I had a general idea of what FlyOver Canada consisted of just based on word of mouth. I understood it as an interactive and sense stimulating ride made to feel like you’re flying over Canada. With this in mind, I was taken aback when I presented my ticket and was led into a room with a bunch of projectors. There were two small benches and we were told to give priority seating to any elderly or disabled persons.
Scenes began to play along the walls of a girl biking in fields, a guy doing parkour around Canadian cityscapes, and Canucks winger Burrows puck handling on an empty rink. The scenes went on for a while with a few interruptions of “Breaking News” from the North Pole that three of Santa’s reindeer are missing and we have to help find them. I was livid. All I kept thinking during this time was, “This is it? They couldn’t even afford benches for everyone to sit on!?”
Thankfully, I was wrong.
What I had just experienced was the pre-show. Once that ended we lined up and were broken up into groups to fill up each row of seats. We were instructed to put our seatbelts on and all I could see was a giant white screen that took up my entire field of vision. There was a ledge in front of us and I asked my friend, “Is this going to be there the entire time? It’s blocking half our view!” Wrong again.
The lights dimmed and the ledge in front of us flattened out as our seats moved forward and our legs were left dangling. I had absolutely no concept of how high up we were and the nervous flier in me got a little anxious. Scenes of flying over the country and appeared and as the scenes angled to the side or swooped downwards, so did our seats. My friend and I actually laughed uncontrollably for the first minute of the ride because it actually felt like we were flying. And to add to that as you went through the clouds or passed by Niagara Falls, mist would fall on your face. And as you passed over the prairies, the smell of wheat and grass became apparent.
I ended up having a hilarious and amusing time on the ride. Although a bit pricey for 8 minutes, I enjoyed experiencing some spectacular scenes of Canada. It definitely was a reminder as to how lucky we are to enjoy the views we have in this country.
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