2011's top stories in Canada: Royal visit, Layton, McGuinty and more

CBCNews.ca readers could not get enough of the royal newlyweds' visit to Canada this year, with coverage of the Canadian adventures of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, among the most-viewed stories across the country.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave from their plane before departing from their cross-Canada tour in Calgary on July 8. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

People could not get enough of the royal newlyweds' visit to Canada this year, with coverage of the Canadian adventures of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, among the top stories across the country.

A couple who found time for romance in the midst of the violent post-Stanley Cup riots— a kiss immortalized by one of the many photographers documenting the Vancouver chaos last June — also captured many readers' interest on CBCNews.ca.

But many of the most popular stories in Canada on CBCNews.ca this past year dealt with loss. The death of NDP Leader Jack Layton after a second battle with cancer was one of the most-read stories, as well as a story on the Ontario Liberal party's loss of its majority status.

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