“Hey friend, say friend…” The City of Montreal had just over three years to get ready to welcome the Universal Exposition of 1967. An accelerated construction program was therefore proposed. Everything - artificial islands, hotels, bridges, roads - had to be finished before the visitors started arriving!
This bridge was initially called the Pont des Peuples and then the Pont des Nations, constructed of landfill that had been dumped into the St. Lawrence. It was inaugurated on October 21, 1965 at the height of the building boom leading up to Man and His World. Surrounded by members of the 22nd Regiment and the Royal Canadian Air Force, and to the sound of a fanfare from the Royal Highland Regiment , Governor-General Georges Vanier spoke of brotherhood. The structure would be called the Concordia Bridge, a name that expressed the hope of harmony among the nations, most notably between the USSR and the United States, whose pavilions were built on Notre Dame Island and St. Helen's Island, respectively.
By connecting Montreal's Cité du Havre (Port of Montréal) and the celebrated Habitat 67 to St. Helen's Island, the bridge enabled visitors and Montrealers to make their way to Expo 67 on foot, by car or even by train!