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This 1986 aerial footage of Vancouver shows how far we've come (VIDEO)

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Lauren Sundstrom Sep 27, 2016 2:13 am

Vancouver has changed a wee bit over the last 30 years.

An aerial video of downtown Vancouver from 1986 was posted to YouTube, and it shows a staggeringly different landscape than what we’re used to today.

This was before Rogers Arena existed, before Yaletown was the neighbourhood of choice for the elite (it was largely industrial), and before the Shangri-La hotel claimed the title of the tallest building in the city.

There were, however, some at-the-time brand new structures visible that we’ve come to know, love, and rely on: Science World, and the Expo line of Vancouver’s rapid transit system, the SkyTrain.

Watch the video to see for yourself just how different this city was in the mid-80s.


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Lauren Sundstrom
Lauren is a former staff writer at Daily Hive. She's a graduate of BCIT's Broadcast and Online Journalism program.

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