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Surprising holiday destinations for summer 2016As beautiful as Europe might be in July, there’s no reason to spend every summer on the Costa del Sol. From the colourful, palm-lined shores of Antigua and Barbuda to the spectacular mountain scenery of northern Japan, there are plenty of unusual places to explore during the peak months. Here’s our selection of surprising holiday destinations for summer.

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Kayaking with orcas in Canada

by AmyWatkins May 2015 - last edited September

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The closest that most of us get to a mighty killer whale is on the big screen, but on Canada’s west coast it’s possible to take whale watching to a whole new level and kayak amongst the orcas in Canada on the trip of a lifetime.

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The Best Restaurants on Vancouver Island

by AmyWatkins August 2014 - last edited September

The Best Restaurants on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, a 90-minute ferry ride from the city of Vancouver, is two-thirds the size of the UK but boasts a diverse landscape that ranges from mountains to beaches to rainforest, and locavore restaurants that span everything from food trucks to fine dining. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants on Vancouver Island to inspire your next culinary adventure.

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Ice Climbing in Canada With Adventurer Will Gadd

by AmyWatkins July 2014 - last edited September

Ice Climbing in Canada With Adventurer Will GaddCanadian adventurer Will Gadd has a busy year ahead – from ice climbing in Canada and Africa to trips to Greenland and an attempt to set the foot-launched world distance record for paragliding.

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Heli-hiking: Adventure Trekking in British Columbia

by AmyWatkins April 2014 - last edited September

Vancouver | Heli-Hiking Don’t be offended if someone tells you to take a hike when you’re in Vancouver - exploring the city’s beautiful backyard is a favourite weekend activity in British Columbia, especially when the snow begins to melt on the mountains and the wild flowers start to bloom. Take a look at our top tips for heli-hiking in British Columbia before planning your trip.

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom: A Festival in Bloom

by AmyWatkins April 2014 - last edited September

Vancouver Cherry Blossom

Spring has not just sprung in Vancouver; it has exploded in a riot of delicate pink and white cherry blossoms that pop up across the city before falling like a floral snow all over the streets of downtown. Japan’s influence on Vancouver can be seen all over the city but it becomes most evident when the sakura, cherry trees, blossom in April every year.

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