Jim Godby of Peterborough was out for a hike with his wife and two children at Gatineau Park on Tuesday, when they spotted the Trudeau family exiting from the Lusk Cave.
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“It was like a 20-foot-wide round hole and Justin (Trudeau) emerged with his family in tow and said, ‘This is the moment of truth; do we stop here or do we carry on?’” Godby told the Star.
“It was just said with such an enthusiastic, joyful tone that that’s what kind of struck me,” Godby recalled. “He evidently enjoys leading…. It seemed pretty characteristic of his personality.”
Godby spoke to Grégoire Trudeau, who urged him and his family to also explore the cave, while his son took a photo with the prime minister. Unfortunately, the Godby family had only prepared for a hike and weren’t dressed for cave exploration.
Godby noted that there were a few bodyguards circling who were not appropriately dressed for a hike. He explained that he realized who they were after noticing their earpieces, and stated that they were also “very nice people.”
“When you step out your front door, you never know what adventures await,” Godby wrote on Facebook of his chance encounter.