INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

I wasn’t sure about what to write today, but I thought the best things to write about are the things that you know about. Let’s get personal, shall we?

The last two weeks have been slightly tough for me; going through a breakup is never easy.  This has led me to be on a mission to make myself feel happier and not dwell on the sadness or the past. Everyone has those days where they feel a bit down, but what can we do to make ourselves feel better?

So I came up with 3 ways that anyone can feel better instantly.  This has a twist: it’s the Fall (Autumn) edition.

1. Enjoy the festivities!

Fall is the best time to go out and enjoy all the holidays that are coming up in Vancouver. You can go to the Vandusen Botanical Garden to watch the leaves of maple trees change color, go to a corn maze and pumpkin picking in Abbortsford, or visit the farm animals at Maplewood Farm. (Or, you can just be crazy like me and my friends and go to Wreck Beach in the middle of the night and scream your hearts out.) If you are out doing things that are fun, you will feel better, trust me.  Check out more suggestions here.

2. Treat yourself!

I always feel really good when I take that extra step in doing something I love. In the Fall, I love the Starbucks drinks, whether it is the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha, or an apple cider. They are quite pricey and can add up easily, but I think it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself on those days when you feel you deserve it more than normal! (The little heart the barista drew me made me smile. Its the little things you see?)

3. Be Thankful!

For Canadians, Thanksgiving Holiday is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October.  First thing you can be happy about is that you get a day off from work as it’s a statutory holiday. (Hurray!) Secondly, it’s a weekend where Canadians gather to spend time with their friends or family and have huge turkey meals. So join us at our INTERNeX Thanksgiving Dinner. Again, what can be better than eating and more eating? Most importantly, people gather to share what they are thankful for in the past year. I think that sometimes we get so stuck in our troubles that we fail to see the blessings we are given. I know I am guilty of this.

Well, if you made it all the way to the end of this lengthy post, then I congratulate you 🙂 Even if you aren’t sad, these are things that anyone can do. I hope that you have an amazing last weekend of September, and let me know if you try out any of these suggestions okay?



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Top 5 things to do in the Rockies!

If you are working in the Rockies or are planning to go there be sure to check out this top 5 things to do.

  1. Banff Gondola

Take the eight minute gondola ride up to the top op Sulphur Mountain to enjoy a 360° view of Banff and its surrounding peaks, Lake Minnewanka, and the Bow Valley stretching from east to west. At the top of the mountain there are several scenic hiking trails you can do. You can also encounter the local wildlife, including bighorn sheep, squirrels, marmots and many more. For only $25 you can go up and down the mountain. Looking to save a few bucks? You can also hike up the mountain. It’s a 5.5 km strenuous walk that will take you about 2-5 hours but I am willing to bet you enjoy the view so much more when you hiked up the mountain

2.   Sunshine Meadows

The Sunshine Meadows are known as the most stunning alpine setting in the Canadian Rockies. At 2220 m high, the meadows straddle the Continental Divide and the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia. Surrounded by some of the Rockies’ highest peaks, the unobstructed views are beyond compare. Wildlife around in the meadows, and the brilliance of the summer flowers and autumn larches guarantees spectacular scenery on every visit.

Spend your day on top of the world and away from the crowds at Sunshine Meadows. Mt. Assiniboine, “the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies”, and Banff National Park’s highest peak, can be your backdrop! A network of gentle trails wind their way through the Meadows and offer a range of walking for all abilities; from easy one and two hour strolls, to challenging full day hikes to Quartz Ridge, Healy Pass, or beyond.

3.   Tunnel mountain and Hoodoos

One of Banff national park oldest trails Tunnel Mountain is a still one of the most beautiful walks in the area. It takes about 2-3 hours to hike and it is a 4.3 km (2.7 miles) round trip. It is the smallest peak in the Rockies to be called a mountain. Standing guard around the top of the mountain are hoodoos. People looking to do this track often have two questions:

  • What are hoodoos? They are giant freestanding pillars several meters tall that are made of silt, gravel and rocks cemented together by dissolved limestone. That was the technical answer, to make it so that everyone understands here is a picture.
  • Where is the tunnel? That is the other frequently asked picture. Because the trail is called Tunnel Mountain people are wondering were the tunnel is. Well… there is no tunnel! So why did they call it tunnel mountain? That’s because of a proposal from the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882. They wanted to blast a half mile tunnel through the hillside, but luckily they quickly decided that this was to expensive and that it would be easier to go around.

4. Lake Minnewanka

It’s the largest lake in Banff National Park at 24 km (15 miles) long and 142 m (466 ft.) deep. Only scuba divers can view the remnants of a small town called Minnewanka Landing, after a dam was built in 1941 causing the lake to rise by 30 m. But you can walk along the lakeside trail or sing up for the interpretive boat tour to learn about the history, native folk lore and geology.

5. Vermillion Lakes

This is the perfect place for a picnic lunch on the dock, with stunning views o Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain.There are three lakes along this road, where bald eagles nest in trees, Canadian geese breed in the marshlands and tundra swans stop by during each spring and fall migration.  A natural hot springs bubbles into

the third lake. You’ll hear the mournful whistle of the Canadian Pacific Rail trains as the cross the tracks at the far side of the lakes, a sound which has echoed through the Bow Valley for more than 100 years.

If you are a big fan of nature and love to go on hikes, the Rockies are the best designation for you.

There is so much to do and see that even if you were to live there your whole life you won’t get to see everything. But this top 5 gives you a start.

Are you in the area at the moment or have been to the Rockies and would like to add an something to our top 5? Let us know by sending an email to

–          Manouk