China chose to make this pavilion a giant shop which also had some interesting exhibits. With merchandise priced up to $50,000 (hand-woven wool rug), the shop contained many exquisite pieces.

Real bricks from the Great Wall were the hit of the China pavilion. Visitors were invited to touch them,as if they were the Oriental equivalent of the Blarney Stone. This eclectic pavilion featured ceramic horses from ancient tombs, a model railway and a bazaar-like area selling high-priced silk shirts and Chinese carpets.

Restaurants inside and east of the pavilion served both hotly-spiced and cantonese chinese foods. Exquisite hand-woven wool rugs, carved furniture and art pieces were for sale.

EXPO Centre

There were two main attractions in this pavilion: the OMNIMAX theatre and the Futures Theatre. The OMNIMAX theatre is the largest of its kind in the world. It features a film called “AFreedom to Move" - an awesome experience of motion and speed. A preview area exhibited designs of futuristic vehicles which are actually shown in the film. The Futures Theatre provides a multi-media presentation of the possibilities of the future. This was a very active show with super stereo sound, lasers, lights, film and slides. The audience participated in an interactive survey about the future.

The OMNIMAX presentation gave the sensation of travelling at rapid speeds in various vehicles. The futuristic cars displayed in the preview area were intriguing.Watching for the o Old films were showing failed inventions.

Food available was the Horizons restaurant.

Northwest Territories

Located at the very eastern end of Expo, this fascinating pavilion could not be ignored. After a 10-minute filmed introduction to the north, visitors were led into a cathedral-like room where floor-to-ceiling photos, mirrors and electronic music recreated some of the awe of Canada's north. The pavilion theme, In Search of Balance, was expressed in the displays of oil technology and native culture.

The giant Inukshuk, an arrangement of stones to mark trails in the north, was at the front of the pavilion.Noting the There was a beautiful sealskin quilt on the wall of the theatre. This quilt was made from the skin of 40 seals. It took 15 women two months to make it.

There were arts and crafts sold. The quality of some pieces were good enough to warrant being part of the exhibit.Food: D You could dine on musk ox burger with northern greens ($6.95), arctic char or a number of other northern specialties.


The Yukon Territory was a must-see for anyone who wanted information about the land that played host to the famous Klondike Gold Rush. Outdoor performers provided some quaint historical and current facts about the territory, and inside there was an exhibit with details about the building of the Alaska Highway and a replica of the bush plane Queen of the Yukon.

The sight of the mastodon tusk discovered intact after the millennia was well worth seeing. The pre-show waiting area was covered in the event of rain. Souvenirs of the Yukon and native art were also featured.


Folklife Festival

You didn't miss this tribute to Canada's native and settler folk cultures. It offered continuous live entertainment and demonstrations complete with wood-burning brick oven. The only criticism: Not enough native art on display.