mansard-roofed Victorian-style "Hotel du Canada" was inspired by the
Chateau Laurier, a historic hotel found in Canada's capital city,
Ottawa. A blaze of color in the landscaping to the side is reminiscent
of the splendid Butchart Gardens found in Victoria, on Canada's pacific
coast. The majestic Canadian Rockies, a mountain range that begins on
the West Coast are modeled here, with a stream that rushes to a 30'
waterfall. A rough hewn log trading post, a 30' tall totem pole and
displays of snowshoes and kayaks illustrate the diversity of the
The landscaping of the Canadian pavilion includes willows, birch, sweet
gum, plum and maple trees. Such details as the maple leaves cut out of
the fence that surrounds the lagoon, add to the charm of the pavilion.
In the Maple Leaf Mine, the 360º Circle-Vision theatre shows the film "O
Canada". The diverse culture and landscape of the vast country is shown
in this spectacular 18 minute presentation. The amazing scenery of the
Rocky Mountains, the sweeping golden Prairies, Montreal's grand
cathedral and the Maritime coastal fishing villages, are sure to delight
all who see it.
Seeing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on their
graceful horses performing the Musical Ride and surrounding you in the
theatre, is truly a magnificent sight. A tribute to the changing seasons
of Canada includes a scene of an Arctic snowfield, dogsledders, skiers,
ice skaters and hockey players. Some of Canada's wildlife including
bobcats, Canada geese, eagles, possum, wolves, bears, bison and a
thundering herd of reindeer are introduced to visitors.
Another impressive 360º experience is that of the spectacular aerial
precision flying team, the Snowbirds. In order for guests to fully
appreciate the Circle-Vision, there are no seats in this theatre, only
rails for the guests to lean against. For guests who are hearing
impaired, assistive listening devices are available at Guest Services.
In a small stage area at the front of the Canada pavilion, guests are
treated to the progressive Celtic music of the popular band "Off
Kilter". More traditional music is provided by the Caledonia Bagpipe
Band. Check your park guide map for performance times.
The sit down restaurant at the Canada pavilion has undergone a number of
changes over the years. From the original cafeteria to the dark
cellar-type steakhouse to the new brighter version, the only constant
has been the delicious food prepared here. Steaks, prime rib, salmon,
pork tenderloin, and the famous Canadian cheddar cheese soup, are some
of the offerings at "Le Cellier". Fine Niagara wines or Canadian beers
may accompany your meal.
In the front of the Canada pavilion is a little shack that sells one of
the most delicious snacks in Epcot, Beavertails. Beavertails are whole
wheat pastries deep fried and covered with delicious flavorings like
Chocolate & Maple, Cinnamon Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon, Strawberries &
Cream and Killaloe Sugar. The trading post houses the "Northwest
Mercantile" shop. Here you'll find Roots clothing, lumberjack shirts,
maple syrup, soapstone carvings, Off Kilter CDs and Indian moccasins.
At "La Boutique des
Provinces", you'll find Canadian-made Blue Mountain pottery, Anne of
Green Gables dolls and other handcrafted souvenirs. All areas of the
Canada pavilion are wheelchair accessible.