How was your weekend?

Monday. Back to normal life. Half asleep going to work. Looking back at an amazing weekend. So many adventures done, so many memories made. If you want to know everything I did this weekend, keep reading and you will find out.

My weekend started Friday. After we finished our work at the office, we ate some tacos and went to the BC Place Stadium to watch the football game BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes. Everything I expected from a football game became true. There were big sacks of popcorn, cheerleaders, a mascot, lottery, commercials. Exactly as how we know it from the movies. It was really fun to see and experience a real North-American sport like this. Although we didn’t know the rules, it was real fun to watch the game.

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The next morning my alarm went off way too early. We met at 8 am at the airport to pickup two cars and drove to Joffre Lake. After 4 hours driving (because of a cycling event on the road) we arrived at the Joffre Lake Provincial Park. After 5 minutes of hiking, we already saw our first lake. We made some pictures and went to the second lake. After an hour climbing over rocks, walking up stairs and a few picture moments we arrived at the second lake. This one was even more beautiful. After another 30 minutes of hiking over bridges and along a waterfall we arrived at the last lake. Amazing to see how beautiful Canada can be. We did our last photoshoot and hiked all the way back back to the car. After 3 hours driving back to Vancouver, I ate something and made myself ready to go out in the Bourbon. After a couple dances and drinks we went to the Cambie Bar were we ended this long day.

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Good morning Vancouver, Sunday arrived. Time to go to the Vancouver Street Food Festival. After yesterday, I walked around like a zombie to search for some coffee to get awake. None of the food trucks were selling coffee. When I finally found some coffee, the Street Food Festival could begin. We ate a lot of nice food and listened to the cover band that was playing some nice music. After a while we got ourselves an airbrush tattoo and the festival was already near its end. I decided to go home and have a good night sleep. I hope your weekend was as fun as my weekend and I hope to see you all at PuB NiGHT on Wednesday.

– Bart

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Smart Saver Vancouver

While the weather is still good, we should still have fun in the sun. But we can all understand that the summer may have been a bit expensive, that’s why we lined up some things that you can do while the weather is still nice and won’t cost you a fortune.

If you not have visited Kits Swimming Pool it is definitely something that you have to do while the sun is still shining now. The view is amazing because it is really close to Kitsilano Beach and the water is salt instead of chlorine.

36466824995_7499d6ccbc_zIf you want something more energetic and active you can also go for a paddleboard rental. Ecomarine has a lot of locations to rent a paddle-board.

Something that will cost you no money is doing a hike around the beautiful Stanley Park. Stanley Park is 400 hectares of gorgeous nature which makes it the largest park in North America. Stanley Park is surrounded by the seawall, which makes it special to go there for a hike.

Another thing, which won’t cost you any money, is visiting Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Park. This park has elements of a Chinese garden.

And if you feel like you just want to relax and enjoy the sun, Vancouver is offering a lot of beautiful beaches like Kitsilano Beach, English Bay, Jericho Beach and many more. Here you can take a refreshing dip into the water or soak up some sun.

I hope you all enjoy the last bit of summer here in Vancouver and we are looking forward to see you tomorrow at the PuB NiGHT.

-Mandy

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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

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Vargas Island Tour Guide: Activities

The camping trip is only 2 weeks away! Here is another blog to get you totally ready for the trip! This time I will inform you about the activities you can do on the Saturday.

Tofino

There are a few things you can do in Tofino itself. Tofino is known as one of the best surf spots of the world, so when you are there you should definitely try out surfing. There are several surfing schools on the island, so don’t let your lack of experience hold you back! As it is an island, it is perfect for other water sports too such as kayaking and stand up paddling. If you would rather explore Tofino by foot then you could go for one of the hikes around the town, for example the Rainforest Trail!

Whale Watching

IMG_3260.JPGFirst of all, Tofino is known for its whale watching tours. During March and April there are lots of gray whales migrating from Mexico to the north. In May till November there are over 200 gray whales that stay in the waters next to Vancouver Island. Between June and September they have the highest sightings of Humpback whales. So there is a lot of chance that you will see whales if you go on a whale watching tour during our trip!

Hot Springs Cove

There is also a hot spring close to Tofino. If you want to do this tour you even might be able to see some wildlife. When you arrive at the dock in Hot Springs Cove you will first walk through a rainforest and on the end of this walk are the hot spring pools, a waterfall and some great views of the Pacific Ocean.

Meares Island

14229116502_aa92a5f39e_oMeares Island is an island close to Tofino and Vargas Island. There are two hikes on the island. The first hike is the Big Trees Trail. This trail will lead you through world’s largest Western Red Cedar Trees on a boardwalk. The second hike is for more experienced hikers. This hike will get you up the Lone Cone Mountain. It takes around 4-6 hours to go up the mountain and back.

I hope I informed you guys enough about the activities. Next week there will be an update about the schedule! If you would like to know more about the camping trip, then check out our event page. There is only one more week to sign up, so come by the office and sign up to ensure your spot!

