William and Kate: Canada-bound!

William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Royal Couple ({link url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/7998870@N06/5600838974/”}Photo by UK_repsome{/link})

It seems like the whole world watched Prince William marry his commoner bride (and media darling) Kate Middleton, and the biggest news right now is their upcoming tour of Canada, a country perhaps best known for exports like maple syrup, hockey, and international teen sensation and hair trendsetter Justin Bieber. Responding to an invitation by the government of Canada, the royal couple will be conducting an official tour of Canada from June 30 to July 8, attending myriad festivities and giving royal addresses in this, Kate’s first official trip as a Princess.

From Mounties to Montreal

First up on their tour is a celebration of Canada’s official birthday, Canada Day, in Ottawa, where the handsome couple will be greeted with the full force of a patriotic Canadian welcome: an escort of Mounties, a 21-gun salute, a jet flyover, and performances of “O Canada” and “God Save the Queen.” In the following days, they and their crowd of admirers and well-wishers will make stops at the beautiful and culturally French Montreal and Quebec City, before making their way to the Canadian Maritimes off the East Coast. (Citizens of the largest Canadian city, Toronto, are a bit miffed by their snub, but of course are too polite to really say so.)

Royals at a rodeo?

The Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede {link url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/91503473@N00/1515450800/”}(Photo by john1710){/link}

After visiting Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal, the royal couple will move on to see the famous red sands, green fields, and blue water of Prince Edward Island, setting of the fictional series Anne of Green Gables, one of Kate’s favorite childhood stories. From there they’ll head to the subarctic Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and to Calgary, Alberta for the Calgary Stampede, billed as the world’s largest rodeo. Surprised? A rodeo may not exactly sound like a royal affair, but if they plan to enjoy the diversity of Canada, including its rustic side, why not some bull riding, barrel racing, and steer wrestling along the way?

If you’re interested in following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the popular couple of the moment, consider one of TakeTours’ Canadian adventures, where you can follow in Will and Kate’s footsteps in places like Ottawa, Quebec City, and Prince Edward Island (but without the paparazzi, of course!) We’ll even throw in some tours of Toronto for good measure!