Victoria Tour Guide: Schedule

On Canada Day we are planning a trip to Victoria, the capital city of BC. With this blogpost we would like to inform you a bit more about the trip.

We will be meeting at 7.30 at Tsawwassen terminal where we will take the ferry to Swartz Bay. We will be taking the early ferry of 8 AM to Victoria, as it takes a while to get to Victoria itself. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for buying your own ferry ticket. From Swartz Bay we will take the bus to Victoria, which takes us about an hour. When we arrive in Victoria, you all have free time to do one of the optional activities or to go to the free music festival. To give you a better overview, we made a schedule which you can see below. The schedule is an estimate, which means that we could also arrive earlier or later in Victoria.

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Schedule
07.30 AM – meeting at Tsawwassen terminal
08.00 AM – ferry to Swartz Bay
09.30 AM – arrival at Swartz Bay
10.00 AM – bus to Victoria
11.15 AM – arrival in Victoria
11.15 AM – free time

 

We would like to remind you that the fireworks in Victoria start at 10.15 PM and that the last ferry back is at 9 PM. If you would like to see them then it might be a better option to stay the night, like some of us are doing. Others are taking a ferry back around 5 PM to see the fireworks in Vancouver. Otherwise, you would need to take the bus back around 7.30 PM to be able to catch the last ferry to Vancouver.

We hope you are all as excited about the trip as we are. See you on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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INTERNeX goes Rockies May 2015 – Part 1


Our four-day trip to the Rocky Mountains with West Trek… this weekend was absolutely amazing! Thanks to our tour guide Papa Wolf we know a lot more about these beautiful mountains and its surroundings, we know more about bears, fun facts about villages and besides, we have many new friends.

DAY 1

On the first day we started our journey to the Rocky Mountains. We first went to Hope, which is located about two hours from Vancity. Hope is a cute little village, where the famous movie Rambo was filmed. After a short stop for some coffee and breakfast we continued our journey to Kamloops where the we, the baby wolves, could buy lunch and snacks for later that day.

Papa Wolf had prepared some games which we played on the bus. The bus was divided into two teams: Team Beavers and Team Snakes. Papa Wolf would name an object after which both teams had to find this object in our bags, pass it through all the way to the back of the bus, pass it through to the front, hand it over to Papa Wolf and make the sound of their animal team name. The team making the sound first won. Haha, imagine half a bus making a beaver sound. Quite hilarious. Besides playing games we sang – and we sang loud. Avicii – Wake me up and Grease – Summer Nights. Oh, a bus full of nightingales.


After our stop in Kamloops the bus headed to the Spahat falls, a nice little waterfall where Papa  Wolf offered to take some immature pictures. That turned out hilarious I guess, can’t wait to see all your photos.

 

After this stop we got back on the bus and drove to our first hotel in Valemount. When we were arriving there the sun was out and people were feeling good. So we sat down, drank some beers, had a pasta dinner and then we played street hockey! A campfire was built and people got to know each other better. A good way to end the first day.

DAY 2

IMG_20150518_123726Rise and shine early because we were about to officially enter the Rocky Mountains National Park. The first stop was Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The peak of this mountain is higher than the altitude at which a sky diver jumps out of their airplane, namely 3,954 meters. Also, this lovely mountain creates its own weather because of its elevation. We were told that often the mountain is surrounded by clouds, but our group was lucky to see most of “her face”, as Papa Wolf would call it.

After Mount Robson we headed to Jasper to get some lunch supplies and then drove further to the Athabasca Falls followed by the Columbia Ice fields. At the Columbia Ice Fields an optional activity was offered, which was the SnoCoach. The SnoCoach is a huge bus, specifically designed to drive on snow, which has enormous tires taking passengers all the way up to the glacier. On the glacier we had an amazing view on the surrounding mountains and the huge ice fields.

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On our way back from the Glacier Papa Wolf introduced another game. Everyone on the SnoCoach had to stand up, hold the shoulders of the person in front of them and while the bus was driving up a steep slope, both teams on the bus had to try to remain standing as long as they possibly could. The team that collapsed first lost. I think to remember there was a tie!


