Vancouver: A Year in Motion


208 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-00-217645-9





Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath is a Toronto Board of Education library consultant.


A photographic portrait of Vancouver in celebration of its centennial year, this vivid, outsize coffeetable extravaganza is fairly vibrant with the pulse of a living, growing, thriving city. Here are the sights, sounds, and smells (as far as they can be suggested in the most evocative of print) of the home of Expo ‘86, in a book that has been designated the official souvenir of the centennial. Those who expect a book about Vancouver to feature glorious mountain vistas, the Lions’ Gate Bridge, and Chinatown, will not be disappointed; but neither will those who hope to see fishermen, athletes, scholars, dancers, artisans of all kinds, stunning architecture, and a few glimpses of the Expo site. For those who find acres of bare flesh a must in big, expensive picture books, the back cover will have to suffice. Supersize, dazzlingly colorful, and a showcase for the talents of some of the best photographers in the business.


Sutherland, Tom, and Cindy Bellamy, “Vancouver: A Year in Motion,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 12, 2024,