Want fries with that? Creepy floating McDonald’s that has been abandoned for nearly 30 years

 
 
 
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The McBarge, officially named the Friendship 500, was a McDonald’s restaurant, built on a barge for Expo ’86 in Vancouver,British Columbia. Moored on Expo grounds in Vancouver’s False Creek, it was the second floating McDonald’s location in the world (first being in St Louis, Missouri), intended to showcase future technology and architecture.

Although the floating design allowed for the barge to operate in a new location following the exhibition, the derelict McBarge has been anchored empty in Burrard Inlet  since 1991, amid industrial barges and an oil refinery.

Though disused and forgotten for years, the barge is currently the centrepiece of a proposed waterfront development on theFraser River in Mission, British Columbia, including a restaurant and marina.

IT WAS DUBBED THE WORLDS FIRST FLOATING MCDONALD’S

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The world’s only abandoned floating McDonald’s restaurant was created in 1986 for the World Expo held in Vancouver, British Columbia. source 

 

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THE OUTSIDE WAS DESIGNED TO LOOK FUTURISTIC source

 

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THE INTERIOR FEATURED HARDWOOD FLOORS, POTTED PLANTS source

 

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, AND SPECTACULAR VIEWS FROM LARGE BAY WINDOWS source

 

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Since then, the boat has sat neglected and allowed to slowly rust over the decades source

 

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While it was in use, the restaurant on the barge was one of the only McDonald’s to deliver its food on a conveyor belt source

 

The restaurant was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. for Expo ’86 and was one of five McDonald’s locations on the Expo grounds, all of which were constructed for a total of $12 million.

It was initially intended to be used as a McDonald’s restaurant after Expo ’86, but the barge remained empty at the Expo grounds until 1991, when the new owner of the grounds forced McDonald’s to remove it. It has since been anchored derelict inBurrard Inlet, north of Burnaby, British Columbia. Sources Barnorama) (photo credits unknown) wiki

 

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The McBarge is a ruin of its former glory from the ’80s. source

 

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The proposals are already fairly ambitious and even suggest a float plane service, a marina, and paddlewheel excursions around the surrounding river.source 

 

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Although it resembles an old ghost ship, the barge has some old industrial beauty to it source

 

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It was marketed as a luxury dining experience for 1980s yuppies who were increasingly rejecting fast food.  source

 

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Adding to the experience of a “high class establishment”, the kitchen was hidden from sight, and food arrived on conveyor belts. source

 

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Today, photographers and urban explorers sometimes take pictures of the crumbling condition of the “McBarge” (aka “The McDerelict”) source

In June 2009, the McBarge’s current owner, Gastown developer Howard Meakin, submitted a proposal to the Mission city council for a waterfront development on the Fraser River, with the former McBarge as the centrepiece. Named “Sturgeon’s on the Fraser”, the development would include multiple restaurants and a marina complex, including paddlewheeler excursions and float plane service to Victoria and Nanaimo.

Other proposals that have been put forward without owner interest include using the barge as a homeless shelter to alleviate overcrowding in Vancouver’s current temporary shelters.