Experience IT Review – Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Last night we went to Vancouver Folk Music Festival. It was great to share this experience with all of you! Thank you for coming!

Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a yearly festival held at Jericho park. This year the festival was organized for the 40th year. To celebrate this they added an extra day to the festival, which was free entrance.

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We started off at our meeting point and walked from there to the festival. Once we got to the festival, some of us were surprised about the way the festivals are organized in Canada. There were special areas for sitting, dancing and walking. Besides that there were also a lot of people who were taking chairs to the festival. We immediately went to the Beer garden where we got a free wine taster, foot scrub and a key chain. When a few of us went to the bar to get drinks, they even gave away sunglasses. After that we just chilled out in the beer garden while talking and listening to the music. It became really busy in the beer garden and after a while and there was even a line up for the bar till the entrance. When it got darker, there were people walking around with lanterns, which made the atmosphere really nice. At the end there was also an artist that started to sing the song “Hallelujah” and a lot of us sang along.

We hope you all had a great time at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. See you at next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend

Only a few hours to go and then it’s weekend again! There is a lot to do this weekend, so make the best out of it by using this as an inspiration for your plans.

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This is the weekend of the festivals and street parties and some are for free. If you would like to experience one of the many festivals in Vancouver, then you can join INTERNeX at the Khatsahlano street party on Saturday. This is a huge one-day street party held in Kitsilano. During this street party you can listen to one of the many artists on one of the stages. Besides that there are also a lot of food trucks, an artisan market and many demonstrations and activities at this street party.

If you would rather practice your salsa moves, then you should definitely go to Carnaval del Sol on Saturday or Sunday. This festival is part of the Latin festival and features live music with about 400 artists and dance performances. Besides that you could enjoy the music at the Summer Sunday Concert Series in Burnaby. Are you more interested in classic music? Vancouver has that covered for you too! On Sunday you can go to Symphony in the Park where you can listen to a free concert of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

If you are more interested in theatre rather than music, then you could go to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival or Theatre Under the Stars. During Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival you can watch one of the Shakespeare plays in Vanier Park. If you would rather see a more modern theatre play, then you can go to Theatre Under the Stars this weekend. This weekend they are playing Marry Poppins. These performances are a bit more pricy, but are definitely worth it.

It is supposed to be good weather on Saturday and Sunday, so you could also try out the Grouse Grind, which opened 2 weeks ago. If you are planning on doing the Grouse Grind, do not forget to bring enough water with you, as it is a rough hike.

Whatever you are planning on doing this weekend, have a lot of fun! See you at the Khatsalano street party or at next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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

Review: Victoria trip

On Saturday we went to Victoria to celebrate Canada Day. It was great to explore Victoria together with all of you! Thank you all for coming!

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We started our journey pretty early with the 9 AM ferry to Swartz Bay. Once we got on the ferry, we went outside to enjoy the view. After a while it got pretty windy and we decided to go inside again where we just chilled out for the rest of our trip. At Swartz Bay we got a bus to downtown Victoria. When we arrived in Victoria, tour guide Tess (also known as TT) took over and she guided us to the visitor’s centre. At the visitor’s centre we transformed into real Canadians, as we got cute little badges with the Canadian flag, tattoos and a small Canadian flag.

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In Victoria it was packed with people and therefore we had to watch out that we didn’t loose anybody. There were also several street artists that were playing music and there was one that did tricks. We watched one of the street artists for a while and then decided to move on to the Fisherman’s Wharf. We started our search for seals, but unfortunately we did not find any. Luckily, there were a lot of good food venues at Fisherman’s Wharf so we decided to go lunch there. The hunt for a table for 9 people was even harder, as it was busy at Fisherman’s Wharf as well. In the end we conquered one table and ate our delicious food.

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Then we went back to the free festival at the Parliament building. There was a big variety of performances from a dance performance to a choir which sang the national anthem. Besides that there were a lot of food trucks where you could get amazing food. While enjoying the different performances, we chilled out on the grass. We got to see how many different cultures are actually present in Canada. After a while some of us went back to Vancouver to enjoy the fireworks at Canada place. The others stayed in Victoria to enjoy the fireworks there.

I hope you all had a great long weekend and hope to see you all on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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What to do on the weekend

Sun is out and it is almost weekend! I hope you are excited as we are, since it is Canada Day weekend. That means there is a lot to do, especially since the weather forecast is looking great! Since there are a lot of places to go to on Canada day, it can be hard to choose.

If you have no clue yet, it is always easy and super fun to join our trip to Victoria on July 1st. We will meet at Tsawwassen ferry terminal at 8.30 am and from there we will take the ferry to Swartz Bay at 9 am. You can purchase your ferry ticket at the terminal. From Swartz Bay we will use public transport to get to Victoria. There will be free concerts starting at 12 pm at the inner harbour of Victoria and there is a lot to see in general. You can see all the details here.

When you decide to stay in Vancouver, a great place to go is Canada Place. The daytime SONY DSCfestival on Saturday will be held from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm and on Sunday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Highlights are live performances, citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, the North Point Lounge serving beer and wine and on Sunday you can enjoy a nice pancake breakfast. But the best of it all must be the fireworks, which start 10.30 pm on Saturday.

