A special visitor will be on hand when a group of canoeists arrive here next week.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has scheduled some vacation time in the Fort Frances area, her press secretary said in an e-mail late this morning.
She and her partner, Jane, plan to participate in the 2017 Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Voyageur Canoe Expedition from Aug. 9-12, Ronan Le Guern added.
The paddlers began their trek May 23 in Ottawa and are heading to Kenora.
Overall, the trek cover will about 2,200 km over 86 days.
A community arrival for “Canoe Expedition 2017” is slated for Wednesday (Aug. 9) from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Point Park and La Place Rendez-Vous.
The group will introduce who they are, then open the floor to anyone who has questions about their journey.
Afterwards, they will have a tent set up featuring historic artifacts, furs, and crafts.
They also will perform some Métis dances.
The expedition is sponsored by the Métis Nation of Ontario and “Ontario 150.”
It takes place every few years, with the last one occurring in 2014.