Practical information on Kelowna

Only two more nights and then it’s time to go to Kelowna! The biggest part of the trip is already clear for most of you, but we wanted to give you some extra practical information.

Friday
On Friday the bus will leave at 6:00 pm from the Greyhound station at Station Street. However, you will need to be there an hour before, so at 5:00 pm. We will meet up in front of the station. If, for any reason, you won’t be on time, please send Janel a message. If you don’t have her contact details please let us know and we will send it to you.

If you have your own skies or snowboard you can take them on the bus, but you do need a bag for them. Besides that you are not allowed to bring alcohol, glass or metal cutlery in your hand luggage. For a full list of what you can or can’t take, please click here.

The bus will arrive in Kelowna at 11:45 pm and then we will have a twenty minute walk to the motel (so please keep that in mind when packing your luggage). Most of you probably just want to go to bed by then, so we don’t have any plans after that.

Saturday
On Saturday we have two groups: the skiers/snowboarders and hikers. Janel, Tess and I will go with the skiing group to Big White. The shuttle bus that we need to take to Big White will leave at 8:00 am and the bus stop is 15 minutes from the motel. So we will have to leave around 7:15 am. This is the only bus that goes up, so if you are late we cannot wait for you. The bus back leaves at Big White at 4:00 pm sharp from the Happy Valley Parking lot, in case we lose track of each other during the day. Again, please don’t be late since these will be the only busses going down. If you bring your own skies this will cost you around $120 including the shuttle bus and lift ticket. If you need to rent skies this will cost you around $160.

For those who want to join Iris to visit the market and hiking, she would like to leave at 10:00 am. For more information on what she is planning on doing, send her a message. If you would rather do something else on Saturday you can always go and do that too!

We have a room with a kitchen, so if you would like we can use that for cooking dinner together or we could always go out to find a spot to eat. After dinner we would like to have a few drinks and enjoy the night together as a group. 🙂

Sunday
On Sunday we have a wine tour planned and we already know who is coming and who is not. For those who are coming along, we are being picked up at the motel at 10:30 am and we will be back around 2:30 pm. The tour takes 3 hours and we go to 4 wineries. Since it’s pretty early, please make sure you have a big breakfast! Janel, Iris and I are joining the wine tour and Tess will go do something else. So talk to her about the other options on Sunday. The wine tour costs around $75 dollar and needs to be paid Friday on the bus.

The bus back to Vancouver will leave at 6:00 pm and arrive at 11:00 pm, we have to be there one hour before like we did on Friday.

Packing list
To make the packing a bit easier for you guys we made a little list of things you definitely don’t want to forget on this trip:
□ Bathing suit (we have a indoor pool at the motel)
□ Skies and ski clothes (if you’re planning on going skiing)
□ Walking shoes (if you plan on hiking)
□ Clean underwear 😉
□ Toothbrush
□ Passport
□ Credit card
□ Cash
□ Phone + charger
□ Student card (Big White has student discounts)

– Danielle

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INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver !

In this side of the world, flights are not precisely cheap. If you compare with Europe, where we all can flight with those low cost companies which you can take a flight for just 30 Euros round trip, in Canada and USA we don’t have such a deals !

For that reason, I’m gonna try to give you a few advices to travel with a reasonable price while you are here in Canada!

One of your options if you wanna travel a little bit in the  States West Coast  if you are in Vancouver is going to Seattle or Bellingham. You can check  Boltbus out; they have bus tickets from $1! A plus of the boltbuses is that all of them have power outlets and wifi available, so the trip is more enjoyable for all of us !! Another bus company with reasonable fares is Greyhound. If you book in advance you can get a round ticket for less than $40 !!

These companies also travel to Portland, if you are interested !!

If you wanna travel further, you can travel to the amazing Las Vegas. Sin City is always one of the most affordable options (well, if you don´t like to gamble a lot of course). You can find always good deals of flight + hotel in Expedia, to visit one of the most famous and visited cities in USA !! You can get as good deals as $400 dollars for a flight and 3 or 4 days of accommodation ! Is good, isn’t it ??

If you wanna relax, and you don´t like to gamble or you just don´t like the heat of SinCity, you can always take a flight to San Francisco ! With Lufthansa or Air Canada, you can get a round trip flight for less than $300 ! For that, you can check Skyscanner out. I find this website very useful when I just wanna look for a flight !

I hope you liked this post, and don’t be shy to comment if you found also a good deal that you want to share with all of us !

