The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Canada with their children from 24th September to 1st October 2016. They began their week-long trip with arrival at Victoria, which is a capital of British Columbia, where they were greeted according to Canadian custom and protocol. Then, The Royal Highnesses had a private audience with the Governor General and with the Prime Minister. During the following day William and Kate left George and Charlotte with their nanny and headed off to Vancouver.
Their first stop took place at Sheway, a charity that supports vulnerable mums. They also visited Telus Garden to meet young Canadian leaders, and Canadian Coast Guard in Kitsilano to discuss rescues and mental health issues in first responders’ communities. On the third day William with Kate arrived at Bella Bella and were welcomed by the Heiltsuk community in a traditional ceremony. Afterwards, the royals went to the Great Bear Rainforest – the home of the Kermode bears. Finally, after returning to Victoria, they took part in Black Rod Ceremony at Government House. The fourth day of the tour started with a visit in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, where The Duke and Duchess met students at the Okanaga campus of the university of British Columbia. William and Kate watched there a match played by the acclaimed women’s volleyball team. Few hours later they participated in the BC Government’s ‘Taste of British Columbia’ enjoying food and wine.
Then they flew to Whitehorse in Yukon where theywere greeted by the Canadian Rangers before seeing a performance at the Kwanlin Dun CulturalCentre. During the next morning, William and Kate followed in the footsteps of The Queen and PrincePhilip, who had been to Whitehorse before. After that, the royals visited the MacBride Museum of Yukonhistory and participated in sending a “telegraph to tweet”. Then they went to Carcross, a tiny town witha population of less than 300 people, where they received a traditional welcome and experienced local tagish culture.
On the sixth day Government House hosted a tea party in Victoria. The Duke andDuchess of Cambridge met with families from neighbourhood, including those presently serving in the Canadian military. After that, they enjoyed some family time out of the spotlight. The last but one day of the royal tour began with a trip to Haida Gwaii, an archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia. William and Kate enjoyed paddling in a canoe to the beach at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum in Skidegate. There, they were welcomed by the Haida Nation President and they were given a cultural performance with representatives of the nation. Finally, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go salmon fishing with youth. The last day William and Kate started with a visit to the Cridge Centre for the Family which provides shelter, care and hope for people in need. Next, they had a meeting in downtown café with members of the Kelty Mental Health Resources Centre that supports children, youth and their families residing in British Columbia. This was followed by a departure ceremony that took place at Victoria Harbour Airport. That way, their tour came to an end.
News prepered by Damian Adamowski from 2b.