Winter in the Rockies: Part 2

Sunday was a day full of sightseeing, including many ‘wow’ moments and a hurting hand from taking millions of pictures. How come you might ask? Well, here’s the story:

We left the hotel early in the morning by bus to spent some time on Lake Louise. Yes, you read it right, ON Lake Louise. The lake that is especially famous in Summer for its turquoise coloured water was completely frozen. This made it possible to not only walk over, but also skate on it. All the snow that covered the ice, the mountains and the trees additionally made it look even more like a winter wonderland.

Back on the bus. Next stop: Johnston Canyon. Located in Banff’s National Park, we walked through the canyon along catwalks. Some parts were quite slippery due to the ice, so we had to pick up a few people from the ground. Johnston Canyon has two waterfalls to marvel at, but time allowed us to look at the Lower Falls ‘only’.

The next stop on our sightseeing tour was testing our fear of heights a bit. The Banff Gondola brought us within 11 minutes up to a platform that allowed us to see the surrounding mountains. It was snowing a bit and there were clouds, but we still enjoyed the beauty of it. After lunch, we took the Gondola down again. It was time to soak in the hot springs! The hot water made us feel more than relaxed and we all felt warm and cozy when returning to the bus.

Emerald Lake was the next place we went to. Unfortunately, we could not see the beautiful, emerald water as the name promised (how could we expect this during winter..?), but we had fun anyway. There was a lot of snow on the ice and we all sank in it once or twice. And what else to do when there is a lot of snow? Of course: a snowball fight.

Then, It was finally time to get to our accommodation for the night, wooden cabins in Golden. Shortly after our arrival, we could pretend to be kids again by doing an Easter Egg Hunt. We all gathered around the campfire, warmed ourselves up, shared talks and played the game ‘Werewolf’. When it got dark, our tour guide had the amazing idea of doing a night hike through the forest. Fun, some of us even got lost. The evening ended with a big party in the barn, including limbo and a Lip Sync Battle. The highlight: everyone dancing to Gangnam Style.

Monday, 8am. What, the trip is almost over again? How is this even possible? Well, time flies when you’re having fun, as Angy already mentioned. So, we all packed our stuff, had breakfast and sat in the bus again. The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round… We were welcomed with wonderful weather in Kelowna, the perfect place to have lunch. And three hours further with the bus, we were in deep snow again. Time for the brave ones to do the Polar Roll. You put on your swimwear and roll yourself in the snow. Brrrh, far too cold for me, but congratulations to all of you who did it! Only three more hours and we are back in Vancouver. We used the time to play Bus Olympics and the DJ Battle.

I had the most wonderful time in the Rockies and enjoyed it to the fullest – I hope you feel the same way!

– Nadine

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How was your weekend?

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018! I wish you all the best luck and more beautiful moments during all your adventures. May it be in Canada, may it be somewhere else in the world. Before we can start talking about 2018, I first want to tell you how I experienced the last days of 2017.

The Christmas party on Thursday in the office was a good start to begin the holidays. We drank some eggnog with rum, beers and a lot of food, we were ready to continue our night in the Blarney Stone and later on karaoke in the Bourbon.

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On Saturday we met up early in the morning to take the bus to the Rocky Mountains. It was a really cold trip, but what an amazing views! The first day of our trip, we drove to the cabins in Golden. We made S’mores above the campfire and we did a nightly glow-snow-shoe hike in the woods.

The next day we drove early in the morning towards Banff. We saw a lot of beautiful views along the way. The first activity we did today was snow tubing. After that, we stopped at Lake Louis to go Ice-skating. Later we also did a hike through Johnston Canyon to see the frozen waterfalls. We went back to the bus to make our last stop for today, we were in Banff! We dressed up nicely and went to a sushi place where we got served by a train. After the stomachs were filled, it was time to party. We began at a cheap pub before heading to nightclub Hoodoo.

