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.

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Schedule
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

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Victoria Tour Guide: Place and Activities

On the 1st of July INTERNeX is going on an adventure to Victoria where we will celebrate Canada Day together with all of you!

Victoria is the capital of BC and is a must see when you are living in Vancouver. Even though Victoria is the capital of BC, it is not a very big city and therefore gives you the opportunity to escape the busy life in Vancouver. It is not strange that Victoria is known as the “City of Gardens” with the Butchart gardens that are able to bloom throughout the whole year because of its mild climate.

Canada Day is a national holiday in Canada, which is always on the 1st of July. There are a lot of events taking place on this day and there are most of the times fireworks at the end of the day. This is also the case in Victoria. In Victoria there is a big free festival with a lot of artists playing, which ends with a big fireworks show. So if you really would like to celebrate Canada Day the way you are supposed to do then you definitely need to join these activities.

20842642862_0684ff2728_oIf you would rather learn more about British Columbia, then you could go to the Royal BC museum. Royal BC museum is a pretty big museum with several First Nations’ collections. Besides that you could also visit the British Columbia Parliament buildings. Here you can either go on a self-guided tour or join a guided tour. The guided tours are free and take around 45 minutes. The buildings are also really beautiful and definitely worth checking out!

Victoria is home to quite some historic sites such as the Butchart gardens and the Craigdarroch Castle. The Butchart gardens is the place to be for people who love flowers and plants. You can wander around and take a look at the big variety of plants and flowers in this garden. Craigdarroch Castle is an old castle built by Robert Dunsmuir. While walking around in the castle, you will feel what it was like to have a privileged life in the 1890’s in Victoria.

Furthermore, Victoria is the perfect place for whale watching. It is home to 3 different kinds of whales and therefore makes it more likely that you will see one when you are going on a whale watching tour. While you are conquering the waters of Victoria, you may even see seals.

If you would like to know more about the trip, then check out our event page. I hope to see you all on next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Chinese New Year – Experience IT Review

It has been a great weekend once again. This time we were celebrating Chinese New Year with the Chinese New Year parade. Even though it was raining, it was a bigger number than expected. Thank you all for coming and celebrating Chinese New Year with us!

At the beginning we did not really know which spot to conquer, so we just wandered around till we found the right spot for the INTERNeX family. We ended up just in front of the seating of the prime minister of Canada and even got the chance to see him. We were even thinking about asking him to take a picture with us. During the parade, people tried to approach the prime minister and got tackled because of it. Therefore, we 16442767_10202664074518790_1652384470_odecided to take the safe way and not to approach him. Chinese New Year was amazing. It started off with some fireworks and soon after we saw dragons, lions and chickens. Red and gold stand for luck in China and therefore we got lots of red envelopes and golden coins. I hope it will bring all of us good luck during our INTERNeX stay and of course lots of fun.

After a while, everybody was feeling cold and we decided to get into the parking lot to watch the parade from above. A dry, but windy spot was found. As it was a bit too windy, we did not stay at our spot for that long. So what would be the best thing to do when you are cold? Getting a hot drink in the Pint of course! We combined the hot drinks with a brunch, as we got quite hungry as well.

Even though It was raining during the Chinese New Year parade, we had a lot of fun together. Hope to see you all at Blarney Stone on Wednesday! Get ready, because there will be a lot of people joining us.

-Iris

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How was your weekend? – Celebration of Light

What an amazing fireworks show!

Last Saturday we INTERNeX’ers went to see the first of 3 days of the Celebration of Light festival. The show started at 10pm but the beach was already extremely packed when we met up at smiley firework7.30pm. Luckily we still managed to squeeze into a spot big enough for our whole group!
Next, we waited in anticipation for the sun to finally go down. We were all expecting something great because fireworks were invented in China after all. So naturally the representative should make its country proud. And they didn’t disappoint. The show was really great! They even made Smileys in the air!

Regrettably, a half an hour later the show which was accompanied by dramatic music already ended.
However, the night was still young. So we moved on to chill at a nearby park where we were suddenly entertained by a wandering musician from East Van – the top of the world!
Later on, we once again ended up at The Cambie topping off an already awesome Saturday.

Hope you had an incredible weekend as well and see you at the PuB NiGHT on Wednesday!

PS: Don’t forget to swing by the office during this week to sign up for our Whistler Day trip on Sunday!

