After famous aviator Charles Lindbergh refused to land in Vancouver because there was ‘no fit field to land on,’ the City began construction of a new airport on Sea Island. On July 22, 1931 the City of Vancouver Airport & Seaplane Harbour officially opened to much celebration and fanfare, including a four-day official opening and air pageant (see the official opening ticket, shown at left, generously lent to YVR for its anniversary celebrations by Al Miller of Penticton).
To celebrate and officially mark YVR’s 80th anniversary, we held a public open house on July 22 and 23.
Thousands of community members from Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and beyond came out to celebrate, explore and enjoy their airport. From the small toddler getting a balloon animal made into an airplane, to the former pilot recalling the days when he flew through YVR in the ’60s – the terminal was full of smiling faces.
Throughout both days, the airport had plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. Many people enjoyed wandering through our 80 Memorable Moments photo gallery, which contained photos from the 1930s until today, or checking out vintage aircraft parked at the South Terminal. Other highlights included the extremely popular Airside Ballet (which is taking place throughout Take-off Fridays), balloon art, DJs, face painters and free giveaways including paper pilot hats.
Thank you to everyone who came out and helped create a memorable anniversary. As we look back at the last 80 years, we can’t wait to connect B.C. to the world for another 80.
Learn more about YVR throughout the past 80 years in the history section of our website.