Thirty-six years ago this week, millions of visitors flocked to Vancouver for the beginning of Expo ‘86.
The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication ran from May 2 until Oct. 13 in the city’s north shore of False Creek, carrying the theme “World in Motion – World in Touch” and coincided with Vancouver’s 100th anniversary.
The fair, featured pavilions from 54 nations, including Italy, Cuba, Australia and Thailand. An estimated 22 million people attended the expo, which was powered by 26,000 volunteers.
Some of the pavilions featured then remain iconic landmarks today: Science World (formerly the Ontario Pavillion), the China Gate and Canada Place.
To mark the start of the fair, then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife, Mila Mulroney, was joined by Prince Charles and late Princess Diana for an opening ceremony, as part of an eight-day royal tour through Canada.