Smart Saver Vancouver

Since we know summer can become quite expensive we wanted to give you some ideas on things to do with a discount.

If you have been thinking about going kayaking to beat the heat, going to Bowen Island might be a good option for you. You can kayak around the island and get beautiful scenery. And if you go on a Tuesday with your friend, you can get two for the price of one!

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Another fun thing to do is to go to Squamish and take the Sea to Sky Gondola. The normal price for the gondola is about $40 dollars, but if you go after 5 pm on Saturdays you get a 50% discount. And if you’re feeling adventures you could hike up and take the gondola down for only $15.

If you like to go to amusement parks you should definitely check out Playland. This is the oldest amusement park in Canada and it’s located at Hastings Park. You can get discounted tickets for the park at 7 eleven.

Going a bit further away for Vancouver can become expensive, as renting cars isn’t always that cheap here. If you’re going to stay here for a longer period it might be a good idea to check out Modo. This car sharing service is similar to car2go and Evo, except that you can book the car for weekends an take it further away. You pay a monthly fee for the subscription, but that’s only about $8. The car comes with a credit card to pay for gas and you get the first 200 km for free, after that you pay 20 cents per kilometer.

I hope you are all having a great summer and I hope to see you at PuB NiGHT tonight, as it will be my last!

– Danielle

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

 

 

 

Smart Saver Vancouver

Wednesday is almost over, but we still have enough time to save some money!! This week we are going to talk about saving money on transport, especially by car.

First of all, instead of taking public transport or a car it is always way cheaper to walk or go by bike. This is of course not in all cases possible if you don’t live close to work or outside of downtown.

7216872738_072f71e834_o.jpgIf you do want to go by car but you will not use it that often it is expensive to buy a car. A better and cheaper option is to look into companies like Car2Go, ZipCar or Evo. Those companies have a lot of cars around and in Vancouver and you can use them if you have a membership with one of those companies. The idea is just to share the cars and use them whenever you want. Another advantage is that you don’t have to park it at the same spot again, just another Car2Go, ZipCar or Evo parking spot in the city is fine!

When you are going to travel far by car it is a good idea to do a lot of research in the car renting companies. The cheapest way is to have a person that is 25 years old in your group, because then you don’t have to pay the extra fee for younger drivers. If you don’t have someone that is 25 years old it is still affordable to rent a car. There are lots of companies and with good research you can find the cheapest company. In my experience it is cheapest to rent a car at Budget, but sometimes the other companies have great deals too. So always keep that in mind!

I hope you can now save money on your trips, when they are close and/or far. See you guys tonight at PuB NiGHT!

– Janel

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

INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend?

It’s Easter Long Weekend, which means an extra 2 days to enjoy the sun and party It’s It’s Easter Long Weekend, which means an extra 2 days to enjoy the sun and party hard! We know lots of you will be heading out on the AWESOME Rockies trip this weekend, but for those of you who aren’t going; there are still tons of things to do in Vancouver and Toronto.

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Vancouver

Stanley Park Miniature Railway Presents: “Easter in the Park”

If you feel like living out your inner child, head out to Stanley Park for a train ride, Easter Egg Hunt and you can even visit the Easter Bunny himself!
When: Friday, April 6 – Monday, April 9, 11-4pm

Where: Stanley Park

Price: $3.50

Website: http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley/fun.htm

Vancouver International Auto Show

Come and check out the latest and greatest in automobiles at this yearly event!

When: April 3 – April 8

Where: BC Place Stadium

Price: $15 General Admission

Website: http://vancouverinternationalautoshow.com/

 

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

The weather is supposed to be nice and sunny this weekend, so what better way than to spend it outside going on cherry blossom tours, dancing, food and participating in the Cherry Jam Downtown!

When: Thursday, April 5 – Saturday, April 28

Where: There are various sites for this event. See website for details

Price: Various; many events are free. See website for ticket info.

Website:http://www.vcbf.ca/

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Toronto

Toronto Beaches Lions Annual Easter Parade

Come join over 40 years of tradition of the annual Easter Parade! 

When: Sunday, April 8, 2012, begins @ 2pm

Where: The parade runs from Munro Park Avenue, west along Queen Street to Woodbine Avenue

Price: FREE!

Website: http://www.beacheslions.com/index.htm

 

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

What can be more Canadian than a Maple Syrup Festival?  Catch the last weekend of the Festival for some old fashion Canadian fun!

When: April 5- April  9

Where: Bruce Mill Conservation Area & Kortright Centre for Conservation

Price: $9

Website: http://maplesyrupfest.com/

Whether you are out exploring the Rockies or spending the long weekend in Vancouver or Toronto INTERNeX wishes you a very happy holiday  🙂

Cheers,
Kristina

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 

Go Camping at an AMAZING location!

Okay, if you haven’t been camping this summer – or at all for that matter – you NEED to go. Why? Two words: Garibaldi Lake. You may be thinking “Well, I don’t have car, it would be impossible to get there.” WRONG. Come on, where is your sense of adventure? What the heck are you doing in Canada if you’re not willing to go an extra mile, lose yourself in the wilderness and take a few risks? You’re here to have the time of your life so with a little effort, you may just have the experience of a lifetime like we did this past weekend, at Garibaldi Lake.

