How was your weekend?

Mond… uh, Tuesday again. That means weekend is over and back to normal life. We could enjoy one extra day off because of thanksgiving. A day I spent well. If you are curious about what I did this weekend, keep reading and you will find out.

We celebrated Thanksgiving a little earlier than the rest of Canada. On Friday we went to White Spot to have diner together. For me a thanksgiving diner is not complete without turkey, so turkey it was. After we finished our meals, we took the bus to Granville to continue the night in the Yale Saloon. We learned how to line dance and we rode a bull. Yale saloon is a fun place where I will definitely go back again.

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This weekend I also did the Grouse Grind. Man, what a lot of stairs! It took us 1 hour and 8 minutes to get to the top. We enjoyed some food with a nice view. When we finished our food we went to the bears and saw the Lumberjack show. Afterwards we ate something at the Warehouse and we closed the day in the Bourbon.

On thanksgiving we rented a boat on Granville Island. We drove past the Lighthouse Park and Bowen Island all the way to Anvil Island. We saw a lot of seals laying on the rocks. Despite driving a boat was harder than I thought, it was a very relaxing day. I hope you all had a weekend as fun as mine and I see you at PuB NiGHT tomorrow!

– Bart

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend?

Yay! Just a few hours left and it will be weekend again! Although it is rainy and cloudy today, it’ s supposed to be quite sunny this weekend so enough outdoors activities to do!

On Saturday morning we will go to Lighthouse Park to start the weekend of with some exercise. The views are amazing from that area so we hope to see you come along! For details please click here.

Because it is supposed to get sunny I would advise you to go outside! Go up to Grouse grousemountainMountain for example. I did this last weekend and the views were absolutely amazing. You are still able to go skiing by the Eagle Express. Besides that the grizzly bears Grinder and Coola who live in a habitat on the mountain, woke up from their hibernation period. They are in full action again and you are able to take a look at them. So it is definitely worth your money to go up the mountain!

From May 6 to May 13 it is Bird Week in Vancouver. This is a weeklong series of events to celebrate the birds of Vancouver. During this week there will be bird-related workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions and lectures across Vancouver. You don’t need to be a bird fanatic for this one, also if you just like the outdoors you are welcome to join. Best part is that most of the events are free, so check out their website to see if something suits you.

On Sunday the annual BMO Vancouver Marathon is happening. This is a really big event, which goes all across the city. Because of the marathon on Sunday there is a free Health & Sports Expo in the Vancouver Convention Centre till 6pm on Saturday. When you want to catch all the action at the finish line, you have to go to West Pender Street between Bute and Thurlow Street. There is also a Street Festival located on West Hastings between Bute and Burrard Street. Check out all the events and details on their website 🙂

Have a great and shiny weekend everyone!

– Tess

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Rocky Mountains

TownAlthough driving more than 2.000 kilometers in four days, without too much sleep, nothing will ever replace Internex’s amazing trip to the Rockies.  Early Friday morning a group of people from all over the world stepped into a bus, left Vancouver and took out on a journey to The Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Our tour guide was Hayley from West Trek Tours, who made this trip as unforgettable as it was, together with our bus driver Handsome Ian. We drove along the highway until we reached the beautiful town Hope where we had some pit stop and we already were surrounded by mountains. Next stop was in Kelowna were we had a picnic on the beach, enjoyed the hot sun and took a swim in the refreshing Kelowna Lake.  Back on the Canadian Okanakan highway we drove along the Okanakan lake until we made another pit stop at a farmers market to pick up some delicious fruits to enjoy on the way.huts

 

Finally before sunset we made it to the Mountain View Cabins in Golden.  After a long drive we were all hungry so the cabin hosts made us a BBQ dinner and after the dinner we grilled some marshmallows on a bonfire. Can you imagine sitting around a bonfire up in the mountains in RockiesCampfiremiddle of nowhere were you can smell the nature all around you?  Surrounded by forests and wild animals and being told stories of people running away from a bears? The night turned into a bonfire party, were our lovely guide Hayley sang country songs and played her ukulele and we all sang along. What a wonderful night!

