Vancouver Island – Weekend Recap

What a weekend trip!

Some of us got to experience such a nice weekend on Vancouver Island! We went there with Moose Travel Network, with whom we’ve done many trips together in the past!

We were meeting on Friday morning to head towards the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. After enjoying the natural hair dryer on top of the ferry deck from the blowing wind we arrived in Nanaimo and got some groceries for lunch. The spot at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park let us take in a beautiful scenery while having lunch.

Afterwards, we got to see some of the biggest trees in Canada at the MacMillan Provincial Park! One tree is 75 metres high and some trees even 800 years old. Guess they survive all of us =). A true highlight was the stop at Wally Creek, where you can see one of Canada’s most beautiful nature places. Rivers and sources who go through rocks and a big valley of trees around it. Such a vibe! After seeing the big trees, we headed towards Long Beach on Vancouver Island, on which parts of the Twilight Saga were filmed, how cool is that? 🙂

In the evening we arrived at our first destination: Tofino is a nice little harbour city with a quiet, calm, but at the same time overwhelming atmosphere, caused by the surrounding nature of the sea, the mountains, and the forests. We all had a nice meal at a restaurant in the evening and a little gathering at a pub with some live music!

With the tummy full of a great breakfast we went to the beach to go surfing on Saturday morning. The fresh air, the 4 metre tall waves, the cold salty water, and the sun shining through the trees was definitely an experience we will never forget! Some of us chose a calmer option and went kayaking instead. 🙂 Luckily, due to our super tour guide Terence, we get to experience not one, but two events on Saturday! We drove with a boat out on the sea to see some grey whales! It’s a super extraordinary feeling to see such an enormous animal in the depth of the blue ocean! Some of us got to experience bear watching, which I heard was also amazing. To finish up the day we gathered together at a beach with a clear sky for stargazing and a cozy bonfire where we made classic Canadian S’mores, right after we watched the sunset. That was a whole day of events there!

Early in the morning on Sunday we left Tofino with everlasting memories and drove back to Nanaimo. We stopped at Sproat Lake to see old fossils which could be seen in a stone wall. Slowly bumping up our heartbeat, we headed towards the Nanaimo Wildly Park to go Bungee Jumping! I can tell you, it was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Overcoming your fears gives you so much energy! The bridge over Nanaimo River was 150 ft (45 meters) high and they were doing bungee jumps since 1990! I guess we can be sure the bungee doesn’t tear apart =). With adrenaline still in our veins from the bungee jump, we went to Mount Douglas. This mountain is right before Victoria, our second destination on the trip. From this mountain you can even look over to the United States! Such a breathtaking view! Arriving in Victoria, we ended our evening with a tour from our bus driver Terence and a Pub Night in Victoria.

Waking up in Victoria gives you many options on what to see. We decided to go to the Royal BC Museum which has an exhibition about Natural History and the animals there. The animals were displayed in their original size. Can you imagine how big a mammoth is? Me neither until I saw it there. One exhibition was also about how the climate change can affect the biodiversity and the vegetation in British Columbia. They even believe that with the year 2080, the degrees climb up by 8! Walking out of the museum you can see the parliament building and next to it the Beacon Hill Park with access to the beach. After seeing the beach and the sea, we went to some souvenir shops and to a restaurant to grab some food. Sad that the trip came to an end, but also grateful for the many experiences, we took the ferry from Sidney to Tsawwassen to go home to Vancouver. On the ferry, we got many chances to spot some sea otters in the water and see the beautiful islands around us.

To conclude I must say that this experience and the whole trip will last forever in my heart because I got to see so many things and make memories every day. I’m very glad I joined this trip and I’m so excited for the next one.

We hope all of our participants in this trip could enjoy the Island just like I did. Maybe we can talk about it during the next Pub Night? =)

See you there! Have a good one!

Tino =)

How was the weekend?

Was your weekend as busy as mine? I feel like I need another one just to relax. 😀 But all the action was totally worth it!

It started on Friday after work. INTERNeX met to watch the Opening Night of ‘We Will Rock You!’ at Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park. Yes, the show was outside at the Malkin Bowl, so we enjoyed a bit of sunlight and later the night sky above us while watching an amazing show. The Musical features songs of the famous band ‘Queen’ and invited people to sing, clap, and interact which was really fun. We made our stay extra special by bringing some blankets and snacks for a picnic on the little hill. When it got dark the scenery lit up for a great ending! If you missed out on that, don’t be sad, there’s a lot more shows going on, so you have time to enjoy it yourself! I would definitely recommend it. Maybe you like their other show better? Next to ‘We Will Rock You!’, TUTS is also showing ‘Something Rotten!’.


