Possibly the most popular royals to date, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Canada.
The visit marks Princess Charlotte’s royal tour debut, and while Will & Kate will be exploring the country without their adorable children in tow, the couple's itinerary is sure to fuel our wanderlust for British Columbia.
Known as ‘Super, Natural British Columbia', the province is blessed with amazing geographical diversity, which means there is an equally amazing variety of places to see and things to do.
From cosmopolitan Vancouver, once described as “Manhattan with mountains”, to its rainforest, desert and snow capped peaks.
If you've been inspired by the royal tour and want to explore BC from the saddle, here's a handpicked list of ranches, the available activities mirroring those on William and Kate’s schedule.
The Duke & Duchess will be travelling to Bella Bella to explore the Great Bear Rainforest: the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world home to the Kermode Bears (Spirit Bears).
Opt to hit the trail and join a Grizzly Bear Tracker Trip. Set off from the Chilcotin Guest Ranch on horseback; a thriving population residing in the South Chilcotin Mountains. Let your camera roll as you watch the bears from atop your mount, their behaviour completely undisturbed.
The Royals will also be including Okanagan wine country on their itinerary. A regular self-drive pit stop, why not visit Mission Hill, the family estate world renowned for its award winning wines, stunning setting and architecture. ‘Terrace’, its sixty-seat restaurant overlooks Lake Okanagan and was once named as one of the five best winery restaurants in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Alternatively, book a six night stay at the Siwash Lake Luxury Guest Ranch, in south central British Columbia, and soar across the skies on an optional ‘heli-wine’ tour. Fly due west over to the mighty Fraser River, then follow it south; steep valley walls, hoodoos, Jack Jones Rapids and golden grasslands viewed from above. Wine tasting at the Fort Berens Winery in Lillooet is included part way through the adventure.
Located at the start of the province’s historic Gold Rush Trail, the town is situated in one of British Columbia’s newest emerging wine regions.
A regular haunt for ‘foodies,’ enjoy unlimited riding across the ranch’s 80,000 acres and pack a gourmet lunch in your saddle bag. At the end of the trail expect five star dining complete with a choice of vintage wines.
Before departing Canada, William and Kate will return to British Columbia to visit Haida Gwaii. Formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, the archipelago located off the Northwest coast of British Columbia is one of the richest biological and cultural areas in North America. A canoe trip and visit to ancient Haida villages on the royal itinerary.
You can also combine cultural tours and water based adventures at the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, the property located in Canada’s Cariboo wilderness.
Go white water rafting on the legendary Thompson River and experience the thrilling Jaws of Death rapid and back at the ranch embrace First Nation’s culture with resident Gitxsan artist, Michael Blackstock. Etched into the surrounding trees, Michael’s creative works honour the living spirit of spring water.
Book a tree carving tour or a take yourself on solo spiritual journey using the ranch’s self-guided booklet.