How was your weekend?

My weekend? Sunny, active, great!

Saturday morning, 7.45am. Prepared with hiking shoes, sunglasses and lunch packages, 16 motivated people gathered at Pacific Central to spend the day in Squamish. Everyone was ready for the big hike. Well, everyone except for our bus… Unfortunately, the bus company cancelled the ride we booked our tickets for. To be honest, that was not the best news to hear at this time of the day. Going back home? No way! So, some hot discussions later, a bus was eventually arranged for us and the adventure could start.

About an hour later, we stepped out of the bus. We stood directly in front of the gondola, the one we would take to get down after our hike (at least that is what we still thought would happen). But before heading to the trail, we had to celebrate. It was Lore’s birthday! And so, we had a chocolate cupcake for her with a candle, a birthday song, a crown and even a birthday balloon; the full package for our Belgian birthday girl.

The sky promised a lovely day and even in the shadow under the trees, it was perfect! Just like many other people, we followed the signs of the sea-to-summit trail (again, that is what we thought). The first part of the trail was quite steep with many stairs and steps of stones. No problem for our motivated group, so we made our way up along the waterfall with some breaks to enjoy the views. Every ten minutes, I heard a ‘Happy birthday’ – ‘Thank you’ conversation between Lore and some hikers on the trail. The balloon did its job, so she a lot of attention during the day.

davThe final part before reaching the top of the mountain was more challenging. The trail ended in rocks that we had to climb up. Ropes installed in the rocks and a ladder helped us to overcome the last metres until the top. Not being surrounded by trees anymore, finally allowed us to see where we were actually standing. Wow! The view was just amazing! After the past exhausting hours, it was time for lunch break. We found the perfect spot and could enjoy our sandwiches while looking at mountains with snowy tops. Some people took a power nap and some even came up with the great idea to use some sun cream.

Recovered and ready for the next part, we continued our trail where we spot even more
beautiful sceneries. While looking around and taking pictures, we suddenly saw it: the gondola that was supposed to be our destination of the hike. Frankly, it was still quite far away, so we better hurry up a bit. It was weird though that the trail continued downhill… That is when we became doubtful whether we were on the right trail or not. A local hiker could confirm that we actually weren’t. Without noticing, we left the official sea-to–Blog 0summit trail already hours ago and hiked the Stawamus Chief instead. Next surprise of the day! There was nothing else we could do, but walking down again. So that is what we did until we reached the base of the gondola again. Since there was still time left until the last ride down, some of us decided to take the gondola up. And what a beautiful outlook we had waiting for us at the top: White Mountains, a blue sea and a green forest. Amazing! We walked over a suspension bridge and enjoyed both the sun and the landscape.

After riding down the gondola (surprisingly, no one wanted to hike), some of us took another ten minute walk to the Shannon Falls. Impressive to see how much water can come down from a mountain. We rounded the day off with dinner and laughs about this day full of surprises. At least the bus ride back to Vancouver did not have any problems and we could all get our well-deserved sleep. I had a great day and was happy that so many of you joined us on this adventure!

Blog SU.jpgSunday, it was time to relax. Well, only in the morning though, because the next active program was already planned for the afternoon. We only trained our legs Saturday, so it was time to get the arms active as well. We reserved our seats for a dragon boat session during the Community Paddling Day of the Dragon Zone Paddling. Perfect weather for that! After a short introduction, Stefan, Lisa, Lotte, Angy, Nadine and I were equipped with lifejackets and paddles. So, we spend our afternoon learning how to paddle in a dragon boat on False Creek. As a highlight of this hour, we could spot a sea lions’ head above the water. Finally, we competed with the other boats in fun races. I spent the rest of the afternoon with coffee and our paddling crew at the seaside enjoying the sun.

Take care of your sunburns and see you on Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT!

– Kerstin

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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend

LYN CANYON

This Saturday, with or without rain, we’ll go to Lynn Canyon. It’s a beautiful park with 617 acres of forest. We’ll hiking (it isn’t very hard, about 1 hour), lunch there (you can bring your own food or buy something there) and enjoy all the attractions that the park offers:

– Suspension Bridge: the 50 meters high bridge is similar to the Capilano Bridge but free.

– Swimming Holes: there are some naturals pools in that park. We don’t know if the weather is going to be enough warm to swim, but it must be very beautiful to see.

– Pipe Bridge: wider than the suspension bridge, offers fabulous view of the canyon.

– Twin Falls

– Baden Powel Trail: one of the most famous footpaths in North Vancouver, is one of the routes that we can take. This trail links Capilano River, Grouse Mountain, the Power Line Trails, and Deep Cove.

