The Rockies Summer Trip by Iris

On Monday we came back from our amazing Rockies trip. Once again, it became one of my highlights of my stay. Thanks to everyone who joined on our Rockies trip, Westtrek, our great busdriver Darren and our amazing tour guide Janel.

20170811_091446Friday was finally the time to go to the Rockies and I was so excited that I barely slept the day beforehand. I could see that more people lacked some sleep, as a lot of people were getting coffees in Tim Hortons or tried to catch some sleep in the bus. The drive to Valemount was pretty long, so luckily we had enough stops along the way. Our first stop was at Hope, where everybody had time to get a coffee, breakfast and explore the town. We went to see the river and made a few pictures of it. After that we continued our journey to Kamloops, where we could get lunch in the mall. When all our stomachs were filled, we started driving to Spahat Falls. This is a cute little waterfall near Clearwater. As it was so small, you could take pictures with it with the water coming from your nose or mouth. Then we continued our journey to Valemount. On the way to Valemount, we were a bit unlucky, as there was a forest fire. The police blocked the road and we weren’t able to get to our hotel. According to the news, it would take about 2 hours for the road to open again, so we went back to Blue River to wait for new updates. After an hour we heard that the road would not open till the morning, so Janel tried to arrange an hotel in Kamloops. We tried to make the best out of the situation, so some of our group even started dancing on the music. When Janel could not arrange a hotel in Kamloops, he called the police for us. Apparently the road was open again, so the decision was made to get back to the hotel again. We were really happy 20170811_145832that we still could get to the hotel, because if we would have gone back to Kamloops, we would have needed to wake up 3 hours earlier. This made the bus drive even longer, but not less fun. During our long bus drive we played games with the whole bus. One of the games was called “Speeddating”. Basically, one side was just switching seats and you had a short time to get to know them. It was really nice to get to know people besides our INTERNeX gang. We also played another game during our long bus ride. While playing the game, Janel would mention a certain item. This item had to be brought to the back of the bus and then back to Janel. The row that managed to do it first won. Besides that we also sang a lot together and turned the bus a bit in a party bus. When we finally got to the hotel, we still went to the Cowboy ranch where we ate dinner, did line dancing and tried to catch a bull with a lasso.

On Saturday our adventure in the Rockies really started. We drove a short way to Mt. Robson where we had breakfast. Then we drove further to Jasper. On the way to Jasper something special happened, we drove into another time zone. The clock had to be forwarded 1 hour. This was sometimes confusing, because one of my phones didn’t change automatically while the other one did. In Jasper we could get lunch for at the Columbia icefields, as it can be really expensive there. I chose to do the Snocoach on this day, which was one of the optional activities. During the Snocoach we drove in a big tank up to the glacier. It was really nice to see all the snow in Canada again, because in a way I missed it a bit. Here we could try out the fresh water from the glacier. Besides that we also made a few great pictures in front of the mountain. After the Snocoach we drove up to Peyto lake, which was the first really blue lake that we saw on our journey. 20915875_1862323020449807_1096242011_nI was amazed by the amazing blue water and made some great pictures in front of the lake. Then it was time for the second lake of our big trip: Bow Lake. At Bow Lake we could do the Polar Wolf Swim. Basically, we ran with the whole group into the water, because that seemed easier. However, in my opinion the water did not get warmer while I was swimming in it, so I got out of it really soon. We all quickly changed back into our normal clothes and drove to our second hotel. We did not stay really long at that hotel, as we had to get dinner and then had to meet at the pub for pre-drinks. The drinks in the pub were really cheap, so a great place for pre-drinks for our big party in Banff. After getting some drinks we went to the club to dance the night away.

20170813_080315The next day a lot of people were still recovering from the day before. We already had to leave really early in order to see all the lakes that day. Our first stop was at Lake Minnewanka where we had breakfast again. After I finished my food, I decided to explore the lake for a bit and make pictures together with Lea. On the way back to the bus we also saw big horn sheep walking away and luckily I got the chance to make a picture of them as well. Then we drove further to one of the more famous lakes of the Rockies, Lake Louise. We first did a hike to a hidden spot. From this hidden spot, you could make a beautiful picture of the lake without all the tourists on it. After I got pictures from the lake, I decided to go back to the lake and enjoy the view from the bottom. However, I could not spend a lot of time there, as I already did a long hike before that. After time at the lake itself, we could either choose to go to Lake Louise village or do the Lake Louise gondola. I decided to do the Lake Louise gondola, which meant that I could also enjoy the 20170813_122705all you can eat buffet beforehand. The food was really good and after I ate I was ready to go up to the top of the gondola. Franz, Alex and I took the open gondola, as we wanted to make sure that we could make nice pictures if we would spot a bear on the way to the top. Unfortunately we didn’t see any bears. Once on the top, we did a hike which took us to a really nice viewing point. From there you could see the mountains on the back and the clouds also added something mystical. As I was a bit late, I had to sing a song in front of the bus. I decided to sing “Het is een nacht”, which is a famous Dutch song. It was fun to see Danielle and Bart singing along, which made it less awkward for me. After enjoying the amazing view at the top of the gondola, it was finally time to go to the best lake in the Rockies, which I think is Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake is the most blue lake in the Rockies and great for pictures. We hiked a short time to get a better view of the lake and made a picture there. I was so amazed by the blue color of the lake. I also tried to make one on the rocks, which was really scary for me. After Moraine Lake we 20170813_160458continued our way to another amazing lake, namely Emerald Lake. A lot of people decided to do canoeing. I went together with Lea and Merle. We all got a paddle and I think we were doing a pretty good job with directing the boat. On the lake we were enjoying the views of the mountains and the beautiful lake. After that we drove up to the Mountain View Cabins. There were only a few cabins, which basically meant that we were the only one at the cabins. We had a great BBQ and then I explored the area a bit. After that I played a game with Dawid, Marko, Mandy, Tess and Nathalie. I ended that night early, while others decided to party.


