This past week, I was fortunate to be invited to join my friend Jay to check out FlyOver Canada (and AboveUSA just before it).

In what I can best describe as an immersive experience that engages many of your “senses” to simulate your flight through the Canadian skies, you won’t find me complaining about the fun I had during our 8 minute journey. That’s because our tickets were free.

As an aside, there may be spoilers below.

While I can see FlyOver Canada provide some value as a tourist gimmick, it trip seemed to be lacking in content. For instance, Canada is pretty darn big and an 8 minute flight doesn’t do it justice. In fact, if someone knew nothing about Canada they will learn that there are very few metropolitan cities worth flying over – more than one, less than three. We also learn that cottage country is also as big as the prairies, give or take.

What’s crazier? I think I saw more of the US in the AboveUSA bit than I saw of Canada in the main event.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty cool how FlyOver Canada is set up and immerses everyone in the experience. Heck, my fear of heights nearly got the better of me a couple of times. But for $20 a visit, I’m not sure I could ever come to the conclusion I got great value for my money.

Have any of you flown over Canada? What did you think? Cool? Cool but expensive? I’m curious.