Atlantic Provinces

The Atlantic Provinces pavilion was somewhat open to the sky. Its building was shaped like a T, and had what was claimed to be the largest cantilevered wooden roof in North America. Under one arm of the T was an area where shipwrights were building a 47 foot schooner. Under the other arm was a glass-enclosed seafood restaurant with the Minirail running just outside its window.

The Minirail went through the Atlantic Provinces pavilion, overlooking a whalebone sculpture depicting a Viking ship, the first to reach Canada's Atlantic shores.

The exhibits were divided into four main areas: Resources, Industry, Leisure, and Heritage and Culture. Illustrated panels arranged in four groups gave the graphic impression of the way of life in the four provinces; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, New Foundland and Prince Edward Island.

One of the most unusual sculptures at Expo was called the Whale Wall. At first glance it appeared to be a 30 foot long two-headed sea monster. But it was made up of giant whale skulls, ribs and vertebrae gathered at Trinity Bay, New Foundland, and assembled to suggest a Viking ship. The artists were Witold Kuryllowicz and John Schreiber.

Outside were other displayed "found" objects; the huge eight-ton anchor from the Mauritania, an assortment of chains, cannons, and a massive orange and red bell-buoy.

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