Photo credit: © National Archives of Canada

Canadian Pulp and Paper Industry Pavilion

Forests affect Man and his World profoundly. Paper, for which the forests produce raw material, is the principal tool Man uses to record his thoughts.

This is the theme of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Pavilion on Ile Notre-Dame - in which the tallest trees are as high as an eight story building.

The first four main exhibit areas shows forest legends of the world, combining sound effects and animation in a whimsical treatment.

Next is a visit to one of the pavilions' two unusual theatres. Its walls suggest an unwinding roll of paper, and visitors watch a show on paper's history.

The third area tells of the benefits Canadian pulp and paper bring to the Canadian economy and the world.

Next a visit to Lab 67, a science whiz show presenting a lively demonstration relating to the chemical aspect of paper production and the unlimited future applications of paper products.

Visitors on the plaza can watch a demonstration by French Canadian artisans of papermaking by hand.

Historical Footnote:  The music that visitors heard at the Pulp and Paper Pavilion was composed by Ben McPeek, the very same person who did the orchestral score for Bobby Gimby's hit song, "CA-NA-DA" by the Young Canada Singers.

Allan Macmillan, one of the principal partners with Ben McPeek for the Nimbus 9 record label recalls the following in an e-mail to this website proprietor dated April 24, 2005:

"Are you aware that Ben composed the music for the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association pavilion for Expo 67?  He did indeed.  I recall he made a number of trips to the site to supervise the installation of the audio track containing his music.  On those occasions, I held the fort back in Toronto while he was absent.  Hey...a taste of responsibility! 

-- Allan Macmillan"

Click here to see a model to scale of the Pulp and Paper Pavilion.

Click here to see the construction of the Pulp and Paper Pavilion.