It was a great start for the Duke and Duchess for the fifth day of the Royal Tour (after the only night away from George & Charlotte, safe at “home base” in Victoria) was they arrived at MacBride Museum of Yukon History. While there, they received an overview of museum and its role in telling the story of the Yukon’s diverse history, as well as met with children taking part in the Indigenous language program from the Dusk’a Headstart Early Learning Centre and participate in storytelling and reading activity.
At the Museum, the royals met Doug Bell, a 90 year old telegraph operator at the MacBride Museum. He tappedout a coded welcome message on Second World War equipped and asked the royals to touch a button that tweeted the message to the internet. They also issued a “telegraph to tweet” – which left some of us wishing for a little more…
From the museum, it was a short walk to the Front Street Healing Totem, where Will & Kate met with members of Bring Youth Forward Equality. BYTE is a youth organization focused on empowering young people and fostering creativity. BYTE executive directors will discuss how they work with young people on empowerment and display art projects that help contribute to empowerment.
On Main Street, they attended the Youth Art Festival which is a bustling dynamic community street festival which includes various art projects by local young people. The public were invited to take part in the festivities, showing their warm hospitality and enjoying the performances and exhibitions.
After saying farewell to Whitehorse, the Duke and Duchess moved to Carcross where they were welcomed with a traditional welcome ceremony which included an Elder blessing, prayer song, presentation of a sculpture and performance of a welcome dance by the Dakhka Khwaan Dancers.
Klondike prospectors who conquered the infamous Chilkoot Pass on their way to the Klondike gold fields took a much needed break in the small settlement of Caribou Crossing—today known as Carcross. The name derives from the magnificent herds of caribou that crossed through the area on their historical annual migration. Today, Carcross is a thriving community known for its tourism opportunities and remarkable outdoor adventure sports.
Will & Kate then traveled to Montana Mountain’s upper site where they joined a community mountain bike festival. Montana Mountain in Carcross is quickly gaining a reputation for some of the best mountain-biking trails in the world.
They cheered on a group mountain bike ride and viewed a skills demonstration.
At the lower site of Montana Mountain, they met with family and friends of the Single Track to Success program and greeted the mountain-bike ride participants.