It’s time for reviewing the third quarter of this year. There was a lot going on here in Vancouver and we organized a lot for our INTERNeX group. Here we gooo:
The very first day in July is a special day here in Canada. It’s Canada’s Birthday! This year Canada became 148 years old. In 1867 the British North America Act (today called Constitution Act) united the three colonies Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a single federation. The first event of the day, called Waterfront Party, started at Canada Place and was featuring various entertainments like live music, activities for children, street hockey, an armed forces show, a circus show and lots of food carts, as well. Next up was the Canada Day Parade. To finish the day with a bang, there was a firework, which we had a great view of from Canada Place.
In July we had a couple of nice alternatives to our regular Pub NiGHTS. We went to one of Vancouver’s most beautiful places: Queen Elizabeth Park and had a picnic-dinner together with pancakes, fruits, meatballs, salad, … and the list went on! After stuffing ourselves we played ball, chatted and laughed a lot.
We also set up a Scavenger Hunt, which was extremely funny! For a little summary of what we had planned please click here.
Have you ever seen a firework competition? Well, you actually get the chance once a year at Vancouver’s English Bay. Aside from the fireworks competition, called Celebration of Lights, there was a festival at Sunset Beach with various entertainment, vendor stalls and musical showcases.
Mid July we escaped the Vancouver city life for doing a camping trip to
enjoy the great outdoors. Click here to find out more about our camping trip.
August ended with another incredible trip to the Rockies but this time in summer. We just did and experienced so much but let me summarize our itinerary:
Our adventure started outside the Waterfront station early in the morning. We stopped in Hope, Kamloops, Valemount and the Spahats Falls. The next day our journey went on by heading to Banff. On our way we had short rests at Mount Robson, Jasper, Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefields and some stunning lakes. The following day we had a little bit more spare time where we could decide whether we would like going up the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountains or simply exploring Banff before heading to Golden. On the way to Golden we stopped at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, which are regarded as two of the most famous places in the Rockies. The last day of our amazing tour we traveled back to Vancouver but not without passing Okanagan Valley to see the Last Spike and Othello Tunnels.
You can easily imagine how much fun we had. Not forgetting all the nights we partied so hard so that it was even harder to get up early in the morning. For a more detailed version of our Rockies trip, click here and here.
And for seeing some pictures, among others from our polar bear swim, click here.
The weekend before we had planned a day trip to Victoria. It felt like day of vacation because everything looked quite different compared to Vancouver. No skyscrapers far and wide. Victoria is definitely worth a visit!
Just as FlyOver Canada. We virtually flew over Canada, from East coast to West coast. It was intense!
A Whistler day trip was also on our to-do list for August. Our first destination took us to Shannon Falls, which is located right before Squamish before heading to our original goal. Arrived in Whistler some of us did zip-lining and the rest checked out the highest and longest lift in the world that took us up to Whistler Mountain from where we took the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Blackcomb Mountain which connects and Blackcomb Mountain.
After a great trip to the Rockies August came to an end and September started with the traditional Rockies Reunion at Malone’s where our tour guide from WestTrek already had some seats reserved for us. After arriving, we immediately started talking about the trip and how much fun we had. We also spoke with people from the other tour bus and compared experiences. West Trek put together a video of our whole Rocky Mountains trip in just a couple of days. And it was pretty cool to see all the fun things we did over the weekend.
Mid September was a CONCACAF game, which can be compared with Europe’s Champions League. The CONCACAF league includes all soccer teams from North and Central America as well as the Caribbean. That means the match between the Vancouver Whitecaps against Olympia from Honduras was quite a big deal. Before we marched together with many other Whitecaps supporters to BC Place we met up with the language school students at Doolin’s Irish Pub.
In the beginning of September we had to say goodbye to our awesome PR Coordinator Natasja. But we will definitely meet again some day!
Because of Labor Da Canada had a long weekend where we took the chance to head down to Richmond to the Extreme Air Park.
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