After getting breakfast we already had to drive back to Vancouver. It was a long way back to Vancouver, so we played some games again, watched a movie and also had a few great stops. We had one stop at Kelowna to get lunch. We got pizza and ate this next to the lake. We also had one more stop next to a beautiful mountain. On our way we got a bit unlucky again, as there was an accident on the highway near Chilliwack. At the end of our trip it was an emotional goodbye, as Danielle, Tess and Merle are almost leaving.

I hope you had a great time in the Rockies, because I certainly did! See you soon at PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Rockies Trip 2014 Spring Review I

Wauw… what a weekend. There are not enough words in the world to describe this weekend, it was mind blowing. Over the next day we will review the Rockies Weekend trip. Let’s start with the first day on Friday at 8:00am.
We met at Watefront station on Friday at 8:00am and left Vancouver around 8:30am. Before we stopped in Hope for our first stop, we drove by a little town called Abbotsford, also known as the Canadian Capital of Raspberries. The town as one of the highest percentages of Christians in BC. As Lee told us this would make a great city to life in if it would not have the highest shoot-by crime rate and a high teen-mom rate.

Our first stop was in Hope, a small town in BC that is famous for their main street, where First Blood was produced and famous for their annually chainsaw wood carving fest. All the wooden carvings in Hope are made by only using chainsaw. We grabbed a coffee at the local coffee shop to wake us op and made our way into the Rockies.

We stopped at a big mall for some food and to have a quick walk around the fair before we headed towards the Spatahs Falls.

Before we could see the Spatahs Falls, we had to make our way through some rough snow and of course we all were prepared very well with our sneakers on.
The Spatahs Falls are a waterfall that in the summer gets really massive, but when we visited it was still quit, because there was not enough melted snow water yet. However this waterfall is a great place to make some funny pictures, like the waterfall comes out of your mouth or nose. After making our way back to the bus it was time to relax a bit before we arrived in the hotel in Valemount.

Once arrived in Valemount we checked-in to our rooms and went down to the Lobby for a nice Pasta Dinner before heading next door for our night out. And of course to practice the Backstreet Boys dance that Lee showed us in the Bus.

The first day was a big success and we saw so much of beautiful Canada. Stay tuned for the next Rockies review and do not forget to join the After-Rockies-Party by clicking here.

What was your highlight of the first day?

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INTERNeX Canada: Rocky Mountain Trip Review

Last weekend I went 4 days to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Winter Wonderland! Discover Canada Tours invited me to this trip, to check out this trip and see if it interesting for you guys. And honestly, I really can recommend this trip! I had four fantastic days, and it was a great experience which I will never forget!

Day 1: On Friday morning we left the city of Vancouver very early in the morning. Our first stop was Hope, and our second stop was Kamploops. Our tour guide told lots of interesting facts about Canada. The sights along the way were beautiful! In the evening we arrived in the city of Golden, it was a beautiful hotel, including hot tub, swimming pool, and the option to join the guide for a great party!

Day 2: On Saturday morning we had a nice breakfast in the hotel. This day I decided that I wanted to go snowboarding in the Lake Louise ski resort! The tour guide brought the people who wanted to ski/snowboard to the mountains. The snow was perfect, lots of runs, beautiful weather, and an awesome view! At the end of the day we went to our hotel in Banff, which was a very nice hotel as well!

For the people who did not want to do snowboarding/skiing were many other optional activities, such as ice-skating, sightseeing, dog-sledding, or go to the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for amazing views of the Rockies.

The hotel in Banff had several hot tubs, and a swimming pool, in the evening it was party time in a nice club located in Banff.

Day 3: We started this day with a nice breakfast. the skiers and snowboarders had another option to go the Lake Louise ski resort for the whole day. other people decided to do dog-sledding, or ice-walking this day. I did some shopping in Banff, and we did a beautiful walking tour through the nature in Banff together with the tour guide.

In de evening we went Lake Louise, and we had the change to do some ice-skating on the lake. Afterwards we went to our beautiful hotel located in Lake Louise village. There was a campfire with marshmallows, we had lots of fun. afterwards we had dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.

