Rockies tour guide: practical information

Only 3 nights of sleep left until we are finally going to the Rockies! We are very excited and we hope you are too. Because the trip is already coming so close, we wanted to give you some practical information, starting of with the rough schedule:

Day 1 – Friday April 14

  • Meet the INTERNeX PR-team and Discover Canada tours at 7.30am at Canada Place, we will depart Vancouver at 8.00am.
  • We will enjoy some sights along the way: Coquihalla Highway, Bridal Falls and Okanagan Valley.
  • Around 2pm we will arrive at BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops where you can guide yourself through the park, or you can take the miniature train for 1 dollar. There will be a Bobcat feeding at 2.15pm.
  • After visiting the park, we will drive further to Chase and check-in at Quaaout Lodge & Spa. The resorts First Nations Cultural Host will take everyone on a tour while telling entertaining stories and legends.
  • After settling in the rooms there is an option to enjoy the hot tub and indoor pool. Then join the guide for a campfire and marshmallow roast. (weather permitting)

Day 2 – Saturday April 15

  • Breakfast at the hotel (included) and depart the hotel in the morning.
  • Drive through Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park.
  • Visit Rogers pass, a high mountain pass through the Selkirk Mountains of BC used by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Explore Lake Louise.
  • Continue the drive to Banff, where we will enjoy a driving tour of the town.
  • Check into the hotel in Banff and have free time to go shopping on Banff Avenue and have some dinner. (Dinner is not included)
  • You have the option to join the guide for a night out dancing! (18+ with 2 pieces of valid ID)

Day 3 – Sunday April 16

  • Have breakfast at the hotel (included)
  • Option to go on the optional activities like skiing at Lake Louise Mountain, ice walking or enjoying the view from the Banff gondola.
  • If you are not participating in an optional activity, you can sleep in for a bit and have breakfast later. After that you can meet the guide for an extended tour of Banff.
  • After the activities or extended tour there is an option to go soak in the Banff Hot Springs.
  • Depart Banff in the afternoon and head to Golden.
  • Check into the Golden hotel and enjoy the indoor pool with water slides and hot tub.
  • Option to visit the local pub for an end of the tour party.

Day 4 – Monday  April 17

  • Have breakfast at the hotel and depart from Golden. (breakfast included)
  • Stop at Craigellachie to see the last spike of the Canadian Railway.
  • Enjoy the entertainment, movies and games in the bus.
  • Stop at Aberdeen Shopping Mall (near Kamloops) for lunch and shopping.
  • Driving further to Vancouver to arrive there approximately 7.30pm

To be sure you are in the right spot Friday morning, see the map below:

meeting point discover canada

Also please bear in mind to pack the following things:

  • Your passport
  • Medical insurance card
  • Medicines if necessary
  • Swim clothes (if you are planning to take a dive)
  • Comfortable but good walking shoes
  • Warm winter clothes: it still gets quite cold in the Rockies, especially during the night.
  • Rain clothes and sunglasses: you never know what to expect in Canada
  • Make sure you have enough money with you, if you want to be sure also take cash with you to avoid problems with credit / debit cards.

Besides that we want you to bear in mind that only breakfasts are included and you are responsible to get your own lunch and dinner. There will be time to go to some places to eat, but don’t forget to take money with you for the meals.

If you have any further questions you can always contact us! We hope you are all as excited as we are. See you on Wednesdays PuB NiGHT or Friday morning 🙂

– Tess

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Rockies tour guide: Schedule

Our Rocky Mountains trip is less than 1 month away! We wanted to give you a clear and short overview of the trip.

Friday
We will meet between 7.15 AM and 7.30 AM at Canada Place Way between Howe & Burrard Street. The bus will depart at 8 AM, so please make sure that you are on time. On our way to Chase we will make a stop at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops. Here you have time to walk around, make a ride on a miniature train or go to the bobcat feeding. You will also have some time to get some food or buy souvenirs. After our stop we will continue our journey to Chase. Once we are in Chase we will check into the Quaaout Lodge & Spa. At the hotel we will get to know a bit more about the Canadian culture from an aboriginal Shuswap Tribe member. After that you will get free time to rest, freshen up, go to the campfire or to use the hotel facilities like the hot tub or the swimming pool.

