What to Do in Vancouver – in Winter

Even if the days are getting shorter and it’s often grey and cold outside there is still much to do in Vancouver. To convince you; I would like to give you an insight into what to expect in this sometimes uncomfortable but also cozy season when autumn changes into winter.
In addition to well known activities like going for walk or sipping a hot coffee or chocolate in a cute cafe there is definitely more to do at this time of the year…
Are you still in autumn mood or can you already feel the holiday spirit?

1. Firstly, one of the places definitely on my own bucket list. The illuminated Capilano Suspension Bridge. Maybe you already saw it on many of the instragram posts, but even if it is not the case I think it’s more than beautiful walking across the huge bridge in a “world full of lights”. Starting November 20 till January 23 you can experience a fully illuminated bridge as well as the environment like all the trees around it. I would recommend going there in the evening since the lights are more “bright” when it’s dark outside. It is a bit pricey but this is the best time of year to get your moneys worth here.

2. What’s better than having a cosy afternoon or evening strolling through a Christmas Market? Trying one or two or even more hot mulled wines – sometimes the one for children is also really delicious – and having a additional delicious snack like roasted chestnuts 😉 Maybe it’s also a nice place for Christmas shopping – imagine being in time collecting all the presents and not being late like every other year 😉 Vancouver Christmas Market with all its activities, snacks and drinks takes place daily from November 13 to December 24. So after this market ends you can directly move into the Christmas celebration with family and friends.

3. Seems like this post is all about lights – our next magically illuminated location is VanDuse’s Festival of Lights in VanDusen Botanical Garden. This one returns to Vancouver by November 26. You’ll get the opportunity to explore more than a million lights which takes you into a magical winter wonderland. Don’t forget to buy a ticket in advance and above all don’t forget to enjoy your time and take a few pictures 🙂

4. Vancouver isn’t always as cold as you may think, thus it is a great place for outdoor activities like ice skating. Besides watching a Canucks game you can try being sporty yourself on the ice.
There’s the huge and of course illuminated ice rink at Robson Square. Starting from early December until February you can enjoy outdoor ice skating over there. You don’t have any skates? No problem, just borrow a pair for a small price (cash only) directly at the ice-skating rink.

And even if right now it is the rainy season in Vancouver, don’t let a little rain drop stop you from doing amazing winter outdoor activities. What’s your favourite winter activity?

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

– Tatjana

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What to do on the weekend?

Hello, bonjour and hola! The weekend is just about to start! As some of you cannot join our weekend trip to Salt Spring Island, you might want to get some inspiration on what to do on the weekend in and around Vancouver. The weather forecast seems promising, so why not exploring Vancouver’s nature and getting some fresh air?

First of all, there is of course the famous Stanley Park, a must-see for everyone in Vancouver. You can just take a walk on one of the many trails passing through the 400-hectare natural oasis. Enjoy the scenic views of water, mountains, sky and majestic trees along the Seawall and spot the many landmarks that are hidden in the park. Stanley Park is easily reachable by public transport.

Once you are already in Stanley Park, you can also visit the Vancouver Aquarium. Sea otters, sea lions and 50,000 other aquatic creatures are waiting for your arrival in Canada’s largest aquarium. It offers an amazing experience with a wide array of great animals. The admission fee is $39 for adults and $30 for students.

Another park is the Queen Elizabeth Park located in South Vancouver. It is situated on a little mountain, the highest point in Vancouver proper. From there, you have a great view over the city. Tipp: Visit the park in the evening to enjoy the sunset.

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Last but not least, there is another highlight of Vancouver: The Capilano SuspensionBridge. This bridge is crossing Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver. It is 140 metres long and 70 metres above the river. Take your camera with you, because the famous bridge is an awesome photo spot. To enter the bridge, you have to pay a fee, but it is definitely worth it. The ticket is valid for an entire year, once you have purchased it for $43 or $34 (students). You can reach the park easily by bus.

Whatever you are up to, enjoy this weekend to the fullest!

