Royal visit: Highlights from William and Kate's trip to B.C., Yukon
The 8-day royal visit wrapped up on Saturday
CBC News Posted: Sep 28, 2016 3:46 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 02, 2016 4:11 PM ET
The royal family ended their eight-day tour of B.C. and Yukon on Saturday.
Prince William and Kate left from the Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in the mid-afternoon along with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte had a play date on Thursday.
Day 6 of Prince William and Kate's visit to B.C. and Yukon was a low-key affair for the adults, but for the young prince and princess, it may have been the highlight of the trip.
Prince George, who turned three in July, and his one-year-old sister, Princess Charlotte, stayed behind in Victoria while their parents toured B.C. and Yukon. But they were the centre of attention at a children's party at Government House in Victoria on Thursday.
On Wednesday, William and Kate went north.
The duke and duchess's 24-hour visit to Yukon included a community festival in Whitehorse and a visit to the MacBride Museum, where they tweeted via telegraph.
They also visited a steam engine that once pulled Queen Elizabeth.
Carcross was the royals' last stop in Yukon before flying back to B.C. on Wednesday afternoon. But before they left, William and Kate took a ride on a historic steam train driven by the same locomotive that once pulled Queen Elizabeth, William's grandmother, and Prince Philip during their 1959 visit to the area.
They tried some Pacific geoduck at a food and wine festival.
Tuesday's itinerary included greeting young chefs during the Taste of British Columbia event, held at Mission Hill Winery, in Kelowna, and sampling some local cuisine that included seafood prepared by Japanese-Canadian chef Hidekazu Tojo. Geoduck is a long-necked clam that Tojo served the royals sashimi-style.
They also took in a volleyball game while in the Okanagan.
West Coast weather bumped a fly-over of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Monday, the third day of their official visit, included a stop in Bella Bella, on the central coast of B.C., where William and Kate were scheduled for an aerial tour of the Great Bear Rainforest. Rough weather kept them grounded but William went ahead with a ceremony to dedicate the area to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy trust. The B.C. government earlier this year agreed to protect the majority of the area from logging.
Kate brought a family heirloom back to Canada.
Kate's go-to accessory throughout her Western Canadian tour has been a maple leaf brooch, seen here at a Victoria ceremony. It was given to the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth I, from her husband King George VI, to commemorate her state visit to Canada in 1939.
The Trudeaus joined William and Kate in Vancouver.
Crowds were on hand Sunday when the royal couple travelled from Victoria to Vancouver to tour an addiction centre for mothers and to meet newly arrived Syrian refugees.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau joined them on a tour of the recently reopened Kitsilano coast guard station.
Victoria was home base during the royal visit.
William and Kate started their visit in Victoria on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they visited the B.C. Legislature and were met by First Nations elders. They will leave from there on Oct. 1.
The royal children stayed put in Victoria, at Government House with their nanny, while their parents took part in a whirlwind tour that involved more than 30 engagements.
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