Monday, 6 April 2020

The start of Expo 67 Notre Dame Park

I've gotten some solace in these times of the pandemic in working on these Expo 67 brochures. I hope you do too.

Some of the descriptions in this guide are pretty funny! And they're funny for different reasons too. 


Information Guide
Notre-Dame Park

expo67   MontrĂ©al Canada

Welcome to Expo ‘67 and British American Oil’s
Information Centre in Notre Dame Park. We hope
the Centre and the surrounding parkland will
provide a pleasant contrast to the built-up pavilion
areas – a place for relaxation and quiet enjoyment of
natural beauty and exhibits of Canadian wildlife.
No Expo exhibit can take the place of driving the
length and breadth of Canada and seeing its breath-
taking sights for yourself, but we hope you enjoy
this small sample.

[signature]   C. Hay, President
                    The British American Oil Company Limited

In the beautifully land-
scaped park are shrubs,
flowers, wildlife exhibits,
Canadiana designs in the
B-A Information Centre,
exciting bridges, wood
sculptures and a photo
tower offering a panoramic
view of the Seaway and
Expo skyline.

Park Features

Regatta Lake is the setting for a host of interesting
events including championship canoe regattas
arranged by the Canadian Canoe Association…
Water transportation is available with ferries making
regular stops around Regatta Lake; also, “Nowhere”
cruises taking a leisurely route around the shoreline.

Carved and Painted Lino Panels      Thor Hansen
Stylized Animal Illustrations            Jacques Charette
Mother Earth Sculpture                   Madame Suzanne Guite
Don Quichotte Sculpture                 Frere Bergeron



These weasel-like animals love to play, chasing
one another, wrestling, tumbling and sliding down
muddy banks. With webbed feet, they are in their
element in the water, feeding mainly on fish but
also small mammals, frogs, insects, snakes and
some birds. They live in holes in the banks of
rivers often wintering under the ice, but will travel
miles overland in search of food.

Phoque/Sea Lion

These large Pacific coast mammals are powerful
swimmers, with limbs that have developed
into flippers. Famous for its honking bark,
the sea lion has pointed ears and large eyes.
Males are much larger than the females, which
have only a single pup at a time. Females are
often captured young and trained for circus
work because of their intelligence and fine
sense of balance.

Daim a queue blange/Whitetail Deer

Startled, they bound off into the woods with
their tails wagging like signal flags. These graceful
creatures are found throughout Canada east of
the Rocky Mountains, and may even be seen
grazing in woodland areas close to the towns. The
coats of fawns are spotted, but deepen to a rich
chestnut red as the animals reach maturity.


A large type of deer found mainly in the Rocky
Mountains and other parts of Western Canada,
they prefer semi-open forests spending summers,
in the mountains and winters in the valleys. Large
stags weigh up to 900 pounds, stand five feet
high at shoulders, with antlers sometimes
branching five feet wide. Antlers are shed every
spring, but a new branch is added each year,
making as many as fifteen to twenty points.


The great shaggy buffalo of the plains is the
largest of the wild animals in North America. Big them
bulls may weigh over a ton. Huge herds totaling
60 million animals once roamed the plains. As the
railways pushed west, bison were slaughtered for
food, hides, bones, sport, and were nearly
exterminated. Now protected on reservations, their
numbers have increased to several thousands.

Chien des prairies/Prairie Dog

These small reddish-brown rodents live in burrows
on the prairies. Each borough leads from an
entrance on high ground to a series of chambers
below. Large communities sometimes band
together, creating underground cities of several
acres. With an abundance of food and the
decrease of their natural enemies such as snakes,
wolves, and birds of prey, their population growth
it’s causing problems in some areas.

More to come from this guide ...

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