The 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 Canadian people. 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.