Expo 67, the Montreal World’s Fair that is a nostalgia-filled moment in the collective memory of Montrealers, is officially becoming a major historic event in Quebec history.
Quebec’s Ministry of Culture and Communications has named Expo 67 a “historic event,” says Metro, placing the Montreal World’s Fair alongside 82 other major historic milestones, like the founding of Montreal.
"Expo 67 remains a major event rooted as much in the collective memory of Quebeckers as in the architectural landscape of Montreal," Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture, told Metro.
Historic moments in Quebec history are all listed in the Répertoire du patrimoine culture du Québec, where you will now find Expo 67.
Part of the Cultural Heritage Act, which is meant to preserve the province’s cultural history, the naming of Expo 67 as a historic event will be part of an ongoing effort to promote a stronger understanding and appreciating for Quebec history.
Originally held in the summer of 1967, the Montreal World’s Fair brought in 50 million visitors and is seen as the most successful world’s fair of the 20th century.
And while Expo 67 occurred 50 years ago (this year was the 50th anniversary) the impact of the major cultural event can still be seen and felt today. Île Sainte-Hélène is only what it is today thanks to Expo 67, and the city wouldn’t have the Biosphère, Casino de Montreal, and Habitat 67 without the world’s fair, either.