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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Victoria Tour Guide: Place and Activities

On the 1st of July INTERNeX is going on an adventure to Victoria where we will celebrate Canada Day together with all of you!

Victoria is the capital of BC and is a must see when you are living in Vancouver. Even though Victoria is the capital of BC, it is not a very big city and therefore gives you the opportunity to escape the busy life in Vancouver. It is not strange that Victoria is known as the “City of Gardens” with the Butchart gardens that are able to bloom throughout the whole year because of its mild climate.

Canada Day is a national holiday in Canada, which is always on the 1st of July. There are a lot of events taking place on this day and there are most of the times fireworks at the end of the day. This is also the case in Victoria. In Victoria there is a big free festival with a lot of artists playing, which ends with a big fireworks show. So if you really would like to celebrate Canada Day the way you are supposed to do then you definitely need to join these activities.

20842642862_0684ff2728_oIf you would rather learn more about British Columbia, then you could go to the Royal BC museum. Royal BC museum is a pretty big museum with several First Nations’ collections. Besides that you could also visit the British Columbia Parliament buildings. Here you can either go on a self-guided tour or join a guided tour. The guided tours are free and take around 45 minutes. The buildings are also really beautiful and definitely worth checking out!

Victoria is home to quite some historic sites such as the Butchart gardens and the Craigdarroch Castle. The Butchart gardens is the place to be for people who love flowers and plants. You can wander around and take a look at the big variety of plants and flowers in this garden. Craigdarroch Castle is an old castle built by Robert Dunsmuir. While walking around in the castle, you will feel what it was like to have a privileged life in the 1890’s in Victoria.

Furthermore, Victoria is the perfect place for whale watching. It is home to 3 different kinds of whales and therefore makes it more likely that you will see one when you are going on a whale watching tour. While you are conquering the waters of Victoria, you may even see seals.

If you would like to know more about the trip, then check out our event page. I hope to see you all on next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015: July, August, September

JULY

It’s time for reviewing the third quarter of this year. There was a lot going on here in Vancouver and we organized a lot for our INTERNeX group. Here we gooo:

The very first day in July is a special day here in Canada. It’s Canada’s Birthday6003103020_914fbc43d0_oThis year Canada became 148 years old. In 1867 the British North America Act (today called Constitution Act) united the three colonies Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a single federation. The first event of the day, called Waterfront Party, started at Canada Place and was featuring various entertainments like live music, activities for children, street hockey, an armed forces show, a circus show and lots of food carts, as well. Next up was the Canada Day Parade. To finish the day with a bang, there was a firework, which we had a great view of from Canada Place.

15136227569_8fa90356b9_oIn July we had a couple of nice alternatives to our regular Pub NiGHTS. We went to one of Vancouver’s most beautiful places: Queen Elizabeth Park and had a picnic-dinner together with pancakes, fruits, meatballs, salad, … and the list went on! After stuffing ourselves we played ball, chatted and laughed a lot.

We also set up a Scavenger Hunt, which was extremely funny! For a little summary of what we had planned please click here.

Have you ever seen a firework competition? Well, you actually get the chance once a year at Vancouver’s English Bay. 19331623013_dbca09e7b4_oAside from the fireworks competition, called Celebration of Lights, there was a festival at Sunset Beach with various entertainment, vendor stalls and musical showcases.

Mid July we escaped the Vancouver city life for doing a camping trip to
enjoy the great outdoors. Click here to find out more about our camping trip.

 

 
AUGUST

August ended with another incredible trip to the Rockies but this time in summer. We just did and experienced so much but let me summarize our itinerary:

Our adventure started outside the Waterfront station early in the morning. We stopped in Hope, Kamloops, Valemount and the Spahats Falls. The next day our journey went on by heading to Banff. On our way we had short rests at Mount Robson, Jasper, Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefields and some stunning lakes. rockies conoeThe following day we had a little bit more spare time where we could decide whether we would like going up the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountains or simply exploring Banff before heading to Golden. On the way to Golden we stopped at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, which are regarded as two of the most famous places in the Rockies. The last day of our amazing tour we traveled back to Vancouver but not without passing Okanagan Valley to see the Last Spike and Othello Tunnels.

You can easily imagine how much fun we had. Not forgetting all the nights we partied so hard so that it was even harder to get up early in the morning. For a more detailed version of our Rockies trip, click here and here.

And for seeing some pictures, among others from our polar bear swim, click here.

The weekend before we had planned a day trip to Victoria. It felt like day of vacation because everything looked quite different compared to Vancouver. No skyscrapers far and wide. Victoria is definitely worth a visit!camping trip
Just as FlyOver Canada. We virtually flew over Canada, from East coast to West coast. It was intense!

A Whistler day trip was also on our to-do list for August. Our first destination took us to Shannon Falls, which is located right before Squamish before heading to our original goal. Arrived in Whistler some of us did zip-lining and the rest checked out the highest and longest lift in the world that took us up to Whistler Mountain from where we took the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Blackcomb Mountain which connects and Blackcomb Mountain.

 

SEPTEMBER

After a great trip to the Rockies August came to an end and September started with the traditional Rockies Reunion at Malone’s where our tour guide from WestTrek already had some seats reserved for us. After arriving, we immediately started talking about the trip and how much fun we had. We also spoke with people from the other tour bus and compared experiences. West Trek put together a video of our whole Rocky Mountains trip in just a couple of days. And it was pretty cool to see all the fun things we did over the weekend.

