This Abandoned Floating McDonalds Is So Creepy It Hurts

In the 1980s, American consumers began to steer away from purchasing super-cheap goods. One way McDonald's accommodated this trend was by building the McBarge — a 8,500-square-foot floating McDonald's in Vancouver — and promoting it as "affordable elegance." But after years spent floating abandoned in a British Columbia inlet, elegance is in short supply aboard the McBarge.

  • The second-ever floating McDonald's was built for the 1986 World's Fair Expo in Vancouver.

    The second-ever floating McDonald's was built for the 1986 World's Fair Expo in Vancouver.

  • Built at a cost of $12 million — about $26 million in today's dollars — the "McBarge" was a hit among locals and festivalgoers alike.

    Built at a cost of $12 million — about $26 million in today's dollars — the "McBarge" was a hit among locals and festivalgoers alike.

  • Besides its floating capabilities, customers appreciated the McBarge's interior, which was a bit classier than most McDonald's restaurants.

    Besides its floating capabilities, customers appreciated the McBarge's interior, which was a bit classier than most McDonald's restaurants.

  • And customers especially liked the employee's sailor-themed uniforms...

    And customers especially liked the employee's sailor-themed uniforms...

  • McDonald's described the nautical venture as "affordable elegance," a smart move considering consumers in the 1980s weren't buying blatantly cheap goods.

    McDonald's described the nautical venture as "affordable elegance," a smart move considering consumers in the 1980s weren't buying blatantly cheap goods.

  • And though the owners planned to keep the McBarge around after the Expo, locals grew sick of seeing it on Vancouver's False Creek.

    And though the owners planned to keep the McBarge around after the Expo, locals grew sick of seeing it on Vancouver's False Creek.

  • In 1991 it was sent to a nearby, less-populated town where it would rot for decades.

    In 1991 it was sent to a nearby, less-populated town where it would rot for decades.

  • Idly floating in an inlet just north of Vancouver, the McBarge now collects barnacles instead of burger grease.

    Idly floating in an inlet just north of Vancouver, the McBarge now collects barnacles instead of burger grease.

  • Little is left of its interior, which was once cutting-edge decor for McDonald's.

    Little is left of its interior, which was once cutting-edge decor for McDonald's.

  • At 8,500 square feet, the abandoned McBarge makes for a lot of unused space.

    At 8,500 square feet, the abandoned McBarge makes for a lot of unused space.

  • Well, mostly unused. It served as the vampire hunters' hideout in 2004's "Blade: Trinity" (yes, that's Patton Oswalt and Ryan Reynolds).

    Well, mostly unused. It served as the vampire hunters' hideout in 2004's "Blade: Trinity" (yes, that's Patton Oswalt and Ryan Reynolds).

  • Given its current state — broken windows, rusted parts and a rotten floor — it's unlikely that the McBarge will pass health inspections anytime soon.

    Given its current state — broken windows, rusted parts and a rotten floor — it's unlikely that the McBarge will pass health inspections anytime soon.

  • Before anything, it'll need a fresh paint job.

    Before anything, it'll need a fresh paint job.

  • And plenty of debris will need to be removed...

    And plenty of debris will need to be removed...

  • People have proposed multiple plans for repurposing the McBarge, including one that would've turned it into a homeless shelter.

    People have proposed multiple plans for repurposing the McBarge, including one that would've turned it into a homeless shelter.

  • The most promising plans came from developer Howard Meakin, who in 2009 proposed to the city his plans for Sturgeon’s on the River.

    The most promising plans came from developer Howard Meakin, who in 2009 proposed to the city his plans for Sturgeon’s on the River.

  • Sturgeon’s on the River would transform the McBarge into a riverside restaurant complex, complete with a marina and seaplane terminal.

    Sturgeon’s on the River would transform the McBarge into a riverside restaurant complex, complete with a marina and seaplane terminal.

  • "There's all the history behind it and it's just such a cool barge. People have tried and tried to make it into something, and finally we've got a plan that makes sense," Meakin said.

    "There's all the history behind it and it's just such a cool barge. People have tried and tried to make it into something, and finally we've got a plan that makes sense," Meakin said.

  • Unfortunately, the plan failed to gain city council approval, and in 2016 it's still abandoned.

    Unfortunately, the plan failed to gain city council approval, and in 2016 it's still abandoned.

  • But maybe with some luck and awareness, the McBarge will open its doors once again to serve up some hot, greasy burgers.

    But maybe with some luck and awareness, the McBarge will open its doors once again to serve up some hot, greasy burgers.

  • Until then, we'll stick to our landlocked golden arches.

    Until then, we'll stick to our landlocked golden arches.

  • Let's just hope the McBarge doesn't end up destroyed, like the world's first floating McDonald's that once operated in St. Louis.

    Let's just hope the McBarge doesn't end up destroyed, like the world's first floating McDonald's that once operated in St. Louis.

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