Our adventure went a little like this…

After work on Thursday, we made our way over to the local grocery store to get some food for our trip. Want a quick and easy lunch? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So easy, and so good. We were staying for two nights, which was three lunches, two breakfasts and two dinners. In total, our grocery bill was around $75.00 CAN. That’s $35.00 each for 3 days worth of food! We ate some pretty great food but be forewarned, cans of soup are very heavy…enough said.

Thursday night was spent packing our backpacks for the adventure to the campground. Believe it or not, camping doesn’t have to be expensive. Mette and I had no camping gear before this weekend. We borrowed two sleeping bags from a coworker (and bear spray) and bought a tent from Army and Navy for only $30.00 CAN. Because campfires are banned in many provincial parks, we had to plan accordingly. We were able to buy a package of small cubes that when lit, would provide flame for 15 minutes. These could be used to cook food and were very inexpensive. These would prove to be very handy in the wilderness. A few other things we bought were flashlights (from the dollar store – worked great)  a tarp (if it rained), a fishing rod (optional – $30.00 Army and Navy as well) and some cards. For the ENTIRE weekend, we only packed ONE pan. That’s right. When you carry everything on your back, you need to pack light. If you’re going to camp, also bring only one set of cutlery per person and one plate, you don’t need anymore than that.

As for clothes, we each brought very little. Again, when you carry everything on your back, think light. Bring a couple pairs of pants, a couple shirts and sweater and that’s it. You won’t need more than that. Some other things to bring are a first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. After we were done packing for the night it was time to get some shut-eye before we embarked on an awesome adventure!

It was early Friday morning when my alarm clock went off and the sunlight was streaming through my bedroom window. I was still a bit tired from last night’s packing but knew the day ahead would be so much fun. Rolling out of bed, we both put on the most outdoorsy camping outfit we had – a plaid shirt. I also added a bandana for an added outdoorsy effect. The shirts were bought at value village – we wanted to look and play the part so we had fun rummaging through second-hand clothes. 🙂 Try it yourself!

At 7 a.m. we were on the bus downtown, and at 7:15 a.m., on the skytrain to catch the Greyhound. I told you you didn’t need a car to go camping! We bought round trip greyhound tickets for $35.00 CAN that would take us close to the Garibaldi Provinicial Park Parking lot. Some of you may be living in a home stay. You can always ask if they would be willing to drive you to your camping destination as well. Or, if there are enough of you wanting to go, you could rent a car for the weekend! We however chose greyhound.  At 7:50 a.m. we were boarding the bus, grinning from ear to ear.

Note: If traveling to Garbialdi Provincial park, the bus stops in Pinecrest, about 4 kilometres from the park. But, we politely asked the bus driver to drop us off at the entrance, which he did, and you can do the same. Most of the time they are very nice and happy to help out. As we got off the bus, we were ready to begin our adventure!

The Garibaldi parking lot was 2.5 kilometres from the highway. Once we arrived there, we were ready to begin the REAL hike – a 9 km journey to our campsite. Before we left, we registered ourselves in, and camping for the entire weekend was only $20.o0 CAN. Pretty cheap when you think of the costs of a renting hotel room or an apartment.

As we began the trek up the mountain, the scenery was breathtaking. Green trees, natural waterfalls and terrain stretched as far as our eyes could see.

Of course, with 50 lb bags on our backs, we worked up a sweat. The natural waterfalls kept us hydrated though.. Once we reached the top, after a 4 1/2 hour hike, the views were spectacular. After seeing these pictures you can imagine how fantastic our weekend was!

This picture was taken after we crossed a river and hiked up a few rocks. The trail was so beautiful! Mette can be seen in this picture! What a trooper! While on the way up, hikers were both ascending and descending, but each one that passed gave us a chipper “Hello!”. Of course they were in a good mood, it’s impossible not to be with such a great environment around you. We met hikers and campers from all over the world at this campground. Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and of course, Canadians!

View from the bridge. Spectacular isn’t it? On the right, a glacier can be seen that has been frozen for over 10,000 years! While we were camping we saw a deer, birds, a lot of fish (trout are spawning right now), and even some insects like black and yellow millipedes!

There is no other place I wanted to be at the moment this picture was taken. I felt relaxed, humble, and lucky to be standing in front of this magnificent view. I forgot all about the city, cars, traffic, work, home – everything, when I was away at Garibaldi Lake. Camping is an amazing way to strengthen relationships and create memories that last a lifetime. It is also a good time to take a few moments for self reflection. I learned a lot about myself this weekend – my capabilities, my goals and aspirations.  I am so glad that myself and the “insane dane” took the time to plan for a trip like this, as it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Thanks Mette for making this trip possible, I couldn’t have done it without you! And also, thanks to the INTERNeX Staff for lending us some gear, and for giving us a day off!

If you have a real sense of adventure, and want to hop up and go, a camping trip is the perfect thing for you. If you’re not in Canada, but are eager to travel and experience new things, why not do it through one of INTERNeX’s many programs? Work in the city, on a resort in rockies, or, complete an internship in your field of study. INTERNeX even has volunteer opportunities! Then, while you’re here, plan your camping trip ;). For more information on INTERNeX programs, visit our website!

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