Saturday, September 24, 2011

THE MC BARGE



Image credit - Me
Image Credit - Jesse Donaldson
When I think of Expo 86, I think of Expo Ernie, concrete motorcycles and cars, pavilion passports, a monorail and the geodesic dome with the Mc Barge docked next to it.  I assume some of these pieces went home, I know some of the buildings were moved to Richmond.  As for the Mc Barge, it has been docked in North Burnaby for some time. The barge was named the Friendship 500.  From what I gathered from the internet, food was delivered to the front of the barge via a conveyor belt.  Reports of those who have boarded the vessel state the interior  of the barge is in decent condition.
Many have made plans to board the Mc Barge and from reading a few blog posts there are many that have.   It isn't far off shore and seems totally doable for those who want to grab some friends and do a Stand By Me mission to check it out, or for some serious graffiti kids who want to put up a burner on the side.  I haven't done any intel to on if there are cameras and such but there is fencing and barbed wire around the boat to make things a little difficult for the pirates or the saboteurs employed by Burger King.  If you don't want to board it, the McBarge is a good excuse for a bike ride.
For those who want to make a journey, it is not hard. The first time I tried to get there, I didnt do much research and tried getting there using my Iphone.  It wasn't very easy, the Iphone GPS wasn't very accurate out there.  I ended up walking down some trail and then started bush wacking a bit and ended up at the parking lot.  So after getting to the parking lot, I found that it is really easy to get there by car or bike.   Here are some directions. Drive down Hastings and turn North onto Gamma from Hastings.  Ironically, you just have to head north when you see the McDonalds on Hastings.  Follow that all the way down and you are there. More photos - old and new  Google Maps
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