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July 09, 2007 10:00 ET

Where Canada: Canada's Top 10 New Attractions for Summer 2007

Where Canada magazine editors select Canada's top 10 new and exciting destinations for the summer travel season

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) - To help travellers who are getting ready for summer holidays, the regional editors of Where magazine today announced their annual picks of the top 10 new attractions for Canadian summer travel in 2007. Many of these attractions and destinations are brand new, others are completely renovated or are celebrating significant milestones. They are as diverse as Canada itself, ranging from new additions to cultural institutions in Toronto and Victoria to examples of natural and marine beauty in Jasper, Sudbury and Winnipeg. Together, they are this season's must-see events, exhibits, venues and sites of relevance for anyone considering travel within Canada.



The Top 10 New Attractions for Summer 2007 (in alphabetical order) are:

1. Atlantic Jazz Festival - Halifax, Nova Scotia
One of Atlantic Canada's biggest musical events has added three new
concert series this year.

2. Dynamic Earth at Science North - Sudbury, Ontario
The newly expanded sister attraction to Sudbury's renowned science
centre takes visitors on an adventure to the depths of the earth.

3. Galaxy Orbiter at Galaxyland - Edmonton, Alberta
This brand new roller coaster marks the biggest addition to the West
Edmonton Mall amusement park since it opened in 1985.

4. Jasper Discovery Trail - Canadian Rockies, Alberta
Two years in the making, Jasper Discovery Trail debuts this summer,
just in time for Jasper National Park's 100th anniversary celebration.

5. The Red River - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Recently designated as a heritage river, the 877-kilometre Red River
offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages.

6. The Rideau Canal - Ottawa, Ontario
The world-famous canal, which was selected as a World Heritage Site by
UNESCO in June, celebrates its 175th anniversary this summer.

7. Royal BC Museum - Victoria, British Columbia
New additions and must-see travelling shows reinforce the museum as a
world-class attraction.

8. Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto, Ontario
After almost five years, the Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin
Crystal is now open at Canada's largest museum.

9. Skyline at Canada Olympic Park - Calgary, Alberta
This new adventure ride takes visitors up a platform 90 metres high and
sends them hurtling down a 500-metre long cable for a heart-pounding
experience.

10. Vancouver Lookout - Vancouver, British Columbia
The newly renovated observation deck at British Columbia's tallest
building lets visitors take in 360-degree views of the city.


Atlantic Jazz Festival - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax's Atlantic Jazz Festival is 21 years old and all grown up, having evolved from a small jam session to one of Atlantic Canada's biggest musical events. And it never stops introducing new sounds! This year, the festival features three new concert series: Argyle Fine Art on Upper Water Street hosts the Sound Gallery Series, with boundary-pushing musicians like the See Through Trio and the Simon Fisk Quartet. Meanwhile, the Cathedral Church of All Saints on College Street celebrates all that is elegant about music, with a lineup that includes piano soloist Bill Brennan and cellist Matt Brubeck (the son of American jazz legend Dave Brubeck). And at the Seahorse Tavern on Argyle Street, the lines between urban, pop and jazz blur with the Jazz Sub-Pop-Terranean series. Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell kicks things off in the Main Stage Festival Tent on July 13, with the festival continuing until July 21. Visit www.jazzeast.com for more information.

Dynamic Earth at Science North - Sudbury, Ontario

Appease your deepest curiosity at the newly expanded Dynamic Earth, a sister attraction to Sudbury's renowned science centre, Science North. In Dynamic Earth: Phase 2, visitors embark on an adventure to the depths of the Earth with above- and below-ground experiences. Wherever you look, there are things to dig, probe, explore and examine. Enter an underground tunnel to discover the fascinating world of rocks and minerals, or debunk ancient metal myths while exploring brand new gold-themed exhibits. But that's not all: you can find out how to turn a three-ton Floating Granite Globe that adorns the newly expanded lobby and watch a dazzling film about gold in the state-of-the-art Atlas Copco Theatre, equipped with the latest in high-definition digital technology. These new features are sure to educate and entertain inquiring minds of all ages. 122 Big Nickel Mine Rd., Sudbury, 1-800-461-4898. www.sciencenorth.ca/muskoka.

Galaxy Orbiter at Galaxyland - Edmonton, Alberta

Galaxyland in West Edmonton Mall welcomes the Galaxy Orbiter-a brand new roller coaster that marks the biggest addition to the indoor amusement park since it opened in 1985. The Orbiter's track winds around the entire park, and while still considered a thrill ride, it is designed for people of all ages, ranking somewhere between Galaxyland's famous triple-loop Mindbender roller coaster and the somewhat tamer Autosled. But as rides go, this one has a very special "twist." Referred to as a spinning coaster, each car on the Orbiter's train will rotate on its own axis throughout the entire course, adding a whole new dimension to the traditional roller coaster ride and ensuring no two rides are ever the same. Built by Gerstlauer Elektro GmbH out of Germany, the Galaxy Orbiter will be the first coaster of its kind in Canada. Visit www.westedmontonmall.com for more information.