If you rather escape the big crowds on Canada day, it can be nice to do some hikes this weekend. The famous Grouse Grind is open now and it will be a great challenge to complete during your stay here. You will find easier hikes in Deep Cove and Lynn Canyon, which will give you great scenery. Besides that the weekend is also there to relax a little bit, and therefore it could be nice to find some peace on one of the beaches of Vancouver. We just uploaded our new episode of the INTERNeX Explorer, where we show you Vancouver’s most famous beaches, so that might be worth checking out!

We wish you a happy (and for some of you long) weekend with a lot of sunshine, red and white shirts, and we hope to see you all in Victoria tomorrow!

– Tess

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

Summer is finally here! During summer time there is a lot to do around Vancouver and there are some good cheap options for that! So to get your summer started here are some ideas.

From July 4th till August 22nd you can watch an outdoor movie for free on Second Beach. They are a part of the Evo Summer Cinema series and all you have to do is bring your own chair or blanket, or just sit on the grass if you don’t mind! You can download the free Outdoor Movies BC App to see the schedule!

They also show outdoor movies in Burnaby, North Vancouver and at Canada Place. Burnaby shows movies on Sundays from July 9th till August 27th. The dates for North Vancouver differ, so make sure to look that up if you decide to go. Every Thursday night there will be a movie at Canada Place from July 27th till August 31st. All of these movies are free to watch!

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If you would like to become a little more active this summer you can take Zumba classes at Canada place. Every Monday from July 24th till August 28th you can join the free Zumba class! Or hike the Grouse Grind to see the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. If you hike up, you only have to pay $10 to take the Gondola back down.

If it becomes too warm to do something active you can always cool down in the Kitsilano pool. The pool is located at Kitsilano Beach and the admission is only $5.86!

You might have been thinking about doing a boat tour around Vancouver, but these can be quite expensive, so a great alternative to that is taking the Aquataxi. The Aquataxi will take you around downtown, but it’s only around $6!

And let’s not forget that all the beaches around Vancouver are free and a perfect place to spend a lazy day!

I hope to see you all tonight on PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

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

It’s Wednesday, which is the day for Smartsaver! Vancouver is pretty expensive most of the times, but you can save money!

7699686936_3ca42fbb6a_oComing months will be full of sports. FC Whitecaps already started their season and the BC Lions will start soon! If you want to save money on the tickets of the games then there are two options. First of all, Discover Canada Tours and Westtrek offer discounted tickets for almost all games. Secondly, if you go to the Tourism Vancouver Visitors’ Centre on the day of the game you can also save money! They offer “ Tickets Tonight”, which are half-priced tickets on sports games that evening.

Now that the weather is getting better it is time to do some travelling! Boltbus is a bus company which can take you to lots of places in Canada. The bus company offers $1 tickets, but these tickets are really hard to get though. They offer at least one $1 ticket for every trip that they offer. However, the tickets are sold randomly and mostly within the first seats sold. So if you want to get a $1 ticket you have to be on top of their schedule to even have a chance.

Also as the weather is getting better go do free activities in the city! Hiking in one of the parks, going to the beaches or walk through the neighbourhoods of Vancouver can be lots of fun and is free!

Hope to see all of you guys tonight at PuB NiGHT!

– Janel

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

It’s Wednesday again, so let’s save some money! As a student living in Vancouver I don’t have the money to do paid or expensive activities every weekend, but after working five days it’s always nice to do something with the free time. So here are some free or cheap activities to do in Vancouver!

16649173_10208825366053541_8272205474295846796_nVancouver has some amazing places for sightseeing. For example, the most historic sites in Chinatown are free. Walk around the neighbourhood and see the Millennium Gate, the world’s narrowest building and the Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden & Park. Another amazing place to go is Granville Island. It is a beautiful island close to downtown. You can go to the public market, enjoy the art and relax at the river. An extra advantage of going there are the cheap vegetables at the public market, so you can do some sightseeing and save on food at the same time!

16299277_10208652946223153_4290230621236688149_nAnother great activity to do in Vancouver is checking out all the different beaches,  Vancouver has a lot of them. Go to English Bay Beach, Kits Beach, Spanish Banks, Wreck Beach or Jericho Beach to hang out and see the amazing sceneries. If you want to do something more active then do some hiking. Vancouver has a lot of great hiking trails from difficult, like the Grouse Grind, to easier hikes around the lakes. Or go hiking in Lynn Canyon to see the free suspension bridge, which is not as amazing as the paid Capilano Suspension Bridge, but a great alternative for people with smaller budgets.

Last but not least, go to Stanley Park. The park has a lot of walking trails through the forest. Another amazing idea is to bike the Sea Wall at Stanley Park. You will have views of the city, the northern mountains, the Totem Poles and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. If you don’t have a bike, it is pretty cheap to rent one at places close to the park.

I hope to see you all tonight at the Central City Brewpub!

– 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