Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 14, 2010 11:38 ET

Canada Pavilion Welcomes its 4,500,000th Visitor at Expo 2010 in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Dean Del Mastro, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, today welcomed the 4,500,000th visitor to the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2010. This represents an attendance record for Canada in the last 40 years of participation in international exhibitions abroad.

"It has been 40 years since Canada has welcomed such a large number of visitors to its pavilion at an international exhibition abroad," said Minister Moore. "This achievement is evidence of Canada's successful participation in the most popular international exhibition ever."

"I am very pleased to welcome today our distinguished guest, Mr. Tian-shi Huang, a retired teacher from Fujian province. The Canada Pavilion is projecting the image of a modern Canada to the minds and hearts of 4.5 million Chinese and foreign visitors," said Mr. Del Mastro. "Our Government wanted a pavilion that shows what Canadians are like and reflects the importance we give to our relationship with China. We've achieved that objective."

Since its opening, the Canada Pavilion has been one of the most popular attractions at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. It has been filled close to capacity every day since Expo 2010 opened on May 1 and draws nearly 35,000 visitors daily.

In the wake of this success, the Canada Pavilion is also taking the opportunity to release a booklet presenting the recipes of chefs who have prepared typically Canadian dishes and provided restaurant services during activities held at the Pavilion since the start of Expo 2010. Their efforts are introducing fine Canadian cuisine to visitors and VIPs.

Beginning September 15, Canadians will be able to consult our chefs' recipes by visiting the website of the Department of Canadian Heritage at The recipes will be available online only, in accordance with the sustainable development philosophy adopted by the Canada Pavilion.

Web visitors can also take a virtual tour of the Canada Pavilion at any time, or check the listings of the 165 artists from every region of Canada who are performing and showing their works at the Pavilion.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations