After spending the morning meeting people and enjoying street parties, The Duke and Duchess had a quick change of outfit and made their way to Carcross, a small town of fewer than 300 people 70 kilometres from Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway.
Carcross is the traditional territory of Carcross/Tagish First Nation. The Royal Couple experienced local Tagish traditions, culture and heritage, and witness the innovative economic development initiatives led by the Carcross Tagish Management Corporation.
The scenery along this drive is spectacular. At the Carcross Commons, they hade a traditional welcome from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and were given a tour of the recently completed buildings and public spaces there and will have a chance to say hello to the local community.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received an elder blessing and experience a welcome song and welcome dance by the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers.
Their Royal Highnesses met a carver who is working on traditional Inland Tlingit and Tagish totems.
An ex History of Arts students, The Duchess drew an eye on the Totem Pole.
The Duke and Duchess then travelled a short distance to the beautiful Montana Mountain where they visited what must be one of the world’s most picturesque destinations for mountain biking. On the way, William and Catherine had an unplanned stop. They climbed out of the cab of a steam train on the White Pass and Yukon Route in Carcross. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh travelled in one of the carriages during their 1959 visit to Yukon.
Mountain biking demonstration atop Montana Mountain with Single Track to Success (S2S). Single Track to Success (S2S) youth trail builders is a program that aims to provide training and improve wellness with local youth. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with young riders who demonstrated their skills.
The Single Track to Success (S2S) project on Montana Mountain not only builds world-class trails, but it also provides life-changing experiences to local youth and contributes to tourism in the area.
The Royal Couple then travel down to the bottom of the track and bid farewell to the young people and the community before heading back to Whitehorse Airport and on to Victoria.
Catherine topped her outfit with Shelley Silversmith Large Bronze Modern Ulu earrings.