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.
Canada Games Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia
A legacy from the city’s hosting of the eponymous event last winter, the Canada Games Centre is Halifax’s most state-of-the-art athletic facility. The $40 million, 176,000 square foot facility offers an eight-lane, 25-metre competition pool, leisure pool, toddler pool, hydrotherapy pool, two waterslides, sauna, multi-sport gymnasium, indoor track, an enormous fitness centre, child-care service and much more. Offering memberships and day passes, the Centre is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.
Canada Games Centre is open Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. For more information, visit halifax.ca/CanadaGamesCentre or call 902-490-2400. Canada Games Centre, 26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax, NS B3S 0A3
Canadian Museum of Nature
Since re-opening its doors in full last year after six years and a $216 million renovation, this downtown museum has succeeded in offering increasingly exciting exhibitions. Live species, photographs, models, and interactive stations help capture the fascinating — as well as the bizarre and beautiful — natural world. Along with temporary exhibits, the renovation upgraded the permanent galleries. One of the most unique features is a 66-foot-long skeleton of a real blue whale, housed in the new Water Gallery. Another must-see is the Fossil Gallery, which boasts life-sized dinosaur replicas and bones that are up to 85 million years old.
Canadian Museum of Nature is open daily from 9 a.m. For more information, visit nature.ca or call 1-800-263-4433. Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 2R1