William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Victoria, Canada on Sunday September 24th on a trip and tour that will mainly focus on causes that are important to the Duke and Duchess along with pastimes that they both enjoy. Their royal commentator, Victoria Arbiter stated they will mainly discuss issues on mental health, the welfare of young people and addiction along with sailing and fishing in the British Columbia outdoors.
The first visit for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was during the first three months of their marriage in 2011, now their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are traveling along.
As William spoke at a speech outside the B.C. legislature, he went on to say “Catherine and I have asked to meet as many people from as many walks of life as we can while we’re here, we’re very much looking forward to learning about how Canadians are tackling some of the biggest challenges of the day.”
The first visit of the day for the two included a trip to Vancouver where their itinerary included a visit to Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program for mothers struggling with drug and alcohol issues in the city’s Downtown Eastside which is an impoverished neighborhood also known for its extreme homelessness and drug addiction.
These last twenty four hours have had the royals visiting a remote First Nation community in Bella Bella, British Columbia where they were also welcomed by the Heiltsuk people. The Heiltsuk people gave them a warm reception by draping William and Kate in traditional blankets and where they received dancing “vests” for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
A primary part of their visit to Bella Bella was to give William and Kate a tour of the Great Bear Rainforest, but due to the bad weather, boat trips and an aerial tour over the forest had to be cancelled only giving the couple small glimpse of the Rainforest. The Great Bear Rainforest is the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest which stretches over 250 miles.
The remainder of the Duke and Duchess’ visit will include Haida Gwaii and Kelowna in British Columbia as well as Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon.