INTERNeX Canada: Canadian Goose!

I’m sure everyone can agree that one of factors which makes British Columbia the most beautiful place to live on earth is its nature. You can see Mother Nature at its finest with breathtaking sights of the mountains, forests, lakes, and most of all, the animals that live here in BC. And whether you have been taking a walk around a lake, a park, or even staring up at the sky, you most definitely will have seen our famous Canadian geese. These birds look so adorable that you just can’t help but feed them your leftover snacks. Although, they can be seriously annoying at times when they come to steal your food!

But how much more does an average Canadian know about the Canadian goose? Well, probably not a whole lot. So I did a little bit of research and here is what I’ve found:

Some of the interesting facts according to the The CornellLab of Ornithology

Latin name: Branta canadensis

  • the oldest known wild Canada Goose was 30 years 4 months old!
  • when these birds find a partner to be with, they choose accordingly to their own body size, what is known as “assortatively” mating. That is a bit different the way people find their partners, because we think that love can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, right?
  • they build nests on the ground and can lay anywhere from 1-12 eggs
  • Canadian geese have 13 different sounds or calls they can make for different reasons!
  • When they fly, these birds coordinate what is known as a V-formation, which is basically forming a v-shape with the leader of the pack at the front (you most likely have seen this) for air resistance
  • they are devoted to their partners and remain monogamous, which means they will be with the same partner for the rest of their lives! Talk about loyalty and dedication!

Cheers,

Flora

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Grouse Mountain Hike! Part 2

Hi everyone,

Well like Laura said, the hike up Grouse mountain was brutal! But it was so worth it when you reach the top and  see the view. You appreciate it so much more because  it took so much effort getting there! But the hiking up the mountain is not all you can do at Grouse Mountain. There are lots of activities to keep you busy the entire day!

When we got to the top the first thing we did  was take pictures of the beautiful view, and to also take a much needed rest. After grabbing something to eat and sitting in the sun, we went to explore the rest of the mountain. We started walking and soon discovered that there is lots to do.

There was a Lumber Jack show, where they show you how they cut wood and how they climb trees with a band. When we arrived, the show had already started and was almost over. There was this very funny guy, pretending to be stranded on one of the big pole they use to show how to climb a tree. I won’t go in to a lot of details, you just have to go up there yourself, because it was hilarious! The show is hosted three times a day.

There was also a bird viewing show. We got to see some amazing birds up close. There was a bird that was doing it’s third show and did not want to cooperate and flew up an electricity pole. It took a lot of convincing from the trainer to get the bird down again. There was also an eagle and at the time of the show a wild eagle flew over and they started gawking at each other! It was a totally awesome show!

There is also a grizzly bear habitat. Unfortunately we did not see any grizzly bears, but there was a wild black bear walking around.  Because the black bear was walking around they closed the walking path to make sure that everyone left him alone. So we decided to take another walking route! And it was totally worth it!

Have you ever seen snow in June? And I am not talking about a little bit of leftover snow but enough snow to  make a snowman! So we did! Before starting on the hike we asked people who where coming back what they thought of the trail. They said that there was a bit of snow so we decided to walk anyway. But there was a lot more snow than we thought!  I had never seen snow in June before so that made it extra special.

At the end of the day we took the gondola back down. This was the only thing we had to buy that day. So we had an amazing day for only $5.00 (not including transport).

I really recommend everyone to go to Grouse Mountain! I had such a amazing time and I also recommend everyone hiking up the mountain. If you don’t want to hike up the mountain but would still like to enjoy a day at Grouse Mountain for $39. 95 you can go up and down the mountain with the gondola. This ticket also includes a ride on a chairlift, giving an even better view and access to all of the shows and other activities at Grouse Mountain.

For more information about Grouse Mountain, check out their website

If you want to see more pictures from our trip, click here

If you want some more information about how to get there, send us an e-mail at pr@internexcanada.com and we will help you out!

– Laura and Manouk

Flying Canucks

It’s a bird, It’s a plane…nope! It’s a skier!!This crazy action packed show is featuring gravity-defying skiers and snowboarders at Metropolis at Metrown. These Canadian athletes will perform spectacular line trampoline acrobatics and will take the time to do meet-and-greet (including autograph signings too). Admission is FREE and you will have the opportunity to catch at least one performance since they are occurring four times a day at 12:00, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30pm according to Metropolis at Metrotown Hours: Mon-Tue,Sat 9:30am-6pm; Wed-Fri 9:30am-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm. For a closer look at the tricks that will be performed and the participating athletes visit their website