• A Royal Discovery: British Columbia

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    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.

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    Sophie is passionate about travel and photography. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, The Middle East, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and New Zealand.

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3 Responses to “A Royal Discovery: British Columbia”

  1. James Johnson September 24, 2016

    My partner and I recently experienced the magic of BC and found in Victoria a place where we could have happily stayed for the rest of our lives. The colour of the foliage coupled with the blue waters of a harbour that has an endless toing and froing of boats from water taxis to giant ferries calms the mind as you drink it all in. Most places of interest are within easy walking distance, including a museum that leaves a lasting impression of how things were in former times. Butechart Gardens was another delight, living proof that man can make good use of the minerals he takes from the ground and leave behind a wonder of colour and spectacle. You can see that we were enchanted by BC and recommend it as a bucket list holiday destination.

  2. Maggie morgan September 24, 2016

    yes have been to Canada twice loved the place, could kick my shoes off and live there. So you never know your luck might come again.

  3. Madeline Cameron September 25, 2016

    I lived in Vancouver for 3 years and have been back several times on holiday. I just love it and the surrounding area. I travelled through Stanley Park every day to go to and from work. I visited all the places you mentioned, except Kelowna, Victoria, Grouse Mountain, Downtown Vancouver’s cafes and fabulous restaurants and I travelled through the Canadian Rockies. With both the sea and the mountains to enjoy every day, it is just wonderful.

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