On Saturday we had several groups go out for kayaking and paddle boarding at Deep Cove in North Vancouver. The weather was perfect with a cloudy sky and some sunlight shining through. It was the first time for most of us and in the beginning we were a little nervous to fall into the water, but we ended up staying dry(ish). I really enjoyed the peacefulness of the ocean and mountains with trees around us. We kayaked around little Islands and even saw a seal very close to us! It was a fabulous start into the day. Two hours of kayaking flew by and before we headed back downtown we strengthened ourselves with some coffee and doughnuts. 😉

Of course the day wasn’t over after that. In the afternoon we met to go to the Khatsalano street festival. A whole road was filled with vendors, food trucks, beer gardens and live music. It was really busy, but super exciting to walk around and check out all the different booths. After a while, we needed to go somewhere less crowded though, so we went to Kitsilano Beach where we had some food and drinks while watching the sunset.

The last day of the weekend was probably my favourite. INTERNeX went on a day trip to Victoria, BC’s capital on Vancouver Island. We were a small bus filled with 14 people and met very early in the morning to get as much time as possible in this beautiful city. On the ferry our tour guide Mike introduced us to a game called ‘man hunt’. One person is the hunter and has to count to 60 while the rest tries to hide. Then the hunter has to find everyone and catch them (no running though, only speed walking) to make them an ally and find more people together. We played this game on the ferry and it was super fun! Also a great way for waking up and killing time. 😀

Once we arrived in Victoria we did a small city tour on the bus, went to the colourful Fisherman’s wharf, then to a large pier where you have a wide view over the ocean and you don’t even feel like you’re in a city anymore. The highlight was on our walk back when we spotted an otter family walking around the logs on the sides of the pier. From here we went to grab lunch and enjoyed it at Beacon Hill Park which was beautiful. In our free time to walk around the city, Tim got a fun sketch of himself form a street artist. Camilo and I ran into a Mexican festival with traditional dancing on the street and then went on to see the little ally’s in Canadas oldest Chinatown. It was so pretty and very different from Vancouver’s Chinatown. In general Victoria seems more like a European city than a North American city. It has buildings in Victorian style, no high skyscrapers, lots of cute individual shops, pedestrian areas, etc.

If you haven’t been there yet, you should definitely go. The journey is long but it’s worth it. We were lucky to have Mike with us, to show us the nicest spots and drive us around. 🙂

How was your weekend?

Let’s chat about it next pub night!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

Smart Saver Vancouver

The past couple of days, it has been over 25 degrees Celsius in Vancouver. AKA: Summer is coming! Therefore, I thought it would be the perfect time to tell you about some great, affordable summer activities you can do during this time of year.

Kayaking Bowen Island May 2018Do you enjoy being on the water? Summer is the perfect season to go kayaking in False Creek! Groupon currently offers a 40% discount on two-hour single kayaks and a 44% discount on tandem kayaks. This means you can enjoy the beautiful view from the water, the calming sound of the waves and of course, improve your kayak skills, for only $24! The promotional value expires August 31st.

Would you like to do something less standard? Go paddle boarding! You can do this at Kitsilano Beach as well as Granville Island. From Granville Island, you can paddle down to False Creek or to English Bay and enjoy the beautiful views you will pass by on your way. If you’re lucky, you might even see some seals! Groupon offers a discount for this activity as well: two hours of paddle boarding on a weekday will cost you $17 instead of $33 and two hours of paddle boarding on any day will cost you $21. Tip: bring a friend and rent a paddle board for two people. Why? Well, Groupon offers a 51% discount, meaning you and your friend only have to pay $33 in total! This promotional value expires September 5th.

6054509692_718b4d44d3_mNot into water activities? No need to worry! If you enjoy movies and being surrounded by nature, I have the perfect activity for you: watch an outdoor movie at Stanley Park! Every Tuesday, between July 3rd and August 21st, you can wrap yourself in a warm blanket, eat popcorn and watch your favourite throwback movies, all while breathing in fresh air. The best part: it’s completely free! You can find the line-up here.

If you would just like to do something simple; organize a barbecue with your friends and divide the preparation among the people who join. A fun day guaranteed! I hope the weather stays nice enough for you to do all these activities. If it does: don’t forget to wear sunscreen and take water with you!

See you all tonight at the Lamplighter for PuB NiGHT!

– Angy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

Oh wow, it is already Monday again. Time flies when you are having fun, they say. I guess that is exactly what happened to me this weekend. I escaped busy downtown for a couple of hours and enjoyed Vancouver’s nature to the fullest.

