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YVR's Top 10 Photos of 2012


Join us in taking a look back at the unforgettable year at YVR through our Top 10 photos of 2012. Some are from fun-filled events that took place at the terminal, others were snapped for promotional purposes surrounding exciting developments, and a few are just plain breathtaking images.


On a clear Vancouver evening in May the moon reached the closest point in its orbit of Earth, creating this "Super Moon". The spectacular lunar light illuminated the terminal and tower,  producing this striking image. Both of the moon pictures were taken by Daniel Namdari.


2012 was a big year for YVR in terms of growth as two new airlines were welcomed during the calendar year. Pictured here are representatives of Sichuan Airlines, YVR's own Tony Gugliotta (third from left), International Trade Minister Edward Fast (fifth from left) and of course a pair of Royal Canadian Mounted Police in full serge all participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. For a recap of the events click here


Chinese New Year is always a colourful and lively celebration in the terminal and this year at YVR was no different as the Dragon Dance excited travellers and employees alike. The traditional performance is meant to mimic the movements of the powerful and wise dragons and brings good luck for the upcoming year.


Virgin Atlantic owner, media baron and overall cool dude, Sir Richard Branson is flanked by a bevy of British beauties as they arrive on the inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic Airways. The airline offered direct flight service between Vancouver and London just in time to get passengers to Britain so they could cheer on Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Click here to see a video commemorating the event.


Speaking of the Olympics...this candid photo was snapped as members of the Women's Olympic Soccer Team returned to YVR from London to a raucous crowd of supporters who cheered wildly for their Canadian heriones. Pictured here are Karina LeBlanc (right) and Canada's all-time leading goal scorer Christine Sinclair (left). The team captured the nation's attention when they battled the heavily-favoured Americans to a heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals, eventually going on to win a much-deserved bronze medal on a last-second goal in the consolation game. The team earned many accolades recently, including being named Team of the Year by the Canadian Press and Sinclair was named the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year for her efforts.


This bird means business. Pictured here is a Saker Falcon in May, ready to patrol the runways and scare off other smaller birds that could potentially cross paths with departing and arriving aircraft.The falconry program at YVR is crucial to the safety of passengers and the wildlife team works hard to make sure the birds are treated humanely and with the respect they deserve. You can learn more about the falconry program by reading this fascinating blog post done by guest contributor Mike Lazzaroni of the engineering department.


YVR recently held a banner contest to celebrate B.C. First Nations artists by having local First Nations artists submit their original designs. The winners, Michelle Stoney (left) and Valerie Malesku (right) can be seen above standing in front of their winning entries that adorn the roadways, ramps and parkade leading up to the terminal. Valerie and Michelle’s banner designs were unveiled at The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe. Find more info on the banner contest here and here.


The greater YVR community came together in September to help remove more than 800 kg of debris from the shoreline of Iona Beach Regional Park. More than 250 people came out and volunteered their time and efforts to this worthy cause and kicked off an entire week of shoreline clean-ups across the province. You can learn more about the event here or visit


The 3rd Annual ORBIS Plane Pull for Sight took place at YVR on May 27th, drawing around 600 people and raising funds for the ORBIS Kids Sight Centre aimed at eliminating blindness in children worldwide. More info on the event and ORBIS here.


YVR and Japadog teamed up for the Japadog Eating Contest in the International Departures area this past summer. Steve Thomson devoured seven hot dogs in 10 minutes to take down the competition and take home the grand prize of $250 YVR bucks and a $50 Japadog gift certificate. 




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