Canada Pavilion at Epcot
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|Opening date||October 1, 1982|
|Attraction type||Themed Pavilion|
The Canada Pavilion is a Canadian-themed pavilion that is part of World Showcase within Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, United States. Its location is next to the United Kingdom pavilion.
The Canada Pavilion is designed to remind guests of Canada's outdoors. It includes a canyon, a waterfall, gardens, a pool with fountains, and totem poles. Further in to the pavilion, beyond the rustic log cabins, a small thoroughfare is designed to represent the British and French influences and heritage through its buildings; the Château Frontenac dominates the skyline to the right whilst English cottages adorn the left. An iconic Gilbert-Scott telephone box stands to the side, and often there is a direct connection on this phone to the boxes in the United Kingdom pavilion nearby.
The main attraction is O Canada!, a Circle-Vision 360° movie of Canada's cities, scenery and people. The pavilion also includes Le Cellier Steakhouse and the former home of the Celtic rock band Off Kilter. North American animal characters from Brother Bear (Kenai and Koda) and Pocahontas (Meeko and Percy) make occasional appearances to patrons.
Prior to the construction of the pavilion, the Walt Disney Company 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). Funding was refused, and Disney threatened to pull the exhibit, but ultimately did not.
At one time during the planning, the entire 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. Today this is somewhat evident as a small thoroughfare.
At the opening in 1982, the original musical talent for the Canadian pavilion was a trio called the "Caledonian Pipe Band", consisting of two pipers and one drummer. The performers were Robert (Bob) Proctor (lead, drummer), Kenneth Mauchin (piper) and Robert Mauchin (piper). They were recruited by Ron Rodriguez (talent co-ordinator for Walt Disney World) from the Rosie O'Grady's Pipe Band of Orlando. Because all three had ties to Scotland, they also performed in the British pavilion at various times.
In 2007, Disney updated the movie O Canada!, filmed in 1979. For several years, the Canadian Tourism Commission lobbied to have the movie updated, partly to remove outdated stereotypes of Canadian life. On August 31, 2007, the updated edition 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)".
Attractions and services
- Circle-Vision 360°:
- Le Cellier Steakhouse provides sit down restaurant service. The interior is to give the impression of a wine cellar as its name suggests. Food offerings include seafood and steaks, along with popular Canadian wines and beer. It is located in the main building of the pavilion, Hotel du Canada modeled after the Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa. The building is presented (with the aid of forced perspective) to look as if it is six stories in height, but is really three. The restaurant was originally a cafeteria-style dining hall. It actually is a cellar, located underneath the chateau; it was designed to appear as a wine cellar, with simulated stone arches and dark ambient lighting.
- Popcorn Cart sells popcorn, soda, Moosehead Lager, Moosehead Light and Labatt's Blue On Draft
- Northwest Mercantile sells wilderness themed Christmas ornaments, NHL jerseys and accessories for Canada's seven teams, a variety of animal plush, maple syrup, and a selection of Canadian wines and ice wines. It is located in the trading post building, which is designed to look like a traditional West coast native longhouse.
- The Wood Cart (located on the promenade) sells a variety of wine-themed merchandise, animal plush, flags and other assorted goods. The Cart also features an engraving stand, where guests can have their names engraved onto genuine leather bracelets, cuffs, cell phone strap charms, and Disney character keychains.
- Canadian Holiday Voyagers Began December 1, 2015 
- Alberta Bound is a performance of Canadian country, folk and popular music which began May 1, 2016.
- Off Kilter (band) is a Celtic rock band which debuted at the Canada Pavilion July 1, 1997, and closed in 2014.
- Canadian Lumberjacks debuted in Fall 2014 - Ended November 30, 2015 
The pavilion has opened with two native totem poles, up to 30' (9 metres) in height constructed of fibreglass. Designed by Disney Imagineering the icons used didn't represent any specific tribe but rather tried to capture the spirit of the indigenous peoples of Canada's west coast.
In 1998, the park decided to add a 3rd one this time utilizing wood as to be more authentic. It was carved by the Alaskan artist David A. Boxley, live in front of guests over a 2 month period and was officially put on display in April 1998. The third totem pole depicts three stories of the "Raven" tricking the "Sky Chief" into the release of sun, moon and stars from a chest. Then, in 2017, Disney commissioned Boxley to create two more poles to replace the original fibreglass ones.
The Victoria Gardens which are adjacent to the Hotel du Canada are inspired by the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia. The gardens are the largest (and most labour-intensive) of all the national pavilions.
The Canada Pavilion contains three Hidden Mickeys:
- Just outside Northwest Mercantile, there is the largest totem pole in the Canada Pavilion. The Mickey is just underneath the elbow of a set of arms near the top of the pole.
- Inside the Northwest Mercantile shop is a roughly foot-long fish hanging from a crate. The Mickey is painted on the fish itself.
- Just inside Le Cellier steakhouse there is the counter where you would check in for your meal. Behind that counter is a small wine storage room. In the very top center of the rack are three bottles of wine, a large one with two small ones on top of it forming a familiar shape.
Former attractions and services
- Le Cellier Cafeteria (became Le Cellier Steakhouse)
- La Boutique des Provinces (located in Hotel du Canada) sells Anne of Green Gables gifts, Blue Mountain pottery, along with various handcrafted souvenirs.
- Beaver Tails kiosk cart, which sold Beaver tail goods. (Closed in 2005 and cart removed in late 2006).
- Circle-Vision 360°:
- "Epcot Center's O Canada! film gets an update". Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2007.
- Orlando Sentinel (November 24, 2015). "Disney ends Canadian lumberjack show at Epcot - Orlando Sentinel". OrlandoSentinel.com.
- "On the Record with Off Kilter". R.Y.I. Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
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- Walt Disney World Resort - Canada Pavilion
- Walt Disney World Resort - O Canada!
- Walt Disney World Resort - Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Walt Disney World Resort - Off Kilter