Their Excellencies to Officially Welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW/ -Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will officially welcome to Canada Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, in Victoria, British Columbia, on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

In addition to this event, which launches the 2016 Royal Tour, Their Excellencies will join Their Royal Highnesses in Bella Bella, British Columbia, for a dedication ceremony of the Great Bear Rainforest; in Whitehorse, Yukon, for arts and culture demonstrations; and again in Victoria to bid farewell to the Royal family on their official departure from Canada, on October 1, 2016.

The 2016 Royal Tour will take place from September 24 to October 1, 2016. Their Royal Highnesses will participate in events and activities that highlight the work Canadians are doing to preserve the environment, empower young people, improve mental health, support those who need a helping hand, encourage active living and highlight Indigenous culture and ‎heritage.

Timings indicated are in local time zone (Pacific Daylight Time).

Saturday, September 24
Victoria, British Columbia

4 p.m.
Arrival to Canada
Upon their arrival in Canada, the Royal family will be greeted by Their Excellencies as they disembark from the plane.
Victoria International Airport,443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Dakota Rd, North Saanich

5:05 p.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony (Open to the Public)
Later that day, thousands of Canadians will take to the streets to officially welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Canada. The welcoming ceremony will include a 21-gun salute, the breaking of His Royal Highness's Canadian Standard, and an inspection of a guard of honour. The ceremony will conclude with remarks by the Governor General, His Royal Highness and other Canadian dignitaries. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 501 Belleville Street, Victoria

6:05 p.m.
Audience with Their Royal Highnesses
Their Excellencies will have a private audience with Their Royal Highnesses.  
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 501 Belleville Street, Victoria

Monday, September 26
Bella Bella, British Columbia

12:20 p.m.
Arrival in Bella Bella
Upon arrival in Bella Bella, Their Excellencies and Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed by the Heiltsuk community in a traditional ceremony. Following this, they will make their way to the Wawiskas Community Hall to witness a cultural celebration.  
Memorial Hospital breakwater / Wawiskas Community Hall

1:10 p.m.
Dedication of the Great Bear Rainforest
As the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in Canada, the Governor General will mark the inclusion of the Great Bear Rainforest in the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative. During this dedication ceremony, His Excellency, the Premier of British Columbia and His Royal Highness will deliver remarks. After the ceremony, His Royal Highness will unveil the dedication plaque at McLoughlin Bay.

The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. For more information, visit
Ceremony at the Elders' Lodge / Plaque unveiling at McLoughlin Bay

Victoria, British Columbia

7:50 p.m.
Black Rod Ceremony and Evening Reception at Government House
Their Excellencies will join Their Royal Highnesses at a Black Rod ceremony followed by a reception at Government House.

The Black Rod is a ceremonial staff used on formal occasions when the Sovereign or the provincial representative of the Crown, the lieutenant governor, is present in the legislative assembly of British Columbia.
Government House, 1401 Rockland Ave, Victoria

Tuesday, September 27
Whitehorse, Yukon

6:10 p.m.
Official Arrival in Yukon
Prior to the arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Yukon, the Governor General will inspect a guard composed of members of the Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers, who provide a military presence in Canada's North. Following this, the Governor General will deliver remarks.
Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, 75 Barkley Grow Crescent #316, Whitehorse

6:50 p.m.
Yukon Cultural Celebration
Their Excellencies and Their Royal Highnesses will attend a Yukon cultural celebration that will highlight the diversity and depth of Yukon's cultural scene. Dancers, drummers and musicians representing a variety of genres and backgrounds will share their songs and stories in a dynamic performance.
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, 1171-1st Avenue, Whitehorse
OPEN TO ROYAL TOUR ACCREDITED MEDIA – Arrival and departure from cultural Centre
POOL Media – Inside cultural centre

Wednesday, September 28
Whitehorse, Yukon

10 a.m.
Healing Totem and Community Festival on Main Street
Their Excellencies, the Territorial Commissioner, the Premier of Yukon and Their Royal Highnesses will join locals on Main Street for a colourful party where artists and craftspeople will showcase their work. Among these displays will be the 11-metre-long Healing Totem dedicated to the healing of residential school survivors and their communities.
Main Street, Whitehorse

Saturday, October 1
Victoria, British Columbia

3:40 p.m. Official Departure Ceremony (Open to the Public)
At the end of the week-long Royal Tour, Their Excellencies, Canadian dignitaries along with thousands of Canadians, will join together to bid the Their Royal Highnesses farewell during an official departure ceremony.
Victoria Harbour Airport, 950 Wharf Street, Victoria


Media representatives who wish to cover the 2016 Royal Tour must be accredited through Canadian Heritage.

This itinerary is subject to change without notice and will be updated on
To obtain the latest information about the Royal Tour, visit


SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: Media information: Annabelle Cloutier, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-301-2764 (cell), ; Media Relations/Accreditation, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,, Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

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