CORPORATE PAVILIONS & THEME EXHIBITS
Anchored off site in Vancouver's downtown harbour, the Canada Pavilion was the largest ever built by the federal government. The design concept blended the styles of a sleek luxury liner with a majestic roof line of five towering sails. Visitors could either enter the fair through the Canada Pavilion or shuttle via train from the main site.
Outside and in, the pavilion housed one of the most comprehensive cultural festivals assembled in one place in Canada. The visitor began his journey through a variety of pop up performances in the style of a travelling circus. The queue into the pavilion was as entertaining as the pavilion itself.
The first show was comprised of award winning comedy sketches. The comedy routines were performed by a flamboyantly dressed Canada goose and a beaver.
Wondrous new Worlds presented a new vision of Canada in four dimensions -- deep space, the earth's atmosphere, undersea and the Arctic. The Celebration theatre hosted an array of patriotic films. Going back in time to the ice age, the Earth Watch theatre told the story of how people have adapted to the changing Canadian climate.
The Great Hall was a huge expanse. Here, an airship that looked like a flying saucer floated high above the crowd.
Taking the space of an entire wall, the largest ever designed audio-visual presentation was comprised of 108 stacked monitors. By projecting visions of sailing, flying, and blasting into space, the "Vidiwall" gave the illusion that the pavilion was in constant motion.
Canadian inventions and discoveries included a prototype of the Maglev (Canada's high speed magnetic levitation train) and new Ice breaker design.
Computer technology was also showcased as visitors could get a hands on look at voice-recognition software (very new in 1986). A favourite exhibit was a robotic arm which visitors could manipulate to fold a paper airplane and toss it across the hall.
Artworks from rising Canadian stars were also featured. A giant transformation mask symbolically told the West Coast Native story of the raven and first human.
The Canada Pavilion was a fair all to itself.
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The Canada Pavilion's five shows, live entertainment and extensive exhibits make a visit here truly memorable.
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