OTTAWA - Stephen Harper is set to embark on his annual trek to the North, his ninth time doing so since becoming prime minister.
The Prime Minister's Office says this year's trip is meant to showcase the science, technology and research that are underway in the North.
Before he starts his trip, Harper will make a pit stop in British Columbia, first to meet business leaders in Chilliwack and later to speak at a $35-a-head summer barbecue for the Conservative riding association in Langley.
His northern tour gets underway Thursday in Whitehorse, where the prime minister will attend another Conservative party event.
The Prime Minister's Office says Harper is also supposed to make an announcement about northern science and research while in the Yukon.
Then he's off to Fort Smith, N.W.T., to make announcements about developing agriculture in the North before heading to Nunavut, where he'll visit Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet, Iqaluit and York Sound. He'll also take part in the military's Operation Nanook exercise aboard HMCS Radisson.