 See you on Wednesday at our PuB NiGHT!

 – Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

As all of you surely have experienced already, discovering Vancouver can be pretty expensive. But of course, you want to see as much as possible in and around Vancouver when you are here, right? That is why we offer some awesome deals in collaboration with our partners!

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A tour with a Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus is a great way to get an overview of the city and visit the most famous spots. You can decide yourself on which of the 20 stops you want to step out and spend time. Highlights of the tour are the Vancouver Lookout, Granville Island and Stanley Park. Even on rainy days, the open-top buses allow stunning views. While sitting in the bus, you can listen to a commentary about the spots.

Westcoast Sightseeing is currently offering a winter promotion, so you get a 48-hours ticket for the price of a 24-hours one. An entire weekend to explore the city! In addition, you can use the INTERNeX Promo Code internex10 to receive a 10% discount. Check out their website for any additional information and offers and book your activity via this link.

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Are you planning to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Lookout or Capilano Suspension Bridge? Whenever you want to go to one of the many leisure facilities here in Vancouver, we can help you out! Just come by at the INTERNeX office and buy your ticket here to receive a discount on the admission.

Tell us your plans – we are happy to help you save some money!

See you all tonight at the TAPshack!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

It’s Friday again which means that the weekend is just around the corner! If you don’t know yet what you want to do on the weekend then keep on reading because we are going to give you some tips!

Since it is almost December, there are already a lot of Christmas events going on. Like for example you can go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge to see the Canyon Lights.

22799557324_a99330f147_zOn Saturday you can also visit the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival which include family friendly activities, holiday crafts, food trucks, live entertainment and the lightning of a 55-foot Christmas tree. Also the Vancouver Christmas market located at the Jack Pool Plaza started this week. This Christmas market is an European-style market that’s great for holiday window shopping and festive things to eat. There is on most days (especially weekends) also live music.

If you don’t feel like Christmas yet than you can also go to the Disney on Ice show or Cirque du Soleil which are both still in town.

And the INTERNeX family will go to Seattle this weekend to do some sightseeing and of course some Black Friday Shopping!

We hope you all have an amazing weekend and we’re looking forward to see all of you tomorrow for Seattle!

– Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

It is a sunny Wednesday, which means we are going to save money again! In this Smart Saver I will give you examples of student discounts, like some of you I am still a student and you can have quite a few benefits from owning a student card.

spscardLike many cities in the world, Vancouver has a student discount card. Meet the SPC card, a card you can obtain if you are a student, which gives you 10 to 15% off on most of the popular brands like: Forever 21, Blenzz, Taco Bell, Levi’s, Bath & Body Works and PINK by Victoria Secret. You can get the card for only $10 by registering online at spccard.ca.  To see where you can save some money, they have a very handy app where you can see the best deals. The card is only usable during school periods so if you sign up now, you have awesome deals till July 31st.

Do you want to discover Vancouver on another level? Seair Seaplanes offers beautiful sightseeing flights to nice destinations. And even better; they have student discounts. For example, you can already do some sightseeing in the air from Vancouver to Vancouver Island for $74.58.

Rather not travel by plane? Greyhound offers transportation by bus and gives students discounts of 10 percent or more, this will depend on where you go though, but the offer is there!

But if you are looking for some fun in and around Vancouver, these student offers could also be quite helpful:

  • Vancouver aquarium for $27 instead of $36
  • Science World for $18.50 instead of $23.25
  • Vancouver Art Gallery for $18 instead of $24
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge for $32.95 instead of $39.95

Did you read all of this but you don’t have a student card? Don’t be sad, we come up with great deals every Wednesday! And if you are going to do groceries always check the weekly flyer for the best deals.urbanown

One last tip: do you like Urban Outfitters as much as I do? I discovered that if you create an account in their app you get 10% off on your first purchase! After that you will get other great deals in the app. A bonus for the students; at Urban Outfitters you get 10% off with the SPC card as well!

Hope to see you tonight at the Distillery!

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com