Saturday
On Saturday it is time to go to the beautiful place Banff. We will drive through the Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park. This means you will get enough opportunities to make beautiful pictures on the way to Lake Louise. At Lake Louise you will get free time to either do ice skating, play ice hockey or just to explore the area. After these amazing activities, we will head to our next hotel on Banff Ave. In the evening, you can go shopping, visit the hot springs or just relax at the hotel. When you all had your rests, you will get the chance to go to a night club. This night out will be in Alberta, which means that 18 year old candidates can join us as well!

Sunday
On this day you will have time to do optional activities such as skiing/snowboarding at Lake Louise Mountain, dog sledding, ice walking or going on the Banff Gondola. If you choose to not participate in any of these activities, you can sleep a bit longer and join an extended tour of Banff. In the late afternoon, we will leave beautiful Banff and drive to Golden. Once we checked into the hotel, there will be free time to make use of the hotel facilities. The hotel has an indoor pool with waterslide and a hot tub, so put on your bathing suit and take a dip into the pool. If you prefer to go out again, you can also go to the local pub for an end of tour party.

Monday
On Monday we still got a few nice activities planned for you. On our drive back to Vancouver, we will first go to Roger’s Pass National Historic Site. After that we will make a stop at Craigellachie before we continue our journey to Vancouver. We will arrive in Vancouver at about 7.30 PM.

Packing list
We know it is sometimes hard to figure out what you need to bring on your trip. Therefore, we made a packing list of items you definitely should bring to the Rockies:
– Cash
– Phone + charger
– Walking shoes
– Passport + second ID
– Toiletries
– Bathing suit
– Camera
– Bath towels
– Warm clothing
– Proof of medical insurance

If you want to get more information about the prices of the activities, please check out the previous blogpost. Make sure to pay for the ski or snowboard lessons, the ice walk and the dog sledding beforehand.

headerrockies3There are only 3 days left to sign up for the Rockies trip, so sign up and pay at the office or at PuB NiGHT. You can even win a price if you sign up before or at PuB NiGHT!

-Iris

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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

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX Goes Rockies Review – Part 2

Day 3
It’s getting more and more difficult to get up in the morning after partying so hard at night. But just as Japanese would say: “Gambate” which means something like “give it your all” we kept going and overcame our challenges. So, we forced ourselves out of bed to maybe catch a glimpse of some wildlife and check out yet another beautiful lake.

Shortly after, we returned to the hotel to pick up some of our sleepyheads and moved on to Bow Lake. This is my personal highlight of the trip because this is where we did a polar bear swim. What is that you may ask? Well, you put on some swimwear in not so warm weather and run into a freezing cold lake. And because that was not enough for us we repeated this process. It was super cold but also really refreshing. It immediately washed away everyone hangover.
Afterwards came Peyto Lake which has the form of a wolf when looked upon from above. It’s pretty amazing what strange things nature does sometimes.
Next stop? Athabasca Glacier where we took a snow coach. That’s a bus with some really huge tires which are needed to drive on the ice in order to get us to a prepared area to walk on the glacier.
Thinking back we saw quite a lot of interesting places on our way to the third day’s destination Valemount.
Before we arrived we visited the powerful waterfall at Athabasca Falls and then a park from where you had a great view on the Canadian Rockies’ highest mountain: Mount Robson.
In Valemount we checked in to a very North American looking motel, had dinner and then started playing some Street Hockey while other sat around a huge bonfire. As our final night of party and fun progressed the bonfire also grew bigger and bigger. Eventually we had to think of damage control and tried to put out some of it before turning in to bed.

Day 4
The day of return. But first we had to visit the enormous salmon spawning in the river close to the motel we were staying at.
After this we only had 2 more stops before our homecoming. One of them was at Spahats Creek Falls and the second at Kamloops. It was only a short stop though. We ate lunch at a shopping mall and got right back on the bus.
Everyone was very exhausted but didn’t really want the trip to end. Just like a real wolf pack we had become a family and didn’t want to part.
It was inevitable though. We ended the bus ride with a hilarious Lego animation movie. However, we will meet again!
Hopefully at tonight’s Rockies Reunion at Malone’s!

Cheers and remember: Everything Is Awesome!

Your PR Team
Natasja & Amiel

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Review: Trip to the Rockies – Part 1

We’re back from our great tip to the Rockies. And what an extraordinary experience it was! Amazing how much you can experience in just four days. For this reason we have found it necessary to divide this blog post into several parts.

We headed off for our adventure with our tour bus Friday, August 8, at 12:15pm. For our bus ride who gave us interesting information about the different sights that we were passing along the way. Our first stop was in Kamloops where we had a bit of time to buy some food before the arrival to Revelstoke, which was our final destination for the first day. In Revelstoke we checked in at our hotel for the night. Unfortunately bad weather conditions had caused that a couple of rooms were without electricity for some time, and there were no lights along the corridors in the hotel. Fortunately the light bulbs were replaced by candle lights in order to guide us to the different rooms. Actually this also added a bit of a cozy atmosphere to the hotel.

After having found our rooms, we headed downstairs to the hotel bar. Here we had the opportunity to get to know each other better. Some were sitting having a chat while others played pool. It was a great night but since we had a long day ahead of us and we had to get up early, most of us didn’t stay up for too long.

The next day, Saturday, the daylight uncovered the astonishing surroundings in which our hotel was situated. However, the scenery was to get even better. We started our bus drive at 7:45am. our next destination would be Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. While approaching the Rockies our guide told us that the views would change from very good to amazing. And this was certainly true. When entering the Rockies it was almost impossible to not constantly look at the natural wonders that were passing us by. Massive mountains and beautiful lakes were to be spotted everywhere. Sometimes we could also spot some of the wildlife living in the area.

Before arrival to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake we had a stopover. However, we didn’t just stop in order to stretch our legs. As you can see on the picture, We got the chance to get extra close to the wildlife of the area. The cute creatures in the picture definitely weren’t afraid of getting up close to humans, and this was to everybody’s amusement. After this stop we headed to Lake Moraine. At Lake Moraine we got some time to walk around and take pictures of the beautiful scenery before moving on to the even more impressive Lake Louise.

At lake Louise we also had some time to get some food and just walk around. The greatness of the lake is difficult to describe just in words. Just take a look at the picture… it is truly beautiful! The lake gets its turquoise colour from a glacier. Every time the glacier moves it tears off tiny bits of the rock. This rock flour goes into the lake where the turquoise colour is reflected by the sunlight.

Be on the lookout for the next part for the review of our Rockies trip.

 

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Rockies Weekend Spring 2014

Only 5 more weeks and some days before we leave for another great adventure. The rockies trip is known as one of ‘THE MUST-DO TRIP‘, while visiting Vancouver.

We will start our trip on April 18th and will be back in Vancouver on April 21st at night. You will enjoy a four day break from all the craziness in the city during the trip.

Our first stop of the tour will be in Hope, BC and we will then continue to Kamloops and the Spahats Falls. We end the first day in Valemount with a lovely BBQ Dinner and a hockey night.

 

 

The next day we will make our way to the popular Rockies resort Banff, Alberta. On our way we will stop at Mt. Robson, Jasper, Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefields. After a long day of sightseeing and traveling we will end the day with a big party in Banff.

 

 

On our third day we will have a tour trough Banff and will make our way to Lake Louise and we might make a stop at Lake Moraine. From there on we will take our route towards Golden were we will enjoy another lovely BBQ and a campfire party.

 

 

 

On our last day we will stop at Last Spike, the Okanagan Valley and the Othello Tunnels before we will end the tour in Vancouver.   

 

 

Over the last years a lot of awesome pictures were taken during our Rockies Trip. Click here to get a very very beautiful impression of the Rockies.

I hope you are going to join us for this great adventure and we will keep you updated with further information

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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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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