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29 April 2006

Expo Opening Ceremonies

Expo 67 was officially inaugurated on a sun-filled April 27th, 1967.

39 years later, on an equally sun-filled afternoon, I accompanied my friend and fellow Expo 67 aficionado Denis on his traditional pilgrimage to the Expo islands. Denis and I headed to Place des Nations to watch archival footage of Expo's official opening on my iPod Video.

Place Des Nations was the ceremonial centerpiece of Expo 67, located at the western tip of Saint Helen's Island. All official ceremonies, as well as each participating countries' national days were celebrated there. Today, Place Des Nations is a modern concrete ruin. The place is pretty much abandoned except for the occasional outdoor concert.

Our day consisted of a tour of the Expo islands on foot, visits to the former U.S. pavilion and Place des Nations, ending with dinner at the Montreal Casino, the former France and Quebec pavilions.

Place des Nations photo: www.publicacts.ca



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an Expo67 collector living in B.C. Although I wasn't able to visit Expo67 myself, I did, as a 14 yr. old Boy Scout, walk through the Expo67 train that toured across Canada when it stopped in Chilliwack, B.C. Lately I have been looking for anything about this train, photos, pamphlets, etc., but as of now have found nothing. Can any one point me in the right direction. Thank you.

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