Kensington Palace released the detailed itinerary of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s Canada Tour Part Deux.
KP made it official that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are going to Canada with their parents. Apparently the tour will consist of “more than 30 engagements over the week” even though they are taking most of one of the days off. Their focus is mostly on meeting people, the culture of the area, and boosting tourism, but they will also visit a few charities – two of which align with their mental health kick. Oh, and once again all of their appearances are duo appearances. Neither William nor Kate are making any solo appearances during this tour.
The full schedule of events:
September 24 (Saturday):
- Arrive in the afternoon and travel to Victoria, British Columbia with the Royal Canadian Air Force where they will be greeted at Victoria Airport before moving to Government House for a very brief stop.
- Will officially open the tour at British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings by paying respects at Victoria’s Cenotaph and unveiling a new plaque paying tribute to the veterans of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict. The official welcome to Canada will then get underway, featuring an honor guard and speeches.
- They will return to Government House where they will have meetings with senior Canadian leaders.
September 25 (Sunday):
- William and Kate will travel from Victoria to Vancouver by float plane. They will land in the harbor in the heart of Vancouver where they will receive a civic welcome in Jack Poole Plaza located by the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.
- Will visit Sheway located in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. Sheway is a charity that has achieved remarkable things for vulnerable mothers who are battling addiction and other issues. This charity was chosen because, ahem, “The link between addiction and family breakdown is something that has been a major priority of The Duchess’s charitable work.”
- They will visit the Immigration Services Society of British Columbia where they will meet the staff and volunteers who support over 25,000 recent migrants to Canada each year. They will explore issues including housing, education, employment, language, and mental health and will have an opportunity to engage directly with Syrian refugees.
- William and Kate will attend an event celebrating young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film.
- They will visit the Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vanier park to learn about the round the clock operation to support people who come into trouble on the water that surrounds this coastal city. They will then meet with other first responders who protect the safety and physical and mental health of people in the region, including police and fire services and social workers.
September 26 (Monday):
- William and Kate will travel to the Great Bear Rainforest – which has been named as Canada’s commitment to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which is creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation products. They will arrive at Bella Bella airport and be given an aerial tour of a section of Great Bear by float plane. Then they will land on the water at Bella Bella’s main jetty where they will be ceremoniously welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nations community.
- They will be guided by young people through Bella Bella to the community center where a youth performance will take place. There will also be an opportunity for speeches on the significance of the QCC at a separate event following this performance.
- They will then travel to nearby Mcloughlin Bay where the rainforest will be officially committed to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy during a brief ceremony.
- In the evening, William and Kate will travel back to Victoria where they will attend a reception hosted by the province of British Columbia at Government House.
September 27 (Tuesday):
- William and Kate will fly to Kelowna, a city in the beautiful Okanagan Valley where they will visit the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. They will have a chance to meet with students and the wider community before watching an exhibition match with the campus’ nationally ranked women’s volleyball team.
- The couple will take part in the BC Government’s ‘Taste of British Columbia’ festival at Mission Hill Winery. They will have a chance to taste the wine, cheese, and food and will also meet with local young people who are learning about potential careers in food and agriculture.
- They will fly to Whitehorse, Yukon, arriving in the early evening and will be greeted by members of the Canadian Rangers.
- In the evening, they will watch a cultural performance at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. They will stay in Whitehorse overnight.
September 28 (Wednesday):
- The day will begin with a visit to the MacBride Museum, where they will learn about Yukon’s history.
- There will be a colorful and fun party on Main Street in Whitehorse. Whitehorse has a thriving arts scene and local artists and craftsman will have their work on display, and there will be plenty of music and local food.
- William and Kate will move to Carcross, a small town of less than 300 people 70 kilometres from Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway. At the Carcross Commons they will have a traditional welcome from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and will be given a tour of the recently completed buildings and public spaces there and will have a chance to say hello to the local community.
- They will travel to Montana Mountain which is known for its biking trails. The Single Track to Success (S2S) project on Montana Mountain not only builds world class trails, it provides life changing experiences to local youth and contributes to tourism in the area.
- The couple will travel down to the bottom of the track and bid farewell to the young people and the community before heading back to Whitehorse Airport and on to Victoria.
September 29 (Thursday):
- William and Kate will attend a children’s party in the beautiful grounds of Government House in Victoria. A group of military families have been invited to share what should be a really lovely morning with plenty of surprises for the children. William and Kate will take the rest of the day off to spend some “private time with their children”.
September 30 (Friday):
- William and Kate will visit Haida Gwaii, the archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia that is home to the Haida Nation. When the couple arrive at Skidegate, they will transfer to a traditional Haida canoe and will help to paddle around to the beach at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum, where they will be officially welcomed. Inside the center they will be addressed by the President of the Haida Nation and see a cultural performance from around 30 local children.
- They will officially opening the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre and meet people who have benefited from the services it provides.
- They will join youth from the Skidegate Youth Centre where they will enjoy world-class fishing on the beautiful waters of the Hectate Strate. The Skidegate Youth Centre serves the youth of Skidegate and surrounding areas engage in safe and meaningful social, recreational and educational activities. The program focuses on confidence building, physical activities and creativity, while achieving social and life skills.
October 1 (Saturday):
- William and Kate will visit the Cridge Centre for the Family – one of Victoria’s most well-known charitable institutions. The Centre provides a range of services, including childcare, youth outreach, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.
- They will visit a local café where they will meet with families that have been supported by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, one of British Columbia’s leading mental health charities. Kelty uses digital and community-based tools to take mental health services and information to families throughout the province.
- They will board a tall-ship operated by the Sail and Life Training Society, a charity that uses the power of sailing to give young people skills and direction in their lives. On board will be a group of young people who are part of JACK.org – a national network of youth who are working to end stigma around mental health for their generation. William and Kate will have a chance to talk to these young people about their work while actively taking part in helping to sail the tall ship before docking in the inner harbor.
- William and Kate will end their tour by taking part in a public official departure ceremony at Victoria Harbour Airport. They will then board a float plane and will have a brief tour of the southern tip of Vancouver Island before departing Canada with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“The link between addiction and family breakdown is something that has been a major priority of The Duchess’s charitable work.” Has it? If I remember correctly, Kate dropped addition as her Big Cause only a few months after taking it on. She then moved on to children’s hospices being her “major priority”, then changed her “major priority” to children’s mental health. I kind of think it’s interesting that addiction, a cause Kate has mostly dropped, is one of the focuses of this tour but children’s hospices, which has been a focus on every previous tour and which Kate still kind of does stuff with, is missing.
They don’t have any big gala events planned, so I doubt we will see a gown or big jewels. That Government House reception will probably be like the one in Australia, and Kate will probably only wear a cocktail dress.
I hate to be nitpicky and critical of events even before they happen, but the fact that William and Kate are taking most of a day off during their week-long tour to spend some “private time with their children” bothers me. This tour is only one week long, and they’re on official business. Why are they taking most of a day off? I actually understood why they had days off during the New Zealand/Australia tour since it was three weeks long (and I needed a break, too), but this is only one week long. Why do they need “down time” during a one week long tour?