Rocky Mountains

TownAlthough driving more than 2.000 kilometers in four days, without too much sleep, nothing will ever replace Internex’s amazing trip to the Rockies.  Early Friday morning a group of people from all over the world stepped into a bus, left Vancouver and took out on a journey to The Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Our tour guide was Hayley from West Trek Tours, who made this trip as unforgettable as it was, together with our bus driver Handsome Ian. We drove along the highway until we reached the beautiful town Hope where we had some pit stop and we already were surrounded by mountains. Next stop was in Kelowna were we had a picnic on the beach, enjoyed the hot sun and took a swim in the refreshing Kelowna Lake.  Back on the Canadian Okanakan highway we drove along the Okanakan lake until we made another pit stop at a farmers market to pick up some delicious fruits to enjoy on the way.huts

 

Finally before sunset we made it to the Mountain View Cabins in Golden.  After a long drive we were all hungry so the cabin hosts made us a BBQ dinner and after the dinner we grilled some marshmallows on a bonfire. Can you imagine sitting around a bonfire up in the mountains in RockiesCampfiremiddle of nowhere were you can smell the nature all around you?  Surrounded by forests and wild animals and being told stories of people running away from a bears? The night turned into a bonfire party, were our lovely guide Hayley sang country songs and played her ukulele and we all sang along. What a wonderful night!

 

 

 

 

Early Saturday morning we drove back on the highway until we reached rockies1Alberta State and guess what?  We drove back in time. We arrived into Banff National Park where I’m pretty sure the most beautiful nature on this earth exists. First we went to see Emerald Lake and Lake Louise, a stunning beautiful lakes, as blue as the sky, with mountains all around them. Almost like standing in front of a picture. Then it was time to see Lake Louise from above. We drove down to the Lake Louise ski resort and had a lunch buffet before we took the gondola up to a mountain were we got the most amazing view ever. sheepOn our way up, we searched for some wild animals in the forest, but I guess they were hiding.  However we got lucky on our way back.  We found them.  Yes guys, up in the wild nature on our way back in the bus we finally saw some bears. Not just one or two, no we saw seven bears.  A black bear mother, feeding her two little cubs and the cutest grizzle bears hiding between the trees. I actually didn’t know that on this earth there existed a place where wild bears could just chill along the road, but now I know 🙂

 

Next we drove to the cute little mountain town Banff to check in to our hotel and have some relaxing time before dinner. It was Saturday night, so people were in mood for partying. We went to a pub for a drink or two and then we found a nightclub in town. Have you ever visited a nightclub up in the mountains? If not, there is one in Banff 😉

Sunday morning we woke up early and had our breakfast from Tim Horton. We had a long day ahead, the biggest sightseeing day on the trip.  We went to see Lake Minnewanka / Two Jack Lake, Bow lake and Moraine lake, which was even more stunning than Lake Louise. What a nature and what a place. The last lake we saw was Peyto Lake, were we took a polar bear swim were the water is only  5,5 degrees.  That was pretty awesome.  Then we drove in to the Jasper National park were we had the highlight of the day, The Columbia Ice field. The largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains which is about 325 square kilometres (125 sq mi) in area, 100 metres (330 ft) to 365 metres (1,198 ft) in depth and receives up to 7 metres (280 in) of snowfall per year. RockisCarOur glacier adventure began with an opportunity to ride on the surface in the all-terrain Ice Explorer – a massive vehicle specially designed for glacier travel, and there are only 23 of them in the whole world. When we came up to the glacier, we walked on the ice and filled our water bottle with fresh glacier water. Defiantly the best water we’d ever taste. It was a perfect time to capture the beauty of the Ice field’s breathtaking mountain setting.clatier

Back on the highway on our way to Mount Robson, we made a stop at the Athabasca Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the Rocky Mountains which was pretty amazing. It was cold so we found a Belgium waffle man and had some hot drinks and waffles there. Then we kept driving and were we almost reached Mount Robson, the highest peak of The Rocky Mountains, we unfortunately drove into a thick black fog where our beautiful sunny weather changed into heavy rain. Too bad for a view on Mount Robson. Before dinnertime, we made it to our country hotel in Mt. Robson, were we checked in and had a nice warm shower. kowboysA real country night was about to start, yes ladies and gentleman we were now all ready to see some real cowboys. We were picked up of the cowboys and their cowgirls who drove us to their ranch and served us a dinner and drinks. The dinner party soon changes to a wild cowboy party were we all danced line dance late into the night. Monday morning we drove back to Vancouver.

