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Expo '86, Vancouver, Canada
Expo '86 photos
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The Flag of Nations infront of
the British Columbia Pavilion
The Expo Centre
(photo courtesy of Bob and Rose Elliott)
The Australia Pavilion
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Expo 86 commemorated Vancouver's centennial.

The last world's fair in North America, it is often credited with showing that world expositions can still be viable projects in North America following the financial and other woes of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville and the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans.

It was the first time the United States, China, and the Soviet Union exhibited together in North America. It also featured the next-to-last appearance at a world's fair of the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.

Canada's pavilion was located in what is now Canada Place, a major Vancouver landmark, on the other side of downtown Vancouver.

Originally planned as "Transpo '86," with a transportation theme, it was changed to "Expo '86" and communication added to the theme, "World in Motion - World in Touch."

You can listen to a discussion of Expo '86's legacy on Episode 6 of the World's Fair Podcast.

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Video
 
 
Expo '86 Commercial from 1985
 
Expo '86 Video (part 1)
 
Expo '86 Video (part 2)
 
Expo 86 Video (part 3)
 
SkyTrain and Expo '86 gondolas
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Quick Info

opening date
02 May 1986
closing date
13 October 1986
theme
"World in Motion -
World in Touch"
site description
Along False Creek and Canada Place complex
site size
70 hectares (173 acres)
participating countries
55
attendance
22.1 million
status
BIE specialized exposition
(Class II)
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Check out The ExpoMuseum.com Shop for other world's fair books, video, audio and art.
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Mascot
 
 
Expo Ernie

Expo Ernie was the official mascot of Expo '86. On site, he could be seen rolling around and greeting guests. Decades later, he's still a recognizable character in Vancouver.

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Exclusive Photos
 
 
Expo '86 photos

Exclusive photos of Expo '86 are on ExpoMuseum's Flickr site.

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Map
 
 
Expo '86 site map
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Discussion Board
 
 
The World's Fair Community

ExpoMuseum's sister site, WorldsFairCommunity.org, maintains a discussion group about Expo '86. Visit it here.

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Other Useful Sites
 

Expo '86 - Looking Back
- from Greater Vancouver Parks

This is My Home (.MOV audio), theme of the Canada Pavilion by composer Bob Buckley

Canada Place - formerly the Canadian Pavilion

Science World - formerly the Expo Center

Princess Diana visiting Expo '86

Rainbow War
- Oscar-nominated short film at CN Pavilion, from Pyramid Media

The World's Fair Podcast, Episode 6
- Bill Cotter talks about Expo 86

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