Photo credit: © "Expo 67 Montreal Canada." Toronto: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1968

The Yukon Pavilion

"High jinks of bygone days for the Yukon special day. The Commissioner General, His Excellency Pierre Dupuy, and behind him, Mr. Leslie Brown, Commissioner General for the Canadian Pavilion." Quoted from "Expo 67 Montreal Canada" memorial book.

Yukon Territory insignia stamp on the Expo 67 passport
Introduction: Because the Yukon Pavilion was a late entry into Expo 67, the Expo 67 Official Guide book did not have a write-up about this pavilion. However, the following description about the pavilion can be found in the "Expo 67 Montreal Canada" memorial book, Thomas Nelson & Sons (Canada), 1968.

Per square foot the Yukon Pavilion is probably the busiest at Expo. It occupies two little rooms at the end of a row of boutiques on Cité du Havre, and this tiny participation, easily the smallest pavilion, has a stream of visitors throughout the day. Inside, simple exhibits depict the things for which the far-north Territory is famous.

Yukon didn't have a building of its own at Expo because officials at Whitehorse, the territorial capital, didn't decide to join Expo until February, 1967. By then, the only space left at the price that Yukon's population of 17,000 could afford was the end of a row of shops in a service area.

But the delay and the smallness does not hurt the Yukon Pavilion's popularity. For visitors, it is an unexpected delight to find a participation with such unassuming pride.

In the centre of the pavilion, of course, is gold
— gold nuggets gleaming dully in a protective glass case. The pavilion walls show more of the Yukon wealth: heads of sheep, caribou and deer, and stuffed trout. Most prominent is the huge head of the largest moose ever shot, its receding chin giving it a vacuous expression, its glass eyes as dull as the gold.

On the walls also are the verses from the poems of Robert Service, the "poet laureate of the Klondike", and examples of mukluks and other hand-made leather goods. A carved diamond willow tree shows the wildlife for which the area is famous. Also on hand are the fairest products of the north country, six hostesses right from the Yukon.

On August 17, the anniversary of the first gold strike in the Yukon, the pavilion had its own Discovery Day celebration. Chief hostess, Mrs. Shirley Jensen, presented Commissioner General Dupuy with all the equipment needed for him to become an "honorary prospector". He shouldered his pack and pan, grasped his shovel, but, as the temperature climbed above 80 degrees, he decided against trying on the pair of bright read longjohns.

Bonus Feature 2011:

"Expo 67 and a special journey into the unknown" 
̶  by Bob Carswell

Photo credit:

A rare photograph illustrating the electronic billboard used to help promote the Yukon Pavilion at Expo 67