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This Abandoned, Floating McDonalds Used To Be The Most Unique Of Its Kind

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This Abandoned, Floating McDonalds Used To Be The Most Unique Of Its Kind

This might just be the oddest McDonalds restaurant we've ever seen. Built on a 187 foot barge, the restaurant was specially designed to represent the "architecture of the future" for Expo '86 in Vancouver, British Columbia. These days, it sits vacant and lonely, just waiting for some brave explorer to come photograph it.

The restaurant was offically named Friendship 500, but of course, it was soon nicknamed McBarge. The barge restaurant was moored in Vancouver's False Creek but today collects rust in the Burrand Inlet.

The restaurant was originally intended to continue serving guests even after Expo '86 ended, but when the new owner of the grounds forced McDonalds to move their strange boat, so the barge took up harbor elsewhere and was soon forgotten.

These days, no one seems quite sure what to do with the floating restaurant. The city of Vancouver shows no interest in developing other waterfront properties on the Fraser River, so the barge may have seen it's last days as an operating restaurant.

Last we heard, someone proposed that the barge be converted into a temporary homeless shelter. Another rumor suggests it could become student housing for Capilano University (but we sense this one is just a joke). We hope someone comes up with a good idea soon because the barge looks so sad and lonely out there.

Via Vintage News

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