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Canoe brings William and Kate to meeting with wilderness community in Canada

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.

William and Kate were paddled into the heart of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia which is home to the Haida Nation.

Accompanied by 10 warrior paddlers, three community leaders, and two Scotland Yard bodyguards, William and Kate - in a Smythe jacket, blouse by Somerset by Temperley, and Zara jeans - travelled in the 25ft canoe for around 20 minutes.

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

The cedar and spruce-covered islands of Haida Gwaii, home to 5,000 people, of whom about a third belong to the Haida Nation, lie 62 miles off Canada's north west coast.

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

The royal couple flew by helicopter onto Graham Island after travelling up from their base in Victoria on a military plane.

When they arrived at the jetty, they 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, superintendent of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.


From Belfast Telegraph