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09/12/2016 15:14 EDT | Updated 09/13/2017 01:12 EDT

Prince William, Kate to bring children on upcoming Canada tour of B.C., Yukon

VANCOUVER — The youngest royal will arrive in British Columbia later this month for her first international appearance alongside her brother and parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Princess Charlotte will be 16 months old when she and three-year-old Prince George begin a week-long trip starting Sept. 24 in Victoria, where they will be based.

"The fact that's where they've chosen to take their daughter for the first time outside their humble abode, that's pretty special," said Monique Goffinet Miller, chairwoman of the Victoria branch of the Monarchist League of Canada.

Kensington Palace released full details of the family's itinerary on Monday, including a long list of engagements in B.C. and Yukon, particularly for Prince William and his wife Kate, who are scheduled to go fishing and bear watching.

The family will spend the first full day of their trip in Vancouver at a civic welcome before visiting the Downtown Eastside charity Sheway, which helps mothers fighting addiction.

The couple also plans to stop at the newly reopened Kitsilano coast guard station and at the Immigration Services Society of B.C., where they'll meet with staff and volunteers who help thousands of migrants moving to Canada each year.

"These are not things you'd generally see world leaders even doing," Goffinet Miller said, adding the couple's itinerary speaks to their charitable and social justice efforts.

"They're a royal couple, born into the position and affluence of it, but they've chosen to do something with it that actually serves the people."

In addition to trips to Bella Bella and the Great Bear Rainforest, the royal couple is also scheduled to spend a day in Kelowna before flying to Whitehorse on Sept. 27.

The announcement of the itinerary came on the same day B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced the Great Bear Rainforest has been named as Canada's commitment to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, part of a network of forest conservation initiatives involving all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

Before leaving the islands of Haida Gwaii off the northern coast of B.C., the royals will travel in a traditional Haida canoe, open a hospital and experience some world-class fishing on the waters of Hecate Strait.

In Yukon, they are set to stop at the MacBride Museum and its telegraph office, following in the footsteps of the Queen and Prince Philip, who toured the same office in 1959.

Events for Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also planned, with the youngsters and their parents scheduled to attend a children's party in Victoria on Sept. 29.

"They have received so many wonderful messages from Canadians since the birth of their children and look forward to having the chance to introduce their young family to the country," the statement from Kensington Palace says.

The couple will also be attending various cultural performances, government receptions and even a wine tasting in B.C.'s Okanagan.

Organizing officials say there will be glimpses of the children, but the only official confirmed opportunities for the public to see them will be at the family's arrival and departure.

The young family's visit has brought a newfound interest to Canada's ties with the monarchy and highlights the couple's role as public servants rather than just figureheads, Goffinet Miller said.

Clark said the tour presents a unique opportunity for the duke and duchess to learn more about the province's diverse urban, rural and remote wilderness regions.

"I know all British Columbians will extend a warm welcome to their royal highnesses as we share the very best of our province," she said in a news release.