Canada Pavilion - EPCOT

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Just a few years ago we had been fortunate enough to enjoy a holiday on the west coast of Canada taking in the delights of Vancouver Island and the wonderful scenery of British Columbia and Alberta.

So, I guess that had some bearing on our decision to book a meal at Le Cellier Steakhouse, which sits adjacent to the Canada Pavilion in Epcot. I should mention at this point that this restaurant has an excellent reputation and is considered one of the best on Walt Disney World property, so make sure you have an advance reservation to avoid disappointment.

We had been to Epcot before but, I suppose, like most people there was never enough time to see or do everything in one visit. So our strategy was to arrive mid afternoon catch the shows and ‘do’ the rides we had missed previously…and then head over to the Canada Pavilion, allowing plenty of time to have a good look around before our 7. 30pm meal at Le Cellier.

Everything went pretty well according to plan and we arrived at the Pavilion a good hour in advance of our meal reservation.

The first thing that strikes you is the wonderful attention to detail in the replica of the Victorian styled "Hotel du Canada". I must admit to not knowing its history so to paraphrase, it was inspired by the Chateau Laurier, a historic hotel found in Canada's capital city, Ottawa.

The landscaping around the hotel brought back fond memories of our previous holiday of a few years earlier. There was a profusion of colourful flowers and shrubs reminiscent of Butchart Gardens in Victoria on Vancouver Island and a full size totem pole similar to those found in Stanley Park, Vancouver. Upon further exploration scaled models of the snow capped Canadian Rockies together with cascading waterfalls and rustic log cabins all help bring Canada to life.

The highlight for us, however, was the 360º circle-vision film ‘O Canada’ screened in the aptly named Maple Leaf Mine. Here the full diversity of the culture and landscape of Canada is showcased in a spectacular twenty-minute presentation that includes the majestic scenery of the Rocky Mountains, as well as the amazing wildlife featuring bears, bison, reindeer and bobcats. Then there was Niagara Falls, the cosmopolitan cities of Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto…not to mention a piece on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

All very impressive…. and the meal at Le Cellier that followed topped off another wonderful day at Epcot.

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