– Janel

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Vargas Island Tour Guide: Places

In the weekend of the 9th of June till the 11th we will go on a trip to Vargas Island and Tofino! With the following tour guide blogs we hope to inform you more about the places we will visit, the activities and the schedule.

During the weekend we will camp on Vargas Island. A water taxi will take us there from Tofino and we will set up our camp on one of the campsites for the following 2 nights. On Saturday we will go back to Tofino for one day to do some activities.

7252262084_00720a27f7_oVargas Island is a Provincial Park close to Tofino. The park contains 5788 hectares of land. It has 3 amazing wilderness campings, two at Ahous Bay and one on the north beach of the island. If we are lucky we might even see whales pass in the distance. The Ahous Bay has a west-facing beach looking straight out at the Pacific Ocean. Vargas Island is home to wolves. The wolves are used to the people, but food must be stored out of reach.

Tofino is a small village on Vancouver Island. It is a really easygoing and friendly town with only around 2000 inhabitants. The village is a big tourist destination in summer and it attracts lots of surfers, hikers, campers, whale watchers, fishermen or just anyone looking to be close to nature. Tofino was even named best surf town in North America in 2010. As Tofino is part of the Pacific Rim National Park, there are also lots of hikes around the village.

I hope I informed you guys enough about the places we will visit. Next week there will be an update about the activities! If you would like to know more about the camping trip, then check out our event page.

– Janel

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Review: Bowen Island Trip

Yesterday we went on our monthly trip to Bowen Island! We met up at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal at 9:30 AM, which was really early after the party the night before. We all bought our tickets and got on the boat to the island that would leave at 10 AM.

When we arrived on the island we first went to the visitor centre. It was a small cute house on the side of the road with lots of maps and business cards of businesses on the island. The woman that was there told us about hiking trails and beautiful places on the island to see.

18446992_10155296361297103_7988025318680079715_n.jpgAs some of us wanted to go on a scooter drive around the island they called the company and there were still scooters left! We walked one street up and waited for the woman to come and give us the scooters. We first got a whole demo on how to use a scooter, because one of us had never driven one before. After the demo, signing the waivers and paying we finally started our drive over the island. First we went to the lighthouse beach and relaxed there for a little while. Then we went to the golf club to see the other side of the island. After that we went to Killarney lake and made some beautiful pictures. As we had still time left on our scooters we followed the road further and saw the third side of the island. It was amazing to drive through the rainforest and see the whole island on the scooters.

18518404_10155296361302103_5384719679776982194_o.jpgThe other group decided to go for a hike to Killarney lake instead. As it did not take long to get to the lake and it was going so much faster than expected, we decided to go around the lake as well. The nature along the way was amazing. You could really see the rain forest climate back on the island, as it was wet everywhere and you could see so much green. After a while it was time to eat something, so we stopped along the way and found a nice spot next to the water. When we all filled our stomaches, we had enough energy to continue our journey and went to the next recommendation. We followed the Kallarney creek trail to the Bridal Falls and fish ladder, where we made some beautiful pictures. Our last stop on the hike was the rock next to the lagoon. Here you had a great viewing point over the lagoon and the island.

After hiking and driving the scooter we all met up close to the ferry terminal and had some rest on the grass. A few of us took the 4 PM boat back, as they still had to take the bus back from Horseshoe Bay for quite a long time. Others relaxed or had some food, and stayed for one more hour.

We had an amazing day and we hope you all did too! Thank you for joining us!

– Janel and Iris

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What to do on the weekend?

It is almost time for the weekend, so it is time to figure out what to do on the weekend. We have a few suggestions for you that you might want to check out before you make any plans!

18193778_10155234529877103_6254901922779113200_nOn Sunday we are planning on going to Bowen Island with the INTERNeX family. Bowen Island is a small island between Vancouver Island and Vancouver. Therefore, we are going by ferry to this awesome destination, which is going to be already an adventure itself. Once there you get the choice to do a hike, explore the island by scooter, do kayaking or to do stand-up paddling. You are still able to join if you would like to explore this island with us. If you want to know more about the event then check out our Facebook page and the blogpost.

If you still don’t have something planned for Saturday, we might be able to help you out with that. This weekend is the second weekend that Playland is open, so it is time to go onto all the rides and to let the adrenaline kick in. For only $36 you can get a day ticket and ride almost all rides. If you buy it online you will even save $3.

8158899125_27926f40d4_oWhen you are more into culture, Fort Langley might be the perfect place for you! Fort Langley is a small and old village only a few hours from Vancouver. While walking around in this village, you will discover all the wonders from the 19th century. If Fort Langley is a bit too far away, then you can choose to go to Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston village. During your visit in Gulf of Georgia Cannery, you will learn about the history of the West Coast fishing industry. Both historic sites are free this year, so it is the time to explore and get to know British Columbia.

If you would rather experience culture by trying out different food, then you should definitely go to the Illumination Summer Night market. This market is held every weekend from May till September. There are over 200 different food and merchandise stands, so there is enough entertainment for the whole night. This year will also be the first year that it is together with a huge light show. The entrance fee is only $3, so it is definitely worth trying out.

See you at Bowen island or at next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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