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

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Stop, Squamish time!

Only one… two… three more days until we are on our way to Squamish! Although you already know what we are going to do, let me provide you with some more details.

We will meet at 7:45AM at the Pacific Central Station (1150 Station St) in Vancouver. We will arrive in Squamish at approximately 10:00AM. Then, we will walk for an hour to the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola where we will start our hike. The hike will last three hours and is filled with beautiful nature, amazing views and there will be time to enjoy a little picnic. At the end of the hike, we will be on the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola where we can find the Summit Lodge. The perfect place to treat ourselves to a drink and celebrate we made it! 21062859398_0c95352186_n

After that, it is time to go to the next activity: the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge! The suspension bridge is 100 metres long and gives visitors a breathtaking view of the Sky Pilot Mountain and Howe Sound. When we have had enough of enjoying the sun (although honestly, could we ever?), it is time to take the gondola down again. But no worries, the trip is not over yet! When we are back at the base of the gondola, we will walk for about 20 minutes to have a look at Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Fun fact: Shannon Falls is the third tallest waterfall in British Colombia!

After visiting the waterfall, you will have the opportunity to have a Subway/A&W/McDonald’s (or bring your own) dinner before we head back on the bus. We will arrive in Vancouver at approximately 10pm. The day will consist of a lot of walking, however, it will all be worth it! According to the weather forecast it will be 26 degrees that day so don’t forget to bring your sunglasses and sunscreen! Also, make sure to bring enough food for the picnic and water to make sure you will not get dehydrated.

I hope you are just as excited as I am! See you tonight at the Beaver Bar!

– Angy

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PR-Team Adventures

As some of you might know, my boyfriend visited me for two weeks and on the last day we went on a little trip to Garibaldi Lake together with Merle, Tess and my boyfriend. I wanted to show him the great blue lakes without going to the Rockies and this trip was perfect for that.

As it is hard to reach Garibaldi Lake by public transport, we rented a car to get to the lake. We were really lucky, because some people probably cancelled their reservation and therefore we could get a more luxurious car. I already downloaded an offline map on Google Maps beforehand, so getting there was easy.

It was my first time driving a car in Canada, so I was happy to see that the way to Garibaldi Lake was mostly going straight. Driving up to the hiking trail already felt like a road trip, as you can see the beautiful views along the Sea to Sky highway. When we were almost at our final destination, we got confused with where we had to take the exit and therefore had to drive a long way till we could finally turn. After a while of searching, we got a spot right in front of the hiking trail and could immediately start our adventure.

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The hike up to Garibaldi Lake is 9 kilometres long of which 6 kilometres were pretty steep. Therefore, the first 6 kilometres were much harder and we took way more breaks on this part of the hike. Both my boyfriend and I don’t have the greatest condition which made it a bit hard sometimes. On the way we spotted some chipmunks and we also passed two other beautiful lakes, Barrier lake and Lesser Garibaldi Lake. As I didn’t know that there were more lakes I thought that we finally reached Garibaldi Lake all the time. However, we still had to walk a bit more to finally reach Garibaldi Lake.

20431636_10209637698520251_6581499177034320845_nAt Garibaldi Lake we made sure that we conquered one of the picnic tables after making many pictures of the beautiful view. Here I could finally fill my stomach and relax till it was time to go back to the car again. The way back to the parking lot was way easier as you were mostly going down, which is why some people were even running down the hiking trail.

It is not strange that my legs were still hurting 2 days later, as it took us 5.5 hours to get to Garibaldi Lake and to get back to the car. It was definitely worth the pain and time though and I would surely recommend it to everyone who is visiting Canada.

I hope you all had a great weekend and I am looking forward to hearing all about it on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Picnic-Dinner Review -@ Queen Elizabeth Park

What a nice variety of food we had last night at one of Vancouver’s most beautiful places: Queen Elizabeth Park!
There were pancakes made with bacon inside, fruit, Lebkuchen, dumplings, meatballs, deviled eggs, salad and the list goes on. We really had many things from many different countries!

After stuffing ourselves we played ball, chatted and laughed a lot.
By the way, does anyone know of the game “Brännboll”, a ballgame commonly played in Sweden? We discovered that our Germans know it as well. It’s just spelled differently: “Brennball”.
We played it until sundown but finally packed our things when the mosquitoes threatened to eat us alive.

We had a great time and it was definitely a nice alternative to our regular PuB NiGHTs. What did you guys think?

Have a nice long weekend everyone! And look forward to our review of the Whistler Day Trip we’ll be on this Sunday! It’s going to be hella awesome!

Your PR Team
Natasja & Amiel

 

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Another PuB NiGHT? No…This is a Picnic Announcement!

The sun is finally giving its all again. Which is why we decided to take it outside!

We’ll have a picnic/dinner at Queen Elizabeth Park on Thursday, July 30th at 7pm. The location is the picnic area (northern part of the park).

Let’s try something interesting!
Bring a small home-cooked specialty originating from your own country. And if you don’t have your own recipe, just call your parents or grandparents for one!

Of course some of you don’t have the time or opportunity to make a meal, so bringing snacks or something from the store is also fine – as long as it reminds of your home country!

Don’t forget the blankets/towels to sit on and maybe you even have a Frisbee or an cool game we can play.

Enjoy the rest of the week and see you this Thursday!

 

Your PR Team
Natasja & Amiel

 

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Visit to Queen Elizabeth Park

This Saturday, September 20th, we’re going to visit the Queen Elizabeth Park. The Park is placed at the geographical center of Vancouver. Since the Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver you can catch amazing views over the city.And of course the park has many beautiful gardens to walk through and enjoy. Some of the larger trees are about 60 years old. The coast redwood can grow to be one of the tallest trees of the world.

You’re able to do different activities there. So you can play Pitch& Putt, Tennis, Golf, Roller hockey, basketball, disc golf and lawn bowling. For sure it’s also fun just to watch other people playing, to relax and hopefully to enjoy the sun.
If there is anybody of you, who has a Frisbee, please take it with you, so we’re able to play Frisbee on the free Frisbee area. This would be a lot of fun.

If we’re getting hungry, we have the opportunity to have a picnic or to visit the Park Restaurant, which serves great food with an amazing view.

The Queen Elizabeth Park is sure to be one of the highlights of any visit to Vancouver.

The Park is near Oakridge-41st station on the Canada Line.
We’ll meet at the entrance along West 37th Avenue between Columbia and Mackie streets at 4 pm. Click here to get the way from the station to the entrance.
Join the event here.

So let’s meet up for a fun day at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Picnic at the Beach review

On Saturday we had a nice small picnic at the beach. It was a lovely sunny day in Vancouver and the city turned it to a beautiful place with crowded beaches and sports everywhere.

We met at the boathouse in Kitsilano and from there we looked for a nice spot on the beach. Once we found we we unpacked all our blankets and started our tanning session. ATTENTION: do not forget to get yourself some sunscreen! The sun is very strong in Canada. We had crackers, chips, strawberries, bananas and many more for picnic. Even some went for a short swim between our tanning sessions.

After the picnic it was time to do some sport, there was a volleyball tournament going on, but once it was finished we could play some volleyball or Frisbee. The warm weather stayed till late in the afternoon and so we left to beach to get some dinner and came back to the park to eat. We finished our day at the beach at around 8pm.

We hope you all enjoyed the nice weekend and we hope to see you at the pub-beach-night this wednesday. Tomorrow we will give you more information about the place and time!

Enjoy the warm weather!