A Peterborough Family Ran Into Justin Trudeau And His Family While Hiking Lusk Cave Near Ottawa

A family from Peterborough had an incredibly random and amazing moment while on vacation hiking the Lusk Cave in Gatineau Park on Tuesday (July 26th).

Jim Godby and Arlene Lillie Godby were at the marble cave—which CBC has called "Ottawa region's hidden summer gem" (until now)—with their children Charlotte and Alexander when they ran into none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (a shirtless Justin!) and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and their children.

Alexander's epic selfie with Justin Trudeau

Alexander's epic selfie with Justin Trudeau

Jim posted about the surreal moment on his Facebook page (along with the selfie picture his son Alexander took with the PM). Here's what he said about the encounter...

Jim elaborated on the magic moment to PTBOCanada:

"We got to a point on the trail that overlooks a hole down into the cave. It was about 30 feet across. We heard a voice say, 'This is the moment of truth. Do we stop here or continue?'. Arlene and I immediately recognized the voice to be that of Justin Trudeau. He was leading with enthusiasm and determination and seemed genuinely excited. It was then we decided to wait till they emerged from the last section of the cave. When they emerged, it was indeed who we thought. My daughter Charlotte said hello to Sophie and we briefly exchanged a few words about conditions in the cave as we had not yet reached the entrance of the cave. My son took a selfie and that was it. Off they went on their way and off we went on ours. Just another family outing on the trails of Gatineau Park."

Jim, Charlotte and Alexander pictured on the Lusk Cave trail shortly after meeting the Trudeaus

Jim, Charlotte and Alexander pictured on the Lusk Cave trail shortly after meeting the Trudeaus

"It was something we will never forget," Jim adds to PTBOCanada. "It was very exciting for us and the kids. What are the chances we had such a random personal moment with the Trudeaus. It was also cool to talk to the secret service guys!"

Picture via Jim GoDby's Facebook Page

Picture via Jim GoDby's Facebook Page

Yep, this family vacation—that included this "neat, chance encounter" as Jim calls it—will be one they will definitely never forget.

—post by Neil Morton

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