One of my favorite World Showcase pavilions is Canada.  As I am Canadian I have a soft spot for this pavilion.  And if you scratch beneath the surface it actually has a lot to offer.

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Northwest Territory

The main entrance to the pavilion are the stairs.  This is where each morning Disney Cast Members (who are all Canadian) open the pavilion by having guests walk under the Canadian flag.  These stairs then lead into an area reminiscent of the early Northwest Territory settlements and include totems created by the Indigenous people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis).

On your left you will find the Northwest Mercantile.  This is the gift store for the pavilion and it includes Canadian themed merchandise (think hockey and wilderness animals) and treats (ketchup chips and Tim Hortons). At the back of the gift store is the Trading Post where you can try Canadian beer, wine and even ice wine.

Hotel du Canada and the Canyons

The tallest element of the Canadian lies behind the Northwest Mercantile.  It is the Hotel Du Canada that is inspired by the Chateau Laurier, a historic hotel in the providence of Ottawa. You cannot enter the hotel but it does make for some stunning photos.

When you walk back towards it you will find the landscape quickly changing to one with a canyon, babbling brooks and a stunning waterfall.  This is a nod to the natural wonder of the Canadian Rockies.  From time to time you will even luck upon characters like Brother Bear and Pocahontas.

Butchart Gardens

If you continue walking along the path you will come to what looks like the entrance of the Maple Leaf Mine (representative of the silver mines in the western provinces).   The mine is the entrance to the 360 Circle-Vision movie, Far and Wide (previously O’Canada).

Just past the mine you will find one of the best restaurants on property, Le Cellier.  This steakhouse is know for it’s Alberta beef, beer cheese soup and pretzel rolls.

Leaving Le Cellier you will find yourself entering a wonderful garden inspired by the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia.  You need to take time to take in the picturesque stream surrounded by manicured gardens.   It is especially beautiful in spring.

Other Canadian Elements

Right next to the entrance to the pavilion gardens there is this unassuming popcorn and beer cart.  Don’t walk past it! There is some maple popcorn here that is just wonderful. In addition to the popcorn you can also order some classic Canadian beer.  They rotate the beers, but you can usually find Moosehead on tap

During Epcot Food and Wine Festival there is usually a Canada booth right out front that lets you try bites of what you can find at Le Cellier (steak and cheese soup) along with other Canadian specialties like salmon and nanaimo bars.

And always keep your eyes peeled you never know who may show up for a photo opp.

I would love to hear from you now.   What is your favorite thing about the Canada pavilion.