Fly Over Canada flies into town

Look to the sky today and you may see a Helicopter flying overhead.  Wave and you might be on camera.

FlyOver Canada today, August 15, from 4pm to 8pm will be filming Vancouver segments for the coming $15 million virtual flight visitor attraction gets underway. A specially outfitted helicopter will take the Sherpas Cinema film crew soaring overhead to capture Canada Place’s iconic white sails, the humming activity of Canada’s busiest port and cruise ship terminal, as well as the City of Glass’s shimmering skyline.

FlyOver Canada is inviting the media and public to come down to Canada Place’s West Promenade and North Point to watch the excitement, grab some dinner from one of the food vendors on hand for the event and maybe even take in a free yoga class, while the helicopter hovers and swoops to get unique footage of the city.  FlyOver Canada has been granted special permission to fly at a low altitude for the film shoot so it will get a point of view rarely visible from the air.

“We’re excited to start shooting the Vancouver segments from Canada Place, which FlyOver Canada will call home when it opens next spring,” says Andrew Strang, CEO of Soaring Attractions LP, the company developing and operating the attraction. “FlyOver Canada will be an exciting and memorable experience for everyone regardless of age and will appeal to both visitors and residents. There is nothing else like it in Canada.”

Soaring Attractions LP is a partnership involving two experienced Vancouver tourism entrepreneurs, Stephen Geddes and Andrew Strang, and the Aquilini Investment Group – the owners of the Vancouver Canucks. When it opens in Spring 2013 at Canada Place, FlyOver Canada will take 60 guests at a time soaring coast to coast across Canada using the latest in virtual flight ride technology.

“The creation of this new attraction will be an exciting new addition to our local tourism industry and the perfect enhancement to both the national icon and inspirationally Canadian Experience that is Canada Place,” says Andrew Mann, President and Chief Operating Officer of Canada Place Corporation.

Canada Place is undergoing a transformation and renewal, with the launched of the Canadian Trail, an interactive interpretive walk along the West Promenade of the facility, showcasing the best of Canada’s history, geography, art, sport and innovation, and a War of 1812 Exhibit. The former IMAX theatre location at the end of the Canadian Trail is being renovated to make way for FlyOver Canada to open next spring.


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