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Kate Middleton and Prince William paddle a canoe in Canada (PHOTOS)

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The Duke and Duchess enjoyed the great outdoors on Blachford Lake in the Northwest Territories. They paddled a canoe with Fort Smith's village elder Francois Paulette on July 5, 2011.

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Andy Clark-Pool

Canada, with its vast territories, is a lot of country to travel in under two weeks, but that hasn't stopped the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from exploring it all.  

To have a truly well-rounded visit to Canada, Kate and Will packed their days with activities that range from cooking classes to visiting young cancer patients. They also raced each other in dragon boats and planted a tree to memorialize their visit at Rideau Hall. 

On the second stretch of their 12-day North American tour, Kate and Will visited the Somba K'e Civic Plaza where they were welcomed with traditional dancing from the First Nations people.  Will joined a game of street hockey with locals during the visit. 

(For more on the royal trip to Canada, click here for GlobalPost's photo gallery: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit Canada) 

Next, they relaxed at Blachford Lake in the Northwest Territories where the couple help to smoke caribou meat and went canoeing. Surprisingly, Kate took the stern position so she was directing the canoe, while Prince William merely paddled in the bow.

Before moving on to Calgary, the royal newlyweds were made honorary Canadian Rangers, while eating a lunch of Canadian Char fish. 

In Calgary, rumors have it that the couple will attend the Calgary Stampede, a rodeo, but animal activists are urging the royals to avoid the rodeo violence altogether, reports the Montreal Gazette.  

Kate and Will wrap up the trip in California where they will stay for three days, but the specifics about their plans in the United States are still a mystery. 

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    Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, watched traditional dancing during a visit to the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on July 5, 2011.

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    Andy Clark

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    During their July 5th visit to the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Will played street hockey with natives while Kate looked on, alongside hockey players.

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    Phil Noble - Pool

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    Will and Kate discussed topics with members of the Youth Parliament at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife, Canada on July 5, 2011.

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    Chris Jackson - Pool

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    Kate and Will boarded a seaplane headed for Blachford Lake at the Old Town Float Base on July 5, 2011 in Yellowknife, Canada, on day 6 of their 12-day trip.

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    Chris Jackson

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    The Duke and Duchess enjoyed the great outdoors on Blachford Lake in the Northwest Territories. They paddled a canoe with Fort Smith's village elder Francois Paulette on July 5, 2011.

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    Andy Clark-Pool

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate watched as a woman prepares caribou meat for smoking at Blachford Lake, Canada on July 5, 2011.

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    Andy Clark - Pool

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    Kate and Will helped carry caribou skins to a tent for smoking at Blachford Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada on July 5, 2011.

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    Andy Clark - Pool

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    Will and Kate partake in the aboriginal tradition of smelling herbal medicines while they visited Blachford Lake, Northwest Territories on July 5, 2011.

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    Andy Clark

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now honorary members of the Canadian Rangers after the Rangers gave them both sweaters with their titles embroidered on them. The royal couple became honorary members during their visit to Blachford Lake, Northwest Territories on July 5, 2011.

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    Andy Clark

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    Canadian soldiers load Kate and Will's clothes onto the Royal Plane at Yellowknife Airport on July 6, 2011. The next stop on the North American tour is Slave Lake in the Northern Territories of Canada.

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    Chris Jackson

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    On day 7 of their trip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a part of Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada that was destroyed by fire in May 2011.

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    Mark Large - Pool