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Expo 86 was a game changer for the city, one of the largest public events ever held in British Columbia. Expo was a catalyst for major real estate, infrastructural and architectural projects.

The fair, which attracted over 22 million visitors, endowed Vancouver with international stature: the provincial town grew bolder and became recognized as a city with boundless potential.

The Museum of Vancouver marks Expo’s 30th anniversary with a display, Recollecting Expo ’86, and a special discussion led by four architects instrumental in the development of the exposition.

Local designers worked collaboratively to make Vancouver an international symbol of the future city. The subsequent sale of Expo lands set the stage for further transformation.

Come hear first-hand about a massive project that brought unique challenges and left special memories. Each architect will share stories and answer questions about the impact of Expo 86.     


Bruno Freschi, Expo Chief Architect/Master Planner/EXPO Centre designer (now Science World)
Alan Hart, contributor to the livable regional plan and the development of Skytrain
Peter Cardew, contributor to the Expo Gate and CN Rail Pavilion
Clive Grout, consultant in corporate pavilions including Canada Pacific, General Motors, BC Pavilion, Plaza of Nations, Expo Gate

Museum of Vancouver Presents Recollecting 86

Date: Thursday, May 19; bar opens at 6 pm; presentation and discussion, 7 pm
Venue: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street in Vancouver’s Vanier Park
Tickets: $15 adults; $11 students & seniors; free for MOV members; registration coming soon

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