There were a few things we learned from the Royal Family on their official trip to Canada this month: what to wear this fall (thanks, Kate), how to execute the perfect double wave (thanks, George), and, of course, how to travel in style. The foursome made the most of their time in British Columbia, galavanting around the province in private planes and hovercraft, charming the pants off of our entire nation.
Here’s how the Royals did west coast Canada on their journey through our vast nation this fall. It’s a bit different than what we’d have done, but that’s kind of what makes it all the more fun to watch.
Saturday, September 24–Arrive on a private aircraft
William, Kate, George and Charlotte land in Victoria on a private chartered Royal Canadian Air Force plane. How do we get our hands on one of these flights? Booking.com or something, right?
Stay at Government House
The family headed from the airport to their home base for the week: Government House. Unfortunately, we commoners can’t stay at Government House, but you can tour its grounds and gardens.
Be greeted by thousands of people
You’re not travelling like true royalty until you’re greeted by throngs of excited fans. And that’s exactly what happened when our fav Royals arrived at the parliament buildings in Victoria to greet 25,000 onlookers.
Meet with Canadian leaders
It’s no trip to Canada without meeting our version of Royalty: the Trudeaus. And pose for all of the official photos, which, yes, seems to be a prerequisite for being a Royal.
Sunday, September 25–Floatplane to Vancouver
On Sunday, Will and Kate left the kids with the nanny and hopped on a Harbour Air floatplane from Victoria to Vancouver, arriving to another enthusiastic greeting at Poole Plaza.
Play politics in the city
The Royals are advocates for a whole handful of charities, and they made it a priority in Canada, too. Kate and Will stopped by the Shelway Charity and Immigration Services Society of British Columbia where they met with some of the Syrian refugees taken in by Canada.
Ride on a hovercraft
After meeting with fire and rescue teams at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in Vancouver, Will and Kate hopped on a hovercraft, which took them back to the airport where they got back on a floatplane, Victoria-bound.
Monday, September 26–Go on a rainforest adventure
The Great Bear Rainforest is the world’s largest temperate rainforest, and while we’re not sure if Will and Kate actually saw one of the majestic white Spirit Bears that call this forest home, we like to imagine they did.
Experience northern culture
The Duke and Duchess were welcomed by the local hereditary chiefs before taking in a youth performance at the community centre in the northern community of Bella Bella.
Attend a ritzy gala dinner
As we said before, you can visit Government House as a tourist, but us regular folk likely won’t ever attend a glamorous gala dinner hosted by the Canadian government in these buildings. What we can tell from the photographic evidence: donning your Sunday Best is a must.
Tuesday, September 27–Visit the Okanagan’s famous wine region
Will and Kate took part in a food festival—Taste of British Columbia—in the province’s wine region at Mission Hill Winery where they sampled eats prepared by local culinary talent.
Have a night away from the kids
The only evening Will and Kate spent without Charlotte and George was when they flew to Whitehorse from Kelowna for some more cultural events. That evening, the Duke and Duchess opted to stay at the Coast High Country Inn, which only has a three-star rating on Expedia!
Wednesday, September 28–Do what Granny did
The Royal pair traced the steps of the Queen who visited the Telegraph Office (now the MacBride Museum) during their trip in 1959.
Watch (but don’t ride) bikes
After leaving Whitehorse and visiting the community of Carcross, Kate and Will stopped by Montana Mountain for some biking… the spectator sport, not the activity itself.
Thursday, September 29–Family time and a big party
Back in Victoria, the busy family had some time to themselves before and after a party for military families that was held in the picture-perfect gardens at Government House.
Friday, September 30–Day trip to Haida Gwaii
Day seven took Will and Kate to the picturesque archipelago, Haida Gwaii, where they took a canoe over to the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum in Skidegate. This is one trip that’s on our bucket list.
Open a hospital
After a performance put on by the local kids, Will and Kate helped commemorate the opening of the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre.
Cast a line
One does not visit the B.C. coast without trying their hand at some ocean fishing.
Saturday, October 1–Chat charity at Victoria cafe
Will and Kate made one more charitable appearance before heading home. At The Breakwater Cafe and Bistro, they spoke with representatives of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and some of the young people who use the services. Bringing awareness to mental health in style.
Quick trip on a tall ship
Will and Kate took a quick tour of the Victoria Harbour aboard the tall ship Pacific Grace. Kate even took the wheel for a bit. Seriously, can we please be BFFs with her?
Double royal hand waves at the departure ceremony
The public got one more chance to glimpse The Royals as they boarded their flight back to London. To the delight of onlookers, Prince George executed the perfect double royal wave.