical during the experience, many were excited to try the experience.

Expo 86

Photo: Vancouver Archives

First Nations Storytelling

While many locals understand the power of First Nation storytelling, a West Coast inspired performance at the expo commanded global attention. Indeed, the dramatization of a thunderbird, along with music, conveyed some key aspects of their spiritual legacy.

Expo 86

Photo: Vancouver – Expo 86 – Part I1 / YouTube

Science World Makes a Splash

This park shows the Expo Centre, which opened on the first day of Expo86. Between 1989-90, the space was expanded on. Upon re-opening, it was referred to as Science World. It is now called the Telus World of Science.

In 1987 Queen Elizabeth declared that the building was “for the people of British Columbia.”

Science World / Expo 86

Photo: Vancouver Archives

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