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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

6 super reasons to visit Canada

Here’s a look at six super reasons to visit Canada. View landscapes and wildlife Canada’s national parks Parks Canada administers the country’s marine conservation areas, national historic sites and national parks. From Alberta’s Banff National Park, the oldest in the country, to Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Reserve, the home […]

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The abandoned Liban Quarry in the Krakow district of Podgórze was used as a location in the filming of Schindler's List.

Spielberg’s abandoned film set near Krakow

The buildings were torn down once filming was complete but traces of the set can still be found, including parts of the electrified perimeter fence. Most chilling is a path running down the centre of the quarry paved with broken Jewish gravestones. These are, of course, just film props but they are a reminder that the Jews who once really toiled here were forced to lay roads in the camp using headstones uprooted from nearby Jewish cemeteries.

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Places

Storefronts on King Street in Charleston. The city has a range of boutiques and designer stores.

Deep, deep South in Charleston

Quite simply, Charleston will have any first-timer blinking in disbelief. Its historic centre – easily explored on foot or on a horse-drawn carriage tour – is astonishingly good-looking, and there’s so much of it

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Experiences

Canadian troops training at Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert, California, USA

Training for Afghanistan in the Mojave Desert

Fort Irwin was established during World War Two as an artillery training base. It was closed in the early ‘70s and reopened again, becoming the home of the National Training Center, where troops trained for potential combat scenarios. It’s the home of twelve mock villages, and the Canadians were being deployed for manoeuvres in two of them, where they’d encounter Farsi-speaking “villagers” and hostile “insurgents”.

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Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, USA.

Reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in South Carolina

Myrtle Beach’s golden sand is lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodation close to the shore makes it easy to stroll on the beach while watching the sun rise over the sea.

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Experiences

Landscape featuring the Yukon River at Whitehorse in the Yukon, Canada

Interview with Adam Weymouth, author of ‘Kings of the Yukon’

We had a couple of run-ins with grizzly bears, which were totally fine in the end but, in that moment, it definitely sets your heart racing.

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Leeds Art Gallery and Library on the Headrow.

Things to do and see in Leeds

Did you know that it was in Leeds, rather than Hollywood, that the world’s first film was shot? Louis le Prince, a French inventor, filmed Roundhay Garden Scene in 1888.

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Bruce 'The Manic Mechanic' Henderson 
under the hood of teh Nissan 4x4 ahead of the Bamako Road Challenge. Photo by Nick Redmayne.

The Timbuk Two’s Bamako Road Challenge

“We were simply going to write, blog, record, photograph and video the journey in order to at least cover costs… Now we’re raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, two journalists’ welfare charities, and by virtue of donating our vehicle, directly supporting a primary health care clinic in Mali,” says Nick Redmayne, one of the men who have jokingly dubbed themselves ‘The Timbuk Two’.

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Family Days Out

Plasma lamp at Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park in Gateshead.

Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park in Gateshead

Enchanted Parks has become established an annual wintertime event. It takes advantage of the early nightfall during December to draw families into the park to follow a themed trail with art installations. The House of Lost and Found features character actors in steampunk-inspired costumes.

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The Winnipeg sign by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

15 top things to do during a city break in Winnipeg, Manitoba

As you may already have guessed, many of Winnipeg’s residents love sport. During the National Hockey League’s 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs people across the city wore white ‒ a mass action known as the Winnipeg Whiteout ‒ to show their support for the Winnipeg Jets, who reached the Western Conference Final. If you can’t get hold of tickets for Jets games, or don’t want to pay the exorbitant prices, you could watch the Manitoba Moose, of the American Hockey League.

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