What to do on the weekend

Here’s some inspiration of what you can do on the weekend:

The Holiday Spirit continues and INTERNeX is going to The Van Dusen Festival Lights. This magical winter wonderland has more than one million lights decorating this beautiful garden. Wander around the lakeside and experience all themed areas that offer their visitors tasty treats, unique light features and holiday music. Let us know if you wanna experience this event together on Saturday evening. Price: $21 + taxes and tickets are available online only. 🙂 

Then there’s The Big Elf Run at Stanley Park on Saturday, December 10th. This holiday themed run is suitable for all ages and offers a 5km, 10km, 15km run around Stanley Park. Run together with hundreds of elves, enjoy DJ, “elfie station”, prize giveaways and more. The run starts at Lumberman’s Arch and goes on a trail that passes the Vancouver Aquarium and winds its way along paths surrounded by old oak trees, the seawall with views of Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet. Check-in opens at 11.30 and you can read more about their timeline on their website for more details. Let’s check it out! Admission: from $35

Last but not least: Steveston Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond. This event is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit, exploring a display of illuminated holiday trees inside the historic cannery at Steveston Festival of Trees. This event is an ongoing event and runs from December 1st until the 24th. The Christmas Trees are designed and sponsored by local merchants, so let’s vote for our favourite 🙂

Hope you find it inspiring and whatever you decide to do on the weekend, we hope you will have a great weekend!

Cheers

Ida

Hejdå friends!

So it’s time to say goodbye as I only have a few days left of this week which happened to be my last in Canada before I fly back home to Sweden. My sixteen weeks here have been great, a time full of new impressions and experiences, laughter and adventures and not a day has passed without me singing of joy, haha. 😉 If you know, you know, I sing melodies when I’m happy. 😉 The longer I stayed in Vancouver, the more I fell in love with this city. In the beginning it was a lot to take in, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t used to the ‘Big City’ life at all, but I’ve experienced so many new things, gone on many trips and I’ve met so many new people who’ve become my friends. I know we will meet again somewhere in the world in the near future. Thank you for making my stay in Canada the best! 🙂

The trip to the Rocky Mountains, which was also my Kick-off event with the INTERNeX-family was an awesome four-day trip with an amazing group experiencing Canada’s incredible nature together. Such a great start of my Internship as a PR-coordinator at INTERNeX and I got a lot of new experiences that turned out to be the best ones ever. Definitely one of my many highlights 🙂

Hiking the Grouse Grind, a trail that is 2,5km long and has 2830 stairs, was another of my highlight events. It was such a great day of hiking, a bit challenging but absolutely worth it. If you are looking for trails near Vancouver with a beautiful view and wildlife I highly recommend this one. Vancouver in general has it all – city-life, mountains, forests, ocean and all the activities that come with it 🙂

Last but not least I have to tell you about the four-day trip to Vancouver Island, including Tofino and Victoria. During this trip we experienced a bunch of things such as stargazing and bonfire on the beach, whale watching, we went to the Long Beach where they filmed scenes of the first movie of The Twilight Saga which was so cool!! I also got the chance to feel the sea for the first time (it was dark outside and I was a little too close to the water so the waves hit my legs, haha, me in a nutshell) but it was such a great, happy moment. 😉

I also had the chance to coordinate the last monthly trip of the year: a three-day trip to Whistler. What a challenge, but I’m so happy we managed to go there in their peak-season. I definitely gained new coordinating skills and I really love how just a few thoughts turn into reality – this ski/outdoor-trip was a great end of my stay and I will live long on this one. 🙂

I must say that there was way more that brought value to my time in Vancouver than these trips, I’ve grown both professionally and personally and I have to thank the INTERNeX- family for that. I can’t wait where the next adventure will take me. 🙂 

You know what else is great? It’s Pub Night tonight, let’s party and say goodbye! 😉 

Cheers

Ida

How was the weekend

Last Friday INTERNeX went to Whistler for the weekend. Whistler, beautiful Whistler! I am so happy we managed to go there last weekend as it’s my last weekend in Canada. 

Whistler is about two hours from Vancouver and it’s really easy to get there by Shuttle if you don’t have a car. As we arrived in Whistler we decided to leave our luggage at the hotel we’d be staying at while waiting to check-in, so we decided to head towards Whistler Golf Course Loop which is a 5km walk through beautiful nature nearby the village. While we were walking we saw people playing ice hockey on the lake, they seemed to be having a great time out there and so did we on our snowy walk together 🙂 

After the snow walk we went back to the village for some shopping and to get something to eat. Wow, there is something magical seeing Whistler Village covered in snow. Make sure you don’t miss out on it! Around 6pm we had dinner together at Splitz Grill where they serve all different kinds of Burgers and fries. I definitely recommend you try some burgers in Whistler, the village offers various options 🙂 The rest of Friday night was pretty much a chill night at our hotel which had a hot-tub in each room and a pool outside, not bad! Who would want to leave in the freezing cold -14 degree weather when you can relax in a hot tub?

