A new crowdfunding campaign has the goal of raising the funds necessary to turn the iconic ghost of Expo ’86, the McBarge, into a new tourist destination.
McBarge, or Friendship 500, was a floating McDonalds restaurant built for Expo ’86. The McBarge was anchored in False Creek and was the second floating McDs in the world (the other was/is in St. Louis.
In 1986, people believed that in the future we would be eating Big Macs while floating on water. Sadly, that future never materialized for us and the McBarge became the stuff of legend.
Now an entrepreneur wants to turn the McBarge into a tourist destination.
“Strategic alliances have been created to envision a one-of-a-kind adventure destination befitting BC’s SuperNatural setting.”
They write in a press release, “the vision is to create a major BC attraction showcasing the history, technology, stories and experiences offered by the Pacific Ocean.
“A proposed Deep Ocean Discovery Centre will become a major Pacific Northwest attraction and serve a vital role for all of us in an era of climate change.”
“The Oceans are the lungs of the Earth. Without it’s health we will all perish. The wonders of
the deep sea are equal to those in deep space,” stated (entrepreneur Phil) Nuytten. He added, “The education, exploration, resource and conservation benefits of our new Deep Discovery Centre are very important to mankind and we greatly appreciate your support of this campaign.”