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.


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

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

Bowen Island Tour Guide: Activities

On May 14 we will take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to have a great day on Bowen Island! With this blog post we hope to inform you more about all the activities you can do there.

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

We are on an island, which means it is all surrounded by water and a perfect place to go kayaking. Bowen Island Sea Kayaking rents kayaks and paddleboards but also arranges kayaking tours. It is your chance to get close to nature and wildlife and if you get on a tour, the experienced tour guide will tell you everything you need to know about Bowen Island and its waters. Their popular shoreline tour will cost you $75 and will give you pleasure for three hours. Keep in mind that there is a reservation required and a two-person minimum for the tours. If you rather go explore the waters by yourself you can also rent kayaks or a stand up paddleboard (SUP). This will cost you:8020479821_4b63800e32_o

  • 3 hour single kayak:    $45
  • 4 hour single kayak:    $55
  • 3 hour double kayak:  $70
  • 4 hour double kayak:  $85
  • 1 hour SUP:   $20
  • 2 hour SUP:   $35
  • 3 hour SUP:   $45

For further information and reservations go to their website.

Zoom Zoom Bowen Island

Zoom zoom or broom broom over Bowen Island with a fun, retro styled 49cc scooter. Hereby you can explore the island in a fun way and make many stops for the scenic views. All scooters they rent come with a demo lesson and helmet. They also have some good resources to help you get around the island. The rental rates are:

  • 2 hours:   $45
  • 4 hours:   $65
  • From 9am to 7pm:   $85

Be aware that these scooters are designed for single riders only, so it is not possible to go together on one scooter. You also need to be 19 years old and a valid drivers license is required. For all terms & conditions and more information, visit their website.


Bowen Island offers lots of hiking trails to enjoy. If you get off the ferry you can check out the maps in the information kiosk on the dock to your right. You can also click here to find all the hiking trails. When you are going to hike it is very important to stay on the marked trails to preserve the habitats for the plants and animals on the island.

If you want to get more inspiration for our trip to Bowen Island you can always pay a visit at this website. Good luck with finding the activity that suits you the most. I hope we will have an amazing visit together to this beautiful island.

– Tess

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

How was your weekend? – Victoria Day Trip

Oh Yesterday! It was a cool Sunday morning when we gathered for our trip to British Columbia’s capital city. It took us quite a while to get down to ferry at Tsawwassen Bay. And shortly before 11am we were finally able to board the Spirit of Vancouver Island. On the ferry we first had to figure out our way around, but eventually ended up on the open deck where we enjoyed the sun and the open water all around us. At some point there was even an interesting presentation on sharks and stingrays that live near Vancouver.

Finally, we arrived in Victoria after taking another bus from Swartz Bay. The first thing we noticed? No skyscrapers! Also, everything looked quite different from Vancouver. Before, going on this day trip I had heard Victoria looks very European. And it’s true! The capital really had a European-ish feeling to it.

Our first stop took us to Craigdarroch Castle which seemed to be home to a deer that came by to check out the property. It’s amazing how nonchalant it looked. It seemed like it was just taking a stroll in its backyard.
Later we walked around Downtown, just taking in everything around us and when our stomachs started complaining we made our way to Fisherman’s Wharf for some Fish &Chips.

Time flew, so we headed back to catch the ferry in time. On our return we were able to see an amazing sunset which completed our day.

Next weekend: INTERNeX Goes Rockies! Can’t wait!

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What to do at the weekend

Finally weekend again and time to visit some more amazing places, that Vancouver has to offer. Here are some suggestions for you.


On Friday evening the Italian Night Market offers you the opportunity to have a look at some Italian focused demonstration, such as Olive Oil Tastings and Pasta Making. You can visit the Market every third Friday of the month from 3-7 pm. They have a great selection of foods, craft and entertainment. The market will be placed  at Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre on East 12th Ave & Slocan near Renfrew Sky Train station. If you’re tired of all the sushi here in Vancouver, go and eat some Italian food at Italian Night Market.



On Saturday you should join INTERNeX for the visit to Queen Elizabeth Park. The park is one of the highlights of any visit to Vancouver. You’re able to catch amazing views over the city, just relax or play Frisbee and other fun games.Sign up for this event here.
So let’s go out and enjoy the sun while it’s still here.


A second highlight, you shouldn’t miss, is Bowen Island. It’s just a 20-minute ferry ride from the Horseshoe Bay Terminal in West Vancouver. The ticket for the ferry is $11,65. You’re probably able to see some seals during the ride. On Bowen Island there are many opportunities to go hiking or biking. Make sure that you’ll hike up to the Dorman Point. It’s just a 2.5 km hike and takes about 1.5 hours. The Dorman Point offers nice views of Whytecliffe Park in West Vancouver and the University of British Columbia( UBC). If you don’t like hiking, you’re also able just to relax at the very nice beaches on Bowen Island.
Go and visit Bowen Island to enjoy the last rays of the sun.


