Taking a flight-seeing helicopter tour around Canada presents a distinct challenge: who the hell can afford it? Inspired by a ride in Disneyland, this 4-D experience is just the ticket we need. Strapped into a chair, feel the floor sink away as you lift-off, the wind blowing your through your hair, and the mist of oceans and waterfalls as you fly from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Length of Trip : Around 30 mins
Cost : Adults $19.95 Seniors/Students $17.95 Children up to age 12 $14.95 (children must be at least 102 cm to enter)
Best time to go : Open year-round
Wheelchair friendly : For safety reasons, in order to board the Ultimate Flying Ride, guests in wheelchairs will need to be able to transfer to the ride seating on their own volition or with the assistance of a companion.
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : High End: Check out the Five Sails Restaurant inside the Pan Pacific Hotel. Another option is the Arc Restaurant inside the Fairmont Waterfront, or the boisterous modern Japanese menu at Hapa Izakaya Medium: Across from Canada Place are a couple pubs. Mahoney and Sons, the Lions Pub, and The Original Tap and Barrel have well-priced fare and excellent beer selections. Low End: The Waterfront Centre Food Court offers worldly cuisine, across the street from Canada Place on the Lower Level.
Where to Stay : We recommend staying with our trusted partner Holiday Inn when visiting Vancouver.
Getting There : By Skytrain or foot: Once you get to Canada Place, follow the signs. If you walk along the promenade, head north towards the mountain until you reach the elevators. It is well sign posted so you shouldn’t miss it. There is underground parking accessed from the bottom of Howe Street. Flyover Canada is located in the same building as the cruise terminal.
Note from Robin : I’m not one to throw your everyday amusement park ride on a nation’s Bucket List. The first time I did Flyover, I was so impressed I was already thinking about coming back with my friends. The folks in the line with me during my second visit did the same thing. It’s well priced and delivers the thrills. If there’s one complaint, it’s that the ride itself is too short! I can’t wait to see new journeys currently in the works by the Flyover production team.