Vancouver’s Centennial Mascot was Tillicum the Sea Otter

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It’s Throwback Thursday which means I’m browsing the City of Vancouver Archives (and other online museum resources) for inspiration for this week’s history post. One character that kept popping up in my searches was a mascot, all around town. Turns out it’s Tillicum the Sea Otter, the official mascot of Vancouver’s Centennial (1886-1986).

Vancouver's Centennial Mascot was Tillicum the Sea Otter
Tillicum the Otter at Robson Square. Archives # 2011-010.1951.21.

Vancouver’s Centennial Mascot was Tillicum the Sea Otter

Snapping photos with locals, walking in parades, wearing a sash in official capacity at the PNE, Tillicum had quite the engagement schedule — and would have been totally Insta-famous today. From Canada Place and Science World, to Robson Square and Stanley Park, here are some of Tillicum’s adventures:

Tillicum the Sea Otter
Tillicum at the Museum of Vancouver. Archives #2011-010.1950.04
Vancouver's Centennial Mascot was Tillicum the Sea Otter
Tillicum at the Pacific Central Station. Archives #2011-010.1947.28
Tillicum the Otter Mascot Collage
Vancouver Archives collection of Tillicum about town!
Tillicum the Sea Otter
Tillicum at Canada Place. Archives #2011-010.2719
Tillicum the Sea Otter
Tillicum at Stanley Park. Archives #2011-010.1948.21
Tillicum the Sea Otter
Tillicum at Science World. Archives #2011-010.1947.12

The largest celebration of the Vancouver Centennial was Expo 86, which was opened on May 2nd by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

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