Hard to believe it was thirty years ago! I was one of the 10,000 journalists from 60 countries who descended on Vancouver to cover the transportation & communication exposition, held in honour of this city’s centennial.
Expo 86 was opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana on May 2, 1986. The world exposition put Vancouver on the world map – forever changed the city skyline – and left several legacy projects in it’s wake. Three of the most important legacy projects in my opinion are:
Expo 86 spawned the beginning of Metro Vancouver’s advanced rapid transit system. Thirty years, and several expansion lines later – the Skytrain is still on the move and still growing!
Home to the BC Lions and the Whitecaps – BC Place has also done the city proud by hosting several world class sporting events like the 2010 Olympics, Heritage Classic, FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as some of the biggest names in music history, from Paul McCartney to the Rolling Stones and David Bowie.
The iconic geodesic dome nestled along False Creek plays host to thousands of excited children and their parents every year, all looking for a fun and interactive way to learn about and celebrate science.