Have a nice day, and ENJOY TRAVELING !

Best,

Mercedes

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INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

Hey there,

A new workweek has arrived! That means the weekend is over..
But before we start let’s look back at this wonderful sunny weekend.

We did several things this weekend. Clara and Mercedes went with some of our clients on Saturday to the Khatsahlano Festival, in Kitisiliano.

First we went to Downtown to drink and eat something in Downtown. The weather was so cool, we went to a terrace. About 4 pm we went to the festival by bus. It was crowded, a lot of stands with food, and things to buy!

  • The festival was along the 4th avenue, between Burrard and McDonsald Street
  • Concerts (indie and rock music). We watched two groups: Gold & Youth and Towers and Trees.

We walked visiting the different places, a lot of free things to eat (chocolate, cookies) and some performances like break dance and humor shows. We saw some very funny things: a lot of old women dancing electronic. A man with a horse mask playing the guitar on top of a caravan…
It was a really good festival, everything very clean and well organized, with the Canadian style 🙂

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INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

It’s Monday morning again and another great weekend in Canada has passed. There was so much going on, the most important event being St. Patrick’s Day! More about that in the St. Patrick’s Day and Seattle After party review blog post.

For this weekend I did something a little different to everyone in Vancouver. I decided to take the Greyhound bus to Edmonton for the weekend where I also had a great time. This was my first time using Greyhound and it was an interesting experience.

It’s a very long trip to take with the bus, but if you’re on a student budget then it is definitely worth it. They have reclining chairs so that you can sleep during the trip; I was actually lucky the bus wasn’t full so the seat next to mine was unoccupied. Additionally, the bus drivers are really considerate and always asked us if we wanted to keep going with the trip or if we wanted to take the full length break.

Taking the bus is also a great way to see the beautiful scenery and nature of Canada. I was surprised to see how much snow is still lying around once you are out of Vancouver. We even had to turn around and change our route on our way to Edmonton because there had been an avalanche in the mountains and the road had been blocked.

Interested in taking a trip to see more of Canada? Visit the Greyhound website and book your next trip. You won’t regret it!

So, how was your weekend? Leave a comment below and let us know what great and exciting stories you have from the weekend.

Cheers,

Lies

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

This week I would like to tell you more about a cheap way of traveling to Whistler. Namely by the special offer of Greyhound. It takes you only 2.5 hour to Whistler, but this trip of course does not include accommodation.

You probably know  that Whistler is voted as one of the best ski resorts of North-America! Now that you are in Vancouver you definitely should go there to check it out.

Greyhound: $98 (exclusive tax) you will get:

  • Round trip to Whistler by bus
  • Whistler Black comb Mountain lift ticket

Since it is just a 2.5 hour ride, you can of course visit Whistler for one day.

Visit the Greyhound station on Main Street &  Terminal Avenue for more information or to buy your tickets!

Two weeks ago I went to Whistler and I bought the offer of Greyhound as well. Read here about my experiences!

Other options to travel to Whistler:

  • Discover Canada Tours
  • Westtrek
  • Share a car with friends

Do you have tips on how to save money in the city of Vancouver? Share your tips with all the other INTERNeX candidates by leaving a comment below!

Cheers, Lydia

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Go Camping at an AMAZING location!

Okay, if you haven’t been camping this summer – or at all for that matter – you NEED to go. Why? Two words: Garibaldi Lake. You may be thinking “Well, I don’t have car, it would be impossible to get there.” WRONG. Come on, where is your sense of adventure? What the heck are you doing in Canada if you’re not willing to go an extra mile, lose yourself in the wilderness and take a few risks? You’re here to have the time of your life so with a little effort, you may just have the experience of a lifetime like we did this past weekend, at Garibaldi Lake.

Our adventure went a little like this…

After work on Thursday, we made our way over to the local grocery store to get some food for our trip. Want a quick and easy lunch? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So easy, and so good. We were staying for two nights, which was three lunches, two breakfasts and two dinners. In total, our grocery bill was around $75.00 CAN. That’s $35.00 each for 3 days worth of food! We ate some pretty great food but be forewarned, cans of soup are very heavy…enough said.

