On the eve of Expo 86’s 30 year anniversary, Vancouverites had a chance to taste the past at one of the fair’s enduring landmarks.
Over the weekend Science World hosted expo memorabilia of all kinds, along with retro-’80s technology, and screenings of the famous Expo films “Rainbow War” and “A Freedom to move.”
Science World President and CEO says the institution is lucky to have inherited the building, which still evokes memories from visitors.
“A week doesn’t go by that someone comes up to us and reminds us of that period.”
He says the fair’s focus on transportation and communication has carried through into Science World’s focus on innovation and learning.
And he says it’s an honour to be a part of Expo’s legacy.
“More than just the business development, real estate development, there was a psychic development of Vancouver coming form Expo. And we’re so pleased at Science World to have been able to carry on that tradition.”
WATCH: The Academy Award nominated Rainbow War returned to the screen at Science World over the weekend
The displays provoked more than a little nostalgia:
“It was a fun time. It was a time when Vancouver became itself, became it’s own.
“It makes you realize how old you are. I remember seeing a lot of this stuff when I was really really young.
“That’s the part that gets me – it’s 30 years ago, but it feels like yesterday. I think for any kid who lived through it, it’s permanently ingrained in your psyche.
“I saw princess Diana when she came. Waited hours and hours to see her.
More than 22-million people visited the five month fair, which many credit with “putting Vancouver on the map.”