Organization: Expo 86 Corporation
Product: Brochure
Year: 1986

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Expo 86

The 1986 World Exposition
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
May 2-October 13, 1986

The Event

The Event Expo 86 is a once-in-a-lifetime World Exposition in a once-in-a-world city. Spectacular pavilions, space-age technology, strolling entertainers and exciting special events.

International sights, sounds and flavours. A chance for you to sample the culture, cuisine and shopping of faraway places. And the enthusiastic western hospitality of Canada’s third-largest city.

Sanctioned by the International Bureau of Expositions (BIE) in Paris, the 1986 World Exposition will be a Fair to remember.

Hours of Operation

Open seven days a week, 12 hours a day, Expo 86 will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe during the five-and-a-half-month-long fair. Over 15 million visitors are expected.


The Exposition celebrates mankind’s achievements in transportation and related communication. The movement of people, goods and information. From windjammers to space shuttles… from Marconi to satellites.

What lies ahead? Expo 86 invites you to glimpse the future.

Host City

Canada’s most beautiful city and home to more than a million people, Vancouver is a multi-cultural mecca. No city could provide a more striking site for Expo 86, nor a more appropriate one.

As Canada’s Gateway to the Pacific, this young, yet sophisticated city is the hub of a transportation and communications system covering North and South America and the nations of the vast Pacific Rim.

Major airlines fly in from every continent. Two trans-continental railways and several major highways have their western terminus in Vancouver. Just 50 km (31 miles) from the Canada/United States border, Vancouver is within easy reach of Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Vancouver is ready to welcome you.

The Site

Expo’s two waterfront sites in the heart of Vancouver are close to major hotels, theatres, restaurants, shops, parks, beaches and historic Gastown and Chinatown.

Experience the latest in urban transportation by riding the new rapid transit aluminum trains between the main 52 hectare (130 acre) site along False Creek, and the host Canadian Pavilion, just two kilometres (1.2 miles) away on Burrard Inlet.

The Participants

More than 30 nations from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. Canadian provinces and American states; industries and associations. All displaying their most innovative technology, culture, costumes and cuisine in exciting pavilions.

Who knows what new invention you may see? In the past, elevators, plastic, television, neon lights, cinemascope, moving sidewalks – even ice cream cones, and the ferris wheel-all first appeared at World Fairs.

Many of the world’s great minds-scientists, philosophers, artists-will add to the spirited energy of Expo 86. And it wouldn’t be a World Exposition without the most important participant. You!

Special Events

So much to come for. A World Festival of international performers in dance, opera, music and the visual arts. Clowns, minstrels, even robots will stroll the site. Regattas, sea festivals, air shows, tattoos, parades, the Tall Ships, kite races to the moon. Races by foot, horseback, balloon and vintage airplane. Sound good? There’s much more!

It’s all part of Expo 86 and the special festivities planned to help Vancouver celebrate its 100th birthday in 1986. Come join the party!

Expo 86 is organizing now for success. Further information may be obtained by writing:

Public Affairs
Expo 86
P.O. Box 1986
Station “A”
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6C 2X5

The 1986 World Exposition is sponsored by the Government of Canada and organized and operated by a Crown Corporation of the Government of British Columbia.


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