William, Kate to bring Prince George, Princess Charlotte on B.C., Yukon visit
8-day tour includes visiting charities, First Nations and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Prince William and Kate will bring their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte on the family's first official visit to B.C. and Yukon later this month, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with George, 3, and Charlotte, who turned one in May, will kick off their visit in Victoria with an official public welcome at the Legislature on Sept. 24.
They will fly to Vancouver by float plane the following day for a civic welcome downtown at Jack Poole Plaza and a visit to a charity for addicted mothers on the city's Downtown Eastside.
The Royal Family will then make stops in Kelowna, B.C., Whitehorse, Bella Bella and Haida Gwaii in B.C. before returning to Victoria for an official farewell in the Inner Harbour on Oct. 1.
William and Kate last visited Canada in 2011 as newlyweds, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators throughout a nine-day tour, but this will be the first visit with their two young children.
The royal itinerary:
Sept 24: Travel with the Royal Canadian Air Force to Victoria Airport. After a quick stop at Government House, which will be their base for the trip, they'll visit the Cenotaph before an official public welcome at the Legislature. In the evening they will meet senior Canadian leaders at Government House.
Sept: 25: Travel by float plane to Vancouver for a civic welcome downtown at Jack Poole Plaza. They will visit to the Sheway charity for addicted mothers on the Downtown Eastside and the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.
They will also meet with young leaders in arts, sports, charity, business and film at Telus Gardens, and later with emergency responders at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, where they will depart by hovercraft for Victoria.
Sept. 26: Travel north for an aerial tour of the Great Bear Rain Forest and a visit to Bella Bella and the Heiltsuk First Nation before taking a boat tour and later returning to Victoria for an evening reception at Government House hosted by the government of B.C.
Sept. 27: Kelowna, for a public visit to UBC Okanagan to meet students and watch at exhibition volleyball match, followed by some wine tasting at Mission Hill Winery, and then a flight to Whitehorse that evening, where they will meet members of the Canadian Rangers and see a performance at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.
Sept. 28: Visiting Whitehorse's MacBride Museum and a street party on Main Street, then heading to Carcross, Yukon, for a traditional welcome from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and a visit to a mountain biking track at Montana Mountain before returning to Victoria.
It is expected they will be joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, on this day.
Sept. 29: In Victoria for a children's party in the morning with invited military families at Government House, followed by a private rest day in the afternoon.
Sept. 30: A visit to Haida Gwaii, including a traditional canoe trip from Skidegate to the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum, a hospital opening and fishing trip at the Skidegate Youth Centre, before returning to Victoria.
Oct. 1: In Victoria visiting charities in the morning, including the Cridge Centre for the Family, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, sailing on the Sail and Life Training Society tall ship, followed by their official departure from Victoria's Inner Harbour by float plane and a private tour of the south end of the island.
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