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Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

For travellers planning their summer trips in Canada this year, the regional editors of Where magazine have released their top picks for summer travel. The winners of Where Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011 represent the most exciting attractions – new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones this year. A diverse group of attractions from coast to coast, this year’s winners offer a wide range of activities and events suitable for any family, art lover, sports fanatic, nature lover or adventurer. Together, these attractions serve as the top must-see and must-dos for anyone travelling in Canada this summer. (more…)

Road Trip: New Brunswick’s Acadian Coastal Drive

Photo by Tim Johnson

By Tim Johnson

As rich in culture as it is natural beauty, New Brunswick’s Acadian Coastal Drive offers a lovely mix of sun-kissed beaches, delicious roadside cuisine and the wonderful joie de vivre of the Acadiens. Although it’s just 150 kilometres from Moncton to Miramichi, you should take your time and enjoy—split the drive into two or three days to make sure you properly soak up the sun, tucking into some poutine râpée and seafood pizza along the way. (more…)

Hot Dates: In the Navy…

Adapted from an exhibition created by National Museums Liverpool (U.K.), Hello Sailor explores “gay life on the ocean wave.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic also highlights a Canadian and Nova Scotian perspective from May 19 to November 27.

Hot Art: Relive Old Toronto at the Spadina Museum

An excellent showcase of heritage preservation in Toronto has become even better thanks to the recent restoration of Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens. A Midtown fixture since 1866, the home underwent an extensive revitalization to reflect its 1920s and ‘30s heyday, a period during which its longtime owners and residents, the Austin family, lived through economic, political, social and cultural changes that heralded the birth of the modern age. Artifacts, documents and themed tours speak to this transitional time. Just as intriguing is the restoration itself: 14 rooms and six common areas feature painstakingly reproduced (and, in some cases, preserved) furnishings, lighting, wallpaper and more—all fine examples of this city’s historical and cultural inheritance. Open Saturday and Sunday, 285 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910.

Hot Art: Warrior Emperor Invades the ROM

A full-size terracotta "armoured general" (photo © Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau)

OPENS JUNE 26 Deep within China’s northern Shaanxi province 2,200 years ago, Emperor Ying Zheng was laid to rest in a tomb surrounded by nearly 8,000 life-sized warriors and military horses fashioned in clay. Uncovered in 1974 and considered one of history’s greatest archeological finds, artifacts from this UNESCO World Heritage Site have now marched into the Royal Ontario Museum. Its landmark exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, presents more than 250 pieces related to this ruler, including 10 full warrior figures, each a unique example of craftsmanship and preservation. The Emperor’s enormous tomb was originally constructed to reflect his achievements, and the ROM’s exhibit—the largest such display ever to be shown in North America—is sure to maintain that legacy.

Hot Date: Welcome In!

Peek inside Toronto's Old City Hall and many other buildings as part of Doors Open

MAY 29 & 30 Step out into the street and discover some very interesting buildings as part of Doors Open Toronto, an annual celebration of the city’s architectural excellence. This free event offers visitors access to 150 unique modern and longstanding structures—including Old City Hall, St. James Cathedral and the reopened City Hall Podium Green Roof—each with their own historical, cultural, architectural and even environmental stories. Some locations offer tours, interpretive materials and activities to augment your visitor experience. And don’t forget to bring your camera—some of these sites are not open to the public at any other time of the year. Various venues and times; call 416-338-0628 or click here for further details.

This Weekend: Stroll the City

photo by TorontoCityLife

Spring has officially sprung in Toronto (though if recent, relatively balmy weather is any indication, the season snuck in unannounced at least a week ago). In this city and any other, there are few better ways to celebrate the temperature’s rise than by getting outside for a nice long walk.

Tomorrow—Sunday, March 21—the Canadian Tour Guide Association of Toronto offers an extra reason to partake in a reinvigorating amble. From 10 a.m. until noon, the organization’s learned and friendly members will be leading free walking tours of Toronto’s downtown core. Starting from Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.) and departing every 15 minutes, these hour-long excursions are sure to give you a new perspective on Toronto’s history, architecture and unique urban fabric.