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Stunning Photos from the Expo 1967 in Montreal that brought 50 Million Visitors

The 1967 International and Universal Exposition was held in Montreal, Quebec, to celebrate Canada’s centennial. Québec senator Mark Drouin proposed the idea of a world exhibition in Montréal for Canada’s 100th-anniversary celebrations. In late 1962, the House of Commons passed legislation creating the Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition. The federal government would participate 50 percent in Expo 67, Québec would contribute 37.5%, and Montréal would contribute 12.5%. To select a central theme and develop a philosophy, the three governments convened a conference in Montebello, Québec.

There were many challenges to choosing a site for the exhibition, not the least of which was the lack of time. There were many proposals considered, but it was decided to expand Île Ste-Hélène, a park in the middle of the St. Lawrence River connected to Montréal by the Jacques Cartier Bridge, by using silt and rock dredged from the bottom of the river. Additionally, Île Notre-Dame would be created adjacent to Île Ste-Hélène along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dump trucks brought landfill to the site 24 hours a day for months after river bottom sources proved insufficient. It cost $40 million to build the site instead of the original estimate of $10 million. The place was formally turned over to the exhibition corporation on July 1, 1964, despite all the problems. Ultimately, it was divided into four main areas. Aside from the port of Montréal, the entrance to Cité du Havre was formerly known as Mackay Pier. In the western section of the island Ste-Hélène, the Concordia Bridge connects the Cité du Havre to the first exhibition area. The third area was the Île Notre-Dame. Most amusement activities were located in the fourth area, La Ronde, on Île Ste-Hélène.

There were 120 government pavilions at Expo 67, and thousands of private exhibitors and sponsors participated in 53 private pavilions. During the exhibition period, 26 million individual visits were expected. From April 28 through October 27, more than 50 million paid admissions were recorded, not counting performers, the press, official visitors, and employees. Expo 67 cost Canada, Québec, and Montréal $283 million.

#1 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#2 Expo 67 Gilbert Ouellet

Expo 67 Gilbert Ouellet

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#3 Work on the Expo 67 Rheal Benny site, December 11, 1963

Work on the Expo 67 Rheal Benny site, December 11, 1963

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#4 Views of the lighthouse and the letters EXPO 67 taken from the Jacques-Cartier-Henri Remillard bridge, 1963

Views of the lighthouse and the letters EXPO 67 taken from the Jacques-Cartier-Henri Remillard bridge, 1963

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#5 Aerial views of the Expo 67 site.

Aerial views of the Expo 67 site.

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#6 Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

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#7 Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

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#8 Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

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#9 Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

Slideshow on the advertising promotion of Expo 67.

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#10 Expo 67 Youth Pavilion

Expo 67 Youth Pavilion

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#11 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#12 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#13 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#14 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#15 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#16 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#17 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#18 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#19 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#20 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#21 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#22 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#23 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#24 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#25 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#26 Gilbert Ouellet, 1967

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#27 Pavilion of World Exhibition, Montreal 1967

Pavilion of World Exhibition, Montreal 1967

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#28 Pavilion of World Exhibition, Montreal 1967

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#29 Pony Boys Travel to Expo 1967.

Pony Boys Travel to Expo 1967.

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#30 Seilbahn, Expo 1967

Seilbahn, Expo 1967

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#31 Swiss Pavilion at Expo 1967

Swiss Pavilion at Expo 1967

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#32 Frau vor Tinguely-Plastik, 1967

Frau vor Tinguely-Plastik, 1967

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#33 Exhibition Grounds, Expo 1967

Exhibition Grounds, Expo 1967

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#34 Exhibition grounds of the Expo, 1967

Exhibition grounds of the Expo, 1967

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#35 Wohnkomplex “Habitat 67”; Expo 1967

Wohnkomplex "Habitat 67"; Expo 1967

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#36 View of the Expo 1967 exhibition grounds

View of the Expo 1967 exhibition grounds

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#37 Swiss pavilion and monorail at Expo 1967

Swiss pavilion and monorail at Expo 1967

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#38 Exhibition Grounds, Expo 1967

Exhibition Grounds, Expo 1967

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#39 Residential complex, Expo 1967

Residential complex, Expo 1967

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#40 Glass blowers in the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 1967

Glass blowers in the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 1967

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#41 Montreal during Expo 1967

Montreal during Expo 1967

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#42 Cheese stand in the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 1967

Cheese stand in the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 1967

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#43 View over Montreal during Expo 1967

View over Montreal during Expo 1967

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#44 British Pavilion, Expo 1967

British Pavilion, Expo 1967

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#45 View over Montreal during Expo 1967

View over Montreal during Expo 1967

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#46 Glassblower in the Swiss Pavillon of the Expo 1967

Glassblower in the Swiss Pavillon of the Expo 1967

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#47 Family at the Expo 1967

Family at the Expo 1967

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#48 Glassblower Exibition site of the Expo 1967

Glassblower Exibition site of the Expo 1967

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#49 Exibition site of the Expo 1967

Exibition site of the Expo 1967

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#50 Swiss pavilion and monorail at the Expo 1967

Swiss pavilion and monorail at the Expo 1967

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#51 Residential complex Habitat 67; Expo 1967

Residential complex Habitat 67; Expo 1967

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#52 Sculpture of Jean Tinguely, Expo 1967

Sculpture of Jean Tinguely, Expo 1967

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#53 Montreal during the Expo 1967

Montreal during the Expo 1967

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#54 Man beside sculpture of Giacometti, Expo 1967

Man beside sculpture of Giacometti, Expo 1967

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#55 View over Montreal during the Expo 1967

View over Montreal during the Expo 1967

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#56 View over Montreal during the Expo 1967

View over Montreal during the Expo 1967

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#57 British pavilion; Exibition site of the Expo 1967

British pavilion; Exibition site of the Expo 1967

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#58 Glassblower in the Swiss Pavillon of the Expo 1967

Glassblower in the Swiss Pavillon of the Expo 1967

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#59 Pavilion hostesses are seen at the opening ceremony of the Expo ’67 on April 28, 1967 in Montreal, Canada.

Pavilion hostesses are seen at the opening ceremony of the Expo '67 on April 28, 1967 in Montreal, Canada.

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#60 A general view of the Expo ’67 on April 28, 1967 in Montreal, Canada.

A general view of the Expo '67 on April 28, 1967 in Montreal, Canada.

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#61 View of the British Pavilion, designed by Scottish architect Basil Spence, during an opening ceremony at Expo 67

View of the British Pavilion, designed by Scottish architect Basil Spence, during an opening ceremony at Expo 67

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#62 Map of the 1967 Expo in Montreal, 1966

Map of the 1967 Expo in Montreal, 1966

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#63 The pavilion of the USSR at the exhibition in Montreal, Canada, in 1967.

The pavilion of the USSR at the exhibition in Montreal, Canada, in 1967.

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#64 The pavilion of the USSR at the exhibition in Montreal, Canada, in 1967.

The pavilion of the USSR at the exhibition in Montreal, Canada, in 1967.

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