Echo 67 : The environmental and cultural legacy of Expo 67


Echo 67

© Keith Clark, Hamilton, Canada, 1967

To mark the centennial of Canada’s Confederation, Montreal hosted a big celebration and invited the whole world. In six months, 50 million people passed through the turnstiles of the Universal Exposition, located on St. Helen’s Island and Notre-Dame Island.

Everything was good in ’67! Various means of transportation such as the Metro, a train called Expo Express, a monorail system, a tour boat, pedicabs and even a hovercraft shuttled visitors from site to site and reduced the event’s ecological footprint. Eight hundred unique and futuristic-looking buildings also appeared in the Montreal cityscape. Each pavilion displayed its country’s technological advances, culture and food. Some topics created a buzz, such as the space race, communications of the future, other countries’ cultures, and the environment and sustainable development. In six months, Montreal opened up to the world and to major global issues.

Fifty years later, Echo 67 looks back at the environmental and cultural legacy of the international fair. Expo 67 was one of the first events to discuss environmental issues, and the geodesic dome that surrounds the Biosphere is one of the rare Expo 67 pavilions still standing. The dome, designed by Buckminster Fuller, a forefather of sustainable development, has become an enduring symbol of the exposition. 

Pictures, stories, anecdotes and artifacts from the event will make older visitors nostalgic and inspire younger ones.


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