Challenger Map Gets Reprieve
A highlight of Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition grounds was George Challenger’s massive — at 26×24 metres — exaggerated-relief map of British Columbia, which was on display at the B.C. Pavillion until that building was torn down in 1997. Saved from destruction, the map has since been in storage until a new home could be found. (There was an unsuccessful attempt, chronicled here, to get the map into a new convention centre, and the provincial government stopped paying the storage bills after a couple of years.) The National Post now reports that the map will be repainted and reassembled in a vacant airport warehouse, though no permanent display space has yet been identified. I saw this thing as a kid, and to say it’s impressive is an understatement. Thanks to Melissa Edwards for the link.