IMG-20171230-WA0005Merry Christmas! It was the time of the year again. We started the day with viewing the sunrise at Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Both were frozen and very beautiful. Because the temperature was minus 30 degrees, we decided to warm up in the hot springs in Banff. It was really strange sitting outside in your swimming pants with temperatures colder than your freezer. After we warmed up, we went up to Sulphur Mountain with the Gondola. Here we had a 360 degrees view over the landscape. It was definitely worth the cold. When we were down again, we drove back to Golden to have our Christmas diner. Even Santa Claus came to give us our Christmas presents. I went with our new friends to the hot tub and did a polar beer roll (rolling in the snow in our swimming pants) before going to the sauna. We ended this Christmas day around the campfire. Then the day arrived we had to go back to Vancouver. We stopped at some nice places to take photos and we did some fun games in the bus (which our side of the bus won of course).

You would think that we were exhausted after our trip, but because we are diehards we keep going. We had to say goodbye to two of our friends, Dawid and Maxine, who were about to leave Canada after several months. We met up at Malones for some drinks and went to the Met afterwards for some karaoke.

20171228_183415The next day was the perfect day for Ice Skating. So we went to the Ice rank on Robson to try out the ice. For some it was very easy, for others this was one of the first times ever they stand on skates. Later on we did some games and we ended up in the pub for a beer.

Friday was the last day of Julia with her host family. Because of that reason, her host family decided to throw a party for her. We had a really delicious diner, a cake and champagne. After a lot of laughs it was time to leave Surrey and go back to Vancouver.

On Saturday we decided to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The Capilano Light festival is still going on, so we enjoyed some nice views in the lighten-up park. When we were back in Vancouver, we met again with the rest of the group to play some games. After the games were finished, we went to the Roxy to close our night with some Jägerbombs and dances.

New years day! When the afternoon arrived, we did some games (surprise!) and popped a bottle of champagne. When the evening started, we headed to Canada place to see the firework show. When the show was over, it was time to go somewhere warmer, so the club it was. Once inside we counted down to the New Year with a balloon drop and some more champagne.

And now it is time to say hello to 2018! Let’s be real, no one is keeping their resolutions, so we might as well break them all in one night. So set aside that new gym membership, grab a beer and kick off the New Year with us during the first PuB NiGHT of the year tomorrow!

– Bart

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Rockies tour guide: Add-ons

Since there are so many things to do in The Rockies, we wanted to give you a quick update on all the additional activities you can do during our tour! There is also a small update on the schedule.

Due to the warm weather in the Rockies we are going to the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops instead of the sleigh ride. Wildlife can be dangerous in real life and therefore this is the perfect opportunity to get to know more about the wildlife of BC. You may even meet the Spirit Bear or one of the Bobcats during the Bobcat feeding. If you prefer to see other animals, you can also walk around the park on your own or take a ride on the miniature train. This activity is included in the program and therefore no additional cost, except for the miniature train. The miniature train ride is an additional $1, which needs to be paid in cash. After that you can get something to eat at the full-service café or get some souvenirs at the gift shop.

17454838_1678236365525141_1539661662_oThere is a lot to do during spring time and the Rockies are just as beautiful as they are during summer. As there will be some snow in the Rockies, you are able to go skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing or dog sledding. Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing can be booked on the bus to the Rockies, so there is no need to decide on this matter beforehand. However, this is not the case when you would like to have lessons or if you choose to do dog sledding. These activities need to be booked beforehand.

If you have had enough of the snow then you can try out ice skating. Would you rather do more sightseeing? Then the Banff gondola might be a good fit for you. During this activity you will have an awesome view of all the mountains. Both of these activities can be booked on the bus. Another sightseeing activity is the ice walk. You are not actually walking on ice, as it is too fragile for that. However, you will pass several scenic areas where you will be able to see the true beauty of ice. This activity needs to be booked beforehand. If you have had enough of the cold, then the hot springs are perfect for you! It is a great opportunity to warm up and to relax before you go to work again.

