While you're at it: Lake Ontario's winelands, nestled between Toronto and Niagara Falls, make for a great day trip from the big city (winecountryontario.ca). Do it: cabottrail.travel 13. Take off HeliSkiing in British Columbia Are you bored of run-of-the-mill ski lifts and blue slopes? Craving a little more excitement on your skis? Well, throw a helicopter into the mix, and adventure is all but guaranteed. On this jaunt, a chopper will drop you into the stunning mountain wilderness of British Columbia for an off-piste experience you'll never forget. The terrain is huge, and the log cabins you'll sleep in are utterly adorable. - NB While you're at it: Practise your Torvill and Dean moves at the Olympic Plaza in Whistler (whistler.com), which opens as an ice rink in the winter. Do it: Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) has an eight-night luxury, bespoke Ski Canada Adventure itinerary from €8,100pps B&B, including flights and transfers. 14. Skate on the Canal in Ottawa The 202km-long … [Read more...] about The Canadian Bucket List: 30 things to do in Canada before you die!
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PUBLISHED: 12:07 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 13 April 2018 Gemma Mitchell Gemma Edgar with husband Rob and boys Dylan nd Noah. Picture: STEVE ARGENT Archant An inspirational Colchester mother living with an incurable brain tumour has vowed to cross the finish line of the London Marathon for her son, who has battled a rare form of eye cancer. Gemma Edgar with son Noah after his surgery. Picture: GEMMA EDGAR Despite having monthly doses of chemotherapy which leave her feeling sick and exhausted, Gemma Edgar has continued to train three to four times a week in preparation for the race on April 22. The 32-year-old said completing the marathon was on her bucket list. Mrs Edgar was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in October 2014, just eight weeks after the birth of her second son Noah. When Noah was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of eye cancer that affects babies and young children. Gemma Edgar training for the London … [Read more...] about Determined Gemma Edgar fighting brain tumour to tick London Marathon off bucket list
There's nothing like a beach holiday to keep the whole family happy - after all, who doesn't love a bit of sand, sea and sun! The best part is that you don't need to go far to find some truly beautiful beaches that are also family-friendly; there are some brilliant gems all across Europe. Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy are all famed for their breathtaking coasts, packed with everything from bustling resorts to tranquil havens for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet. We haven't included UK beaches in this round-up but we have searched out the best UK sandy beaches here if you are after a dose of staycation inspiration. In the meantime, check out some of our top picks of beaches across the rest of Europe below... 1. La Concha, San Sebastian in Spain Spain boasts plenty of brilliant beaches but La Concha never fails to be a hit with both locals and tourists alike. After all, the sand is fine enough to lie on, the waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming - it's got … [Read more...] about Best beaches in Europe you’ll want to add to the bucket list right now
10. Mountain bike in Ballyhoura If your experience of cycling involves commuting in the city or tootling around of a weekend, it’s time to give mountain biking a bash. Ballyhoura, shared by counties Cork and Limerick, has the largest trail network of its kind in the country, combined with a drop-dead gorgeous backdrop, so it’s the perfect place to start. Beginners are kept happy with the 6km Greenwood loop, but serious bikers will be in heaven on the demanding 51km Castlepook loop. You can rent bikes and gear from Trailriders… even Kimye stopped by on honeymoon. — NB Do it: visitballyhoura.com, trailriders.ie; from €35 per day. If you like that, try this: Go wild in the wonderful Wicklow Mountains with a ride at Ballinastoe (biking.ie) — it’s just 45 minutes from Dublin. 11. Go back to basics on a survival weekend Who needs five-star hotels when you can spend a weekend striking flints, navigating by the stars and building your own shelter? … [Read more...] about The Irish Adventure Bucket List: 25 days out to try before you die!
A heartbroken woman is hoping to make her little sister's bucket list dreams come true after she was given just six months to live. Amie Mills-Annis is fundraising in hopes of seeing Jessica Annis, 24, achieve everything she wants to do before she passes away, like a holiday in Blackpool and a trip to the zoo. Her dreams of seeing Ed Sheeran and Little Mix live in concert will be harder to fulfil as tickets for the disabled section of their shows are sold out. Confined to a wheelchair, Jessica was born with mitochondrial disease, which has caused her to get weaker and weaker by the year. Amie, who is also Jessica’s carer, said: “The amazing thing about Jessica is she has spent the most part of her life fighting a degenerative illness and never gave up. “She is an inspiration to her family and those around her. The strain Jessica has is called Kearne-Sayers Syndrome and is one of the rarest kind. There is no cure and her life has been a balancing act of reacting … [Read more...] about Sister of woman given just months to live desperate to fulfill bucket list