INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend.

One Thursday more…and one weekend more is coming ! Let’s talk about some interesting activities for you.

This Saturday, we are going to Queen Elizabeth Park, located at the geographic centre of Vancouver, at the junction of Cambie Street and West 33rd Avenue.

Full of colors and different flowers,this 52 hectare  park is one of the most beautifully maintained public parks in the world. Second only to Stanley Park in annual visits, it receives nearly six-million people a year.

We can find a lot of interesting things there such as:

  • Quarry Gardens: specimen trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals selected for their foliage, form and flowers. A stream and cascading waterfall
  • Dancing Waters: the famous fountain is comprised of 70 jets of water using 85,000 litres of recirculating water.
  • Arboretum: Canada’s first civic arboretum. The first plantings were done in 1949. The larger trees are about 60 years old. Among these is the coast redwood, which can grow to be one of the tallest trees in the world.
  • Rose Garden:was built in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial. It contains many rose varieties.
  • Sculptures: The park’s most famous is Knife Edge-Two Piece by Henry Moore. There are also four sculptures by Cameron Kerr in the plaza.

This is just some of the things we can do in Elizabeth Park, in Vancouver. You can also play tennis, basketball, rolley hockey and much more.

I hope you come with us. Join us in our Facebook event !

Best,

Mercedes

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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend?

Oh Friday, glorious Friday… the weekend doors are opened for us! If you are undecided on what to do, this post is for you!

PuB&CLuB NiGHT @ The Relish

Let’s have some drinks; let’s have some dances… good company, likable place and the best prices… I need to add anything more? OK… free cover, and DJ until 3:00 am! Not yet? Well, maybe you prefer to stay at home, so bored, you and your computer… It’s your choice!

  • WHEN: On Friday 17th
  • WHERE: The Relish, 888 Nelson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2S1 (MAP)

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Chinatown Night Market

 Have you ever been to China? Would you like to feel like in the Far East? The Chinatown neighbourhood in Vancouver is the largest Chinatown in Canada. From May 16th until September 7th you can explore the cultural richness of Chinatown at the open-air night market. Pop-up food events, artisanal goods, books, vintage clothes, even a Street Fighter tournament!

  • WHERE: Chinatown 
  •  WHEN: Friday to Sunday from 6:30pm to 11:00pm

 Chinese Garden

More about China! The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is must-visit if you are interested in the Asian Culture. The garden was built in 1986, Funding for the project came from the Chinese and Canadian governments. As we can read in the website… Classical Chinese gardens employ philosophical principles of Feng Shui and Taoism, striving to achieve harmony and a balance of opposites… so… relax and enjoy!

  •  WHERE: MAP
  •  WHEN: Monday to Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Students with valid ID: $10.00

Happy weekend!

Clara.

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: How to escape from/get rid off Raccoons!

Yesterday Clara was telling that we saw some wild Raccoons during the night after our weekly Pub Night. Now, what we did not know is that these animals can be really dangerous. They look really cute but they have some strong claws.

There are lots of them in Vancouver. So the best idea: keep them away from your home!

To that we made some easy to follow steps. These tips or steps also work for other types of animals that are hanging around your place. Vancouver is a city with more wild animals such as Skunks and even some Coyotes..

Step 1
Check all the areas around your home and clean them up. I’m talking about garbage, paper, food or even berries that are felling from your trees! In other words, totally clean the area. After that do even a double check! You never know, right?

Step 2
All of your garbage cans should have lids, closed and attached. During the night (when most of the Raccoons gets active) place some heavy stones or other things on top of your cans.

These 2 steps will defiantly keep the Raccoons away. A last tip from us is to clean your garbage cans sometime. They can be smelly and that attracts Raccoons!

Ok, now you all done! Have a good Sunday everybody!
Cheers,

Jelle

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INTERNeX Canada: News/Fun facts

The first’s days when I arrived at Vancouver I was amazed of the multiculturalism of this city. If you take a walk around Downtown you will heard a lot of different languages even in the same street. I really love to meet new people and learn about the differences, I think is essential to understand the world we are living in and make us better people! There was something that specially caught my attention! There is large population of Chinese people in the city in general! And what do you think about Chinatown? It´s not just a district! It´s the real China!

Maybe you´ve heard someone called our beautiful Vancouver, Hongcouver! How is that possible?

Chinese population is more than the ten per cent of the total population of the whole Vancouver. Richmond has the most concentrated number of Chinese people in North America! More than the 40 % of the population has Chinese origin. Can you believe it?

In 1958 is when the large Chinese immigration was produced due to the arrival of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush .From that moment settlements of Chinese grew in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 1880, the Canadian Pacific Railway was built with Chinese labour. All this Chinese population started to establish Chinatowns in different cities

Have you already been in the Chinese Garden? It was the first garden of its kind ever built outside of China, and almost all the materials were brought from China.

And what about The China Gate? It was donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the Expo 86 world’s fair. After 20 years it was rebuilt and renovated!

