Winter in the Rockies: Part 2

Sunday was a day full of sightseeing, including many ‘wow’ moments and a hurting hand from taking millions of pictures. How come you might ask? Well, here’s the story:

We left the hotel early in the morning by bus to spent some time on Lake Louise. Yes, you read it right, ON Lake Louise. The lake that is especially famous in Summer for its turquoise coloured water was completely frozen. This made it possible to not only walk over, but also skate on it. All the snow that covered the ice, the mountains and the trees additionally made it look even more like a winter wonderland.

Back on the bus. Next stop: Johnston Canyon. Located in Banff’s National Park, we walked through the canyon along catwalks. Some parts were quite slippery due to the ice, so we had to pick up a few people from the ground. Johnston Canyon has two waterfalls to marvel at, but time allowed us to look at the Lower Falls ‘only’.

The next stop on our sightseeing tour was testing our fear of heights a bit. The Banff Gondola brought us within 11 minutes up to a platform that allowed us to see the surrounding mountains. It was snowing a bit and there were clouds, but we still enjoyed the beauty of it. After lunch, we took the Gondola down again. It was time to soak in the hot springs! The hot water made us feel more than relaxed and we all felt warm and cozy when returning to the bus.

Emerald Lake was the next place we went to. Unfortunately, we could not see the beautiful, emerald water as the name promised (how could we expect this during winter..?), but we had fun anyway. There was a lot of snow on the ice and we all sank in it once or twice. And what else to do when there is a lot of snow? Of course: a snowball fight.

Then, It was finally time to get to our accommodation for the night, wooden cabins in Golden. Shortly after our arrival, we could pretend to be kids again by doing an Easter Egg Hunt. We all gathered around the campfire, warmed ourselves up, shared talks and played the game ‘Werewolf’. When it got dark, our tour guide had the amazing idea of doing a night hike through the forest. Fun, some of us even got lost. The evening ended with a big party in the barn, including limbo and a Lip Sync Battle. The highlight: everyone dancing to Gangnam Style.

Monday, 8am. What, the trip is almost over again? How is this even possible? Well, time flies when you’re having fun, as Angy already mentioned. So, we all packed our stuff, had breakfast and sat in the bus again. The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round… We were welcomed with wonderful weather in Kelowna, the perfect place to have lunch. And three hours further with the bus, we were in deep snow again. Time for the brave ones to do the Polar Roll. You put on your swimwear and roll yourself in the snow. Brrrh, far too cold for me, but congratulations to all of you who did it! Only three more hours and we are back in Vancouver. We used the time to play Bus Olympics and the DJ Battle.

I had the most wonderful time in the Rockies and enjoyed it to the fullest – I hope you feel the same way!

– Nadine

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Review: PuB NiGHT at Steamworks

A lot of you guys came to PuB NiGHT at Steamworks yesterday and it was amazing to share our stories from the Rockies trip. So thank you all for coming!

18053451_1717194874962623_795609837_o.jpgSteamworks is a really cool brewpub at Waterfront and they make a lot of beers themselves. I saw a lot of you trying them out and I’m curious how they tasted. The pub is much larger than you would think when you’re standing outside. They have a downstairs area too with different seating areas and pool tables. Definitely a place to come back to.

Everybody came in early, which was great. Some of us decided to start off with a hot chocolate and others tried some cool drinks. We spend most of our night catching up on what everybody did during their long Easter weekend and we told them what we did in the Rockies. You can read these stories on the blog.

We hope to see you at the Vancouver Riptide game!

– Danielle

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What to do on the weekend?

It is Good Friday today, which means that you already started or are about to start your long Easter weekend. INTERNeX is going to spend their long weekend in the Rockies. If you decided to spend Easter in Vancouver and do not have any plans yet, you may find some inspiration in this blog.

Public domain image, royalty free stock photo from www.public-domain-image.comThere are several activities throughout the city from today till Monday. If you really want to experience Easter in Vancouver then you should go to one of the many egg hunts in the city. Many of them are even combined with extra activities such as the Egg hunting and Easter train in Stanley Park. When cars are more your thing, then go to the Easter Vintage Car Rally on Sunday. Over 90 vintage cars will gather at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, so a great event for a car fan. If you are more excited to go on rides, then the egg hunt and fun fair at Tsawwassen Mills mall is perfect for you!

However, there are also enough activities that are not Easter-related this weekend. You can try to find the lights of Spring Lights Illumination at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday. It is a free event that is part from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and starts from dusk. The event is weather dependent, which is also the reason why they moved it to this weekend. So do not forget to check their website before going to the event.

32864244234_3f97db564c_oIt is also the time for the Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival. This might be nice to check out if you are a into skiing or snowboarding. However, there are also other activities during this festival such as free concerts and the Fire & Ice show. The weather forecast of Sunday is good so far, so it might be nice to get outside for a hike or to rent a bike.

I hope you all have a great Easter weekend! See you on next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX is going to the Rockies!

In April it is finally time to cross the Rocky Mountains from your bucketlist! INTERNeX will be organizing a long weekend at this amazing destination in the Easter weekend! This means less effort to get the days off for this amazing trip.

