What to do on the weekend? – When it rains and you’re broke

It’s a typical Raincouver weekend according to the weather forecast, so it’s not much fun spending time outside. And if you are like me on a budget because you spent too much over the Holidays, or because Vancouver is simply expensive, then it seems like staying home would be the best alternative. But you’re not here to spend time alone in your room, so I want to give you a few suggestions that are not too pricey and get you out of the house this weekend!

Number 1: Come join us for a round of bowling or a game of pool on Friday night at the Commodore Lanes on Granville Street. We’ll have a little competition and the winner gets a free drink. 😉 For 1 hour of bowling we only pay $12 per person, plus $4.75 for the shoe rental. If you prefer playing pool, it costs you $19 per hour and you can of course share the cost with the other players. 🙂 You are even allowed to bring your own food inside with you, that way you don’t have to spend anything on expensive restaurants, plus it’ll be loads of fun! Have you been bowling before? Are you a beginner like me, or a pro?

Number 2: If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend you go ice skating at Robson Square! It’s free and the skate rental only costs $5, plus it’s covered by a roof, so it’s rain proof. You can stay as long as you want, the music and some colourful lights make it feel like a disco on ice. A few of us went last week and we had a blast! None of us was really experienced which made it a lot of fun. 😀 One tip though, choose the time you go at wisely as it can get pretty busy on the ice! Another idea would be combining it with a nice snack from one of the food trucks at Robson Square after – I personally like the one that sells Shawarma and Falafel – or just wander along Granville Street, maybe go window shopping?

Number 3: If you like reading check out the Vancouver Public Library on West Georgia Street. Grab a coffee, pick a book and relax in one of their comfortable chairs. (I love to go to the highest floor it’s really pretty up there). They have a vast selection of books and genres, the atmosphere is quiet, but not like you could hear a pin drop, you can probably even hear the rain drops crashing against the glass. There’s some really nice coffee shops around and to be honest, what is cozier on a rainy day than sitting inside, reading a book, drinking a hot beverage and watching the rain fall down on the city?

No matter if action or relaxation, I hope you find the motivation to go out and explore a little bit this weekend, thus all the rain!

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you soon.


Laura 🙂

What to do in the weekend?

Oh look, it’s already Friday again. This means that two days of not doing much are ahead of us. Wait, not doing much? No way! I’m more than just sure that Vancouver has a lot to offer this weekend, so let’s check it out.

24801690495_6902a10531_nAs we all know, the Chinese New Year started just a week ago. And because of this celebration, you have the chance to experience the Chinese Lantern Festival. Today, tomorrow and on Sunday (and even next weekend), you can go from 5pm to 10pm to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at Carrall Street and be fascinated by the colourful lanterns. Besides this, you can participate in fun activities or you can enjoy delicious food. This fun requires only an entrance fee of $15.

On Saturday morning at 11am, you can go to your local Cineplex to see the Family Favourites film. Every week, it is another movie and this week it is ‘Wonder’. And because it is the Family Favourite film, the ticket price is 2.99$ only, yay!

Oh and people, this is your last chance to ice skate on the outdoor rink at Robson Square during the weekend! The skating rink is closing on February 28. So, grab your skates or take $5 cash with you (for rental skates) and do some rounds on the ice! You can do so today and tomorrow from 9am until 11pm and on Sunday from 9am until 9pm.

If all those suggestions aren’t that appealing to you, then you’re lucky that the weather is going to be good this weekend. The sun is going to shine and this give you the opportunity to walk through Vancouver downtown or to visit one of the many parks. Time to take some beautiful photos to update your Instagram or Facebook page.

Have a great and exciting weekend!

– Nadine

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INTERNeX Canada: Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Today is Valentine’s Day! But this doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money trying to make this day special for your sweetheart. There are many ways you can save money and have a great time with your date!

cheaper Valentine’s Day cards, gift bags, gift wrappings

A great way to save some money today is getting a Valentine’s day card at the dollar store…if you don’t mind the card coming from a dollar store, that is. Dollar stores nowadays carry almost everything you need  -from kitchenware, camping gear to decorations for all occasions. They also have really romantic cards for an occasion like today! So why not save a couple of dollars, and buy a card from a dollar store instead of pricier places like Carlton or Hallmark? Cards are cards…it is what you write it in that makes it special 🙂

Ice Skating at Robson Square!

Just spent all of your money on a fancy dinner and don’t know what to do after? Bring your date to the Robson Square ice rink for a night of  free ice skating (if you bring your skates!). If you want things to get more exciting and you want to show off your skating skills to your date, check out Valentine’s Day Ice Dance Competition, which is also free and open to anyone. Skate rentals are available for $4 per person. Ice skating is super romantic and perfect activity for Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, spread the love! ❤



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INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver – Free Christmas Events

Feeling wintery and festive, but you want to save your money on buying Christmas gifts? We’ve found some free things to do in Vancouver to get you into the Christmas mood! Vancouver can be expensive, but you don’t always have to spend money to explore the city and have fun!

Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration 

Don’t have plans tonight and want to go to a free party? As one of the top Christmas events in Vancouver, you don’t want to miss this tradition of lighting a huge, 50 ft. tall Christmas tree in downtown Vancouver. The celebration includes live music from the Vancouver Children’s Choir, and special guest appearances by Rick Hansen, the BC Lions, Bro Jake from Rock 101 and Santa Claus himself!

  • When? Tonight, November 29th, 5:30 – 7PM
  • Where? Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place (Located at the Vancouver Convention Center)
  • Cost? FREE!

For more information, check out the website HERE.

Free Ice Skating at Robson Square

This ice rink located at the busiest part of downtown Vancouver opened during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Outdoor skating is rare in Vancouver so grab your skates and your friends and go do some laps around the rink!

  • When? December 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013
    Thursday from 9am – 9pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 9am – 11pm.
  • Where? 800 Robson Street (across from the Vancouver Art Gallery)
  • Cost? Skating is FREE.  Bring your own skates or skate rentals are $4.

For more information, please visit the website HERE.

Vancouver Maritime Museum – Free on Thursday Nights!

Interested in learning more about Canadian culture? This event is not really Christmas-y, but Vancouver Maritime Museum is the place of the rich history and traditions of the boating industry of the Pacific Coast. Experience the many artifacts, such as the 1944 Canada’s famous RCMP St. Roch, that contributed to Canada’s economic growth.

  • When? Thursday nights, 5pm–8pm
  • Where? 1905 Ogden Ave (near Kitsilano)
  • Cost? FREE admissions!

To learn more, take a look at the website HERE.



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