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Bear with me while I focus…….

Fancy the idea of standing ten metres from an advancing polar bear grab without a fence to protect you? That’s something I experienced near the town of Churchill in Manitoba, Canada. Approximately 850 people live in Churchill, which is known as the polar bear capital of the world. It’s one of the few permanent settlements…

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Riding the tidal bore

BGTW stalwart Gillian Thornton recounts a close encounter with a bore that’s anything but………. Snatches of Tony Bennett wafted through my brain as I dropped my trusty trainers over the balcony into the random heap below. Tony left his heart in San Francisco; I was leaving my shoes in Nova Scotia. It was a strangely…

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When eight words a minute was top message speed

Today’s schoolchildren can have little conception of communications before the arrival of the smart phone. Guild member Stuart Forster is reminded that the advent of the internet wasn’t the first revolution in communications: On my way to Heart’s Content, in Newfoundland and Labrador, I was informed that St John’s, the capital of the Canadian province, lies…

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Guild members finalists at the British Annual Canada Tourism Awards

Two members of the British Guild of Travel Writers were recently shortlisted for the British Annual Canada Tourism Awards for work published in 2015. Stuart Forster and Rupert Parker were both finalists in the Best Canada Online Coverage category of the prestigious BACTAs. The awards ceremony was held at Canada House, in London, on 3rd March.…

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Round-up: February 2016 Photos of the Week

Every Wednesday we feature a photo of the week across our social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Google+. These beautiful photographs taken by our members were selected for February 2016: THE MILKY WAY OVER OUTBACK WESTERN AUSTRALIA, NORI JEMIL SUNSET IN ICELAND, LOTTIE GROSS QUEBEC’S HAUTE-GORGES-DE-LA-RIVIÈRE-MALBAIE NATIONAL PARK, CANADA, GILLIAN THORNTON THE NORTHERN LIGHTS DANCING ABOVE JOKULSÁRLÓN  LAKE IN…

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Isle of Gannets

The island of Bonaventure is home to one of the world’s great gannet colonies. Roger Bray went to visit: The gannet, to my mind, is the most majestic of seabirds. I have sat watching them through binoculars from a lonely vantage point on Mykines, in the Faroes, mesmerised as they plunged into the Atlantic in…