Canadian PM Justin Trudeau paddles up to Ontario family for chat

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paddles a kayak to mark World Environment Day on the Niagara River, that borders with the United States, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada on June 5, 2017.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paddles a kayak to mark World Environment Day on the Niagara River, that borders with the United States, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada on June 5, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to a home in Ontario in one of the most unexpected ways - by kayak.

The 45-year-old politician was captured on video paddling up to the Robinson family along the Niagara River on Monday (June 5).

He was kayaking down the river to mark World Environment Day, the BBC reported.

In the 41-second clip, Mr Trudeau asked the family about the rising water levels.

Mr Art Frank, who has been living in the area for five years, replied: "It's up a little high. This is the highest it's been since we've been here."

When Mr Frank asked how he was doing, the Prime Minister joked: "Not too bad, any day I can get out on the water... And to call this work, you know?"

The video, which was posted by Mr Frank's daughter Carrie on Twitter, was retweeted nearly 40,000 times and received almost 150,000 likes by Wednesday (June 7).

In an interview with the BBC, Carrie's mother Anne said: "It was certainly a surprise when he turned and kayaked right over to us for a chat.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is very engaging and easy to talk with."

But this was not the first time that the Robinson family had met the Prime Minister. The family took a photo with Mr Trudeau at an event last October.

The Canadian leader is known for causing social media frenzies with his interactions with the public.

Last month, he "photobombed" a group of graduating high school students while jogging along the Stanley Park Seawall.

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The students from Vancouver College and neighbouring high schools were on their way to prom when they realised who had just jogged past.

And last August, Mr Trudeau was also caught on camera standing casually with a surf board, shirtless, watching a wedding procession in Tofino, British Columbia.