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.

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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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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Rockies tour guide: What is included?

On the 11th of August, INTERNeX is going on an adventure again. We are going on a 4-day trip to the Rockies, which is the perfect place to spend your summer.

29698236184_8cba6b613b_oOn the first day of our big trip we are going to start our adventure at Waterfront at 7 AM. It is only a short drive to our first stop, Hope. This is where the original Rambo First Blood movie was filmed. Along the way you can enjoy the beautiful views while we are driving over the Coquihalla Highway to Kamloops. In Kamloops we will have a stop to get lunch. After filling our stomachs we will continue our way to Valemount. We will have one more stop at the Spahats Falls where we will have some time to make pictures. Once we arrive in Valemount and are checked into the hotel, we will head out to a Canadian ranch for a real Cowboy experience. There we will watch a Cowboy show and eat dinner (included). After the Cowboy show we will go back to the hotel. Here you can play hockey and afterwards warm up at the campfire.

The second day we will first have breakfast (included) at the hotel before we continue our journey to Banff. We will drive up to Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. After a short break to make pictures we will get back on the road to Jasper, another famous city in the Rockies. Then we will continue our way on the Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefields, which is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world. On the way to the Columbia Icefields we will have a stop at Athabasca Falls, a beautiful water fall in the Rockies. Once we are at the Columbia Icefields we will have some free time. During this free time you will have the chance to join the Snowcoach tour (optional activity). After spending some time at the Columbia Icefields we will continue our way to the first amazing lake we will visit, Peyto lake. From there it is only a short drive up to the second lake, Bow lake. If you are brave enough, you can try out the Polar Wolf Swim at Bow Lake. From Bow Lake we will drive up to our hotel in Banff where we will have time to get dinner (not included). In the night we are going to end our night properly at a nightclub in Banff!

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After our night in Banff we will have breakfast at Tim Hortons (included). We will leave Banff and drive up to Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake and Cascade Ponds. From there we will head out to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. At Lake Louise we will have time to walk around or to go on the Lake Louise gondola, where a lunch buffet is included (optional activity). After Lake Louie we will go to Emerald lake where you have the opportunity to go canoeing (optional activity). After another busy day we will spend the night at the Mountain View Cabins. Here we will eat as much as we can at the all you can eat barbeque dinner (included). After that we will have a campfire where you can try to make s’mores (included).

On the fourth day we will prepare ourselves for the long way back with an all you can eat breakfast (included). We will drive through Rogers Pass to the Last Spike of the trans-continental railway. After a short stop we will continue our journey to Kelowna, where we will have lunch and possibly a beach stop (weather permitting). After our stop we will drive through the Coquihalla Valley back to Vancouver. We will arrive in Vancouver at approximately 7 PM.

To ensure your spot on the Rockies trip sign up in the office or on PuB NiGHTs before July 25th. The price is only $420 for INTERNeX candidates and $430 for non-INTERNeX. If you would like to know more about the trip, then check out our Facebook page.

– Iris

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

Hey there,

A new workweek has arrived! That means the weekend is over..
But before we start let’s look back at this wonderful sunny weekend.

We did several things this weekend. Clara and Mercedes went with some of our clients on Saturday to the Khatsahlano Festival, in Kitisiliano.

First we went to Downtown to drink and eat something in Downtown. The weather was so cool, we went to a terrace. About 4 pm we went to the festival by bus. It was crowded, a lot of stands with food, and things to buy!

  • The festival was along the 4th avenue, between Burrard and McDonsald Street
  • Concerts (indie and rock music). We watched two groups: Gold & Youth and Towers and Trees.

We walked visiting the different places, a lot of free things to eat (chocolate, cookies) and some performances like break dance and humor shows. We saw some very funny things: a lot of old women dancing electronic. A man with a horse mask playing the guitar on top of a caravan…
It was a really good festival, everything very clean and well organized, with the Canadian style 🙂

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INTERNeX Canada: Picture of the week #1

As most of you already know it was a hectic week for INTERNeX last week; with the BC Day long weekend away in the Rockies and then the BIG Summer Party! That’s why we have two pictures of the week for you this week; today we will have a picture from our INTERNeX Goes Rockies Trip and on Saturday we will have a picture from our awesome 10 year anniversary summer party 🙂

What would a Rocky Mountain’s trip without the famous ‘INTERNeX Goes Rockies’ picture? This time we took at Moraine Lake.. what do you think? Beautiful right!

Watch out for our picture of the week #2 on Saturday for a great shot from the summer party..

Cheers,

Lies

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: INTERNeX goes Rockies – Summer Edition – Review!

Wherever you spent our long weekend, we hope it was a blast! For some of the INTERNeX candidates and the PR team it was probably one of the best weekends ever in Canada! Fantastic, awesome, beautiful – breathtaking nature, flash mob, campfire, BBQ, Jägerbombs!!!

17 of us joined West Trek for their famous Rocky Mountains tour. The party bus picked us up in Vancouver on Friday morning and we started our Rockies adventure. Lee, our tour guide, made sure we had four days of party party party during our stops and in the bus. He entertained us with games and jokes (supriiiiise…!) and made us dance, sing and love the Backstreet Boys again! We learned a lot about Canadian nature and the Rockies as Lee shared interesting facts and experiences with us. Did you know that there is a lake monster living in BC? Ogopogo didn’t show himself but a bear crossed our way!

We stopped our ongoing bus party to see the most beautiful spots of the Rocky Mountains! Mount Robson, the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies, and Athabasca Falls were some of the distinctive natural wonders of the mountains. Between the peaks the mountain lakes revealed all their incredible beauty. I am sure Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are among the most beautiful places on earth. The water is so blue it could easily compete with the bluest skies that we were lucky to have the whole weekend. We couldn’t resist jumping into these clear blue lakes. With water temperature just around 5 to 8°C it was a very extreme refreshment but when will you get a chance to swim in a Rocky Mountains lake again? Even colder was the glacier ice of the Columbia Icefields that gave us an impression of the eternal winters in the Rockies.

In the evenings we had BBQ dinners with the best view of the mountains and our party nights lasted until the morning! The hockey and pub night taught us to play street hockey and Canadian drinking games. Our club night in one of the most famous places in Canada was just mind-blowing – Banff was one hell of a party! A tasteful breakfast the next morning on top of the mountain was just right to get us going for the next day. Our last night at the campfire was an amazing open-air party where people mingled and had a lot of fun together.

All of us were from different countries but all the fun, the mountains and especially our incredible tour guide Lee brought us all together! It was such an aaaamazing and unforgettable trip!!

Leave a comment (or Call Me Maybe!) and tell us how YOU experienced the Rocky Mountains!

Cheers,

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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