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Canada Line turns one: photos from the opening, part 1

Canada Line turns one: photos from the opening, part 1

Premier Gordon Campbell, Minister Stockwell Day, and many other dignitaries cut the ribbon on the Canada Line at YVR-Airport Station, August 17, 2009.

Happy birthday Canada Line!

One year ago today, the Canada Line officially opened to the public. The day kicked off with an official opening ceremony, and was followed by a free day of rides for everyone! And today, ridership is already exceeding our projections.

In honour of Canada Line’s one-year anniversary, I’ve dug up some little-seen photos from opening day. It turns out we have a lot of photos, so I’ll be posting them in four installments over the week. (Here’s part 2, part 3, and part 4 in this series.)

In this post, check out some photos of the official opening ceremony, plus snaps from Waterfront and Vancouver City Centre Stations on opening day.

This is just a small sample of many: see the full gallery of photos in this Flickr set!

Premier Gordon Campbell, VANOC CEO John Furlong, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie are part of the first official ride on the Canada Line. Taken August 17, 2009.
Dignitaries fill the platform on at Waterfront Station. Taken on August 17, 2009.
The commemorative ticket given to those on the first official Canada Line ride. Taken on August 17, 2009.
The lineup at Waterfront Station for the Canada Line opening. Taken August 17, 2009.
Another picture of the lineup at Waterfront Station for the Canada Line opening. Taken August 17, 2009.
Commemorative buttons handed out for the Canada Line opening. Taken August 17, 2009.
The stamp passport handed out during the Canada Line opening. Taken August 17, 2009
Lineup at Vancouver City Centre for the Canada Line opening. Taken August 17, 2009.
The lineup inside Broadway-City Hall Station for the Canada Line opening. Taken August 17, 2009.

For more, feel free to check out some first day stories, a roundup of opening day photo and video, and some past Buzzer posts about the construction of the line. As well, here’s the schedule and activity map from opening day!