In 1967 Montreal hosted a world fair called the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, more commonly known as Expo 67. It is considered to have been the most successful World Fair of the 20th century setting a single day attendance with 569,000 visitors in one day. It ran from April to October. Later on, the fair extended to “Man and His World”, a collection of the buildings and pavilions donated by many of the 62 countries that participated in Expo 67.
This post is not about Expo 67, but sets the tone as to the destination of a special trip my mother and father took in August of 1968. As a child of 8, I don’t recall my parents taking many trips together. In fact, as a family, our trips were mostly local museums and visits to my father’s childhood home where my grandmother and many aunts and uncles lived.
I recall my mother telling me about this particular trip. Looking back on our conversation, I am reminded that back then, traveling was different than what it is today. It seems most of us don’t really think much about the process of getting to our destination, other than making it as short and painless as possible. Since my parents didn’t travel much, ANY travel was an exciting event. Montreal is a short 2 hour drive from Ottawa, however my parents opted to take the train to Montreal. I recall my mother telling me of the excitement leading up to their weekend adventure.
I so enjoy this old picture of my parents dressed up and ready for the adventure. Mom had told me she had brought 3 dresses, one for the trip to Montreal, one for the visit to the exhibition and one for the trip back home. Dad wore his suit, and they both looked so elegant, ready to have a great time.
The train ride itself, albeit a short one, was a fun part of the adventure. They had a great time touring all the pavilions and knowing my love for reading, they bought me my first book. I treasure this book and to this day, read it every summer! A souvenir of that special trip my parents enjoyed so much.