The prices for additional activities are about:
Ice skating – $13
Banff Gondola – $50
Ski lift tickets – $95
Equipment rentals – $45
Ski or snowboard lesson package – $170
Snow tubing – $28
Ice walk – $68
Dog sledding (2 hrs) – $165 (min. of 3 people per sled is required)
Hot springs – $7

The Rockies trip is coming closer and closer and so is the deadline! You only have time to sign up and pay at the office or PuB NiGHT for the Rockies trip till the 30th of March. So make sure to sign up soon, because you really do not want to miss out on this trip. It is $359 and for INTERNeX candidates it is only $354. Unfortunately we can only take cash, so make sure to swing by the ATM beforehand. The price includes accommodation with breakfast, transport, entrance to a nightclub and the BC Wildlife Park. Please take into account that you can get a discount for some activities if you pay them beforehand and some of them require paying beforehand as well. You can find more information on the event page on Facebook.

– Iris

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The Ultimate Tofino Experience – Activities Edition

In Tofino tons of activities can be done. For surfers, there are more than enough beaches to go to. For animal lovers, you can go on whale watching or bear watching adventures and for nature lovers there are many hiking trails and bike trails.

Whale Watching
Whale watching in Tofino is almost the whole year. The whale season start beginning March with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and goes till mid- or late October when the whales make their way to the south for mating season. You can expect to see Pacific gray whales during your trip and their is the possibility to also see Humpback whales. Mostly on the tours bald eagles, harbor seals, Steller and California sea lions as well as sea otters are seen. If you are likely to get sea sick, purchase some anti-nausea pills at the Tofino Pharmacy or ask the your guide for methods to avoid sea sickness. If you would like to go whale watching during our trip make sure you book it beforehand, which will save you some money. The cost for this activity is $70 for 1.5hrs.

Hot springs
The hot springs are situated in the Maquinna Provincial Park, 27 miles north west of Tofino. The tour to the hot springs will be a day tour so make are you pack some lunch. To get to the hot springs you have to go by boat, which takes you there in just a bit over an hour. Then the tour continues with a thirty minute walk down a cedar trail trough the old growth forest. Arrived at the hot springs you can relax in the pools that have a temperature of 109 degrees to 50 degrees. There are is also a waterfall. The tour cost $115 and includes the boat trip.

Surfing
Tofino is called the Canadian surf capital and that has a reason, the waves keep rolling in year-round on a beach that stretches over 30km. Wetsuit, booties and gloves are recommend if you want to spend some time in the water since the water is only 10C year-round. The most popular beaches for surfing are Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay Surfing and Long Beach Surfing. If you want to go surfing during the trip you can either join a 3hrs lesson for $70 or if you know how to surf you can rent a surf board, which cost you around $30 – $40.

Kayaking
Doing a kayak tour is a wonderful way to see the active life around Tofino’s harbor front and the natural environment. Due to the strong current it is not possible to only rent a kayak. However you have the option to join a 2.5hrs tour for $60 or 4hrs $75. On those tours you will be guided through the inlets of Tofino.

If you want to do any of those activities, please let us know beforehand so we can book the activities for you, which also saves you some money. You can sign up for the activities and the trip till the 9th of May. Check out our Facebook event for more information.
See you tonight at the Beach 

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The Ultimate Tofino Experience

Now that we are well and safe back in Vancouver it is time for another adventure. Last time we saw the beauties of the Rocky Mountains, so know it is time to discover the greatness of the ocean. From May 17th till May 19th we will enter Canada’s surf capital, Tofino.

Tofino attracts surfers, nature lovers, campers, whale watchers, fishermen, kayakers or anyone just looking to be close to the nature. The water is fairly constant at 10C year-round, which makes Tofino an all year-round place to visit. Beaches stretch over 35km having enough space for all water sport activities. Just North of Tofino the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park is located with its natural hot springs, a popular tourist destination.

