19 vintage photos of Expo 86 in Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 9:39 pm

Expo 86 officially celebrates its 30th anniversary today, Monday, May 2, marking an historic moment for Vancouverites who witnessed the event that put us on the map.

From the construction of major infrastructure such as the SkyTrain and Science World, Expo 86 changed the scope of Vancouver. Featuring pavilions from 54 nations and with a transportation theme, the event drew more than 22 million visitors over the course of six months.

To celebrate the anniversary, people have taken to social media to post their favourite memories of the massive event that turned Vancouver from a sleepy west coast town into an international city.

Here are 19 vintage photos of Expo 86.

throwback to #expo86 goodtimes & time flies. #family A photo posted by David Perron (@dsp888) on

Retro #expo86 from the book, Expo Celebration, photo Rick Marotz

A photo posted by Jason Vanderhill (@jasonvanderhill) on

no biggie, just kiddo Blaine hanging out with the damn robot from #RockyIV. #Expo86 what-what?!

A photo posted by bdoubledizzle (@bwasylkiw) on

How was this 30 years ago?! #tbt #expo86 #weallhadmatchingglasses #vancouver #vancity @g_e_o_r_g_e_g_l_a_s_s

A photo posted by Angela (@raincitymum) on

#expo86 #Vancouver #aircanada

A photo posted by Jason Vanderhill (@jasonvanderhill) on

#expo86 #Vancouver A photo posted by Jason Vanderhill (@jasonvanderhill) on

#Tbt Gondola over Expo ’86 #expo #expo86 #vancouver #thatwas30yearsago??

A photo posted by Kristen Olsen (@kristen_olsen_) on

I loved that white hat. #expo86 #vancouver #1986 #throwbacktuesday

A photo posted by @boobyduck on

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