Thank you all for joining us on this unforgettable Rocky Mountains trip. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as the PR team.

 

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PR Team

 

 

Reminder: Trip to the Rockies

Only a few days left where you can sign up for our great trip to the Rockies! Our office will be close from friday the 1st until monday the 4th, so there are only today and tomorrow left in this week and tuesday next week until 12pm. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question about this trip or come to our PuB Night @ Darby’s tonight to get all the information you need.

We’re leaving Vancouver on friday next week at 12.15pm and we’ll be back in Vancouver the next monday around 7-ish. In the trip included are:

 

3 Breakfasts
1 BBQ Dinner
Campfire & Marshmallow Roast
VIP Nightclub Entrance
Shared Accommodation (4 people, 2 beds)
Deluxe Transportation
Discounted Optional Activities
Park Fees, Tips & Taxes
 also there are lots of optional activities you can do like kayaking, taking the banff gondola on top of the mountain with a stunning view, bear watching and taking part in the Columbia Ice field Adventure.
The whole trip will be only $329 for INTERNeX Members, so it will be a great and cheap chance to see the stunning Rocky Mountains this summer.
INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Our hotels for the Rockies Trip

Not even two weeks left until we are going to the Rockies!!!

During our trip we are going to stay in a different hotel each night. The first one will be the 4-star Regent Hotel in Revelstoke. The hotel is located right in the city of Revelstoke, which is next to a great Mountain Resort. If we are lucky we can even see the Mountains from our rooms. Also the hotel has an own liquor store, a fitness center AND hosts the only Nightclub in town, so it will for sure be fun staying there! They also have a restaurant as well as a pub where we can have dinner if we don’t want to go out for dinner this evening, but our tour guide will take us out in a local pubs as well. We’ll have a continental breakfast in their breakfast cafe before we leave in the morning.

Our next night will be spend right in the city of Banff. Here there is a VIP Nightclub Entrance included in the price, so I hope we won’t have that much sleep in this night, but for the little sleep we’ll get we’re staying in the Voyager Inn. That one is of course “near” to the famous Banff National Park, as well as to the Banff Gondola and Lake Louise. This whole city is located IN the Banff Nationalpark, so we’ll have a great view and a nice outside area in this hotel. They even have an outside pool as well as a hot tub and a sauna inside, so don’t forget to bring your bathing suits!!! Breakfast will be included, too!

The last night will be spend in Valemount, at the Rocky Inn. The great thing about that hotel is that they have an awesome outside area where you can have a nice fire and barbecue and party outside. The BBQ dinner and a campfire with marshmallow roast will be included as well and of course we’ll also have included breakfast there before we leave the next morning.

All of our hotels have of course free Wifi included and there will always be 4 people in one room with two double beds. Of course you can choose with whom you want to share the room!

This whole trip will be $329 with lots of stuff included in there. Click here to see our itinerary and more details about the trip. You can sign up and pay cash until 5th august 12pm.

Tour Includes:
3 Breakfasts
1 BBQ Dinner
Campfire & Marshmallow Roast
VIP Nightclub Entrance
Shared Accommodation (4 people, 2 beds)
Deluxe Transportation
Discounted Optional Activities
Park Fees, Tips & Taxes
Discounted Optional Activities: (prices will increase slightly if booking these activities on tour) More details here.
Banff Gondola $35
Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure $50
Banff Gondola & Glacier Adventure Combo $80
River Safari, Bear Watching $67
Hope many of you want to join us for that great trip!!! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further question!

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

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 Canada: News / Fun Facts

In 2 weeks INTERNeX Goes Rockies 2012!! For those who have already signed up; you’re in for one of the most unforgettable Easter weekends you will ever have and for those who haven’t signed up yet please make sure you don’t miss out!!

This week I will tell you more about the three places where we will be staying during our Rockies tour; Valemont, Banff and Golden.

