In the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest William and Kate were welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nation people and in turn the Duke praised them for helping to safeguard the natural wonder in British Columbia dubbed the "Amazon of the north".
Torrential downpours had forced the royal couple to abandon a seaplane tour of the forest but they received a rapturous welcome from the Heiltsuk residents of the island village of Bella Bella, during a ceremony staged in the "big house" or community centre.
William and Kate were visiting to mark Great Bear – the world's largest intact temperate rainforest – joining the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy network, a scheme to help preserve areas of indigenous forest in perpetuity in the Queen's name.
In a speech to commemorate the event the Duke said: "The Commonwealth has, at its heart, always been about the values that bind its people. This project, focusing on our shared natural heritage, is no different.
"The establishment of the Canopy is a loud and unambiguous statement that the citizens of all Commonwealth countries believe that nature is fundamental to the health of our societies.
"When we protect our rivers, oceans, atmospheres, or like today, our forests, we are telling our children that their future prosperity cannot be disconnected from the health of the natural world."
During William and Kate's welcoming ceremony traditional cloaks were draped over their shoulders and they later donned the dancing vests, both gifts symbols of a new relationship between the British monarchy and the small Heiltsuk community.
Marilyn Slett, an elected chief council member, said: "On behalf of our nation we welcome you and we thank you for being here as part of the healing that we are undertaking. As part of our ... feasting system we would like to give our guests a gift."
They were told: "We use these blankets to wrap the spirits of our ancestors around you and to unite your spirits together with ours."
The grey blankets were decorated with the outline of a grizzly bear, trees to represent the forest that surrounded the Heiltsuk community and local flora and fauna.
Dancing vests, which are worn during a major welcoming ceremony called potlatch, were then presented to the smiling royal couple with Kate wearing a white vest and William a black garment.
Their children, who have joined the Cambridges on their eight-day tour of Canada, were not left out and also received tiny vests along with a drum for Prince George and a doll for Princess Charlotte.
William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales was praised for her humanitarian efforts during her lifetime by one senior community member during the welcoming event which featured songs, dances and speeches.
And the Cambridges heard passionate statements from First Nations leaders about their battle to stop the plunder of the natural resources of their lands and the struggle to preserve their way of life for future generations.
Ms Slett also told the Duke how much the community respected his mother Diana, Princess of Wales: "She was a great humanitarian and world advocate and positively impacted the Heiltsuk people and she remains in our hearts."
William and Kate ended their day by strolling through a wooded glade in the Great Bear Rainforest, as they made their way to a plaque unveiling ceremony that formally marked the natural wonder becoming part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy network.
They followed a path along a new wooden walkway that led to a fast flowing river whose banks were covered with dead salmon that had returned to the waters to spawn.
The air had a strong stench of rotting fish and Kate pointed at the hundreds of seagulls bobbing up and down in the waters hoping for a fresher meal than the decomposing salmon.
And the plaque unveiling ceremony featured a first – a coat to keep the wooden memorial dry, following a day of torrential rain.
Canada's most iconic attractions
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.