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The Canada pavilion is designed to remind guests of the Canadian outdoors. The pavilion is decorated with a canyon, a waterfall, the Victoria Gardens (the largest and most labor intensive of all the national pavilions), a pool with fountains, and 3 totem poles--two made of fiberglass, and one carved out of wood. (The wooden totem pole, set closest to the pavilion's shops, depicts three stories of the "Raven" tricking the "Sky Chief" into the release of sun, moon and stars from a chest, and was carved in the park by the Alaskan artist David A. Boxley, and upon completion was officially put on display in April 1998.)
The pavilion's main attraction is the Circle-Vision 360° film, O Canada!. The film features Canada's cities and scenery. Prior to a 2007 update, the Canadian Tourism Commission had been lobbying to have the original movie, shot in 1979, updated, partly to remove outdated stereotypes of Canadian life. On August 31, 2007, the updated film opened with a new host, Canadian actor Martin Short, and Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila reprising the original film's theme song, "Canada (You're a Lifetime Journey)". Two other films have been shown here, for brief periods of time: Portraits of Canada / Images du Canada which played for a short time period, after it debuted at the Telecom Canada pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver; and the film Canada 67--a rare Circle-Vision 360° documentary film by Canadian film director Robert Barclay, and produced by The Walt Disney Company, which was presented at the Telephone Pavilion as part of Expo 67, an International World's Fair held in Montreal, Canada, to mark the centenary of the Confederation of Canada.
The Canada pavilion also includes the popular restaurant Le Cellier Steakhouse--the interior of which reflects that of a wine cellar. It is located in the main building of the pavilion, Hotel du Canada modeled after the Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa. The building uses forced perspective to look as if it is six stories tall, but is really three. The restaurant was originally a cafeteria-style dining hall, and is actually a cellar, located underneath the chateau; it's simulated stone arches and dark ambient lighting help to create the feel of a wine cellar.
The pavilion also features the Celtic rock band "Off Kilter." The original musical talent for the Canadian pavilion was a trio called the "Caledonian Pipe Band", consisting of two pipers and one drummer. Because the three band members personally had ties to Scotland, the band would sometimes play in the U.K. pavilion as well.
Prior to the construction of the Canada pavilion, the Walt Disney corporation sought financial support for the attraction from the Canadian government. The company wanted the Federal government to fund the cost of building the attraction, in return the government would have input into the design and layout. The Canadian government was concerned about the stereotype of Canada that Disney wanted (i.e., lumberjacks) ,but funding was refused, and although Disney threatened to pull the exhibit, ultimately they did not. At one time during the planning stage, the pavilion was to have been divided by a main street of shops and restaurants, with one side representing French Canada and the other English Canada. While not the over-arching theme of the pavilion this idea of Canada's two cultures presented across a street is present. The upper level of the pavilion features Hotel du Canada's French architecture on the right side and English stone houses patterned after those found in the maritime provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, on the left side. This very natural pavilion also has features from around the country: along the lagoon rocks represent Canada's rugged East Coast; the Maple Leaf is etched into the shore's picket fence; and a traditional West coast native longhouse representing the native peoples of Canada’s Northwest Coast.
Pics include: Canada pavilion, Waterfalls, Victoria Garden, Rocky Shorline along World Showcase Lagoon.
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