INTERNeX Explorer: Cypress Mountain

Since we are going up to Cypress this Saturday for a day of skiing and snowboarding, I thought it would be very interesting to get to know a little bit about the resort! Here is a bit of background history of the Cypress Mountain Ski area, so let’s take a small tour of the biggest moments of this resort shall we?

This story begins way back in the 1800’s, sounds so ancient doesn’t it? During this time, in the late 1800’s, the resort was just a big mountain named Vaughen with lot’s of trees.  After the mountain was logged and paths were created, in 1912, it was renamed as  “Hollyburn Mountain” by a Botanist John Davidson. Then fast forwarding to the year 1932, Roland D. Brewis, West Vancouver resident, built a ski camp on the shores of West Lake.  The camp was then sold to the Burfield family, who renamed it Hollyburn Ski Lodge. Then in 1963, a tragic accident of the Canadian Forces T-33 training jet that crashed into Mt. Strachan left a mark at Cypress. The plane wreckage remained there along with a plaque in memory of the two men who perished in crash. Finally in 1984,  Burfield sold the lodge to Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd which later became know as  the first ski resort in BC to allow snowboarding! In the year 2002, Cypress was chosen as the host for 2010 Winter Olympic Games as well as the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard venue for the Olympic. During 2008, they opened Cypress Creek Lodge which included restaurants and ski stores. And of course, in 2010, the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Venue of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games was held at Cypress Mountain!

Here are some other interesting facts about Cypress:

  • only 30 minute drive from Downtown, Vancouver
  • named after the bowl between the three mountains, Mt. Strachan, Black Mountain, and Hollyburn Mountain, which is known as “Cypress Bowl”
  • the word “Cypress” comes from Yellow Cedar tree

For more historical moments of the Cypress Mountain, check it out here on their website! And since you know a little bit more about this ski area, why not come see it for yourself? This Saturday we will be going skiing/snowboarding at Cypress, so join us on our Facebook event page! See you all there 🙂

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: About INTERNeX Winter Season is coming!

Would you like to live the real Canada?  Would you like to live and work at the Rocky Mountains?

INTERNeX provides paid positions in the tourism industry in cities such as Banff, Jasper or the fantastic Lake Louise. The real nature of Canada just for you!

Winter season is here, so it´s the perfect time to start taking decisions and ski resort doesn´t sound bad, does it?

If you are thinking what to do with your life and you want to live a great experience at the same time you are earning some money, this is your program!

You will NOT find a more beautiful place plenty of breathtaking views, glacier lakes, incredible nature, like you will find at the Canadian Rocky Mountains!!

But if you are a city addict you can always come to Vancouver or Toronto and work as a waiter, housekeeping, hotels… there are multiples options to choose, but definitely you should do it!

We are young, and there are some opportunities that just happen once at life, so if you want to feel alive, if you want to experiment a real Canadian experience, just contact us and we will help you to arrange everything for you!

Feel the real Canadian winter! Don´t freeze your dreams; better freeze yourself at the Rockies!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Video of the week

The Video of the week is related to our next big trip to the Sun Peaks Ski Area. Snow in Vancouver during the weekend was a good opportunity to go skiing/snowboarding. If you didn’t have the chance during the last days, come with us on February 17th-19th to one of the best ski area in Canada.

Watch the video to see how amazing Sun Peaks is, read more about the trip here and write us an email to make a reservation for the trip!

So enjoy the video and don´t miss the chance to come with us on that trip! It will be lots of fun!

Greetings,
The PR team

INTERNeX International Exchange

Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC  V6A 2R5
Web: www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Experience Canada Through Our Hospitality Program!

Have you always wanted to discover Canada’s vibrant multiculturalism and fascinating scenery but have been hindered by a tight budget? Well, we might just have the solution for you! INTERNeX can provide you with a paid position in Canada’s breathtaking resort communities while still having time to explore and bring back many pictures and stories for your friends and family.

The hospitality program gives you the chance to gain experience in Canada’s world class resort communities. The work experience is in a hotel, resort or associated company in a tourism community in Western Canada (working in the city of Vancouver may be available upon request). Positions and locations of placements are organized by INTERNeX and are based on previous education, experience, English level, ability to stay a full season or longer, as well as general attitude and of course what is available at the time of application.

We are looking for people who are outgoing, flexible, happy, hard-working, good at communicating with others, physically fit and willing to do physical work, as well as wanting to learn, able to adapt to a multicultural environment, and who really want to be in Canada. Some placements require a certain skill set but some do not, as per the application form.

