Prince William and his bride, the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate), will bring Canada into the spotlight over the next 10 days. And unlike other royal visits, William and Kate will get more involved than traditional royal trips.
Speedboats and 10-gallon hats are on the schedule (no, not at the same time).
The royal couple start out in Ottawa, the nation's capital, where they will celebrate Canada Day on Friday. Will and Kate will also be in Montréal (July 2), Quebec City (July 3), Charlottetown and Summerside in Prince Edward Island (July 3-4), Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories (July 4-6), and Calgary, Alberta (July 6-8).
The 10-gallon hats will be part of the Calgary Stampede.
The couple will miss Toronto and Vancouver on this trip, and will likely not hit too many Tim Hortons. Given that Ontario and British Columbia are the most "British" of the provinces, the itinerary has a different purpose in mind.
The prince has been to Canada twice but this is Kate's first trip to the Great White North.
While Canada still has ties to the homeland through the Governor General (the Queen's official representative to Canada), the visit is more symbolic than anything else. Still, this is the royal couple's first trip as a married pair, and a chance for Canada to be showcased as an ideal summer travel destination.