The original Expo 67 islands—now Parc Jean Drapeau—are a dramatic setting for an exhibition.
For Expo 67, Ile Sainte-Hélène was doubled in size and Ile Notre-Dame was built from scratch. In recent years the islands have been used for events such as mega-concerts and car races.
Recent use contrasts markedly with the area’s intended function as a natural park. Events are not kind to the area but have been important sources of funding. This is particularly the case with the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, which will need to be relocated for Expo 17.
Expo 17 Use
Ile Sainte-Hélène will be the site of the horticultural exhibition and will focus on environmental themes.
Ile Notre-Dame will be the official area of the recognised Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) exhibition and will house the national pavilions.
The amusement park, La Ronde, at the eastern end of Ile Sainte-Hélène, will possibly be redesigned for Expo 17. The Expo Express—the transit system for Expo 17—will stop at La Ronde and then connect with a high-speed ferry, the AquaTram, to link La Ronde directly to the city.
Long Term Use
Ile Sainte-Hélène would be preserved as a natural park. Ile Notre-Dame would be used for creative events and other activities.
Ile Sainte-Hélène is well suited for a horticultural exhibition.
La Ronde would be part of Expo 17 and linked directly with the city.
The AquaTram, a modern version of Vancouver’s own SeaBus, would extend the Expo Express route over the Saint Lawrence River.