After some people had done their jumping jacks because they said a certain word, we continued to two lakes. One of those lakes was Bow Lake; absolutely beautiful. The lake was still partly frozen and that created a very winter like landscape. JAPANESE GIRL!

After having visited these amazing hotspots we checked into our hotel and we all got sexy for our night out in Banff. Papa Wolf, all dressed up looking swish in his too tight yellow pants and suspenders, first took us to a pub located right next to the hotel. Together with baby wolves from the other bus we played an absolutely awesome drinking game after which we went to Banff’s best night club! As far as I could notice everyone was having a great time and I wondered who would make it to the next morning’s wild life loop at 8 a.m.

Want to know what happened the following two days? Tomorrow part 2 of the Rockies review will be released!

WOLFPACK 1.. 2.. 3..

AAAAAA-HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

 

What to do on the weekend

The weekend is almost there again and this time it’s a looooong weekend, so no work on Monday,guys!

Vancouver’s fourth Beerlesque Festival

The tickets are not that cheap, $49, but all entertainment and beer is included. If you’re 19 or older you’ll be able to join a celebration of burlesque and BC craft beer on Friday, 10th of October, from 6 pm to 11 pm at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.
Some of Vancouver’s top burlesque artists will perform. While you’ll behold these great performances you’ll be able to sample some of BC’s best craft beer.
Click here for more information.

 

Fright Nights at Playland

From October 10 to November 1 Fright Nights possesses Playland offers 7 haunted houses, 13 rides, the Monsters of Schlock, fire performers and other terrifying shows and attractions.
If you already want to get a kind of Halloween mood, you are able to purchase tickets for this event from $25.
Get further information here.

 

Thanksgiving

Don’t forget to eat some turkey this weekend, becaaaause it’s Thanksgiving on Monday, October 13.
I’m curios about your Thanksgiving- stories after the weekend.

 

Enjoy the long weekend and the plenty of turkey.

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Highlights of the Month July

July was a packed with activities and nice weather and august will be even better. The Summer Rockies trip is coming up. We started July with celebrating Canada Day by watching the parade and enjoying the fireworks in Stanley Park. On the 6th of July we went to Deep Cove. Even if it is rainy Deep Cove is a beautiful place to go to and you certainly have to try the famous honey doughnuts. On the 12th of July we went to the street festival in Kitsilano. There were many little markets and we walked from burrad to McDonald and ended up on the beach in Kits. The following weekend we went to a distillery in Granville island where we tasted their gin, whiskey and vodka. We also enjoyed some cocktails before and after the tasting. On the last weekend of July it was time for our monthly overnight trip to Victoria. Due to skytrain problems we missed our ferry and had to take a later one. Once we arrived in Victoria we went straight to the Canoe Pub for lunch, afterwards we walked to the empress hotel and parliament building. After taking pictures of the stunning harbor we went to Fisherman’s Warf were we enjoyed an ice-cream. We had dinner at spinnakers and afterwards went to a local pub. The next morning we went for typical american breakfast and rented bikes. We had lunch at the spaghetti factory and took the ferry at 6pm back to Vancouver. Now that July is over it is time to inform you about our activities in August. We already started August of this Sunday with the Pride Parade. From the 8th to the 11th we will join the Summer Rockies trip and visit Revelstoke, banff and Valemount before heading back to Vancouver. The next weekend we will explore Granville Island where you can rent a kayak or SUP board and paddle along the False Creek. On the 29th of August we will have another Pub & Club night. And of course we have our weekly pub nights on Wednesdays.

We hope you enjoyed July and we will see you in August

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Smart Saver

It’s Sunday again, time for a new smart saver! Since the weather is going to be sunny and warm, way not cooling off in one of the lakes near Vancouver.

Lynn Canyon
Lynn Canyon is easy reachable by transit (cost on the weekend only $2.75!) with many places to cool off. Lynn Canyon even has a suspension brigde. The main swimming hole is at the top of the trail where you can watch, if you are lucky, some cliff jumpers jump. However this is also a very busy place, so keep walking on towards the twin waterfall, there it is more quite and also a really nice spot for a picnic.

