See all of Canada’s natural wonders on FlyOver Canada’s spectacular virtual flight ride.
TRAVEL ADVISORY | I flew across Canada the other day. It took a total of 30 minutes to travel from coast to coast. For $20 dollars I dipped, dove and soared in an aerial dance that began in Newfoundland’s surreal Iceberg Alley and ended in the Northwest Territories, where glowing, auroral streamers swirled in the northern light. Along the way, I flew into the misty middle of Niagara Falls, over the top of the astounding cirque glaciers found along ridge crests in the Rockies, and through a procession of other breathtaking Canadian landscapes.
I’m no fan of gimmicky carnival rides, but this attraction, which opened this past week at the end of the pier at Canada Place (CLICK HERE to read the Vancouver Sun’s backgrounder), is worth the price of admission. It’s a full-on sensorial adventure complete with seats that move in concert with moving images that are projected on a giant 20-metre half-spherical dome screen, and special effects that include wind, mist and fragrance. Once they are strapped into their “ride vehicle,” guests are suspended in space with their feet dangling free beneath them. The ride vehicle then swoops and swerves in a way that simulates soaring.
To the few curmudgeons out there who will grouse that FlyOver Canada’s aerial journey features obvious scenery and quintessential Canadian activities, we say hogwash. It is precisely the spectacular beauty and nature of these iconic things that makes our country such a rich place to be. —Ruth Rainey
To find out more about FlyOver Canada, visit flyovercanada.com