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Vancouver is turning 130: Join the celebration!

Vancouver 130 celebration for 2016
On April 6 2016, the City of Vancouver will mark its 130th anniversary.

On April 6, 1886, the Canadian Pacific Rail train arrived in Vancouver, and CPR president William Van Horne gave the city its name in honour of George Vancouver. Today, Vancouver is a vibrant, diverse and thriving city.

Join us as we celebrate Vancouver 130! This is a time for us to connect, remember the past, celebrate, show our pride and think about how to create a Vancouver that we all want to live in tomorrow. This is your celebration! How will you be part of it? 

Choose a Vancouver 130 adventure

From art to neighborhood block parties, watch this space and the Vancouver 130 social media channels over the next 130 days for facts, clues, announcements, and more than a few surprises about the exciting things in store in 2016.

130 Facts in 130 Days

130 Facts in 130 Days

We will be posting 130 facts about Vancouver to Twitter in 130 days. Learn about key city-building milestones that have defined Vancouver and made us who we are today.

Topics will range from arts, sports, festivals and culture to bold goals, policies, services, and infrastructure.

Watch for the hashtag #Van130.

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Vanniversary survey

Vanniversary survey

The goal of Vancouver 130 is in part to celebrate, show our pride and support a future Vancouver that you want to live in.

Stay tuned for our Vanniversary survey to tell us about life in Vancouver and what you may want to see for the future.

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Photo submission

Photo submission

Join us as we celebrate Vancouver 130 by comparing the past to the present.

We will be posting photos of locations around the city from the past and asking you to submit photos of the same location from today, for a chance to win weekly prizes.

Use the hashtag: #Van130archive.

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Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

We are turning Vancouver into a giant board game with an interactive scavenger hunt. Guided from any smart phone, groups can make their way around the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about Vancouver’s history.

Clues will be released weekly for 6 weeks and will lead you to City locations and services. When you submit photos of the solved clue via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #Van130Hunt you will have the chance to win a weekly prize.

Using your smart phone as your guide allows you to start when you want and play at your own pace. This is fun for families, friends and work colleagues.

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