Cabin Lake on Cypress Mountain
A perfect combination of hiking and relaxing. Check here to see which trail you want to take up to the lake. After the hike you will find yourself in a beautiful place with a nice lake and a perfect spot for lunch. Take a dip in the water before you head back down again.

Pool99
And than there is pool99. A very popular spot for cliff jumpers, the water is freezing cold. It’s is a bit tricky to find your way there, you might have to jump over a located gate, however since it is weekend you won’t be the only one going up there.

So enjoy your weekend and to give you the heads up for next weeks smart saver: Free Transit on BC Day.

Free Transit on BC Day
Due to the delays on the 23rd of July on the expo and millimim line. Translink offers compensation to everyone who want to use the services of translinke on BC Day, you can travel for FREE! So look up what is going on on BC-day in Vancouver and around and get your free transit day!

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INTERNeX Canada: Rocky Mountains Trip Review!

Last weekend was an unforgettable experience for all 17 of us who went to the Rocky Mountains trip. Watching the beautiful scenery of snowy mountains and lakes really made me think how much I took Canada for granted. The bus we went on was named the “party bus” and it was a perfect fit.

Our West Trek tour guide, Lee, was amazing. Man, I don’t know how this guy had so much energy, considering we partied every night and woke up super early. And quite honestly, it was Lee who really made this trip so special for all of us. He has got the BEST jokes, music, games, and impressions of different accents with a comedic spin to it! Some inside jokes I will always remember are: BeCARFEUL monsieur! Japanese girl: ahhhhh~ and hi-cheese~!

Another great thing about this trip was the gorgeous weather. We really were a lucky bunch because it was sunshine and blue skies everyday! And because of this, we got to see all of Mount Robson, which is super tall! On our way to Valemount, we got off to look at spahat falls. It was so nice there!

The second day, we made our way to Banff, Alberta. This place was my favorite hotel! During the evening we went to their local pub and club for another night of partying! It was a lot of fun because everyone was drinking and having such a great time. One of the most memorable experience for me personally was the Columbia icefield. It’s a huge place and it was so windy! I thought I was going to be blown away by the wind. Regardless, the icefield was one of my favorite places in the Rocky Mountains. One person said he would come back to get married there…I won’t say who it was 😉

During this trip we went to so many beautiful places such as Lake LouiseBow Lake, Emerald Lake, and of course Banff Gondola! On the way home, in Kelowna, we all stopped for a small lunch break. Unfortunately, someone from the other tour bus wandered off! We all tried to look for him..our tour group suddenly turned into a huge search party. The police got involved and we waited for a couple of hours. Although it was stressful…I think it really brought all of us on the tour even more closer. We really bonded…and like Lee said, we were a wolf pack.

Overall…this trip is something that will be with me forever. I had such a great time and I hope everyone who went did too. If you missed out on this, don’t worry because I am 100% sure there will be another one quite soon!

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Explorer: The Rocky Mountains -Part 3

Next weekend, we are finally going to the Rocky Mountains trip! So close yet so far…but I’m sure time will fly by. So on our last night, we will be staying in Golden, BC. Let’s find out more about this place, shall we?

Golden is near six of the most spectacular Canadian National Parks  (Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho). It was first explored by David Thompson, a Canadian pioneer during 1807, when he stumbled upon the future site of Golden.  Like Valemount and Banff, Golden also contributed to the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway as it became a base camp that extended the line further west in order to create a cross-country network of rails.

This place is now a major attraction for tourists with many activities to do including skiing, back-country skiing, mountain biking and river rafting. The town also thrives on its forest industry. The forest industry began with the development of CPR, which was also used for buildings and bridges.

Golden also lies near the Kicking Horse River. How did it get that name? It’s actually an interesting story…an explorer James Hector was crossing a river when he accidentally got kicked and knocked unconscious by his own horse! He was thought to be dead. But as they were about to bury him, Hector woke up and started to move around. They called the river the Kicking Horse.

I am counting down the days until we get to see this beautiful and historical place 🙂 are you?

Cheers,

Flora

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