Of course we can’t see everything, depends on the route that we’ll choose. Don’t forget to bring water, and rain clothes or sun cream, depending on the weather.

WHEN: Saturday 22nd at 11 am

WHERE: Lynn Canyon MAP

 

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

 This weekend is the 25th Edition of Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. It’s a boat race on the waters of False Creek. It is the oldest and largest dragon boat festivals held outside of Asia.

Apart from the race, there are a lot of things that you can see, like the Global Tea Lounge, CircusWest performances and workshops, and table tennis competitions…. and a beer garden in Grandville Island. Take a look to the entire schedule for more information.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21

5pm    Eye-dotting Ceremony at the Dragon Zone docks. Opening Celebrations including performances by Reggae On The Rocks, Orquesta Goma Dura and the Madskillz Fire Performance Finale and a BBQ at the Granville Island Beverage Garden.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

8am    Races start

10am  Site activities open

11am  World Beat Stage entertainment begins

Granville Island Brewing Beer Garden opens

7pm    Festival Site closed

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

8am    Races start

10am  Site activities open

11am  World Beat Stage entertainment begins

Granville Island Brewing Beer Garden opens

12pm  Championship races begin (time approximate)

1:30pm  Welcome Remarks from World Beat Stage

5pm    Paddlers and Volunteer Send Off begins in the Granville Island Brewing Beer Garden

6pm    Festival site is closed to the general public

WHEN: June 21-23

WHERE: False Creek, Vancouver. MAP

Have a wonderful weekend,

Clara.

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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend.

The city is busy this weekend so much to choose from. On sunday you can take on the challenge of Grouse Grind with INTERNeX but if you’re not that active you can take part in other activities. Check them out and let me know how they where !

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NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

Crowds packed at the shores of scenic False Creek around Science World and Olympic Village for two days of free live music, beer gardens and – of course – some intense dragon boat racing.

Where: Near the sky train main station and science world. Click here for map 

When:June 15-17

Time: Saturday and Sunday from 8 am. Click here  for the schedule

Website: http://dragonboatbc.ca

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POP UP SALE IN GASTTOWN

Beggars Banquet is a pop-up flea market with cash bar named after “The rolling Stones 1968 album.  That is the theme of this social event with collectors from vintage clothing to those after new clothing labels, curios, records, skateboards, home decor and hand-crafted goods.

Where: 1 Cordova Street

When: From 6pm to 11pm on Friday, June 15 and 11am to 6pm Saturday, June 16

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Car Free Day Block Parties

This is your chance to meet more canadians because in different neighborhoods everybody will come out their houses and celebrate the CAR FREE DAY. 

Commercial Drive

When: June 17 from noon to 6 pm. Streets are closed from 10am to 8pm.
Where: Venables St. to North Grandview Hwy/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane
Perks: This is where Vancouver’s car-free carnivals began, back in 2005. Enjoy roller disco, free pie at “OccuPIE” camp, roaming street performers, 4 stages with live music and  – including a KidsZone stage – plus many food vendors and artisans.

Main street

When: June 17 from noon to 8pm. Streets are closed from 10am  to 10pm
Where: East 12th to 29th on Main Street
Perks: The longest party happening this year, Main Street will be a hive of activity including BLIM craft market on 17th Avenue, Street Hockey and a Knit In Living Room on 28th Avenue, a Community Police Kids Bike Rodeo on 15th Avenue, The SFU Philosophers’ Cafe and over 8 stages of live music by Anza Club, Neptune Records and more.

West end

When: June 17 from noon to 6pm. The street is closed from 10am to 8pm.
Where: Denman Street between Davie and Robson
Perks: Kids Zone, Bouncy Castle, BBQ by Tango Gourmet Meats, visitors from the Vancouver Aquarium and a special appearance by Miss Teen Vancouver World 2012.

Kitsilano

When: June 16 and June 17 from 10am to 9pm
Where: All over Kits. See this map
Perks: Kits does its own thing on Car Free Day. Rather than shut down a street, neighbours get together and host parties throughout the neighbourhood. Celebrations often include a barbecue, music, and living room set ups in the middle of the street. Check the map of festivities and join in.

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TORONTO

The Beach BBQ & Brews Festival 

This family event is the place to be this weekend. Live music, BBQ competitions, grilling demonstrations, craft vendors, beer garden and FREE RIBFEST.

When: June 15th – 17th

Website: http://www.beachbbqandbrews.com/

Location: Woodbine Park – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I wish you all a nice weekend.

Greets,

Petra

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