Dalvay by the Sea to host The Event

Jim Day
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Staff is calling it The Event.

For a portion of one day in July, workers at Dalvay by the Sea will be hopping busy as they tend to some 2,400 guests being fed on the grounds.

Sylvie Morin, a server at the resort for the past four years, has no idea who any of the guests will be — with the exception of two notables: Prince William and Catherine.

A major part of the day-and-a-bit trip to P.E.I. as part of the recently wed couple's Royal visit to Canada will centre on activity in Dalvay on and near the grounds of the 115-year-old historical inn.

Morin, who was enthralled by the wedding watched by billions, calls a visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to her workplace a big deal.

She and her co-workers were sworn to secrecy when told of The Event. Each signed a standard non-disclosure document.

Anticipation has been building. Staff is filled with excitement. Some are even in a state of disbelief.

Morin is hoping to get a glimpse of the couple but would rather have a co-worker serve Prince William and Catherine if the opportunity arose.

"I wouldn't want to spill something on them,'' she said.

Morin says staff, like the general public, were left in the dark over specifics of the couple's visit until details were officially announced Tuesday.

William and Catherine will not be spending the night at Dalvay by the Sea.

They will challenge each other to a Dragon Boat race across Dalvay Lake. Prince William will carry out a waterbird emergency landing procedure in a Sea King helicopter on the same lake. And the Royal couple will sample Island food prepared in the inn's large kitchen by a team from the Culinary Institute of Canada.

DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts recently added Dalvay by the Sea to its list of properties. Cheryl Paynter, vice-president of hotel operations for the company, says the Royal visit will give the operation a dream shot-in-the-arm.

International media will be descending on the grounds en masse on July 4, capturing the beauty of the inn and its surroundings in images that will be viewed by many millions.

"Dalvay can be somewhat forgotten about because we're tucked away in the (national) park so this puts it right in the front and centre of the world stage,'' said Paynter.

She says the entire property is booked out to guests invited specifically for the visit to Dalvay by William and Catherine. A handful of guests who had booked for the night of July 3 before Dalvay got the nod as a focal point of the Royal visit to P.E.I., are being relocated to other hotels.

A British couple offered their wholehearted support of Dalvay as a fitting spot to be included on the Royal couple's trip to Prince Edward Island.

Heather Capper, who dropped in at the inn Tuesday for a spot of tea with her husband Tony, views Dalvay as a wonderful, scenic place.

Heather, who stayed at Dalvay by the Sea with her husband 10 years ago, adds Islanders should be proud to be hosting the Royal couple in such a beautiful province.

"And this coastline is just beautiful — one of the best on the East Coast, actually.''

Organizations: Culinary Institute of Canada.DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Cambridge Dalvay Lake East Coast

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Recent comments

  • FLO
    June 27, 2011 - 07:49

    These private affairs where so may people get invitaions is not right.there are lots of people who would love to go to ssee William and Kate.

  • Neil Jones
    June 22, 2011 - 18:37

    Perhaps I did not make myself clear. I am English and helped pay a small amount in taxes towards the $30m costs of the royal wedding. 2 billion people worldwide watched it. Do you think UK tourism will benefit by far more? Is a pigs bottom pork? Do bears have the odd pooh in the woods? Do wasps still annoy me like crazy? Yup ! Some Canadian people really,really ought to learn to look beyond the end of their nose regarding economics. Canada WILL be in the world spotlight soon. Will you need to send out travel brochures? No. It will all be presented on a plate to a worldwide audience. Now stop bleating,whinging and moaning about the cost. Take your chance, do it properly,and you have one absolutely guarenteed success.

  • Neil Jones
    June 22, 2011 - 13:10

    This visit is going to be a bit big. Huge. Way beyond huge. Now is the chance for Canada to show off at very little cost. You get a worldwide audience for $2m? Any advertiser would bite your hand off at the prospect.

  • dm
    June 22, 2011 - 13:00

    hopefully the sea king will crash and burn, then that would really put pei on the map lol, what a royal waste of time and our money

    • fred in stanhope
      June 23, 2011 - 21:17

      DM you automatically rank as the most ill-informed commenter on this thread - the same sort of perverse, juvenile, idiotic thinking that the Vancouver rioters employed last week.

  • Mary Mary
    June 22, 2011 - 12:39

    $20 says Brenda and the rest of the tourism crew will be present with Royal Visit 2011 hats and shirts printed with your tax dollars.

  • John
    June 22, 2011 - 12:28

    And who is paying for these 2400 people? All the government of PEI's friends and family gala along with ego seeking premiers staff.

  • Jim
    June 22, 2011 - 11:36

    Typically of this arrogant liberal government that a "select few" 2400 "invited only" get an audience with the Royals for an afternoon while the rest of the common population(137,600) of us get to see them for hour and a half.

  • Only on PEI
    June 22, 2011 - 10:23

    Who are the 2400 people? Do they get 4 hours with the Royals while the rest of us get to see them on Gt. George St. for 2 blocks? Seems rather absurd doesn't it?

  • Andrew
    June 22, 2011 - 07:11

    Heather says, "adds Islanders should be proud to be hosting the Royal couple". Yeah nothing in our lives will matter so much as this day, when two people, that have no use in our lives, no productive value on this earth, and use resources like a small nation everywhere they go, are coming to our Island. Lets hope they don't cancel, our economy might slip into a recession they way are preparing for it.

  • A Bartlett
    June 22, 2011 - 06:53

    This is a great venue to show off the Island. It is a beautiful setting and I have always enjoyed any occasions I been there. They really need to try the sticky date pudding !!!

  • Danny MacDonald
    June 21, 2011 - 21:37

    Imagine!DP Murphy Hotels getting the visit....Smells like!!

    • To Andrew and Danny
      June 22, 2011 - 08:56

      You two must really really...get a life!

    • JOhn
      June 22, 2011 - 09:47

      @ Danny... Ok brainwave, you name a nicer hotel that has the area to accomodate 2400 people!!!!