If you've always wanted to see the Aurora Borealis or a herd of reindeer galloping across open fields but haven't had the chance to go up north, now you'll be able to see them thanks to a new 360° experience. A Northwest Territories VR car is coming to three Canadian cities in February and March to give people a taste of what it's like way up in the Arctic. People in those select cities can see parts of Canada in a whole new way.
Throughout February and March, the vehicle will be out on city streets in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary to take passengers on a ride that's a little different than an average commute.
It is outfitted with 360° VR headsets that will allow passengers to see all that the Northwest Territories has to offer like the northern lights, a migrating reindeer herd or a midnight sun.
You could be going alongside those reindeer or a dog sled team or even casting a line on a lake all while riding on city streets in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto that can sometimes get a little drab.
Nothing beats the real thing but this is a good way to get a taste of all the cool things there are to do in the northern part of Canada and liven up a trip in the city.
In each place, the car will be decked out in the territory's branding and the northern lights so you can easily spot it.
The driver is able to take passengers anywhere in the city within a 10-kilometre radius from the pick-up location at participating Hilton hotels between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Once you get in and put on the VR headset, it's like you're actually up north.
People in Toronto can find the VR car from February 3 to February 9 parked in front of Hilton Toronto on Richmond Street West.
It will be picking up passengers outside of the Hampton Inn & Suites at 11 Robson Street in Vancouver from February 16 to February 23.
Then in Calgary the following month, people can participate in the 360° experience and hop in the parked vehicle at the Hilton Garden Inn at 711 4 Street Southeast from March 23 to March 31.
"Northwest Territories Tourism along with our partners at the Government of the Northwest Territories are so excited to show Canadians the world-class attractions here in the Northwest Territories," Cathie Bolstad, CEO of the territory's tourism board, said in a news release.
As a bonus, anyone who rides along in the VR car will have the chance to be entered in a contest to win a trip for two to the Northwest Territories.