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Natasja & Amiel

 

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Celebration of Light

Ever seen a fireworks competition? There is one every year at Vancouver’s English Bay sponsored by Honda!
For this year’s 25th anniversary Team Lidu representing China will show us their firework skills accompanied by fitting music on July 25th. The next contestant will be Group Vision Show for Brazil on July 29th and finally, Archangel Fireworks for Canada on August 1st.
Each show begins at 10pm. However, because we want to have a good spot on Saturday for the Chinese fireworks, we’ll head to the viewing area a bit earlier at 7.30pm.

The competition will be judged by various industry experts, sponsor representatives and celebrities with following criteria:

Size of the Show
Overall Design and Artistry
Synchronization
Originality of Effects
Quality of Soundtrack
Quality of Fireworks

But wait! Aside from the fireworks there’s more! A festival at Sunset Beach with various entertainment and vendor stalls. Also, there will be musical showcases beginning from 7.30pm.

So check out the festival and join us later for Vancouver’s legendary Celebration of Light!

 

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Natasja&Amiel

 

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Canada Day!

Tomorrow’s a special day, as we should all know by now. It’s Canada’s birthday!

The country came into being in 1867 after the three colonies Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada joined into a federation on July 1st. So Canada’s just shy of becoming 150 years old.

This July 1st is on a Wednesday and at Canada Place the first event of the day is called Waterfront Party which will be from 10am to 6pm featuring various entertainments like live music, activities for children, street hockey, an armed forces show, a circus show and lots of food carts, as well.
Next up is the Canada Day Parade. It begins at West Georgia and Broughton Street at 7pm and ends at 8pm.
Finally, to finish the day with a bang, there will be fireworks at 10:30pm which we’ll have a great view of from Canada Place.

So, this is the plan. We’ll be meeting up at 1pm at Waterfront Station.
Following this, we will walk over to Canada Place to check out all the fun shows and activities they have going on there.
We should definitely check out the parade at 7pm, as well.
And after we’ve had our fill, it’s pretty much a free for all since some might want to have a look at the Canada Day Party at Wreck Beach while others will want to stick around for the fireworks.

Looking forward to an awesome Canada Day Birthday Party!

 
Your PR Team

Natasja&Amiel

What to do on the weekend?

Another weekend is coming up and even if you don’t join us for our great victioria trip, there are still some fun things to do this weekend. AND the weather is getting awesome again so lets go and do some fun stuff outside!!

 

Friday

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure in joining Critical Mass in Vancouver, the mob is meeting up again this Friday, July 25 at 6pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

They are meeting every last friday in a month but July is one of the best times to participate in Critical Mass, because the attendance is huge. The sun is usually shining and everybody is set to take over the city on their bike. If you’ve never heard of Critical Mass before, it’s a social movement that was started to reclaim public space and promote bike usage. It has blossomed into a huge event that attracts hundreds of bikers throughout the ride, taking over the streets of Downtown Vancouver and eventually the Lions Gate Bridge. Grab a bike and meet the rest of the group at 5:30 – 6pm in front of the VAG, from there, the route is an improvisation. But, it usually goes from the Vag to the Granville Street Bridge, to the Burrard Street Bridge, before winding over to the Lions Gate Bridge for the final stop of the evening.

 

Saturday

Of course you all know whats going on on saturday, its finally time for the first part of the celebration of lights!! USA will be the first to start in the competition, followed by France (30th July) and Japan (2nd August). The event takes place at english bay from 10.00pm to 10.25pm and there are about 300.000 spectators expected at english bay, so you should either come early or look for another place with a good view. Another spot with a close-up view of the Celebration of Light Vancouver fireworks is Vanier Park, situated across the bay from English Bay Beach. If the crowds of thousands at English Bay Beach are too much for you, walk past English Bay Beach and head into Stanley Park. Any point along the Stanley Park Seawall facing English Bay will provide a great viewing point for the Vancouver fireworks! You can as well watch from the pedestrian walkways of the Burrard Bridge ( or Granville Bridge, but then they are pretty far away). People do watch from the Burrard Bridge, so do expect some competition for the best (centre) “spots.”

 

Sunday 

Each last week in July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing and dancing in the sunshine.

This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar — and with tens of thousands of attendees, possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC, period. From 10.00am to 7.00 pm on sunday they offer Caribbean boat cruises, parades and lots of exotic food, so if the weather is nice you should definitely check out this event.

Hope all of you enjoy you weekend!!! And remember that our office will be closed on friday next week and check out our awesome trip to the Rockies.

 

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