Let's face it, it's a big country: the second largest in the world - and if you're desirous of discovering Canada, all of it, then it's probably going to be a lifelong adventure.
Nothing wrong with that, of course, but for those people who want to grasp the immensity of Canada's natural splendor in less than an hour, there's FlyOver Canada.
Fans of Disney's Soarin', Epcot's flight simulator ride, already know the vicarious thrill that comes from being lifted into the air for a scenic aerial tour of California.
FlyOver Canada goes one better with a "4D" flight-simulation journey that takes passengers from the Atlantic to the Pacific on a transcontinental aerial flight ride. FlyOver Canada's state-of-the-art technology enables a fully immersive experience, complete with wind, mist, and aroma as guests fly over Canada's most magnificent sights, including Niagara Falls, Newfoundland's iceberg alley, Parliament Hill, Ontario's Muskokas, Rocky Mountaineer, the Canadian Rockies, and Vancouver harbor.
Located at Canada Pace on Vancouver's scenic waterfront, FlyOver Canada opened in July 2013 after more than two years of development at a cost of $16 million. Guests are strapped into seats and elevated in front of a four-story, half-spherical screen to witness a film that was shot in all corners of Canada throughout the four seasons of 2012.
Created with several ex-Disney "Imagineers," FlyOver Canada utilizes ride vehicles that move in tandem with the film, thereby enabling the illusion of flying like a bird over the best of Canada.
Perhaps best of all, the entire experience is bullfrog-powered, with 100% renewable energy.
The next time you're in Vancouver, enjoy a FlyOver Canada - without even leaving the city.