Imagine a Vancouver without False Creek, the Expo Skytrain, or the sails at Canada Place.
That was the city before Expo 86 – twenty nine years ago.
Heritage Vancouver president, Javier Campos says it was a big moment for Vancouver – and there are some distinct lasting legacies.
“There was a lot of excitement; I mean, there were a lot more people than people were used to having here.”
“One of the biggest legacies is the fact that all of that False Creek North is re-developed. Prior to that there was the mill, there there was wood storage there. There were some art studios in Yaletown but it was quite run down.”
Most probably wouldn’t call Yaletown run down anymore and False Creek – now the site of the Olympic Village – has perked up too.
Still – in the era before the Internet, Campos says it was an eye opening festival.
“In ’86 it was a very different time and there wasn’t this general idea of the Internet and that everybody could have access to images and so I think the whole idea of the world fair was a slightly different proposition than we have now.”