Thursday night was spent packing our backpacks for the adventure to the campground. Believe it or not, camping doesn’t have to be expensive. Mette and I had no camping gear before this weekend. We borrowed two sleeping bags from a coworker (and bear spray) and bought a tent from Army and Navy for only $30.00 CAN. Because campfires are banned in many provincial parks, we had to plan accordingly. We were able to buy a package of small cubes that when lit, would provide flame for 15 minutes. These could be used to cook food and were very inexpensive. These would prove to be very handy in the wilderness. A few other things we bought were flashlights (from the dollar store – worked great)  a tarp (if it rained), a fishing rod (optional – $30.00 Army and Navy as well) and some cards. For the ENTIRE weekend, we only packed ONE pan. That’s right. When you carry everything on your back, you need to pack light. If you’re going to camp, also bring only one set of cutlery per person and one plate, you don’t need anymore than that.

As for clothes, we each brought very little. Again, when you carry everything on your back, think light. Bring a couple pairs of pants, a couple shirts and sweater and that’s it. You won’t need more than that. Some other things to bring are a first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. After we were done packing for the night it was time to get some shut-eye before we embarked on an awesome adventure!

It was early Friday morning when my alarm clock went off and the sunlight was streaming through my bedroom window. I was still a bit tired from last night’s packing but knew the day ahead would be so much fun. Rolling out of bed, we both put on the most outdoorsy camping outfit we had – a plaid shirt. I also added a bandana for an added outdoorsy effect. The shirts were bought at value village – we wanted to look and play the part so we had fun rummaging through second-hand clothes. 🙂 Try it yourself!

At 7 a.m. we were on the bus downtown, and at 7:15 a.m., on the skytrain to catch the Greyhound. I told you you didn’t need a car to go camping! We bought round trip greyhound tickets for $35.00 CAN that would take us close to the Garibaldi Provinicial Park Parking lot. Some of you may be living in a home stay. You can always ask if they would be willing to drive you to your camping destination as well. Or, if there are enough of you wanting to go, you could rent a car for the weekend! We however chose greyhound.  At 7:50 a.m. we were boarding the bus, grinning from ear to ear.

Note: If traveling to Garbialdi Provincial park, the bus stops in Pinecrest, about 4 kilometres from the park. But, we politely asked the bus driver to drop us off at the entrance, which he did, and you can do the same. Most of the time they are very nice and happy to help out. As we got off the bus, we were ready to begin our adventure!

The Garibaldi parking lot was 2.5 kilometres from the highway. Once we arrived there, we were ready to begin the REAL hike – a 9 km journey to our campsite. Before we left, we registered ourselves in, and camping for the entire weekend was only $20.o0 CAN. Pretty cheap when you think of the costs of a renting hotel room or an apartment.

As we began the trek up the mountain, the scenery was breathtaking. Green trees, natural waterfalls and terrain stretched as far as our eyes could see.

Of course, with 50 lb bags on our backs, we worked up a sweat. The natural waterfalls kept us hydrated though.. Once we reached the top, after a 4 1/2 hour hike, the views were spectacular. After seeing these pictures you can imagine how fantastic our weekend was!

This picture was taken after we crossed a river and hiked up a few rocks. The trail was so beautiful! Mette can be seen in this picture! What a trooper! While on the way up, hikers were both ascending and descending, but each one that passed gave us a chipper “Hello!”. Of course they were in a good mood, it’s impossible not to be with such a great environment around you. We met hikers and campers from all over the world at this campground. Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and of course, Canadians!

View from the bridge. Spectacular isn’t it? On the right, a glacier can be seen that has been frozen for over 10,000 years! While we were camping we saw a deer, birds, a lot of fish (trout are spawning right now), and even some insects like black and yellow millipedes!

There is no other place I wanted to be at the moment this picture was taken. I felt relaxed, humble, and lucky to be standing in front of this magnificent view. I forgot all about the city, cars, traffic, work, home – everything, when I was away at Garibaldi Lake. Camping is an amazing way to strengthen relationships and create memories that last a lifetime. It is also a good time to take a few moments for self reflection. I learned a lot about myself this weekend – my capabilities, my goals and aspirations.  I am so glad that myself and the “insane dane” took the time to plan for a trip like this, as it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Thanks Mette for making this trip possible, I couldn’t have done it without you! And also, thanks to the INTERNeX Staff for lending us some gear, and for giving us a day off!

If you have a real sense of adventure, and want to hop up and go, a camping trip is the perfect thing for you. If you’re not in Canada, but are eager to travel and experience new things, why not do it through one of INTERNeX’s many programs? Work in the city, on a resort in rockies, or, complete an internship in your field of study. INTERNeX even has volunteer opportunities! Then, while you’re here, plan your camping trip ;). For more information on INTERNeX programs, visit our website!

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