Day 4: On the last day we left Lake Louise early in the morning, since we had a long drive back to Vancouver. But first we went to Kicking Horse ski resort, and we did some snow tubing, which was lots of fun. We made different stops on our way to Vancouver, namely Last spike, Kamloops, and Hope! the way back was beautiful, I really enjoyed watching the scenery!

I would like to thank Discover Canada Tours for this AMAZING trip! Furthermore I would like to thanks the great tour guide and all the people who attended this trip!

You wanna know more about this trip, or do the same trip? e-mail us 🙂

Cheers, Lydia

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INTERNeX Goes Rockies – Review (Part I)

Hi everyone! All enjoyed your long weekend? We went to the Rocky Mountains for 4 days with a group of 25 INTERNeX candidates. It was amazing! Here a review of the first 2 days!

Day 1
Last Friday we all met at 7 AM in Downtown Vancouver, ready for a great adventure! Because we went together with travel agency West Trek, we left with 3 full buses. Our first stop was in Hope. A nice small place to have some breakfast. The drive just before Hope and after Hope is beautiful, so everybody was relaxing in the bus and enjoying the view. The second stop was in Kamloops, at this moment we knew that we were really lucky with the weather. Everybody started to create a sunburn while having lunch in the sun.

Spahats Falls

Then there was time to see our first waterfall at our third stop at Spahats Falls. It is a really high waterfall with a great view. After that we were ready for the last 2 hours drive to our Hotel in Valemount. Valemount is a small place, but the hotel has a pool and even a waterslide. It was a lot of fun, I found the waterslide really scary. Although we were not in Vancouver, we still had a hockey night! We went to the pub to see the game. Unfortunately we lost but we still had a great time.

Mt. Robson

Day 2

To make the most out of it, we had to get up pretty early. Our first stop was Mt. Robson, this is the highest mountain from the Canadian Rockies. It is 3954 meters high. You don’t always see the peak of the mountain because of clouds but because we had such a great weather, we saw it! After Mt. Robson we went to Jasper and bought some food. Our third stop was at the Athabasca Falls. It was nice to see a lake with waterfalls and Mt. Robson still in the background. We had some lunch and enjoyed the weather.

Snocoach Glacier Experience

We had to leave because our first crazy activity was waiting for us. We were going on a glacier!! It was perfect! We had a great view, still nice weather and going there by snocoach was fun. So a perfect place to make a group picture! After that we had a small hike through snow to see Peyto Lake. It was funny to see people struggling to walk in really high snow but the hike was worth the view!

Peyto Lake

We also made a small photo stop at Bow Lake next to the highway. After this we were ready to meet all people from the travel agency we went with, West Trek. We arrived with 5 full buses in Banff. We had some free time and met in a pub later. After some chats, drinks and games we were ready to party. All of us went to a nightclub in Banff to party together. It was a perfect second day. I think the drive itself from Valemount to Banff was already amazing! We drove on the Icefield Highway. It is in the top 10 of best highways in the world, so a great experience with beautiful surroundings.

Thank you all who joined the trip, you made it a great experience! The review from day 3 and day 4 will be published soon.


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Toronto Dragon Boat Festival

The Event – Team Spirit At Its Very Best

The 22nd TELUS Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival promises a two-day fun-filled event that brings sports, team spirit and community spirit to Toronto Centre Island on June 19-20, 2010.

The Festival, which started in 1989, entered the international arena in 1993. From the humble beginning of only 27 teams participating in the first festival back in 1989, it has evolved to a much bigger operation over the past two decades.

Organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association and the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, the Festival in 2010 will once again expect 180 to 200 teams with 5,000 athletes. Paddlers of different backgrounds from all over the world will take part in the ancient Chinese tradition and friendly competition.

In 2009, the Festival registered 8 teams of youth with physical and developmental challenges. The Festival was also graced by the cancer survivor terms from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region, fundraising beneficiary of the Festival. After all, it’s not always about winning the cup. The team spirit, the message of hope and inclusiveness prevails throughout the Festival!

Once again this year, the Festival will welcome teams from all provinces across Canada, from the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Europe and Asia.

In 2010, as the Festival celebrates its 22nd year, it promises to continue to be one of the most exciting summer events in Canada. It will juxtapose culture, water sport, exotic food with multi-cultural performances. In 2009, attendance at the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival reached the 120,000 mark to make it one of the most popular summer festivals in Toronto.

Furthermore, the Festival values social responsibilities and has in the past raised funds for charities such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Breast Cancer Foundation and the SickKids Foundation.

Today, dragon boat racing is held globally. It is now an annual event held in over 40 countries. All around the world, far and wide, people have embraced this water sport and formed dragon boat racing clubs in their own countries.

The two most established Dragon Boat Race Festivals in Canada – Toronto and Vancouver – spearheaded the Dragon Boat Council of Canada, the national dragon boat organizing body in Canada. The mission of the Council is to work together to develop criteria and processes to select national dragon boat champions to represent Canada in International and World Championships.

Hope everyone in Toronto has a  great weekend!

– Laura & Manouk

Upcoming events:

Bike Ride through Stanley Park

Pub Night at Metropole June 23

Rip’ Roarin’ Rockies Adventure!