 

 

 

 

Early Saturday morning we drove back on the highway until we reached rockies1Alberta State and guess what?  We drove back in time. We arrived into Banff National Park where I’m pretty sure the most beautiful nature on this earth exists. First we went to see Emerald Lake and Lake Louise, a stunning beautiful lakes, as blue as the sky, with mountains all around them. Almost like standing in front of a picture. Then it was time to see Lake Louise from above. We drove down to the Lake Louise ski resort and had a lunch buffet before we took the gondola up to a mountain were we got the most amazing view ever. sheepOn our way up, we searched for some wild animals in the forest, but I guess they were hiding.  However we got lucky on our way back.  We found them.  Yes guys, up in the wild nature on our way back in the bus we finally saw some bears. Not just one or two, no we saw seven bears.  A black bear mother, feeding her two little cubs and the cutest grizzle bears hiding between the trees. I actually didn’t know that on this earth there existed a place where wild bears could just chill along the road, but now I know 🙂

 

Next we drove to the cute little mountain town Banff to check in to our hotel and have some relaxing time before dinner. It was Saturday night, so people were in mood for partying. We went to a pub for a drink or two and then we found a nightclub in town. Have you ever visited a nightclub up in the mountains? If not, there is one in Banff 😉

Sunday morning we woke up early and had our breakfast from Tim Horton. We had a long day ahead, the biggest sightseeing day on the trip.  We went to see Lake Minnewanka / Two Jack Lake, Bow lake and Moraine lake, which was even more stunning than Lake Louise. What a nature and what a place. The last lake we saw was Peyto Lake, were we took a polar bear swim were the water is only  5,5 degrees.  That was pretty awesome.  Then we drove in to the Jasper National park were we had the highlight of the day, The Columbia Ice field. The largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains which is about 325 square kilometres (125 sq mi) in area, 100 metres (330 ft) to 365 metres (1,198 ft) in depth and receives up to 7 metres (280 in) of snowfall per year. RockisCarOur glacier adventure began with an opportunity to ride on the surface in the all-terrain Ice Explorer – a massive vehicle specially designed for glacier travel, and there are only 23 of them in the whole world. When we came up to the glacier, we walked on the ice and filled our water bottle with fresh glacier water. Defiantly the best water we’d ever taste. It was a perfect time to capture the beauty of the Ice field’s breathtaking mountain setting.clatier

Back on the highway on our way to Mount Robson, we made a stop at the Athabasca Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the Rocky Mountains which was pretty amazing. It was cold so we found a Belgium waffle man and had some hot drinks and waffles there. Then we kept driving and were we almost reached Mount Robson, the highest peak of The Rocky Mountains, we unfortunately drove into a thick black fog where our beautiful sunny weather changed into heavy rain. Too bad for a view on Mount Robson. Before dinnertime, we made it to our country hotel in Mt. Robson, were we checked in and had a nice warm shower. kowboysA real country night was about to start, yes ladies and gentleman we were now all ready to see some real cowboys. We were picked up of the cowboys and their cowgirls who drove us to their ranch and served us a dinner and drinks. The dinner party soon changes to a wild cowboy party were we all danced line dance late into the night. Monday morning we drove back to Vancouver.

Thank you all for joining us on this unforgettable Rocky Mountains trip. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as the PR team.

 

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PR Team

 

 

Upcoming Rockies trip- 8th august

Only two more weeks until we’re going to the Rockies again, so we want to give you some more information about this great trip.

Next to all the activities that are included in the price of only $329, there are a few optional activities, for which we get a discount as well:

Discounted Optional Activities: ( prices will increase slightly if you book these activities on the tour)

Canoeing (probably about $15)
Banff Gondola $35
Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure $50
Banff Gondola & Glacier Adventure Combo $80
River Safari, Bear Watching $67
Canoeing at Lake Moraine
Canoeing at Lake Moraine is a great activity for everybody and provides you with a peaceful activity to enjoy the Banff National Park. While exploring the lake by boat you have the chance to visit corners of the lake that can’t be accessed by trail! Each canoe is shared by up to 3 people.

 

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure
The columbia Icefield Glaciers adventure reveals the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Brewster Ice Explorers, especially designed for glacial travel take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.
Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff, to experience a stunning view of six mountains ranges. At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than others see in a lifetime. So this activity is a definite ‘must do’ on your trip to the Rockies.

 

Bear safari River Cruise
The reiver Bear Safari is an awe- inspiring one hour rife through Grizzly Bear Vally! Located in the picturesque Monashee Mountains of British Columbia, the river safari features custom built, eco- friendly boats that travel through the mountain’s glaciers & jade- coloured waters in search of bear, moose, eagle and osprey, to name only a few of the magnificent creatures you can see during this breathtaking wilderness experience!
Hope many more want to join us for that great trip, you can sign up and pay cash at our office until 5th August at 12pm.
Please remember also that our office will be closed on friday next week.

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INTERNeX Canada: News / Fun Facts

In 2 weeks INTERNeX Goes Rockies 2012!! For those who have already signed up; you’re in for one of the most unforgettable Easter weekends you will ever have and for those who haven’t signed up yet please make sure you don’t miss out!!

This week I will tell you more about the three places where we will be staying during our Rockies tour; Valemont, Banff and Golden.

VALEMOUNT

On Friday 6th we will arrive in Valemont. Valemont is in BC and is situated in a valley between the Rocky Mountains, Monashee Mountains and Cariboo Mountains.

