Rocket Ship for the Ages Built by Union Labour
For decades, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) was kicked off with a massive parade through the streets of Vancouver. School children received free admission tickets to the fair with their final report cards. The annual exhibition was more than rides, food booths and chamois salespeople. The PNE and its parade were working class entertainment that showcased handicrafts, agriculture and home arts from around the province.
Local 280 built a replica rocket in 1985 to commemorate the City of Vancouver’s centennial. It was displayed at Expo 86 and then relocated to its current site at Cambie Street and 2nd Avenue. It was removed briefly for construction of the Canada Line.