Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 30, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces the Itinerary for the 2009 Visit of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the complete itinerary for the 2009 Royal Visit to Canada of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Royal Couple will be in Canada November 2-12, 2009. This program will see Their Royal Highnesses visit four provinces and 11 communities, where they will participate in as many as eight activities each day.

"This 11-day coast-to-coast visit is a celebration of Canadian innovation, community building, national pride, and presence on the world stage. Their Royal Highnesses will make stops in communities as small as Brigus in Newfoundland and Labrador and as large as Toronto and Vancouver," said Minister Moore. "The program provides Their Royal Highnesses an opportunity to demonstrate their deep affection for Canada and Canadians by rekindling many existing friendships and making many new ones. I know that many Canadians will respond in kind and are eagerly awaiting this Visit."

Highlights of the 11-day program include:

- Welcoming The Royal Couple to Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador at Mile One Centre in St. John's;

- Visiting Cupids in Newfoundland and Labrador in honour of the 400th anniversary of the first English settlement in Canada, which will be held in 2010;

- Touring Hamilton's historic Dundurn Castle, built by The Duchess' ancestor, her great-great-great grandfather, Sir Allan MacNab, Prime Minister of the Province of Canada 1854-56;

- Opening the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto;

- Participating in an Aboriginal greeting ceremony in Vancouver;

- Viewing the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Vancouver;

- Visiting the Biodome in Montreal;

- Presenting military colours to three Canadian regiments of which he is Colonel-in-Chief in Toronto and Montreal; and

- Participating in the National Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.

The complete itinerary is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/program2009.doc

"On this visit, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will meet Canadians who are making a real difference in peoples lives, and who have become stewards of our history and heritage by conserving and preserving it for generations to come," continued Minister Moore. "Their Royal Highnesses will share in the stories of courage and valour from members and veterans of the Canadian Forces. They will also meet military families who have lost loved ones, sharing private moments of reflection with them and providing public support by joining in Canadian military commemorations and celebrations."

This is the 15th visit to Canada for The Prince of Wales and the first visit to Canada for The Duchess of Cornwall.

Please consult the Royal Visit 2009 website at www.royalvisit.gc.ca for more information.

For security purposes, specific timing of the events may not be released to the public more than 48 hours before the start of the event.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca