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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, view a demonstration of Dene games and Arctic sports at the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories July 5, 2011. Prince William and his wife Catherine are on a royal tour of Canada from June 30 to July 8. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Prince William and Kate Middleton have surfaced in Yellowknife, Canada today, leaving a lot of us asking, where the heck is Yellowknife?

Set in the wondrous natural surroundings of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife, Diamond Capital of North America, is a remarkably modern city - a city where you can experience rustic nature and traditional culture without forgoing urban amenities.

According to the town's official site:

Whether you are driving on an ice road; dancing under the aurora borealis; enjoying a dogsled ride; golfing under the midnight sun; fishing for world class trophies; or watching the creation of a brilliant northern diamond, we know you'll enjoy the character of our city and feel the warmth of our Northern hospitality!

250 miles (400km) south of the Arctic Circle and in the heart of the wilderness, Yellowknife is the capital and largest city of the Northwest Territories.  The town was first settled in 1935 after locals found gold in the area, and Yellowknife soon became the center of economic activity in the Northwest Territories.  It shifted from being a mining town to a center of government in the 1980s, but the discovery of diamonds in 1991 brought a shift back to its roots.

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On the lake in Yellowknife (flickr/Gypsy and the Fool)
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The Northern Lights in Yellowknife’s night sky (flickr/rileyinyellowknife)
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The 3rd annual Beer Barge BBQ and historical re-creation in Back Bay, Yellowknife (flickr/Agent Magenta)

Will and Kate arrived in the Somba K'ie Civic Plaza this afternoon and took part in aboriginal traditions and activities, such as prayer, drumming, dancing, Arctic sports and a game of street hockey.

After William made a few remarks, the couple planted a ceremonial shrub and unveiled a plaque to mark their visit.

Later, they'll meet with local teens during a session of youth parliament before a plane zips them to nearby Blachford Lake, where they will meet with Canadian Rangers and end the day at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

Highlights on the tour include observing a moose hide tanning, touring the organic gardens and greenhouses, going on a medicine walk and participating in a roundfire discussion with students and elders from across the region.

Here's a look the Royal visit:

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are welcomed during a ceremony at the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories July 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
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Britain's Prince William takes a shot with a hockey stick as his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge,watches during a visit to the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories July 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, uses a shovel as she plants a shrub during her visit with her husband Britain's Prince William to the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, July 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge are greeted at the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories July 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)