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EXTRAS 16 5 great visit this Canadian cities to summer With the low Canadian dollar and seasonal commitments for everything from weddings to camp programs keeping you at home this summer, why not take the opportunity to explore a city right here in our home and native land? Here’s a handy guide to 5 great Canadian cities that are perfect for that last- minute getaway and offer the best in food, culture and unique experiences. Calgary If there you want to follow in the royal footsteps of Kate Middleton and Prince William, you only need one reason to visit this Albertan city — its world-famous Calgary Stam- pede which happens every July. Also enjoy breathtaking views at the Cal- gary Tower, visit your favourite ani- mal at the Calgary Zoo and revel in fi rst-rate shopping and dining on Ste- phen Avenue. Quebec City This provincial capital has more to offer than wintertime Carnaval. For culture, check out the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec or the Mu- sée de la civilisation, and for animals visit the Parc Aquarium du Québec. Don’t forget to tour architectural buildings like the Basilica of Sainte- Anne-de-Beaupré. Visit late June for the Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebra- tions or in July for the Quebec City Summer Festival. Toronto Explore the southern tip of the city by staying at a hotel in the downtown core, and be at the heart of Toronto’s top attractions including the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and Har- bourfront Centre. Plan your trip to catch your favourite artist in concert at nearby Air Canada Centre or Rog- ers Centre, or to cheer on a Toronto- nian sports team on home turf. Ottawa Our national capital is a must-visit any time of year. Explore world-class museums like the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, which is techni- cally in Quebec but only a short walk across a beautiful bridge away. For nightlife and great dining, head over to ByWard Market — the Heart and Crown is a local favourite with deli- cious pub fare. Bonus tip: Parliament Hill tours are free but fi ll up quickly so be sure to come early morning to reserve your spot. Vancouver The gorgeous west coast locale plans to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Get in touch with nature with Vancouver’s close prox- imity to oceans, mountains, river and lakes. If you’re feeling extra adven- turous, know that Vancouver is the home port for Alaska cruises now through October. Pro saving tip: Nowadays most people book their hotel online, but you can fi nd the best rates and spe- cial promotions to earn points for future stays by going directly to the hotel’s website. ■ — News Canada July 9–23, 2016