Day 3 of the Royal Visit 2016 might just be one of the most beautiful days of the tour for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Once again, they will be leaving Prince George and Princess Charlotte behind in Victoria while they travel to the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Rainforest covers 6.4 million hectares on B.C.’s north and central coast and is home to 26 separate First Nations. It is the world’s largest temperate rainforest and is home to many of B.C.’s unique animals, including the Kermode (Spirit) bear.
Will and Kate will arrive at Bella Bella airport at noon and will transfer to a float plane where they will be given an aerial tour of a section of the vast rainforest. They will then land on the water at Bella Bella’s main jetty at 12:20 p.m. where they will be ceremoniously welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nations community.
From there they will be guided by some local young people through Bella Bella to the community centre where a youth performance will take place. There will also be an opportunity for speeches on the significance of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) at a separate event following this performance.
Eighty-five per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest is now protected under the QCC.
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At 1:08 p.m. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to nearby McLoughlin Bay where the rainforest will be officially committed to the QCC during a brief ceremony. They will also have an opportunity to see one of the new walking trails being constructed in the area before departing by boat and returning to Victoria.
That evening in Victoria, the Duke and Duchess will attend a reception hosted by the province of British Columbia at Government House.