It seems as though the Department of Canadian Heritage are setting themselves up for failure. They did the same thing with TRH's 2009 visit, not releasing where the royal couple was going to be until just a day or two before hand -- and even then only saying they were going to be there in the "am" or "pm". If you wanted to go and see them, express some patriotism and monarchial pride, you really had to set a whole day aside in case the Duchess of Cornwall, for instance, was going to be at the Royal Conservatory of Music any time between 12.01 p.m. and 5.59 p.m.
Was it any wonder crowds were low? And, of course, the visit was deemed less than successful in some quarters. IT seemed the department learned their lesson with the last two high profile royal homecomings, and they were universally declared tremendous successes. Now we're back to this. One has to wonder if it is deliberate.