Guests Will Soar Over Canada’s Mountains, Glaciers, Lakes and More on Immersive Flight Ride Attraction
FlyOver, the Strip’s premier flight ride attraction, is celebrating its first anniversary in Las Vegas with the launch of an epic flight ride experience –Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies – on September 26.
Featuring incredible footage captured in remote areas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the film spotlights areas unreachable to most, providing a rare glimpse into the most isolated and untouched areas of the mountain range. Las Vegas visitors will explore Canada’s snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, picturesque valleys and dramatic vistas as they travel over Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks amongst other spectacular locales.
Created by parent company Pursuit, FlyOver is a multi-sensory voyage using a state-of-the-art moving platform with six degrees of motion that provides guests with the sensation of soaring via helicopter over Canada’s beautiful landscapes as they feel every sweeping movement of the journey. Weather-simulating effects and location-specific scents enhance the experience as guests are suspended with their feet dangling in the air. A captivating 8K resolution film immerses riders into unexplored lands as they are surrounded by a 52.5-foot spherical screen.
Tickets to the newest flying ride are now on sale and can be purchased online.
“We are thrilled to officially launch Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies at FlyOver in Las Vegas,” said Lisa Adams, vice president of FlyOver Attractions. “This spectacular journey will capture the hearts and imaginations of everyone who sees it. Our guests will build a strong connection with the land, culture, and spirit of one of Canada’s most iconic natural wonders without ever having to leave the Las Vegas Strip.”
Setting the Stage
To kick off the journey, guests will be welcomed into a circular room for a panoramic, six-minute pre-show projected across 360-degree wraparound walls and on a hanging medallion. Blackfoot Elder Peter Strikes With A Gun from the Piikani Nation in Western Canada narrates the story sharing the wisdom of the Rockies. The pre-show also showcases a young traveler encountering the mountains for the first time; and Rockies geology expert Grant Mossop – the father of Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies’ co-creative director Dave Mossop. Narration of the pre-show adventure is set to a stirring original score crafted by Calgary-based music and sound house 6 Degrees, in collaboration with celebrated Blackfoot powwow drum group Sorrel Rider.
Lift Off into New Lands Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies
Following the pre-show, visitors will take flight to 18 locales and observe beautiful valleys and vistas, dive into the serenity of the alpine air and experience challenges the rugged terrain presents. Throughout the film, FlyOver riders get a front-row seat to incredible feats of human ability. In one scene, Sonnie Trotter — one of the world’s most accomplished rock climbers — ascends his route on Mount Louis’ massive, detached flake. In another, ice climber and renowned Red Bull athlete Will Gadd makes his way up the stunning Curtain Call in the Columbia Icefield — a climb Mossop says was completed 27 times to get the shot exactly right. Elsewhere, internationally acclaimed freeskier Christina Lustenberger carves amongst cascading snow in an adrenaline-inducing sequence.
Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies wasfilmed on the traditional territories of the Nakoda, Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina and K’tunaxa Nations, who have been stewards of these mountains since time immemorial.The film includes an important Indigenous perspective of the mountain range, which local Nations revere as “The Backbone of the World.” Through collaboration and involvement from the Indigenous communities, Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies weaves together the rich cultures and landscapes of the Canadian Rockies.
Dave Mossop said, “Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies will immerse guests in one of the world’s most beautiful mountain regions. We want to connect guests to the heart of the Canadian Rockies, sharing stories of people who heard the call of the region and developed a lifelong connection to it. We are so proud of this film, and I have no doubt guests will gain a new respect and reverence for the Canadian Rockies.”
Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockieswas created by some of the entertainment industry’s most inventive minds. Joining Cannes Lion Award-wining director Dave Mossop is co-creative director and former Walt Disney Imagineer, Rick Rothschild. Mossop also collaborated with Blackfoot advisor, Piikani knowledge keeper Harley Bastien to help create the shots seen in the film. Bastien helped to bring an Indigenous voice to the film, both through his creative advising and through his connection to Windborne narrator, fellow Piikani Elder Peter Strikes With A Gun.
The film was made in collaboration with Parks Canada. Pursuit and FlyOver Attractions are committed to protecting the ecology and wildlife of the region and to the health and safety of all adventurers and communities. All requirements for filming in this sensitive region were fully respected and all athletic feats were done by professionals.
Celebrating one-year of operations, FlyOver also offers The Real Wild West and Legendary Iceland experiences, where riders are immersed in the breathtaking and picturesque settings of the American West and regions in Iceland. The attraction is open daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets start at $36 for adults and locals can receive 30 percent off ticket prices with a valid Nevada ID.