British Columbia will be at the forefront of the world’s attention later this week with the much anticipated arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The visit also marks the first international appearance of the youngest royal, Princess Charlotte, alongside her three year old brother, Prince George. Their visit to Canada’s westernmost province will showcase what happens when its mighty nature meets vibrant culture, and is sure to be an experience they will never forget. The trip, taking place between September 24th and October 1st, will see them take in all the highlights of this cosmopolitan province…
The official Royal welcome gets underway in Victoria, Canada’s picture postcard provincial capital. The perfect vantage point to take in its natural beauty is on arrival by ferry, where you can discover the stunning panorama’s the island has to offer. Victoria harbour, one of the world’s most picturesque, provides a welcome retreat for visitors soaking up the lively atmosphere amongst local artists and street performers. Offering a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences, visitors to Victoria can expect heritage architecture and colourful gardens – an escape from the hurried bustle of most capitals. As North America’s most English city, Victoria should provide a gentle introduction to unbeatable British Columbia.
The culinary capital of Canada, Vancouver is sure to showcase its energy and dynamism to the Royals. Downtown Vancouver is a must see – discover quaint coffee shops and world class restaurants. Granville Island, an easy-going and popular spot is bursting with entertainment, artwork and food – there is no better place to embrace Canada’s multiculturalism. Grouse Mountain, Vancouver’s backdrop, awaits your discovery offering breath-taking panoramic views to the city, sea and surrounding mountains. Seeking natural beauty? Stanley Park is the largest urban park in North America offering a staggering green oasis amongst the urban landscape.
On Tuesday 27th September the Royals arrive in Kelowna, a city of endless outdoor opportunities. Sitting on the shores of Okanagan Lake, visitors can experience an exciting hybrid of delicious food and wine, and vibrant culture. The Royals here will meet with local young people who are learning about potential careers in food and agriculture, an apt location given Kelowna’s world class reputation in wine and cheese production. The city makes for a beautiful stopover between Alberta and British Columbia, with spectacular drives through twisting scenic valleys.
British Columbia will no doubt showcase the renowned friendly and welcoming Canadian spirit, and provide the opportunity for The Duke and Duchess to deepen their relationship with this pristine country. You can follow in royal footsteps for your own unforgettable journey into the heart of Canada, taking in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna, as well as the majestic Canadian Rockies, with our ‘Canadian Rockies and Vancouver’ discovery.