From Expo 86 to Gabriola village centre
May 04, 2016: Gabriola Museum Press Release
When Expo 86 closed, Folklife was dismantled and stored in a Delta field until Steve Wohlleben reassembled it on Gabriola in 1993 as Folklife Village. It would be the biggest structural recycling project in BC. And it would create a new commercial and cultural hub that would transform life on Gabriola. Today Gabriola is the only location outside of Vancouver that can boast an intact Expo pavilion.
The Folklife Pavilion at Vancouver’s Expo 86 fair was built of old growth BC fir and showcased Canada’s culture, music, dance, crafts and food.
The trailers were eventually barged into Descanso Bay and unloaded onto the beach, from where they negotiated tight turns, narrow roads and steep grades up to the building site for reassembly.