For years now, every time I've been out to North Vancouver to visit the old homestead, I've noticed this derelict barge on the opposite shore. My mother told me that it had been used at Expo 86 as a McDonald's "restaurant" (I use the term loosely) and had been towed away and left abandonned after the fair was over.
On one visit, we happened to be on that opposite shore and I got to see the mystery boat (known locally as the "McBarge) at a closer distance.
Apparently, during Expo it was the busiest McDonald's in the world (yes, even busier than Paris McDo's!)
Since Expo, the barge has been used as a movie set in numerous films, often subbing (pardon the expression) for a cruise ship.
Look at all those windows we bloggers can gawk out of and photograph from as we traverse oceans and cruise along rivers or moor in lakes. Of course, there are outdoor platforms as well where the more dedicated can set up tripods and such.
Just think of the parties we will be able to have every night!
It will truly be a magical mystery tour.
(Operators are standing by to take your call so book your reservation now!)
Reality check: The barge was bought right out from under us by a property developer who plans to transform it into three restaurants (seafood, tap bar, and coffee shop) and dock it on the Fraser River in Mission. The renovation is expected to cost $5million and the entire project $10mill.
Maybe it was a bit beyond our means.
Okay, everyone back on the bus!