Mid September was a CONCACAF game, which can be compared with Europe’s whitecapsChampions League. The CONCACAF league includes all soccer teams from North and Central America as well as the Caribbean. That means the match between the Vancouver Whitecaps against Olympia from Honduras was quite a big deal. Before we marched together with many other Whitecaps supporters to BC Place we met up with the language school students at Doolin’s Irish Pub.

In the beginning of September we had to say goodbye to our awesome PR Coordinator Natasja. But we will definitely meet again some day!

Because of Labor Da Canada had a long weekend where we took the chance to head down to Richmond to the Extreme Air Park.

 

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Canada Day!

Tomorrow’s a special day, as we should all know by now. It’s Canada’s birthday!

The country came into being in 1867 after the three colonies Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada joined into a federation on July 1st. So Canada’s just shy of becoming 150 years old.

This July 1st is on a Wednesday and at Canada Place the first event of the day is called Waterfront Party which will be from 10am to 6pm featuring various entertainments like live music, activities for children, street hockey, an armed forces show, a circus show and lots of food carts, as well.
Next up is the Canada Day Parade. It begins at West Georgia and Broughton Street at 7pm and ends at 8pm.
Finally, to finish the day with a bang, there will be fireworks at 10:30pm which we’ll have a great view of from Canada Place.

So, this is the plan. We’ll be meeting up at 1pm at Waterfront Station.
Following this, we will walk over to Canada Place to check out all the fun shows and activities they have going on there.
We should definitely check out the parade at 7pm, as well.
And after we’ve had our fill, it’s pretty much a free for all since some might want to have a look at the Canada Day Party at Wreck Beach while others will want to stick around for the fireworks.

Looking forward to an awesome Canada Day Birthday Party!

 
Your PR Team

Natasja&Amiel

PuB & CluB NiGHT Review

Last Friday it was time for another PuB & CluB NiGHT and sadly also time to say Goodbye to Danie. We all met us at 7:00 pm at The Cambie ordered some food and of course some drinks, especially some Pitchers of beer for the beginning.

The weather on Friday was really nice, everyone was in a good mood so everything was ready for a great party.  We had a lot of fun together, talked about what we did during the week and what we are going to do on the upcoming weekend including Canada Day on Tuesday, some of us were really lucky because they had a long weekend until Wednesday. So we laughed a lot, had nice conversations, some good drinks and even another great PuB & CluB NiGHT.

So unfortunately it was Danie’s last PuB NiGHT and even the last day as practicum student for INTERNeX. We all said her ‘Goodbye’, which was really sad, and wished her the best for the future and a nice travel along the West Coast. For sure some of us will still keep on touch with Danie.

Hope to see you guys at one of the upcoming events. On Sunday we going to play Paintball in North Vancouver, don’t miss it!

 

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Canada Day

The 1st of July is Canada Day, which means you are off work and can enjoy Vancouver by day. Vancouver city has many activities planned for this day and of course we do not want to miss this.

On Canada day the Canadians celebrate the ‘birth’ of their country. In 1867 three colonies were united into one country; Canada. Canada day is celebrated in whole Canada, but also Canadians outside Canada celebrate this anniversary. In 2011 the British Prince William and Kate visited Ottowa to celebrate Canada day.

We will meet at 6.30pm on West Pender and Broughton Street and will make our way to the Parade, afterwards we are going to try to find our self a spot to watch the fireworks at 10pm. However it is going to be very crowded and there are only certain spots from where you can see the firework. We are going to do our best to get a great spot to watch the fireworks. In case we miss the fireworks, no worries at the end of July and beginning of August the celebration of light is held were you can also see a beautiful dance of fireworks!

We hope to see you on Canada day and don’t forget to wear your Canadian outfit!

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Upcoming Events: July

We are nearly at the end of June, which means it is time to inform you about our events in July! July is going to be a fun summer month! Let’s see what we have planned:

Tuesday, 1st of July
Vancouver welcomes July with a several festivals around town to celebrate Canada day. On Canada day the Canadians celebrate the ‘birth’ of their country. In 1867 three colonies were united into to one country; Canada. We will meet at 6.30pm on West Pender and Broughton Street and will make our way to the Parade, afterwards we are going to try to find our self a spot to watch the fireworks at 10pm.

Sunday, 6th of July
You are going to love this activity we have planned for you! We, here at INTERNeX, are super excited for this special activity. We are going to North Van to play a round of paintball!! How excited are you eh!? The cost will be around $30 – 35 and we will leave Vancouver at Waterfront around 1pm. More information will be revealed soon!

Saturday, 12th of July
After the paintball activity it is time to relax an bit and therefore we will go to the Khatsahlano festival. Khatsahlano is a free festival which is held on 4th Ave from Burrad to Mcdonald street. You can enjoy the 50 music bands, over 100 vendor markets and there are more then enough food trucks to satisfy you tummy. More information will follow soon.

Sunday, 20th of July
The summer is arrived in Vancouver so it’s time to tackle the Grouse Grind. The Grouse Grind is a very popular hike up to Grouse Mountain on North Vancouver, but also very exhausting, however once you are on the top you have a beautiful view over Vancouver and you definitely deserved your dinner!

Saturday and Sunday, 26th and 27th of July
The last weekend of July is time for another overnight stay. This time we will take the ferry to Vancouver Island and enjoy an overnight at Victoria. Victoria is a beautiful city with many gardens, sights and activities. It is the perfect getaway spot after a hectic week at work!

We are already excited for July and we hope we will see you all at our events and of course our weekly pub nights (9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th of July)

 INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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