Bella Bella is sure to be a flurry of excitement on September 26 as Will and Kate make it their second stop on their Canadian tour of the West Coast and the Yukon.
The whirlwind trip, which begins in Victoria on September 24, includes stops in Vancouver, Bella Bella and the Great Bear Rainforest, Kelowna, Whitehorse and Carcross, YT, and Haida Gwaii. Buckle up, there is a lot of flying.
What exactly they will be doing each day hasn’t been revealed. Heritage Canada are promoting the scenic quality of the visit. Its press release states, “The unique beauty of Canada’s West Coast and the rugged wildness of the North will be front and centre during the duke and duchess of Cambridge’s second official royal tour to Canada.”
The Duke and Duchess are said to be embarking on the tour to “participate in events and activities that highlight the work Canadians are doing to preserve the environment, empower young people, improve mental health, encourage active living and highlight Indigenous culture and heritage.”
“We are very pleased that our community is included in their tour of BC,” said Chief Marilyn Slett. “What better way for the Duke and Duchess to learn about the people who live in the Great Bear Rainforest than to come to our territories. While in our community they will see a strong and vibrant community and culture.”
Chief Slett said the Duke and Duchess would witness a very small part of the Heiltsuk culture and see firsthand what makes the Global treasure known as the Great Bear Rainforest so special.
“For the past decade the Heiltsuk have worked hard to strengthen the connections between our community, our environment, and our economy. We remain steadfast in our conviction that the environment shouldn’t be sacrificed to build a healthy coastal economy,” said Slett. “One of the guiding principles we follow and instill in others is that our stewardship responsibilities are deeply rooted in Aboriginal Rights and Title (or Heiltsuk laws). Our ancestors and our Hemas have taught us that those rights and responsibilities are integral to our history, our identity, and our future.”
It is unclear whether or not the couple’s children, George and Charlotte, will be a part of the tour. The Coast Mountain News is scheduled to be in Bella Bella to cover the event.