William and Kate Paddle Away for Romantic Downtime
07/06/2011 AT 02:00 PM EDT
Included in their Tuesday itinerary was downtime away from their entourage to visit a remote spot in the country's Northwest Territories known locally as "Honeymoon Island" for three hours of solitude among the stunning scenery.
After arriving at Blachford Lake, about 100 miles north of Yellowknife, where they met with rangers and local students, the pair paddled out to the romantic spot to watch a midnight sunset and dine on a feast of local cranberries, bannock bread and caribou steaks cooked over an open campfire.
The area is so far north that during summer it hardly gets dark. But at dusk, when the sun briefly disappears out of sight, William and Kate were able to enjoy what's known as the slowest sunset on the planet.
"Its real name is Eagle Island, but ever since my wedding night we've called it Honeymoon Island," local Tessa Macintosh, who runs Blachford Lake Lodge with her husband, Mike Freeland, told reporters Wednesday. "When I was taken there I thought my new husband was the most romantic man on earth. I'm sure that is just how Kate must feel now."
It is the second time that the royal couple have been able to sneak away for some downtime by the water. On Canada Day, William took Kate for an afternoon row across a lake and a picnic in a log cabin.