We wish you a sunny and enjoyable weekend.

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

Pub Night Review

Yesterday we went to the Mill near Waterfront at Coal Habour Centre. The Mill is famous for their big outdoor patio, were we luckily also had a seat.

We met at 7pm at the Mill and we were seated on the outdoor patio with a beautiful view over North Vancouver. There was a little plaza in front of us with small water fountains. Not only serves the mill many different drinks, such as the nice sangrias, but also the food is phenomenal. I tried the NY cheesecake with strawberry topping, also pizza, salmon burger and fudge cake were ordered. If you didn’t had time to come to the pub night last night, don’t worry, the mill is open 7 days a week!


The Victoria Trip is coming up, so don’t forget to sign up before Friday 18th July 3pm!

We will leave Vancouver at 7am and will take the sky train and bus to the ferry terminal from were we will go to Vancouver Island! Victoria is the capital of BC and very famous for they lovely flowers all over town. WE will stay in the HI-Hostel for a night and visit the Canoe brew pub for lunch and will go to the Spinnaker for dinner. For more details about the trip click here or here. Tag along for this great mini-holiday to Victoria!

On Sunday we have a distillery tour planned for you. This tour will take place on Granville Island and will take 40 minutes. In these 40 minutes you will learn more about the distillation process and afterwards we can taste some spirits. The tour cost $10 p.p and will start at 1pm. Please let us know before friday if you want to join, so we can make a reservation! See here or here for more information.

We hope to see you soon at one of our activities! Enjoy your day!!

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

Details for Victoria Trip – 26th&27th

Our monthly overnight trip to Victoria is getting nearer and nearer, so we want to give you some details about what we are going to do while we are in Victoria.

  • We’ll arrive in our hostel at about 12am on Saturday, where we will just drop off our luggage and then grab some lunch in one of the pubs that Tim recommended (Canoe Brewpub). Lets cross our fingers for nice weather so that we can sit on the great patio with view on the harbour.
  • Afterwards we’ll explore Victoria together and check out some famous sightseeing attractions, as for example the Inner harbour, Old town, Parliament building, Fisherman’s wharf and some more. If the weather is nice we can as well go for a nice walk through the famous Beacon Hill Park.
  • For dinner we will go to another highly recommended Brewpub which is called Spinnaker, right over the bridge. Their menu offers a lot of snacks (“perfect with a pint”), soups or salads as well as pasta, pizza & burger or “fish &chips”, but they recommend not to eat too much, but to leave some space for their famous dessert. We can either stay there for the evening or just go to another pub or club.
  • On sunday there are a lot of different outdoor activities that you can do, and everybody can just choose whatever he or she likes to do. There are for example:
  • Whale watching
  • Kayaking
  • Zip-lining
  • SUP
  • Bike rental

Please check out the different opportunities, so that we can discuss on saturday what everybody wants to do and then give you all the information about it and how to get there etc.

  • Afterwards we’ll all meet at our hostel again to pick up our luggage. We’ll have late lunch/ early dinner/ snacks together and then head back to Vancouver. We’ll be back in Vancouver at 9-ish.

You can sign up for this fun trip in our office until friday.

If you have nay questions about the trip don’t hesitate to ask us!!

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

Victoria – Trip

A new month means another overnight stay. Since the sun is out and the flowers are blossomed it is time to visit the capital of BC, Victoria.

We will leave for Victoria on Saturday 26th of July at 7am from Waterfront and will take the public transport to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassern. From there we will hop on the ferry and continue or travel to Victoria. In Victoria we will firstly check-inn our hostel from where we than well explore Victoria.

Victoria is the provincial capital of BC and second largest city after Vancouver. Victoria is located on Vancouver Island which is rated as the top island in the Continental US and Canada and is voted as one of the top ten islands in the world in 2012 by the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Victoria is a combination of heritage architecture, colourful gardens and many outdoor activities as well as culinary experiences and a vibrant art and culture scene.

We will end our night with some drinks in one of Tim’s recommended pubs. The next morning we will have some more time to explore Victoria and who wants can join one of the many outdoor activities, such as kayaking, sup or biking. We will start or return in the late afternoon and will be back in Vancouver around 9-ish.

This fun trip will be exclusive for INTERNeX and will cost you just $90, which includes the accommodation and the ferry. This means that the cost for the public transportation in Vancouver and Victoria is not included, however we hope you understand that you can use your monthly pass for this or a zone 1 ticket since it is in the weekend. The bus in Victoria from the ferry terminal to the accommodation will be $2.50 each way, so please make sure you have this in coins.

We hope many of you will join us for this fun trip to the beautiful Victoria. If you have any further question, do not hesitate to ask us!!

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