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The Royal Family are setting out on a Canadian tour this weekend that will take them all through British Columbia, with stops in the Yukon. The week-long trip has Will, Kate and their children visiting seven different communities on the West Coast of Canada, and marks little Princess Charlotte’s royal tour debut.
As long as you aren’t hoping for eight nights of lodging at the Government House of British Columbia, you too can vacation like the Royals. Here are some highlights from their itinerary to include in your own travels out west.
The Royals’ trip begins in Vancouver and Victoria, where they’ll relive the glory of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics at the Poole Plaza, the home of the Olympic Cauldron. Backdropped by mountains and the harbour, the Poole Plaza offers one of the most breathtaking views of the city. The surrounding neighbourhood of Coal Harbour is one of the city’s most luxurious areas and Stanley Park is only a short walk away, making the plaza and the waterfront must-see attractions.
Located on the coast of British Columbia, Great Bear Rainforest remains the world’s largest coastal temperate rain forest. Here across the 400-kilometre stretch, you can partake in any outdoor activity you heart desires: hiking, biking, boating, canoeing, caving, ziplining, even golfing—if you can do it outside, you can probably do it in the Great Bear Rainforest. But the wildlife is special to this location. You can bird watch and whale watch, but most visitors—the Duke and Duchess included—are vying to get a glimpse of the elusive Kermode bear (or Spirit Bear), known for its all-white fur.
Will and Kate’s travels will take them to north to the Yukon to celebrate the diverse First Nations cultures in the territory with a performance of dance, music and storytelling at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. The next day, they’ll partake in a community festival and visit the Healing Totem, an 11-metre high totem pole carved by over 20 artists. Erected in the heart of downtown Whitehorse, the Healing Totem was crafted in dedication to residential school survivors and their communities.
At the tail end of their trip, the Royals will venture to Haida Gwaii, an island group off the north coast of the B.C. Home to the indigenous group called the Haida (one of the 40 different Aboriginal groups native to B.C.), the remote islands offer a scenic and serene escape from city life. On the islands, you can indulge in all the outdoor recreational activities, Will and Kate will be salmon fishing and canoeing from Skidegate Landing to the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum, which houses historical and cultural art.