Valemount is home to the highest peak of the Rockies; Mount Robson at 3,954m. A lot of wildlife can be seen in the mountainous  areas of Valemount such as; elk, moose, mountain goats, grizzly bears, black bears, mule, caribou, beaver, muskrat and much more.

BANFF

On our second day we will be going to the highest town (at 1, 383 m) in the whole of Canada; Banff. This beautiful national park of Alberta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a United Nations designation which helps protect a very large part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

 

There are quite a few activities you can do in Banff, such as: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hiking, gondola rides, dog sledding and much much more!

GOLDEN

Our last night will be spent in Golden, BC. This beautiful part of Canada is surrounded by the Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park and is known as ‘Kicking Horse Country’.

Golden has quite a few impressing attractions that you need to see while we are there. It is home to the longest covered pedestrian bridge in all of Canada. You can even take a gondola ride to see the unbelievable views of the valley and mountain vistas.

For information about this amazing Rockies Trip read our “INTERNeX Goes Rockies 2012” Details blog post and join the event on Facebook.

Are you interested in signing up for the trip? Send us an email at pr@internexcanada.com! You can also email us with any additional questions you may have.

Have a great Sunday!

Cheers,

Lies

 

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Just a few weeks left and then we are going to the ROCKIES!! I hope that we are going to see some bears there because they are just amazing animals. To send you all of for a nice weekend I have for you all some amazing bear jokes!!! Enjoy and share..

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Two guys are out in the woods hiking.

All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them. They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them.

The first guy gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on.

The second guy says, “What are you doing?”

The first guy says, “I figure when the bear gets too close, we’ll have to jump down and make a run for it.”

The second guy says, “Are you crazy? You can’t outrun a bear”!

The first guy says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.”

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An 80 year old man was having his annual checkup,

and the doctor asked him how he was feeling.

“I’ve never been better!” he boasted.

“I’ve got an eighteen year old bride who’s pregnant, and having my child! What do you think about that?”

The doctor considered this for a moment, then said,

“Let me tell you a story. I knew a guy who was an avid hunter. He never missed a season. But one day went out in a bit of a hurry, and he accidentally grabbed his umbrella instead of his gun.”

The doctor continued, “So he was in the woods, and suddenly a grizzly bear appeared in front of him! He raised up his umbrella, pointed it at the bear, and squeezed the handle.”

“And do you know what happened?”the doctor queried.

Dumbfounded, the old man replied “No.”

The doctor continued, “The bear dropped dead in front of him!”

“That’s impossible!” exclaimed the old man. “Someone else must have shot that bear.”

“That’s kind of what I’m getting at…” replied the doctor.

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One day a bear was chasing a rabbit through the forest when they tripped over a genies lamp.

The genie comes out and says “hold it, hold it, hold it. If you two will just quit chasing each other for three minutes I’ll give you both three wishes”.

So they say okay that sounds fair.

The genie says “okay who’ll go first?”

The bear pushes the rabbit out of the way and says “I’ll go first”

So the genie says “okay”.

The bear goes “I wish all the bears in the forest except for me were girls”.

The genie snapped his fingers and says done.

The rabbit says, “I wish I had a crash helmet”.

The bear goes well that’s a dumb wish.

But the rabbit says, “that’s my wish”.

The genie snapped his fingers and says done.

The bear says “I wish every bear in the world except me were girls”.

The genie goes that’s a big wish “it’ll count as two wishes”.

The bear goes “o-okay I’ll do it”.

The rabbit has two wishes left so the rabbit says, “I wish for a motor scooter”.

Then he gets on the scooter puts on his crash helmet and as he’s driving away

He yells, “I wish the bear was gay”.

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Have a nice weekend.

Cheers,

Petra

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Picture of the week

Today is Wednesday, so everyone was already waiting for the picture of the week of course! Well, here it is! This week we have a picture from Franziska, one of the lovely PR-team members! She got a week off from work, because her boyfriend was visiting her here in Vancouver. Together with him she went to the Rockies!

“Last week I went on a roadtrip to the Rocky Mountains for 4 days. One of my wishes was to see bears of course! The drive via Salmon Arm to Lake Louise and back to Vancouver via Kelowna was awesome! The weather was great, the mountains gigantic, the woods lushly green and the caribous, mountain goats and American Eagles just stunning! Canada is soooo beautiful! On my way back from Lake Louise to Kelowna the time had come…. On a frozen riverbed, not far from the road I was driving, I saw two bears who just finished breakfast ;-). I assume it was an adult with her cub. The scene reminded me so much of the movie “The Bear” from 1988 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-kOix5FAI). I was so excited that I jumped out of the car, headed towards the riverfront and took some beautiful shots of the two. Phenomenal experience!! :-D”

If you think your picture is worth being the picture of the week, just send an email to pr@internexcanada.com.

Cheers,
Claudia

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