VALEMOUNT

On Friday 6th we will arrive in Valemont. Valemont is in BC and is situated in a valley between the Rocky Mountains, Monashee Mountains and Cariboo Mountains.

Valemount is home to the highest peak of the Rockies; Mount Robson at 3,954m. A lot of wildlife can be seen in the mountainous  areas of Valemount such as; elk, moose, mountain goats, grizzly bears, black bears, mule, caribou, beaver, muskrat and much more.

BANFF

On our second day we will be going to the highest town (at 1, 383 m) in the whole of Canada; Banff. This beautiful national park of Alberta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a United Nations designation which helps protect a very large part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

 

There are quite a few activities you can do in Banff, such as: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hiking, gondola rides, dog sledding and much much more!

GOLDEN

Our last night will be spent in Golden, BC. This beautiful part of Canada is surrounded by the Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park and is known as ‘Kicking Horse Country’.

Golden has quite a few impressing attractions that you need to see while we are there. It is home to the longest covered pedestrian bridge in all of Canada. You can even take a gondola ride to see the unbelievable views of the valley and mountain vistas.

For information about this amazing Rockies Trip read our “INTERNeX Goes Rockies 2012” Details blog post and join the event on Facebook.

Are you interested in signing up for the trip? Send us an email at pr@internexcanada.com! You can also email us with any additional questions you may have.

Have a great Sunday!

Cheers,

Lies

 

Fun & Informational facts – The Canadian Rockies!

Are you in The Rocky Mountains right now, thinking about going or just curious? Read this facts!

There are five major parks that are part of the Canadian Rockies, they are Yoho, Jasper, Kootenay, Banff and Waterton.

The oldest park of Canada and one of the most visited parks around the territory is Banff. Some of Banff’s residents include Grizzly bears, lynx, deer, weasel and a many others. Next is Jasper, the largest of the five.

The Canadian Rockies have been likened to the African Serengeti in terms of the abundance of wildlife! Watch out for bears, cougars, elk and more.

As far as weather is concerned, snow can fall as late as June and early July at the higher elevations and weather generally changes quickly in the mountains. On one side of a mountain it could be sunny, and on the other it could be rain

Lake Louise

Peaks of mountains are spiky because of glaciers on it. These glaciers obviously make the mountains cooler and moist.

The time changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time somewhere between Golden and Revelstoke.

Kootenay National Park is Canada’s only park with both glaciers and cactus plants.

Banff National Park has over 1,600 kilometers of hiking trails.

Kimberley mine produced 75% of the lead used by Allies forces in WWII.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of four Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks is a total protected area of over 20,000 square kilometers.

Banff National Park’s wildlife can cross the Trans-Canada Highway on specially built over and under passes, designed to reduce vehicular collisions with the animals. These have set the world-standard for animal-highway relations.

Most of the INTERNeX interns and candidates living Vancouver are in The Rocky Mountains at the moment. Check this blog on Tuesday to read how they experienced it!

Have a nice day!

Your PR-team

INTERNeX Exposé of the week – Banff and Lake Louise

A lot of our INTERNeX candidates come to Canada to follow our Hospitality program in beautiful Banff in the Rocky Mountains. It is located in one of the most beautiful and pristine national parks in the world: Banff National Park and very close to one of the world’s most beautiful lakes – Lake Louise.

If you ever plan a trip to this region, you can be sure that adventure will await you! The UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff offers rough beauty, untouched landscapes, and impressive mountain ranges. At Lake Louise, you can admire the turquoise waters sparkling underneath the towering Victoria glacier! It is an authentic alpine experience, offering grizzlies and a world class ski area.

What else can I do there?

Well, since summer is coming up, I will give you some hints on what you can do in Banff and Lake Louise. You will definitely be face to face with nature! No matter if it’s majestic wild animals, rugged mountain peaks or thickly forested alpine valleys, there will always be an adventure waiting for you.

Test your limits climbing the roof of the Rocky Mountains, explore scenic driving routes, go fishing or canoeing on Lake Louise’s turquoise water or go on a guided trip outside the park for heli-hiking or rafting. ENDLESS opportunities!

Have you ever been there? How was it!?

Cheers,

Ziska

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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