Living: Canada Puts on a Fair That's Fun

The lines are forming for Vancouver's Expo 86

The signs leading from the airport into Vancouver boast IT'S OUR YEAR! C'EST NOTRE ANNEE! And so it is, in English, French and just about every other language of the globe. Surrounded on one side by snowcapped mountains, on the other by chill Pacific waters, the San Francisco of Canada, as it is often called, now has an additional adornment, a world's fair. Open since the beginning of the month, Expo 86 is already a success by the most firmly pedestrian standard: crowds are standing in line to love it.

Vancouver is one of the most serene big cities in North...

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