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For such a beloved site, Montreal’s former Expo 67 fairgrounds in the middle of the St. Lawrence River had been fairly neglected by the time of their 50th anniversary three years ago. But that was then. Spurred by the city’s own 375th birthday in 2017, the better part of Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène — nearly 140,000 square metres of land in total — was earmarked for a major makeover that saw completion last summer. Rethought and reconfigured by the transdisciplinary design firm Lemay, the site now boasts new lighting and seating, enhanced circulation, a more-than-57,000- square-metre “amphitheatre,” a riverside walkway and a host of sleek pavilions.

Montreal-based Ombrages oversaw the project’s lighting design,...
Lemay Gives Montreal’s Iconic Expo 67 Site a Major Makeover

Improved circulation, additional lighting and a new amphitheatre turn the former fairgrounds into the welcoming Espace 67.

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