But first of all, it was time to party on Friday night! We even had a good reason to go out this time: it was Angy’s birthday on Saturday. Blarney Stone was the place to celebrate that Angy is officially no teenager anymore. We enjoyed a great mix of live band and DJ and danced the night away.

My Saturday started off with a breakfast with a view. Traveling 1,5 hours by bus was totally worth to enjoy a coffee at Horseshoe Bay’s Blenz Coffee. This was our meeting place for the day, since we wanted to take the ferry to Bowen Island. After Angy received her birthday muffin, it was time to take off. We could even sit outside on the ferry and enjoy the sun during the short ride. Angy decided to spend her birthday on the water – not swimming, but paddling. So we headed to the kayak rental on the island. It was quite windy that day, so the rental company was hesitating sending us out. But only one hour of playing cards later, we received the official go to enter the sea. So that is what we did! Equipped withKayaking PFD’s and paddles, we sat down in our double kayaks and paddled out of the bay. We could spot mountains with snowy tops and houses hidden in the forest while paddling along the coastline of the island. What an awesome panorama! Some waves were a challenge and a few even entered the boat, but no one had to take an involuntary swim. Three hours on the sea went by really fast with paddling, singing and taking pictures. When we arrived back on land, most of us were soaked. So we got a hot drink and took the next ferry back to Vancouver. Bowen Island is always worth a trip!

On Sunday morning, I found myself back in the same bus we took the day before. Destination this time: Lighthouse Park. A hike and picnic were on INTERNeX’ program for this weekend. Apparently, we were not the only ones who had this plan on this sunny Sunday. But instead of taking the direct path to the famous Lighthouse, we used some smaller ways along the coastline that were not crowded at all. We stopped several times 42417160101_0ca19d5d2b_nto take pictures of the amazing view with small Vancouver on the other side of the water. For our lunch break, we found a spot on a huge rock at the end of East Beach Trail. What a great place for a picnic! We hiked back on the other part of the park until we reached our bus stop again. Spontaneously, we decided to enjoy the sun a bit more instead of going home directly. So, we took the bus in the other direction, to Horseshoe Bay, and chilled in the park for the rest of the day.

That was a great weekend and I hope you had a good one too! See you on Wednesday at the Beaver Bar.

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

I have great news for you: this weekend will be a long one! Canada celebrates Victoria Day on Monday, so most of you do not have to work on that day and can celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. Here are some ideas for you to fill your great weekend.

5601230552_924f0e3fa3_nHave you ever seen the big silver bowl at False Creek next to the stadiums? Inside this bowl, you can experience science in an interactive and fun way. This Saturday, a special exhibition opens which is all about PIXAR. I am sure you all know some PIXAR movies, such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, WALL-E… the list goes on and on. If this sounds interesting to you, then meet us in front of the entrance at 11am on Saturday morning and we will have a fun morning together. Admission fee for Science World is $25 for adults, $20.25 for students (bring your ID). The exhibition ‘The Science behind PIXAR’ costs $8 extra.

The weather forecast for Saturday does not seem too bad, so you can spend the afternoon at the beach and enjoy the sun. English Bay and Kitsilano beach are the hotspots for the summer in Vancouver. And of course, Stanley Park is always a great location. Take a walk around the sea wall with beautiful views. After this exhausting day, you might get hungry. A cool location is Dublin Calling on Granville Street which offers a good food and drinks menu. Their brand new rooftop just opened last week where you can enjoy the sun. Even at night you will not get cold, because the rooftop is covered. Perfect spot for a May night! We will check it out next Wednesday at our PuB NiGHT.

Sundays are always great for leaving the busy city life and getting out in the nature. 9359310737_4067428b32_nA great place to do so is Deep Cove in North Vancouver. From downtown, you will reach this area in approximately one hour by bus. A lovely place is hidden in this part of town. Hike easily on Quarry Rock, where you will have a beautiful view on Indian Arm. You have also the possibility to rent a kayak for a few hours and paddle around. Great end of the day is a visit to Honey Doughnuts & Goodies, a famous café for locals and tourists.

And then, it is Monday already. What about actually spending Victoria Day in Victoria? It is located in the south of Vancouver Island. You can take the ferry from Tsawwassen to Victoria, which takes about 90 minutes and costs $17.20. On Victoria Day, there is the famous Island Farms Victoria Day Parade. It is free to attend and takes about two hours. Besides that, bands are performing live at different locations all over the city.

Have a great weekend!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com