Orlando attractions

Canada

The magnificent Canadian Rockies, which is a mountain range that begins on the Canadian West Coast, runs through this Epcot land. The mountain range is complete with a stream and a 30 foot waterfall. To add to the Canadian landscape, birch, willows, plum, sweet gum, and maple trees are planted throughout.

 

In front of the pavilion, "Off Kilter" performs Celtic music on a small stage. The "Caledonia Bagpipe Band" also provides more traditional music here. The park guide lists performance times.

 

Buildings inside the pavilion, such as the "Hotel du Canada" add to the Canadian affect. This Victorian-style hotel is modeled after the Chateau Laurier, which is a historic hotel located in Ottawa, Canada's capital. To the side of the hotel is more splendid landscaping, created to look like the Butchart Gardens, located on Canada's pacific coast in Victoria.

 

Another building found here is the log trading post. Nearby are displays of snowshoes and a 30 foot totem pole. Each of these represents the diversity of the Canadian people. In addition, the "Northwest Mercantile" shop is located inside the trading post. Here, visitors can purchase lumberjack shirts, Roots clothing, soapstone carvings, Indian moccasins, Off Kilter CD's, and, of course, maple syrup.

 

"La Boutique des Provinces" provides additional shopping opportunities. Here, handcrafted souvenirs can be purchased, as can Anne of Green Gables dolls and Blue Mountain Pottery.

 

With the maple tree being the Canadian national tree, detailed maple leaves are cut from the fence surrounding a lagoon in this land. Another tribute to the maple tree is found in the Maple Leaf Mine, which is a 360 degree Circle-Vision theater. Here, guests are treated to the film "O Canada." This 18 minute film further illustrates the diversity of Canada's people and land. The theater does not have seats. Instead, guests lean against the rails to enjoy the show.

 

In the theater, guests get to see the awe-inspiring Canadian Rocky Mountains, the grand cathedral in Montreal, the gold Prairies of Canada, and the sea-faring fishing villages along the coast. Wildlife, such as Canadian geese, bobcats, possum, eagles, bears, wolves, reindeer, and bison are also enjoyed during the presentation.

 

Aside from the nature offered by Canada, guests within the theater are surrounded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as they perform a musical ride. Ice skaters, skiers, hockey players, and dogsledders are also all depicted enjoying an Arctic snowfield in a tribute to Canada's changing seasons. The aerial precision team, the Snowbirds, is also put on display in the theater presentation. Assistive listening devices are available to hearing impaired guests from Guest Services.

 

To enjoy a sit down Canadian meal, guests can go to Le Cellier. This restaurant has gone through numerous changes. Originally, it was a cafeteria-style restaurant. It was later changed to a dark steakhouse, but is now a much brighter, more vibrant restaurant. The food, however, has always remained delicious. Some menu choices include prime rib, steak, pork tenderloin, salmon, and cheddar cheese soup. Canadian beers and Niagara wines are also available to accompany the meal.

 

Beavertails are also available from a little shack in front of the Canadian pavilion. Beavertails are whole wheat pastries that have been deep fried and covered with flavoring. Some flavorings include Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate & Maple, Strawberries & Cream, Apples & Cinnamon, and Killaloe Sugar.

 

All of the Canadian Pavilion is wheelchair accessible.