If you’re ready for a job for the 2010/2011 Winter Season in Canada, apply now!

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC
V6A 2R5 Canada
Email: info@internexcanada.com
Phone: + 1 604 662 8149
Fax: + 1 604 662 8199

www.internexcanada.com

July 4 Bike Ride Through Stanley Park

July 8 Let’s Go Paintballing!!

July 31 – Aug. 4 Roaring Rockies Mountains Trip

Rip Roarin’ Rockies Adventure!

If you haven’t been to the Rockies – you haven’t been to Canada! Get the most out of your summer and experience one of the most spectacular places on earth!

Join other travelers on a 4-day (3 night) tour to the heart of the Canadian Rockies and travel through some of the most awe inspiring scenery to be found anywhere in the world! Embark on a journey from Vancouver to Alberta to see towering peaks, frigid glaciers, and stunning lakes. Four days of breath taking scenery will give you memories to last a lifetime. Don’t have a friend? No problem – you’ll meet tons of people on this trip! For only $340.00 (taxes in!), you won’t find a trip like this anywhere else! This trip begins July 30 and ends August 2, 2010.

Whether you’re just out for an incredible sightseeing journey or you want to try your hand at a variety of fun activities, this tour has something to suit every taste.

This Classic Canadian  Rockies Adventure by West Trek includes:

  • The PERFECT MIX of amazing adventures and stunning sightseeing!
  • Three nights hotel – 1 night right in the centre of Banff! ( Price is based on 4 people sharing one room with 2 Queen beds. Upgrades available. )
  • The hotel in Banff is The Mount Royal.  It’s right in the centre of this beautiful mountain village.  Step out the front doors of the hotel and you’re in the heart of the party – only seconds from the ragin’ nightclubs and pubs!
  • Two of the three hotels have indoor pools with water slides and hot tubs.  The fun is just starting when we arrive at our hotels!
  • Free entrance to Banff’s best nightclubs!
  • Learn to Line Dance.
  • All tips and taxes included
  • All park fees
  • Daily guided sightseeing through some of the most incredible scenery in the world!
  • End of tour PARTY at our Partner Camp! Marshmallow roast, songs, a roaring campfire and dozens of new friends. It just doesn’t get any better!
  • Have a great time with your cool Canadian guide.
  • Getting there is half the fun on the deluxe highway coach with games and movies while you make new friends.
  • Hockey tournament in Valemount – Let the games begin as teams face off for a game of ball hockey!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Valemount, Banff  and Golden.
  • LAKE LOUISE.  Visit the most famous lake in Canada and marvel at the unreal colour of the water framed by a stunning mountain backdrop!
  • BANFF.   The most famous, and popular, town in the Canadian Rockies.  Take a boat cruise, soar to mountain peaks on a gondola, or just explore – Banff has so much to offer!
  • MORAINE LAKE.  One of the most stunning lakes you will ever see.  (Seasonal.)
  • The ICEFIELDS PARKWAY.  This highway has often been described as the most beautiful highway in the world and it is a very fitting description!  Glaciers, mountains, and pristine lakes are found all along this amazing stretch of unbelievable road!
  • BOW LAKE.  A beautiful mountain lake not to be missed.
  • PEYTO LAKE.  A stunning jewel hidden out of sight of the highway.  (Seasonal.)
  • THE COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS.  No trip to the Rockies is complete without taking a Snowcoach Ice Explorer tour out on to the glacier.  Definitely a once in a lifetime thrill!
  • ATHABASCA FALLS.  Witness the thundering roar as the Athabasca River drops 23 m through layers of limestone!
  • JASPER.  Visit Banff’s little sister.  Quieter and not as busy as Banff, Jasper is a gem waiting to be discovered.
  • THOMPSON RIVER VIEWPOINT – Great views of the North Thompson River.
  • LAC LE JEUNE PROVINCIAL PARK – We stop for a quick dip in this beautiful mountain lake or you have time to explore the beaches.  A great place for a picnic lunch!
  • MT. ROBSON.  This is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies and offers stunning views on clear days.
  • SPAHATS FALLS.  One of the most dramatic falls in Western Canada!
  • 5 NATIONAL PARKS, 1 PROVINCIAL PARK, 3 UNESCO World Heritage sights.  These include Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park, Glacier National Park, Mt. Revelstoke National Park, and Mt. Robson Provincial Park.
  • HOCKEY NIGHT IN VALEMOUNT – Can you get a more Canadian activity than having a game of pick up hockey surrounded by stunning mountains?!
  • Super Discount at The Paddock  –  This trip includes an awesome menu with The Paddock Bar & Grill in the heart of Banff.  Now THAT’S Canadian!
  • MALIGNE CANYON TREK – Explore this amazing canyon as you cross narrow bridges suspended above the roaring chasm.
  • MOUNT ROYAL HOTEL – A hotel is not a highlight you may say.  Wrong!  This awesome beauty is right in the centre of Banff with our favourite nightclubs and party spots just a few short steps away.  You won’t believe that you are on a budget tour when you check in!
  • AWESOME ACTIVITY PASS – What can we say?  It’s awesome!  This is the BEST deal going and can say that this deal isn’t offered by anyone else!