You might have heard about the Rocky Mountains. It is one of the most famous and, most importantly, it is one of the most beautiful and spectacular destinations of Canada. A must see if you are here! The most known destinations within the Rockies are Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. We are happy to inform you that we will be visiting Banff and Lake Louise during our trip to the Rockies! The trip will take 4 days during which we will also spend some time in Golden and Chase.

On the first day in Chase we will explore the city with a sleigh ride. After that you can warm up with a nice hot chocolate. Then we continue our journey to the hotel where we will get to know a bit more about the Canadian culture. If you still haven’t warmed up, you can get into the hotel’s hot tub or join the campfire.

The next day we will drive to Banff. During our ride, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park. We will also visit Roger’s Pass National Historic Site and Lake Louise. After a great day of sightseeing, you can dance the night away in a nightclub. As Banff is in Alberta where they got a different alcohol policy, our 18 year old candidates are able to join us as well. This means it is the perfect night to party together.

On the third day we will get to see a bit more of Banff. After some exploring, we will go to our next and final destination, Golden. Once we reach the hotel, you can take a dip in the pool, warm up in the hot tub or go to the local pub for the end of tour party. However, don’t party too hard, because we still got great things on the planning for our last day. On the way back to Vancouver we will go see Craigellachie and have a short stop at the Aberdeen Shopping Mall for some lunch and shopping.

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So are you ready to explore the Rockies with us from the 14th of April till the 17th of April? Then sign up and pay for the trip at our office before the 30th of March. The trip costs $359, but only $354 for INTERNeX candidates! This includes all activities mentioned above, accommodation with breakfast and transport. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook!

– Iris

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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The Rockies Trip

It’s the time of the year where when you were younger would search for easter Eggs and other presents, but now that you are grown up it is time to join the most popular tour … and to discover the beautiful nature of Canada.

The tour will start on April 18th at 7am outside the Waterfront station and will end on April 21st. During the four days we will visit Valemount, Banff and Golden. The tour includes, transportation, three nights hotel accommodation, two breakfasts, BBQ Dinner, Nightclub Entrance, Tons of amazing sightseeing, a crazy Canadian guide and much more. And this all for only $335! There are also optional activities such as SnoCoach Glacier Experience or a Banff Gondola ride.

If you are interested you should come to our Quiz Pub Night on Tuesday for more information and maybe you will also win a discount on the Tour.

Those four days you will never forget!

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX Explorer: The Rocky Mountains -Part 3

Next weekend, we are finally going to the Rocky Mountains trip! So close yet so far…but I’m sure time will fly by. So on our last night, we will be staying in Golden, BC. Let’s find out more about this place, shall we?

Golden is near six of the most spectacular Canadian National Parks  (Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho). It was first explored by David Thompson, a Canadian pioneer during 1807, when he stumbled upon the future site of Golden.  Like Valemount and Banff, Golden also contributed to the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway as it became a base camp that extended the line further west in order to create a cross-country network of rails.

This place is now a major attraction for tourists with many activities to do including skiing, back-country skiing, mountain biking and river rafting. The town also thrives on its forest industry. The forest industry began with the development of CPR, which was also used for buildings and bridges.

Golden also lies near the Kicking Horse River. How did it get that name? It’s actually an interesting story…an explorer James Hector was crossing a river when he accidentally got kicked and knocked unconscious by his own horse! He was thought to be dead. But as they were about to bury him, Hector woke up and started to move around. They called the river the Kicking Horse.

I am counting down the days until we get to see this beautiful and historical place 🙂 are you?

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: Upcoming events!

I hope every one enjoyed St. Patrick’s day! Too bad it’s back to work and the boring stuff….wait, just kidding! Seriously, the fun is not over, so let’s see what we are doing this week:

Call of PAINTBALL!

Ever played call of duty? Paintball is so much fun because it give you that adrenaline rush and of course you get to attack your friends with paintball. Got beef with someone in the group? This is your chance to show them who’s BOSS. Practice your aiming skills, use your friends as targets, and have the best time of your life this Saturday! So join us for an afternoon game of paintball. For more information about paintball, check out their site here.

When: Saturday March 23 Afternoon

Where: North Vancouver

Click here for more information about pricing, time, location, etc. (to be updated through out the week) & don’t forget to join 😉 

ROCKIES Easter Weekend Edition 2013!!!

Rocky MountainsTime has gone by so quickly, because we leave for the Rockies next Friday! I am so excited for this long weekend trip, I just can’t wait to get out of Vancouver and just be surrounded by all the beautiful mountains!! We will be leaving next Friday March 29th and coming back home on Monday April 1st. As for exact times, location, etc. that information will be updated on the Facebook event page closer to the date.

IMPORTANT: Today is the last day to register for the trip so if you can’t make it to the office today, please let me know and we can figure something out.

Click here to join our Facebook event for the Rockies trip (more information will be updated on that page).

And of course, we will be having our awesome pub night this Wednesday (check back tomorrow for more information! 😀

Cheers,

Flora

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