Each autumn across the English countryside, there’s a soft light that’s particularly lovely early in the morning or late in the afternoon, casting long shadows and an ethereal glow across the landscape. One of my favourite places to enjoy autumn walks in this ‘golden hour’ is around Pagham Harbour in West Sussex.
My experience of training to be a responsible whale watching guide with the World Cetacean Alliance. Though stressful at times – the course was pretty intensive – it was a fabulous week, with a wonderful group of people.
Join us as we discover barefoot luxury in a floating river lodge on a tributary of the River Gambia, the perfect start to a multicentre honeymoon in West Africa.
With vibrant cities ranked amongst the best places to live in the world, jaw dropping scenery rich in wildlife, and a reputation for the most welcoming and friendly people found anywhere in the world, here’s my top 10 reasons for visiting British Columbia.
From the tiniest and most colourful life forms, to some of the biggest mammals on earth, the Clayoquot Sound has it all. Explore this wonder of unspoilt beauty with me, as I visit the wildlife of the Clayoquot Sound.
Throughout the previous week, as we had explored the Sunshine Coast of Canada, Sara and I had often gazed across the water to Vancouver Island and her still snow-capped mountains. Today we were about to set out on the longest drive of our road trip, and it would take us right through the centre of the island and those beautiful mountains.
Speaking to Landing, a former turtle poacher, I began to understand why people hunted the turtles, despite their dwindling numbers and it being illegal.
Today I’d like to share a guest post from freelance travel writer and photographer, Johanna Read. Last year I visited Canada for the first time and discovered two wonderful cities surrounded by nature, Victoria and Vancouver. Here Johanna tells us more about British Columbia’s wonderful wildlife. Next stop, Whistler.
Blood Lions is a hard hitting documentary that blows the lid on canned hunting – the shooting of lions that are bred in captivity, hand-reared and then shot by trophy hunters in a fenced reserve giving the lion no hope of escape.
Sitting on a log in the dappled sunshine I catch a glimpse of rust dashing passed out the corner of my eye. The next moment he’s right there beside me, just a foot or so away. It’s such a joy to finally see one of the many red squirrels that Brownsea Island is famous for.
My first view of the Great Bear Rainforest, the last great expanse of temperate rainforest in the world, was through the window of a float plane. The excitement, mingled with a touch of nervousness about the flight, was palpable. Would we see any bears? Would we see any cubs? Would we be able to capture the photos we longed for?
Having spent a day with wildlife photographer, David Plummer, I picked up some great tips ready for my trip to Canada. And I’d like to share them with you.
We’ve be looking for hours, or so it seems, staring intently at the grass-like sedge that grows along the banks. Drifting along on the water with just the occasional slosh from the oars, we pass trees clad in wispy moss, part of the ancient forests of cedars and spruce that surround us. Low clouds creep around the upper slopes of the tree covered cliff-faces. A light rain is falling but our cameras are at the ready. And then I see them, two round fluffy brown ears, peeping up from behind the sedge. In perfect unison two of us point at the same spot on the bank and softly exclaim “Bear!”
My adventures in Canada began in Victoria where I found that there’s so much more than whale watching in this welcoming city. Find out more, enjoy my photos and read my top tips for responsible whale watching.
I’ll soon be checking into my hotel near Heathrow in readiness to make my first journey across the pond to North America. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a forthcoming trip. For just over one week I’ll be getting to know British Columbia on the west coast of Canada, including visiting two wonderful cities, Victoria and Vancouver, which both lie on the doorstep of some of the most spectacular natural beauty and the Great Bear Rainforest.
Have you ever been to Halong Bay?
I’ve read many of my fellow travel bloggers’ stories from this enchanting place in Vietnam and for a long time I’ve longed to go there, to taste the delicious cuisine, to learn about local culture, to witness its breathtaking natural beauty and to sail across Halong Bay.
But, as I found out recently, there is a darker side to Halong Bay, that I’m sure no tourists or travellers know anything about.