Do you know when the New Chinese Year start? It start the first solar term in their calendar which separates the winter season and the begging of the spring, so that´s why it´s also known as “Spring Festival”. Every year in late January or February there is a huge parade to celebrate it with thousands of performers and spectators.

This is just a little information about Chinatown, but we have the possibility to learn more about this interesting culture without leaving Vancouver! Definitely Vancouver, Raincouver or Hongcouver rocks!

Cheers,

Irene

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VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Take some time to stop and smell the roses – literally!  If you’re looking for a relaxing day, head on over to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. This spectacular 55-acre garden in the heart of Vancouver has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening to the public in 1975.

VanDusen’s collection includes 11,500 accessioned plants representing more than 7,300 plant families and 255,000 individual plants from around the world. Their plant collections represent ecosystems that range from tropical South Africa, to the Himalayas, to the South America and the Mediterranean, across Canada’s Boreal forests and Great Plains to plants native to our own Pacific Northwest.

The garden design features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illustrate botanical relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical origins, as in Sino Himalayan Garden. These areas are set amidst rolling lawns, tranquil lakes and dramatic rockwork with vistas of the mountains and Vancouver cityscape.

There is always something interesting to see, no matter what the season! My first trip there was also my first day in Vancouver! The hours for the month of May are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

2010 Admission Rates

Regular Admission Spring Summer
Apr 1- Jun 30
(incl. GST)
Jul 1-Sep 9
(incl. HST)
Adult (19-64) $9.25 $9.75
Senior (65+) $6.75 $7.25
Youth (13-18) $6.75 $7.25

Early-flowering bulbs (crocus, snowdrop, narcissus), Spring Heath, Early Rhododendrons, Helleborus and Camellias are the flowers that will be blooming in the month of May.

Have fun!

– Laura

Toronto Music Garden

A taste of summer is just lingering around the corner for us! Usually when I step outside after class, I’d be welcomed by dark skies and howling winds. But now, I’m glad I don’t see much of this. The day light is extending further into the night and instead of being greeted by whips of wind, the air is much warmer and gentler.

Now, is the perfect time for us to visit the recreational parks in our neighborhood as all plant life is in its budding stage. But, a garden is just a garden, why bother spending your time in these gardens you may ask? Well, the truth is, there is an exquisite garden in Toronto that deserves your visit as it tries to visually unfold musical movements through the use of landscape.

This garden is known as the Toronto Music Garden.  The Toronto Music Garden was an inspired design by YoYo Ma, a famous cellist, and Julie Moir Messervy, a landscape architect. The garden depicts the musical movement of Bach’s Suite No.1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello. For those who are music lovers or those who are curious as to how such a garden can be ‘music’ of any sort, a visit to the Toronto Music Garden is a must.

The Toronto Music Garden is divided into 6 sub –gardens that correspond to the 6 movements of Bach’s music:

  1. Prelude: Bach’s first movement sets the mood for what is yet to come. The movement is fluid and tender which provides the audience with a sense of serenity and security. Visitors at the garden will find themselves strolling along the river bank lined with low growing plants, granite rocks and a corridor of Hackberry trees.
  2. Allemande: Allemande is a duple meter dance that originated from Germany. It is a very expressive and grave movement, but still tries to indulge in a sense of calm and gracefulness. Visitors strolling through this movement will be greeted by wandering trails and Dawn Redwood trees.
  3. Courante: Courante is a colorful, quick-paced and lively form of French and Italian dance. To captivate the essence of this mood, the garden features a swirling path of wildflowers and luscious green fields leading up a hill to the Maypole (designed by Feir Mill Design Inc.).  Here, you may find exotic, dancing butterflies and musical, singing birds.
  4. Sarabande: Based on the Spanish, slow triple time dance, the Toronto Music Garden portrays this movement through a series of tall evergreen trees lined along an inward-arc.  A huge stone is placed in the centre of the garden acting as a “poet’s corner”.
  5. Minuets: Minuets is yet another French dance. However, the difference between Minuets and Courante is that the style of Minuets is much more structured and symmetrical. As a result, visitors will find that the garden features several formal floral arrangements that circle the Music Pavilion, designed by Canadian artist, Tom Tollefson, for small orchestral and dance performances.
  6. Gigue: The Gigue takes its name from an English dance. The Gigue is cheerful, lively and very merry. The architect depicts this joyous movement through the use of vast green lands that looks onto the harbor and uses small bushes and perennials to frame a stone stage for summer performances.

When you visit Vancouver or Toronto or any big cities for that matter, you will find that typical “Botanical Garden” you should visit. How often would you find a garden designed primarily for the sake of music? The Toronto Music Garden is definitely a must see. I’m a bit disappointed that the last time I went to Toronto, all I saw was the Toronto Botanical Garden and not the Toronto Music Garden.

The Toronto Music Garden is located at 475 Queen’s Quay West between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue.  The cost? FREE ADMISSION.

For more information, please visit: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/thewaterfront/parks/musicgarden.cfm#gen