last day was said to have been the busiest day of the fair. The
of the tourist season was
over and most of the people visiting at that
time were Vancouverites. Getting anywhere fast was
more of a
than a pleasure and it didn't take much imagination to assume the
people bumping into each other were the same crowds that shopped for
Christmas presents on
in long queues waited to get into the pavilions they enjoyed the first
time around and
waited in even longer queues to see the pavilions they
held off visiting until the last minute.
Then there was the rush
to get those stamps needed to complete the Expo Passport. It was
common to hear people mention that they were scrambling from pavilion
pavilion to find that
perfect souvenir seen months before but they
which pavilion the illusive treasure was in?
Still, spirits were
high until the evening set in when it was time for the pavilions to
doors for the last time.
the pavilions turned off their lights, the remaining fireworks were set
ablaze for a grand finale.
Every vantage point imaginable was
thick with people trying to get one last look. The
darkened for the double-length show. Afterwards, the usual PA
urging visitors to "come back again" was absent. The lights
dim. But, one beacon of
light shone brighter than all
Lit in gleeming white sparklers in the middle of False Creek
of fire to the water below a single word illuminated the shores of Expo
'86 was over.
was a closing night bash to say thank you to all the volunteers and
86 employees. On
the program below, notice that the entertainment
included some rising stars including Ryan Styles
who would go on to
it famous in "The Drew Carey Show" and "Who's Line is it Anyway."