World’s Fair ’67: Montreal
I didn’t really expect the most successful and one of the coolest World’s Fairs to be in Canada (no offense, Canadians, its just that you guys were kind of snubbed during most of the 20th century, you’re doing great now, though!)
The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, or Expo 67 as it was commonly known, was the general exhibition, category one World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating. It also set the single-day attendance record for a world’s fair with 569,000 visitors on its third day.
Expo 67 was Canada’s main celebration during its centennial year. The fair was originally intended to be held in Moscow, to help the Soviet Union celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution but, for various reasons, the Soviets decided to cancel, and Canada was awarded it in the fall of 1962.
The project was not originally overwhelmingly supported in Canada. It took the determination of Montreal’s mayor, and a new team of managers, to guide it past political, physical and temporal hurdles. Defying even a computer analysis that said it could not be done, the fair opened on time.