Kate and William take in Canada views from a sea plane

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left mesmerised by the stunning views of Canada's coastline when they took a trip in a sea plane.

William and Kate spent much of the 30 minute journey looking out of the window as they flew from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, to the nearby bustling metropolis of Vancouver.

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The royal couple and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte received a rapturous welcome from Canadians on Saturday when their eight-day tour of the Commonwealth country began.

And they spent Sunday in Vancouver visiting organisations and projects to learn how the country is dealing with a range of issues, from the refugee fallout from the Syrian conflict to drug and alcohol addiction among mothers.

Thousands of people turned out to welcome the royal couple throughout their day but there was one dissenting voice - a small group of republicans who had made a replica guillotine and a placard saying "No Kings No Landlords".

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Kate wore a striking red and white Alexander McQueen outfit decorated with broderie anglaise for the flight in the sea plane while William looked smart in a jacket, shirt and tie.

A one-way ticket for the trip on the Otter aircraft costs around 210 Canadian dollars (£125) and the Duke and Duchess would have seen British Columbia's coast line, the Gulf Islands and the .

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Later a royal aide said of the flight: ''It was very smooth flying.

''They spent a lot looking out of the window and talking to the pilot. The duke was very interested in the landing and the different conditions they work in.

''They spent a lot of time looking at the incredible views from both sides of the plane.''

The sea plane is the easiest way to travel from Victoria to Vancouver, but it is also the noisiest, which meant William and Kate were given earplugs for the journey in the 18-seater plane.

Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau was on the waterside to greet the couple as were thousands of wellwishers who had gathered at the nearby Jack Poole Plaza.

The Plaza is named after the late Jack Poole, who was a key player behind the success of the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics held in Vancouver.

People packed the plaza, standing 10 deep behind the barriers with cameras and phones held aloft as William and Kate shook hands with the wellwishers.

Wolf whistles and cheers rent the air as people thrust forward flowers, children's books, a teddy bear and, bizarrely, a book on the royal family.

Canada's most iconic attractions
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Canada's most iconic attractions

The Calgary Stampede is the world's largest rodeo and has taken place annually for the past 98 years. Here you can see rodeo shows, bull riding and barrel racing as well as renowned pancake parties and wild stampede parties held in  tents around the city. It's also a world-famous two-week music festival: blues, folk and country music fills the air as thousands gather for the festivities, which draw crowds from around the world. 

At more than 50m high, the three impressive waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls on the border of Ontario and the US state of New York produce the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world. The state park around the Falls offers more than 400 acres of lush landscapes and local wildlife. Here you can take a boat tour on the Maid of the Mist right up to the falls, for which waterproof clothing is provided, so expect to get wet! 

The world's tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere (it's over 553m high) and the third tallest in the world, the CN Tower has become a symbol of Canada around the world. Its viewing platforms offer a spectacular view of southern Ontario (more than two million international visitors come to take in the panorama) and at the top, you can enjoy a fine dinner at the 360-degree restaurant, or check out the hair-raising glass floor on the outdoor terrace. 

Running all the way from the US border to the northern end of British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies boast some of the most beautiful and serene scenery in the world. These stunning mountain ranges are distinct from the American Rockies as they have been very heavily glaciated, resulting in sharply pointed mountains separated by wide, U-shaped valleys gouged by glaciers, unlike their more 'rounded' American counterparts. Here visitors can enjoy hiking and biking along the many scenic, wildlife-laced trails, or even gondola, horseback and helicopter adventures to soak up the eye-catching views. 

The Bay of Fundy is a unique ocean bay stretching between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, boasting the world's highest tides with around 100 billion tons of seawater flowing in and out with each tide cycle. The dramatic scenery around the bay, with eroded sandstone statues, marsh plateaus, rock cliffs and mud flats, is a big draw for visitors, as is the wildlife of the bay, with more than eight different species of whale, seals, seabirds, dolphins and much more.

Offering pleasant walking trails through rain-forest like woodlands and rocky beaches to hidden coves, this unique National Park rewards visitors with picturesque views and glimpses of giant cedars. With miles of coastline to explore, you’ll spot surfers, seabirds and be able to beachcomb through the tide pools in the late afternoon, all in the relative peace of the park, with few tourists or crowds to contend with. The park is perfect for camping or visitors can stay in the nearby town of Tofino.

Famous for Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, the Peggy’s Cove coastal region on Nova Scotia boasts scenic harbours and activities such as kayaking, whale watching, hiking and golf. The rocky shorelines are wonderful to explore and fishing and photography fans will find this scenic area a paradise. The lighthouse sits on unique granite landscapes and the seemingly endless waterways offer opportunities for catching pollock, lobster, flounder and much more. 

Offering a taste of Europe mixed with the unique culture of French-Canada, Old Montreal is the historical district of Montreal City, located in Southern Quebec. The antique shops and inviting restaurants scattered through the cobbled streets add to the old-world charm of this unique area, with its impressive facades and historic European-style architecture. Head to Notre Dame Cathedral to explore the Basilica’s breathtaking interiors, explore the urban beach at the Old Port or take a horse-drawn carriage tour around the city to soak up all this beautiful old town has to offer. 

Vancouver’s answer to Central Park, Stanley Park is a huge urban oasis and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. With more than 1,000 acres of dirt and paved trails to explore, as well as beaches, blossoming gardens, water parks and even an aquarium, it’s no wonder that the park attracts over 8 million visitors each year. There are even restaurants, cafes and teahouses, so you can enjoy a bite to eat surrounded by the exceptional views of the park.  

Château Frontenac is one of Quebec City’s most iconic symbols, offering architecture dating back to 1893, making this landmark hotel one of the most prominent features of the Quebec City skyline. Situated in the heart of Old Quebec, this elegant and charming hotel welcomes guests and visitors alike to its stately bar and restaurant. The hotel has welcomed many famous personalities, from Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt to Alfred Hitchcock and Prince Andrew.


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