Summer 1967 - Montreal QC
It is the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 this year. WOW where did those years go?
Opening Day was April 28.
I was living in Montreal and spent my entire summer there as I was lucky to have a season pass - above photo is my original passport. I collected stamps from all the pavilions.
I was allowed to go by myself to Expo 67 as well as going often with family and friends.
The cost was $30 which was a lot of money then.That would be $215 today.
Here is a link to many interesting stories and photos of Expo.
The theme song was Hey Friend, Say Friend. This video starts with the theme song for the 100th anniversary of Canada, CAN A DA.
Montréal's Expo literally rose from the depths of the St. Lawrence River to give Canada a dazzling one hundredth birthday party.
Montréal mayor, Jean Drapeau, came up with the idea of enlarging Ile Ste Hélène, an island park in the St. Laurence, and adding another island to become the fair site. His plan was met with skepticism and derision by almost everyone. But Drapeau and his engineers persevered and began the momentous task of filling the river with 25 million tons of earth to create a magnificent and unique locale.
The choice of the islands in the St. Lawrence River for the location also carried historical significance for Canada. As an important trade route and the access point for early immigrants, the St. Lawrence symbolizes the link between Canada and the world.
Photo credit: © National Archives of Canada
Here is a great video.
How I wish we'd had digital back then. I don't have many photos. *SIGH* which meant I thought of my postcard collection and thought I must have some in there. Two hours later, they are scanned!!
This bottom photo above is the Canada Pavilion.
Expo By The Numbers
To give you a sense of the grandeur that was Expo 67, here's a rundown of some of the very interesting figures about the World's Fair.
- Cost: $1,000,000,000
- Participating Nations: 62
- Total Attendance: 50,306,648
- Area: 900 acres
- Movies shown: 5, 000+
- Ticket costs: $2.50/day (adults), $1.25/day (children)
- Opening Times: 9:30am to 10pm
- Opening Date: April 27, 1967
- Closing Date: October 29, 1967
My Dad worked as an electrician on Habitat when it was being built for a few years.