Canada's Pavilion faces Montreal on a site of 11 acres at the upstream end of ile Notre-Dame. Its 125 exhibits show how the nation has developted, the factors that shapes the lives of Canadians are like. Adjacent are the pavilions of the provinces of Canada.
A huge inverted pyramid, the Katimavik, dominates the buildings of the Canadian Pavilion. It takes its name from the Eskimo word for "gathering place" significant reminder of Canada's welcoming role as host to millions of visitors from avery part of the world.
The pyramidal roofs of the principal buildings give a crystalline effect symbolic of the minerals and metals of Canada. Landscape grouns slope through terraces to a canal and lagoon.
There are major exhibit areas devoted to: The Land of Canada, The people of Canada, the Growth of Canada. The Challenges to Canadians and Canada and the World, while the Katimavik exhibits related to the Expo 67 overall theme of Man and his World.
Separated are the Arts Center, The Sanctuary, a non-denominational place of meditation, and the Children's Creative Center, a place for directed play by children aged about 6 to 11 years.
The Challenges to Canadians illustrate the response of Canadians to the factors of resources, distance, climate and topography. The emphasis is on energy as the means of using resources whether mining, agriculture or industry. The role of communication and transportation systems is another important subject. In the third section, visitor face personal challenges to greater achievement in work and recreation.
The people of Cananda section features a huge reproduction of a maple tree, of which the leaves are hundreds of colored photographs depicting Canadians at work and leisure.
The Growth of Canada exhibit has a revolving theater to accommodate over 1,000 persons every half-hour. Audiences seated on a revolving platform will be passed through five motion picture theaters, each in a segment of the drum shaped building. The sixth segment will provide for entrance and exit. Each theater will show film devoted to a significant aspect of Canada's growth.
Canada and the World is an exhibit devoted to world interdependence and tells of Canadians working with the United Nations and other organizations.
In the 500 seat theater of the Arts Center, Les Feux Follets, famous Canadian folk dancing troupe, give daily performances. There will also be performances by outstanding Canadian artists in classics and popular song. Music, fashion parades and other attractions are presented in a 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater.
Restaurants and snack bars provide typical Canadian meals and refreshments; "The Tundra" Restaurant draws atmosphere from Eskimo tapestries, carvings, potteyr and murals.
( Document: Official Guide of l'Expo 67, Copyright 1967 by Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd. )
Man and is World in 1969
The followers of a wide range of sporting events - everything from hockey and baseball to boxing, football, soccer, golf and automobile racing - thrill again to the athletic feats of heroes past and present in this pavilion. A special Olympic section retraces the story of the Games's from the days of ancient Greece through their revival by Pierre de Coubertin in 1896 down to the present day.
(Man and his world 1969 - Official Guide - published by the city of Montreal)