Two decades before Vancouver was the scene for the much-vaunted Expo '86, Montreal was the home for Expo '67 -- the World's Fair that featured a good deal of late-period Space Age architecture, hundreds of performers, and of course, celebrated 100 years of Canadian independence. To begin, the site is divided into seven primary sections, each taking on one particular theme, such as the pre-history of the fair, the various pavilions, special guests, and so on. The history section should not be missed, as it details the complex wrangling and power-brokering involved with selecting the site for such an elaborate undertaking, and is buoyed with a nice selection of primary documents, such as personal correspondence, complete with details about the provenance of each document. The pavilions section gives a brief overview of the 62 participating nations and their respective buildings, and allows visitors to learn more about a number of these festive structures, along with offering some insights into the thematic structures that held such grandiose exhibits as the Man The Producer display. A must-see on the site is the virtual visit, where users of the site can adopt a bird's eye perspective on the fair grounds, flying over a three-dimensional rendering of the fairgrounds, clicking on buildings of interest along the way. No World's Fair would be complete without a smattering of fun souvenirs, and visitors will want to drop a virtual postcard of the fair to friends and family, or download one of the three screen savers featuring the Expo 67 logo.
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