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Royals make a splash with wilderness war canoe trip

By Tony Jones

Published 01/10/2016

The Duchess of Cambridge waves as she makes her way by canoe to Haida Heritage Centre
The Duchess of Cambridge waves as she makes her way by canoe to Haida Heritage Centre
The Duchess of Cambridge receiving a traditional welcome
The royal couple at the Carving House

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their most unusual form of travel to date during the penultimate day of their Canadian tour - arriving at a wilderness community by war canoe.

They were paddled into Haida Gwaii, an archipelago on the north coast of British Columbia and home to the Haida Nation.

Accompanied by 10 warrior paddlers, three community leaders, and two Scotland Yard bodyguards, William and Kate travelled in the 25ft canoe for around 20 minutes.

The Duchess chose a comfortable outfit for the trip - a Smythe jacket, blouse by Somerset by Temperley, and Zara jeans.

They were paddled to a pebble beach close to a heritage centre at Skidegate on Graham Island, one of 150 islands in the chain.

Haida Gwaii means "islands of the people" and archaeologists believe the area has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years.

When they arrived at the jetty, the royal couple were greeted by three community leaders: canoe pacer Elder Guujaw, former president of the Haida Nation, Ms Lyndale George, a member of the Skidegate Band Council and Ernie Gladstone, of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.

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