Early Saturday morning we picked up breakfast to go, before our snowy activities outdoors continued. Some of us decided to go to a spa, some went shopping, some went ice skating in Whistler Village and some of us went downhill skiing. Since I went skiing, I have to say it’s a ‘must-do’ while you are in Whistler during the winter season. The mountains are huge with many ski-tracks, ski-lifts, a lot of snow-covered trees and it was so beautiful to see the nature surrounding the village. Luckily we had a few hours of sun while we skied. I have to admit it was a little chilly in the morning, but as soon as the sun came to our ‘side’ of the mountain it instantly felt so much warmer. As the ski-lifts were closing quite early, we were back in the village by 3pm. Just in time for Apres-Ski and I can say Whistler knows how to party 😉 As a late dinner we decided to go to The Old Spaghetti Factory in Whistler. We got it recommended and it was definitely the best end of the day. 🙂

Early on Sunday morning we checked out of the hotel and as we were all a bit tired we went to have coffee and breakfast. We went to an organic café who served various organic and vegan dishes and I can tell we had a delicious breakfast. If you are interested to hear more about this organic café, just ask us and we will give you the details of where you can find this hidden gem in Whistler Village. 😉

This was a review about our weekend in Whistler. Make sure you don’t miss out on the next INTERNeX trip!

I hope you had a great weekend and I can’t wait to hear all about it at this week’s Pub Night!

Cheers

Ida

How was the weekend

Wow, such a great weekend! Last Saturday, INTERNeX went to a Christmas market in Downtown – known as a traditional German Christmas market where they offer its visitors traditional gluhwein, goulash, handmade jewellery, Christmas carols and a lot more. If you haven’t visited the market yet, make sure to visit it before the 24th of december! I am sure you will find Christmas gifts for your loved ones or treat yourself to something nice. As you can see in the pictures we totally enjoyed the Christmas market while drinking our hot gluhwein and singing Christmas carols in the cold, rainy weather. A market full of coziness 🙂 

Sunday was a chill day at home. We decided to go for a Sunday walk in the early afternoon, we bought a cup of coffee and headed towards Queen Elizabeth Park. Have you heard about this park before? The park is located in South Cambie, on a hill 125 meters above sea level which is the highest point in Vancouver with a view over the park, the city and mountains on the North Shore. The park has a beautiful garden with a collection of exotic trees, nature and sports areas where you can play tennis, Pitch and Putt, disc golf and more. I don’t want to spoil too much so make sure to not miss it on your Vancouver bucket list! The park is huge so if you are planning a visit, bring warm clothes when exploring the area and maybe even a hot drink to warm you up?:)

This was my weekend and I hope you had a great one, I can’t wait to hear all about it on this week’s Pub Night 🙂

Cheers

Ida

What to do on the weekend

The weekend is here and I want to give you some inspiration of what you can do on the weekend:

On Saturday INTERNeX is going to a Christmas Market at the Olympic Cauldron, near Waterfront station, where we have the chance to try out Gourmet food, authentic German drinks and sweets that will keep our hearts warm and bellies full as we make our way through this ongoing event in Vancouver. The market offers over 90 artisan vendors, endless holiday cheers, traditional German cuisine, live entertainment and more. I can’t wait to sing Christmas Carols while we are there, haha! 😉 Are you into Christmas Markets? What are your Christmas Market experiences like? Let me know if you want to join us this Saturday 🙂 

Another activity I can recommend you is a visit to a Planetarium located at Kitsilano Beach. This Planetarium is also known as “Like no place on Earth”. The planetarium offers its visitors miraculous events on large screen projectors of the solar system, star theatres, historical astrology and more. I think planetariums are so cool and if you get the chance to visit you should definitely visit one! We went to a Planetarium of sorts on my last Rockies tour and you can read all about my star gazing experience in a previous blog post from August of this year. Check it out! 

Least but not last: The Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain. This event opens on November 25th and is an ongoing event until January 2nd. This event offers its visitors a visit to Santa’s workshop where you can meet Santa himself, meet the reindeer Dancer and Vixen, experience the Light Walk among sparkling lights in a magical winter wonderland, experience the Mountaintop Skating Pond and much more. Are you ready for this Christmas experience on Grouse Mountain? Let me know, as I want to go there and we can experience this event together 🙂 

This is some inspiration for what you can do on the weekend. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you will have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!

Cheers

Ida