Canadian scouts venture to Deeside

A group of 26 boy scouts and leaders have come over from the Canadian province of Ontario to Deeside this week as part of an exchange program with the Banchory troop.

The Canadians, all from the Toronto region of the province, will be enjoying the best of Scottish hospitality as they will be living with local host families during their two week stay.

They touched down on British soil on Wednesday, July 24 and have a packed itinerary.

After camping at Templar’s Park campsite the group will head upland to Braemar.

They will visit Captain Scott’s vessel RRS Discovery in Dundee before enjoying the sites and sounds of Edinburgh.

Returning for a farewell ceilidh in Banchory, the troop will bid farewell to their hosts before setting off back across the Atlantic.

The visit comes as part of an exchange program developed between Banchory 1st Scouts and Ontario troops in 1980. The troop were said to be “very excited”.