Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Expo 86, an event that brought international attention to Vancouver and put it on the proverbial map.
The theme was “Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch”, and explored transportation by land, air and water.
It was officially opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana on May 2, 1986 and lasted for more than five months, attracting more than 20 million visitors from around the world.
The fair also commemorated Vancouver’s centennial, and marked a turning point for the young city, which until then was still relatively unknown on the world stage.
Located on the north shore of false Creek, the fair stretched from the Granville Street bridge all the way around the waterfront to what is now the Olympic Village. Until then, it had been industrial land.
There were 65 pavilions and 54 participating nations in all, including the United States, China, and the Soviet Union exhibiting together in North America for the first time.
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Expo 86 legacy
Two of the theme pavilions remain today; Science World, originally called Expo Centre, and the Roundhouse, which featured historical locomotives for the “The Golden Age of Ingenuity” exhibit.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary Science World is hosting an 80s themed party on Sunday, May 1st.
WATCH: Science World remembers Expo 86
The SkyTrain is also a legacy project of the fair, and the original Expo Line opened on December 11, 1985, running from Waterfront Station to New Westminster station.