But she couldn’t stay long, and politely declined the offer of a tour. After briefly resting on the front lawn long enough for a snack and a drink of water, the Prime Minister’s wife took a few minutes to chat with well-wishers, then it was back to the trails.
She still had about 10 kilometres to go in the 32-kilometre journey.
Harper joined nearly a thousand other walkers of all ages on the hot summer day in retracing the route taken by Laura Secord in her historic War of 1812 trek. Organized by the Friends of Laura Second, the event took place on the 200th anniversary of the original journey, in which Secord made her way to Decew House to alert British officers of an impending attack by American soldiers.
For the PM’s wife, she was not only celebrating the anniversary of Laura Secord’s walk, but getting ready for another milestone. She celebrated her 50th birthday the following day.