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Epcot World Showcase - Canada
Canada has it all - beautiful landscaped gardens, cascading waterfalls, the awesome Rockies, a premier restaurant and intricately carved totem poles.
Visitors coming in through the main entrance of the Canadian pavillion are met with the Northwest Mercantile store and The Trading Post. The log cabin designs came into being during the Canadian gold rush. You can almost feel a shiver in the heat of the Florida sun as you imagine the cold arctic wind blowing through the cracks. Brrr!
The main totem pole on display is 30 foot high and was created by Alaskan Tsimshian carver, David Boxley.
The Hotel du Canada, inspired by the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, towers above the Canadian showcase and the Disney Imagineers created the building using a clever, forced perspective design. As you look up you will see 6 stories, but it is in fact only 3 stories high.
The pathway leads visitors past the hotel towards the circle vision show held in the Maple Leaf Mine set in the Rockies. You may notice the fir trees that are planted throughout the Rockies display. Each tree spends 3 years adapting to the Florida climate before they are put on show and each one has a stand-by waiting in the wings.
To the right of the show' s entrance, a winding wooden walkway takes you through the heart of the Rockies, past the cooling sprays of the waterfall, then opens up to a burst of colour in the beautifully landscaped gardens, inspired by the Butchart Gardens in Victoria.
O' Canada! is an 18 minute Circle-Vision, 360 degree movie that beautifully displays the cultural diversity of this vast country. Standing in the centre of a circular cinema, the huge screens surround you and take you on a fascinating tour over places such as Niagara Falls, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, comically narrated by Martin Short. The movie pays homage to the country' s iconic horse mounted police, its' history with hockey and the many famous comedians and actors Canada has given us. See 40, 000 snow geese take off on their migratory stopover across the St Lawrence Seaway or ride deep in the middle of a Calgary stampede. The melodic song at the end of the movie, O Canada (You' re a Lifetime Journey), is beautifully sung by Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila.
Guests sensitive to motion may feel a little uneasy during the show. Hold on to the rails provided, you' ll feel like you are moving yourself!
Off Kilter is a terrific Celtic-rock band that performs regular 30 minute sets daily at the Canadian Pavillion. They formed in 1997 and have been thrilling the crowds ever since with their high energy, unique rocked up versions of traditional tunes as well as their own hits. Their unique signature sound comes mainly from the bagpipes which give most of the songs a Celtic twist. The kilts the guys all wear help with the theme too. You' ll find them performing on the outdoor stage next to the Canadian Pavilion. You can also find the band performing outside of Epcot at various events around Florida.
Le Cellier is Canada' s popular steakhouse and one of Epcot' s premier restaurants serving home cooked favorites, from various Canadian provinces, such as Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup or Spicy Chicken and Chipotle Sausage for appetizers and King Salmon, Prime Rib, Crusted Pork Chop and Le Cellier Fillet Mignon for entrees to name just a few. To wash dinner down, you' ll also find some well known Canadian beers and a selection of fine wines on offer.
Northwest Mercantile Store carries a selection of souvenirs such as Kitras Art Glass, which is handmade in Canada. There is also a variety of clothing, athletic wear, wines, body care products and Canadian hockey gear.
The Trading Post offers edible goodies such as candies, tea, cookies and syrup.
Off Kilter albums and a selection of personalised bracelets and general souvenirs can be purchased from the kiosk right outside the Canadian pavilion.
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