What you should bring:

  • Swimming suit and towel (hot tub or swimming pool in the hotels + you have 2 chances to go for a swim in a refreshing mountain lake – seasonal)
  • Government photo ID (passport) & Student ID (if applicable)
  • Proof of Medical Insurance
  • Good walking shoes/boots
  • Warm jacket, hat, gloves (you’ll need these on the Ice Explorer Snowcoach tour.

To sign-up for this amazing trip, drop by the INTERNeX Office with your payment of $320.00 (cash only, Canadian dollars).

Last day for registration is Friday, July 23, so sign-up quick before all seats are taken!

TOUR OPTIONS

Make the most of your time in the Rockies by participating in some incredible optional activities.   Some activities are seasonal and not available on all dates.

  • AWESOME ACTIVITY PASSBook the Ice Explorer Snowcoach Tour + the Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise and West Trekl will give you back $3 PLUS throw in the Banff Gondola for FREE! That’s a savings of $32!
  • The Cruise and Snowcoach normally cost $93. BUT, with the West Trek AWESOME ACTIVITY PASS you get The Big Three (The Ice Explorer Snowcoach Tour + the Banff Gondola + the Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise) all for $90!  (That’s like getting PAID $3 to do the Gondola!) – BEST VALUE – STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!
  • Banff Gondola – Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible 360-degree views.  The gondola climbs 698m (2,292 ft) to the 2,281m (7,486 ft) summit of Sulphur Mountain. Fantastic views of the town of Banff, Mt. Rundle, the Bow Valley, you can even see all the way to Lake Minnewanka on a clear day.  ONLY $29
  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise – Relax on board one of the lake cruisers for a stunning tour on the biggest lake in Banff National Park.  The cruise offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies.  ONLY  $44
  • Ice Explorer Snowcoach ride – A customer favourite for the past 10 years, this tour takes you right on to the Athabasca Glacier aboard massive, specially designed Ice Explorers.  You have time to make a snowman, have a snowball fight, fill a water bottle with “glacier fresh” water or just revel in the amazing scenery.  Not to be missed!  ONLY $49
  • Canoeing on the Bow River in Banff or at Lake Louise
  • Relax in the Banff hot springs – a beautiful outdoor pool heated naturally with the hot springs.  $7.50

To sign- up for this ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME trip, please drop by the INTERNeX office with your payment in cash. Please bring your passport and contact information with you. For any further information, please contact Laura at pr@internexcanada.com.

Terms and Conditions:

  • We recommend paying at least 10 days before departure to avoid disappointment
  • The tour is NON-REFUNDABLE within 10 days of departure
  • NO REFUND if you fail to show up at the meeting spot on time.
  • A small bus may be used for smaller groups

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Get Whisked Away!

British Columbia boasts one of North America’s number one ski and snowboard resort and the host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games! Whistler B.C. serves up more vertical feet, advanced lifts and various ski terrains than any other resort on the continent. In addition to that, add on three glaciers, 16 alpine bowls and North America’s longest ski season and you have yourself one epic ski vacation.

You can ski the Symphony Bowl and 7th Heaven, before having a quick lunch whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola can whisk you 2.73 miles between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain in a dizzying 11 minutes. This premier ski resort is a year-round playground. Once the snow begins to melt you can try out a self-guided off the road adventure over 3,937ft of park terrain at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park or learn to wakeboard on Green Lake. However, if moguls, chutes and steeps are not in your vocabulary, you can still appreciate Whistler’s après scene. You can indulge in a candlelit fondue dinner for two at a romantic chalet or rejuvenate at a day spa with a soothing hot oil, shiatsu or Swedish massage.

