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|Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince
Edward Island and Newfoundland have joined forces in a display of the
special qualities and character of Atlantic Canada.
The pavilion is located on Ile Notre-Dame, and its large cantilever roof gives an appropriately maritime open and breezy effect. Minirail transport passes the pavilion.
On three levels it provides four main exhibit areas and a top-flight seafood restraurant-chowder bar.
In front of the pavilion, craftsmen are building a 47-ft. schooner. This practical display represents a tradition of ship-building craftsmanship that has flourished in the Atlantic Provinces for more than 200 years.
A principal exhibit deals with the ethnic origins of the people of the Atlantic Provinces, history, environment and opportunity.
It tells of the arrival of Vikings, Portuguese, French and British in Canada - for the Atlantic Provinces were the first to be settled from Europe of all the provinces of which modern Canada is made up.
Outstanding historical events which have shaped the story of the Atlantic Provinces are recalled.
Migrations, first inhabitants, folklore, the spirit of invention, local myths, regional heroes, all these have their place.
In the industrial exhibits area the accent - in accordance with the theme of Expo 67 and its overall development - is on people in their occupations.
The industrial expansion of the four provinces is illustrated, with stress on what are described as cornerstone industries of new technology: automobile assembly, heavy water production, hardboard manufacture and chemical research.
The area's abundant potential from forests, mines, soil and sea, and the abundance of water, is displayed: including the potential of tidal power.
The Atlantic Region's many assets as a fine place to live and work are shown. Among the recreation attractions: natural beauty, mild climate, more than a thousand miles of beaches, salt water and fresh water fishing in abundance, hunting, sailing, festivals, and above all lots of free space.
In the tradition of the Atlantic Provinces, the pavilion welcomes visitors with a relaxed and human touch. Guides hail from all the four provinces and have been chosen for their knowledge of all aspects of the story of Man in Atlantic Canada.
Seafood is one of the region's most appreciated exports, and the pavilion's restaurant offers - in addition to a splendid view of the Montreal's skyline - some 90 different seafood dishes at moderate prices.
The general impression which the Atlantic Provinces' Pavilion is designed to leave is of a region of great beauty, with a great past to look back on and great future to look forward to - a region of diversity in which there is a unity of people.
Click here to see a model to scale of the Atlantic Pavilion.