UPDATE: Royal sightseers urged to walk into downtown

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Prince William and Princess Catherine are seen in London in June.

SUMMERSIDE - The Marine Wharf Terminal marshalling yard and Queen's Wharf will be the main areas of the city where the public can view the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they arrive in Summerside on Monday.

The royal couple will observe a Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue exercise from the deck of the Coast Guard ship Edward Cornwallis. The exercise will be carried out in Summerside Harbour.

"We are indeed pleased to have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge here in our community and to have the opportunity to show them our Island hospitality," said National Revenue Minister Gail Shea.

Shea's office has announced Sgt. Randy McCourt of Wilmot Valley will present the book "Surveyors of Empire" to the Duke of Cambridge. McCourt is a veteran and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as the second in command of the Tactical Psychological Operations Team for the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.      

Fourteen-year-old Mariah Wedge, a flight corporal with Air Cadet Squadron 641 in Tignish, will present a bouquet of flowers to the Duchess of Cambridge.

For the expected thousands of visitors from near and far, mobile seating units have been set up along Harbourfront Drive. The city is also expected to set up seating along Water Street West, one of the main routes that goes through the city to Slemon Park where the couple will depart for the Northwest Territories.

The royal couple will arrive at Summerside Harbour at the Marine Wharf Terminal at about 3:55 p.m. Following the exercise, the couple will have an opportunity to meet with families who have been rescued by the Coast Guard.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will depart the waterfront at 4:55 p.m., driving to Slemon Park and the Summerside airport. They royal couple will fly out of Summerside at 5:30 p.m.

Residents are advised that Harbour Drive, east of the Harbour Quay entrance to the traffic lights at Water Street and Harbour Drive, will be restricted to vehicular traffic beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 4.

Holman's Wharf and the Transport Canada wharf will be closed. Queen's Wharf will be available to the public to view the visit.

The only restricted parking areas will be on the closed portion of Harbour Drive and those parking areas south of the closed area.

Downtown Summerside will be open for business. Sharkey's Restaurant and Arsenault's Fish Market will be open for business for pedestrian customers.

The City of Summerside is suggesting those looking for parking for the royal visit to park outside of the downtown area and walk down due to the heavy traffic that will be expected downtown. Credit Union Place and Three Oaks Senior High's parking lots are two of the suggested areas.

Organizations: Marine Wharf Terminal, Transport Canada Wharf, Canadian Coast Guard Union Place

Geographic location: Summerside, Slemon Park, Cambridge Water Street West

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Recent comments

  • rhonda
    July 04, 2011 - 07:14

    I think it is great that our city that we are hosting this visit. I am not a royal follower But I understand the excitment of those who are. I agree with the above comment, it is ONE day!! Get over it! We would complain if they weren't making a stop in Summerside and only in Charlottetown so why and I not surprised about the bickering taking place. Consider the walk that we have to make your daily exercise! By the looks of most of us a walk sure wouldn't hurt. If you have that big of a problem with today then do yourself a favor and stay home. Do your shopping Tuesday!!

  • Cracker McCrack
    July 03, 2011 - 13:11

    I think that some people just complin for the sake of complaining.... if you can't follow the parking rules for one day then i guess you should do your shopping on tuesday. maybe just google william and kate for a picture for you to look at... it is much more simple for you to do this rather then whine about something so rediculous! wake up and smell the roses!

  • Glen Armstrong
    July 03, 2011 - 12:19

    Restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday? Why can't the Journal grasp that means one minute after midnight, Monday morning? Sloppy, misleading stuff.

  • John Doe
    July 01, 2011 - 14:02

    Many people that shop downtown Summerside always like to park in front of businesses, and they even refuse to park anywhere else nearby. I don't think we can convince people to park at the Credit Union Place or Three Oaks Senior High to see William and Kate at the wharf and walk kilometres away.

  • John Doe
    June 30, 2011 - 21:54

    If a downtown customer can only walk a distance equivalently to walking across the street to shop at a downtown business, how can we expect them to park at Three Oaks Senior High or the Credit Union Place and walk down to the wharf to watch William & Kate.