The Canada Line has officially turned 10 years old today! It seems like it was just yesterday when Metro Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and people cheering their favourite athlete(s) and country. To celebrate the SkyTrain Line’s birthday, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to see how the community from Downtown Vancouver to Richmond has grown since the day of its opening!
Canada Line opening day
Ten years ago from today, marked the beginning of the Canada Line’s entry into service. There was celebration across all of its stations with entertainment, fun activities and lots of prizes for those who participated in the celebrations!
Our favourite keepsake from opening day has to be the limited-edition souvenir Canada Line passport and the YVR Breakfast Boarding Pass!
The Canada Line Passport was a souvenir for Metro Vancouver residents who’ve participated in the Opening Day celebrations. People had to collect stamps from eleven of the stations through out the SkyTrain line for a chance to win some outstanding prizes like gift cards to shopping outlets located near these stations. There were live opening ceremonies at Broadway-City Hall, Bridgeport and Richmond-Brighouse stations too, with a free-fare for everyone to ride the Canada Line from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The YVR boarding pass was a souvenir specifically for the opening festivities at YVR for the few hundred dignitaries who had involvement with the Canada line project.
A lot has happened in Metro Vancouver over the past 10 years. Interested in shaping what the future of transit will be? You can fill out the Transport 2050 survey which will be open until September 22nd. Let us know what you want to see for the future of Metro Vancouver or have fond memories of riding the Canada Line, we love to here your stories. :)