We will departure Vancouver around 7:00am and make our way to the Ferry, which we take to Vancouver Island. At Vancouver Island we will make some stops, Englishman River Falls, Coombs Market, Cathedral Grove and will drive through the Pacific Rim National Park to our Hotel the Jamie’s Rainforest Inn where we will enjoy a campfire with marshmallow roast. The next day you have the time to choose between some optional activities such as, surfing, bear or whale watching, kayaking, hot springs, biking or just relaxing on the beach. For dinner we all will gather together for a nice BBQ dinner. On the third day you can enjoy your day by doing one of the previous mentioned activities or just relaxing and in the later afternoon we will make our way back to Vancouver were we will arrive approximately 10:00pm.

The price for the trip is $300 and includes everything written above, expect for the optional activities. If you want to join the tour make sure you pay (CASH) by no later than Friday 9th May 12:00pm. We will receive soon a list with the prices for the optional activities and will post them in another blog post for you. If you sign up for the trip at the office, please also tell us what you would like to do during the trip and we will arrange this for you. Click here to join the event on Facebook, so we know who is going!

We hope you are joining us to Tofino and make it another wild weekend. 

 

Are you in to experience a new adventure with your friends here in Canada? Than head over to our Facebook to join to event and come to our office before Friday 9th of May 12pm to pay

 

INTERNeX Explorer: The Rocky Mountains -Part 2

800px-Banff_from_Sulphur_Mtn_2005Only two weeks left until we depart Vancouver to start our epic journey into the Canadian Rockies! Last time, we learned a little bit about Valemount, BC where we will be staying on the first day. The second day, we will be staying in Banff!

This town is located in Canada’s first and the world’s third national park, Banff National Park, established in 1887. Banff is also Canada’s oldest national park. And as you might have guessed, Banff also played a major role in the Canadian Pacific Railway construction. See the connection here?

And in 1884, George Stephen, the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, named Banff after his hometown in Scotland. Another noteworthy person from Banff is Norma Luxton. He improved the town of Banff, formed Crag and Canyon newspaper,  built the King Edward Hotel, as well as the Lux Theatre.

Some more interesting facts about Banff:

  • Banff is located at an elevation of 4,537 feet (1,383 metres) making it the highest town in Canada
  • Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a United nations designation which helps protect over 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • The highest mountain in Banff National Park is Mt. Forbes which stands at 11,850 feet (3,612 metres)
  • Mountains in Banff National Park are 45 to 120 million years old
  • Banff National Park has in excess of 1,000 glaciers

Can’t wait to visit this place in just two weeks! Remember, the last day to register for this awesome trip is next Monday March 18th! Find me at our pub night or event this weekend or come by the office sometime this week 😉

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: Spend Easter Weekend In The Rocky Mountains!

Today is officially March 1st and yes another month closer to Spring! This means, we have just 3 more weeks or so until the Rocky Mountains trip!!!

Euro kidsWe will be going to the Rockies during the long weekend for Easter holiday, leaving on Friday March 29 and arriving Monday April 1st evening!

BUT this year’s trip will be a little different from the previous time in terms of the trip route! Which means you will get to see and do A LOT more! On the first day, we will be going from Vancouver to Valemont instead of Golden! But we will also stay in Golden during the third night! Lucky us 😉

So here are some of the key information about the trip that you might be wondering:

  •  4 days/3 nights from March 29 – April 1
  • We will be going to places like Valemont, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Johnston Canyon, National Parks and MORE
  • On top of every thing we get to do (all the sightseeing, activities) there will be awesome things to do at night like clubbing to campfire party!
  • Hot Springs, Gondola, cross country skiing!

INTERNeX members it is just $320 and for friends of INTERNeX  members: $330 includes DELUXE tour, ALL transportation, park fees & tips, 2 breakfasts, FREE entrance to club, and so much more. Awesome deal!IMG_6647

**DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Monday March 18th 5:00 pm, You MUST come by the Office or give them to me personally during pub nights (cash only).

If you have more questions or concerns, ask me during pub nights or at our weekly activities. Or come by our office! Also, later this month, Westtrek will be coming out to one of our pub nights to give away discounts towards the trip, so make sure you keep an eye out!!

Hope you all can make it, it’s going to be so much fun! You won’t be regretting it 😉

Cheers,

Flora

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Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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