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Expo 86 (Vancouver, Canada)

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Expo 86 Flag image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 February 2009

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The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or simply Expo '86, was held in Vancouver from May 2 until October 13. The fair, the theme of which was "Transportation and Communication: World in Motion - World in Touch", coincided with Vancouver's centennial and was held on the north shore of False Creek.
Sylvain "Sly" Houde, 16 July 2008

The Expo 86 flag was in 3:5 proportions like the BC flag because Expo was a project of the Provincial government.
Dean McGee, 15 December 2008

Interesting to see during the opening ceremony video by Radio Canada ( - the upside down flags of the BIE, Canada and British Columbia, and then the BIE flag being set up (from 1:15 until 1:28)).

"In 1978, Sam Bawlf, provincial minister for recreation and conservation, had proposed an international exposition to celebrate Vancouver's centenary based on a concept study by architect Randle Iredale. A formal application for a fair called Transpo 86 was submitted June 1979 to the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris. Various sites and plans were proposed. The BIE approved the fair in November 1980. Patrick Reid, Ambassador and Commissioner General, changed the name to Expo 86 in October 1981, eliminating any connotations of a trade fair. Unlike EXPO 67 this was a special category exposition, the largest ever held, with a single theme of transportation and communications. The theme statement of "World in Motion - World in Touch" was symbolized by a logo of 3 concentric circles using the figures 8 and 6 intersecting to represent transportation by land, sea and air. After difficulties with funding through 1980-81, plans were finalized. The project was sponsored by the federal and provincial governments. Expo 86 Corp was established as a nonprofit agency to plan and operate the fair and was headed by Jim Pattison, chairman of the board and later president. Creative director was Ron Woodall, chief architect was Bruno Freschi and Bob Smith was in charge of production and design"

There was also a 20th anniversary event commemorating the Expo 86, held in 2006. During this 2006 event, one can see two types of flags:
- First type: White background with logo in light blue as seen in the following pictures: and
- Second type: Light blue background with logo in white as seen in the following picture:

For additional information please see: (1984 and 1985 brochures in French and English) (Video) (Pictures) (Pictures, planning, designs, etc.) (Canada at the World Expo)

Esteban Rivera, 21 May 2011