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On the trail of polar bears in Manitoba

12/05/2019 by .
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A lone polar bear plods towards us. He’s one of a thousand or so bears populating the western shore of the Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada.

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Whale watching in New Brunswick

28/08/2018 by .
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My whale-watching skipper went by the name of Mackie Greene. The expectation of a ‘Quint’ look alike (Robert Shaw’s boat captain from Jaws) quickly evaporated when he met me at the wharf on Campobello Island.

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Night Photography at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

15/01/2018 by .
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An enjoyable day of photography doesn’t have to end when night descends. While in New Brunswick I joined Kevin Snair, a professional photographer and interpretive guide for a session of night photography in Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park.

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Just for Laughs Festival. Montreal

22/08/2016 by .
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Canadians are not particularly known for their sense of humour so I was a little sceptical when I heard about the Just for Laughs Festival, particularly as it’s held in, Quebec, where they all speak French.

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Sonora Resort in British Columbia

02/12/2015 by .
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There’s always something exciting about climbing aboard a seaplane, especially when you’re on the way to the back of beyond.  Sonora Resort in British Columbia is located east of Vancouver Island, near the town of Campbell River, and the only way to get to it is by boat, helicopter or plane. 

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The Canadian. A great train Journey of the World

17/07/2015 by .
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The Canadian is one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world: 4,467km (2,792-mile) across Canada. Four nights, three days gazing at dense boreal forests, magnificent plains and the legendary Canadian Rockies. The steel train crosses over five Canadian states and four time zones.

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Quebec City travel guide

11/02/2015 by .
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As plains go they were pretty plain. Just a moderate parkland space in the middle of our Quebec City travel guide, with a few hills and trees. But their value in terms of historical significance was immense, because these plains hosted the battle that shaped the whole of north America as we know it today.

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Bay of Fundy – A natural Wonder of the World.

02/01/2014 by .
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It is early morning and I am looking down at possibly one of the natural wonders of the world. It’s official. The Bay of Fundy, on Canada’s eastern seaboard between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, made it to the shortlist as one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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The Montreal Highlights Festival

16/06/2013This entry was posted in Canada, Montreal, North America, Quebec and tagged , , , on by .
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Alain Simard is something of a legend in Montreal. After all, anyone who can bully the government into putting on free outdoor festivals must be a little bit special.  But sitting next to me nursing a hangover and sipping a cup of take away soup, he seemed very unlegendary like.

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Montreal. Canada’s second city comes of age.

16/06/2013This entry was posted in Canada, Montreal, North America, Quebec and tagged , , , on by .
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Marie was gazing at me intently. She had been for a few minutes now and her rock steady stare was more than a little disconcerting I can tell you. I’d like to say she was hopelessly intoxicated by my rugged good looks and international reputation, sadly though, it was a result of my feeble attempts at following her directions for rolling paper thin pasta.

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