Jasper Discovery Trail - Canadian Rockies, Alberta

Two years in the making, Jasper Discovery Trail debuts this summer just in time for Jasper National Park's 100th anniversary celebration. Walk, run or cycle this eight-kilometre route along Jasper townsite boundaries. The south portion that runs parallel to Main Street is a gently rolling, paved and gravelled pathway. The north side follows the natural contours of Pyramid Bench, where moderate climbs access excellent views of town, the Athabasca, Miette and Maligne river valleys and surrounding mountain ranges. Community groups are installing directional and interpretive signs-follow the "bear head" and learn about Jasper's human history, the railway and the natural environment.

The Red River - Winnipeg, Manitoba

This summer, the Red River, or Miscousipi as the Cree refer to it, received designation as Canada's latest heritage river, a distinction held by 36 other epic waterways in the country. The Red meets the criteria of a heritage river due to its uniqueness-it's the only major river on the prairies to flow north-and its historical significance. The primordial river is more known in recent history for overflowing its banks, but for thousands of years it was the key resource and transportation corridor for First Nations peoples and a vital route for the explorers and voyageurs of the fur-trade era. Today, a visit to Winnipeg isn't complete without paying respect to the mighty Red River, and there are many ways for you to do so ranging from the daily Paddlewheel Queen scenic cruise to enjoying cocktails on the city's trendiest floating nightclub, The Wave.

The Rideau Canal - Ottawa, Ontario

The Rideau Canal, which turns 175 this summer, is one of the Ottawa region's most important landmarks. Built by Colonel John By-Ottawa's founder-the canal has served as a transportation route for everything from weapons of war to pleasure craft. It's also North America's oldest continuously operational canal, and tourists come from around the globe to see its lockmasters in action. In winter, the canal becomes the world's largest skating rink. Just named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal is as important to Ottawa's history as the landscape.

Royal BC Museum - Victoria, British Columbia

Already a world-class attraction, the Royal BC Museum just keeps getting better, thanks to several new additions and must-see travelling shows. Topping the list this summer is Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition on through October 14, which invites visitors to climb the gangplank, boarding passes in hand, and become immersed in the passenger experience with 281 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, authentic re-creations and even live actors. The ocean theme continues in the museum's recently opened Ocean Station, where visitors can make like Captain Nemo and explore the province's waters-take a floor-to-ceiling window looking on to an undersea cliff, add a 360-litre aquarium and plenty of hands-on fun, and you've got an exhibit that's fun for the whole family. Finally, new to the museum this summer are two multi-media film presentations displayed on a two-storey-tall, three-dimensional map in the museum foyer: Freshwater: British Columbia's Precious Resource and the very topical Climate Change in British Columbia. Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, 250-356-7226. www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.

Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto, Ontario

This summer, Toronto got what its been waiting nearly five years for: the architectural opening of the Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum. The 175,000-square-foot aluminum and glass-covered structure gives the ROM an exciting new main entrance and lobby-the four-storey Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court-plus seven new galleries. The Crystal's inaugural exhibit is specifically tailored to the venue. "Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History" is an exploration of time and history from the perspective of one of the world's most acclaimed contemporary artists. Curated by Sugimoto, the exhibit juxtaposes the artist's stunning photographs with ancient Asian artifacts and fossil specimens from his own collection. The exhibit is on display daily until August 19. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, 416-586-8000. www.rom.on.ca.

Skyline at Canada Olympic Park - Calgary, Alberta

Ninety metres (or three hundred feet) is pretty high up-imagine standing at the edge of a 30-storey building. Now imagine being clipped onto a harness and sent hurtling down a 500-metre (1,640-foot) cable at something around 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph). This is what awaits you at Canada Olympic Park's brand new Skyline adventure ride. Designed to emulate the exhilarating feeling of an Olympic ski jumper, the ride takes advantage of the park's 90-metre Ski Jump Tower to generate some exceptional velocities and a once-in-a-lifetime experience-making the Skyline Calgary's best new attraction for 2007. Canada Olympic Park, 88 Olympic Rd SW.

Vancouver Lookout - Vancouver, British Columbia

Acrophobia keeping you down? Face your fear of heights and test your mettle at the Vancouver Lookout, which towers up 177 metres (581 feet) above downtown. From the newly renovated observation deck, take in the 360-degree views of the local mountains, English Bay, Point Grey, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, the Port of Vancouver, Gastown, Vancouver Island and even Mount Baker in Washington state, all from the top of British Columbia's tallest building. 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. 604-689-0421. www.vancouverlookout.com.

Further information on the Top 10 New Summer Attractions for 2007 can be found online at www.where.ca/topattractions2007 and in the summer issues of Where Canada magazine.

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