5 things Harry, Meghan and Archie can do on Vancouver Island

January 21, 2020 12:39:47 PM

After a turbulent few weeks for the royal family, the Duke of Sussex has arrived back in Canada to join his wife and son.

This comes after the news Harry and the Duchess of Sussex will be stepping back from official royal duties and forging a new life in Canada – something Harry said in a recent speech he had “no other option” but do.

Meghan has been on Vancouver Island since earlier in January, and has been seen out and about with Archie, walking her dogs in the woods.

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Harry, Meghan and Archie will be making a new home in Canada (Toby Melville/PA)

Setting up their new home in Canada doesn’t come as a huge surprise – Meghan lived in Toronto when filming TV show Suits. You also can’t blame them for choosing Vancouver Island, a place of relative privacy and outstanding natural beauty. It’s a Pacific island off the west coast of Canada, and part of the province of British Columbia.

Here are just some of the things the family could do in their new home…

1. Walk around the Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens are the perfect place for the couple to go for a wander with baby Archie. It’s full of flowers and birds, and has an array of stunning gardens with dedicated Italian and Japanese sections. In the summer, Harry and Meghan might even be able to catch an outdoor concert there.

2. Go whale watching

Vancouver Island is known for its teeming wildlife, and what better way to experience it than whale-watching? You can board a dedicated boat, but the best time to go is between May and October. From there, you can spot anything from orcas to humpback whales gliding through the waves.

3. Marvel at the ancient trees in Cathedral Grove

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“Beth i could definitely climb this”

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Up until now, Harry and Meghan have been living in Frogmore Cottage on the Frogmore Estate in Windsor. Vancouver Island will certainly be a change of pace, what with the amount of historic nature so close by. They should head to Cathedral Grove, in MacMillan Provincial Park, where ancient trees tower over you – some of which are more than 800 years old.

4. Lounge about on Chesterman Beach

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Sure, it’s not exactly the time of year for sunbathing, but come summer, Harry, Meghan and Archie will have plenty of pristine beaches to choose from. One of the best is Chesterman Beach, part of the Pacific Rim National Park, which is full of wild, beautiful natural places. Plus, you can surf there.

5. Go skiing

One thing Harry and Meghan definitely could do this time of year is go skiing. The late Princess of Wales often took Harry on skiing holidays as a child, so chances are he still likes to hit the slopes. Even though Archie is probably a bit too young for snowsports, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is still a beautiful place to visit and play in the snow.