Browse at over 200 shops and boutiques in the pedestrian-friendly plazas of Whistler Village. And with the village boasting over 90 restaurants with some of the best dining and nightlife opportunities in BC there’s no need head down to the city. Anything ranging from funky sushi bars in the Creek or Village to restaurants serving tapas late into the night and live music that will have you dancing even after a full day of play in the outdoors, Whistler has it all! The public transit runs from 4:40am to 3:30am every day otherwise there are taxis and the free village shuttle…so need to worry club hoppers Whistler has your back!

Shinya a.k.a MAX

So last week when I was trying to figure out our next potential candidate for the “expose” post, I was wracking my brain trying to find someone that could truly give us a glimpse into the “INTERNeX experience”. Little did I know but I had this person right in the office with me sitting across the room. Can you guess who it is? It’s Shinya! This once shy Japanese boy came to Canada and managed to see more places and do more things in one year then I’ve done in the past nine years that I’ve lived here. So yeah since he did just about everything that was possible and participated in every one of our programs he is the perfect candidate!

What is your name?
My name is Shinya but my “Canadian” name is Max

Where are you originally from?
Kobe, Japan

Why did you choose Canada as the location of your placement?
Well I’d been to Australia and New Zealand so Canada just seemed like the next stop for me

How did you find about INTERNeX International Exchange?
I found about it through the Japanese Embassy

Which program(s) did you participate in throughout your stay in Canada?
Well I actually participated in all three of the programs offered by INTERNeX

haha O.k. well let’s take this one program at a time then…What was the first program that you enrolled in?
Initially I started off with the hospitality program because I thought that this would be the best opportunity to improve my English skills and truly immerse myself into the Canadian culture. I was placed in Lake Louise, Alberta and for the first month I was a Dishwasher then when the second month came around I continued to do Dishwashing but in addition to this I was both a server and a clerk in the resort gift shop. After a total of 3 1/2 months working at the resort I moved back to Vancouver and applied for the PR/Communications internship offered by INTERNeX at their Vancouver office. The reason why I chose to taken on this position was because I thought that this would be able to take my experience to the next level and be that final step towards breaking me out of my shell. I was an intern at the office for 5 months but due to the fact that the internship was unpaid I had to find another means of gaining an income so I could continue to stay in Canada. Thankfully INTERNeX was gracious enough to set me up with a coffee shop located just a few blocks away from the office in Gastown. It was at this location that I worked as a Barista for 4 months. Then during the 2009 Christmas Break I decided since I’d already done the other two programs why not do it all…so i enrolled in the Ranchstay program. For two weeks I was placed on a mixed farm in Montana where I had many “firsts”. For the first time in my life I rode horses, fed cows, herded buffalo and took care of numerous farm animals. This was definitely something that will stay with me forever. And last but not least, most of you know that Vancouver was the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics so before I returned home I thought what better way to end my trip then to try and get a job in the Olympics…so that’s what I did. I hired on as a member of the event service staff who were responsible for assisting media personnel and essentially acting as security by ensuring that everyone had the correct accreditation in order to gain entrance into the media tent. Throughout the few weeks that I worked there I met a considerable amount of athletes/celebrities. Some of the most memorable ones are Aiko Uemura, the Japanese Mogul Skier, Russian Figure Skating silver medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, Gold Figure Skating Couple, Tesse Virtue & Scott Moir, and last but not least BC Premier, Gordon Campbell

What was one of your most memorable moments of your entire stay?
I would have to say it was throughout my entire hospitality placement. It was such an entirely new and scary experience for me. For the first time in my life I was living all by myself in a foreign country where I knew no one. At first it was really hard but the staff that I worked with soon enough became my family and all my previous fears were completely gone!

If you to choose one program that you would recommend, which one would it be and why?
The internship program because it really helped me to grow on both a personal and professional level. Even though it is not a paid position the benefits that you reap are invaluable and it truly helped me to make lifelong connections with people from all over the world. Every day I was exposed to something new and I cannot even begin to explain how this has made me who I am today

What are some of the skills that you gained from your internship placement?
Good customer service skills, communication skills both intra and inter personal, building trust and numerous web site building skills

What one place/event/festival would you encourage people to check out?
Definitely Stanley Park. This amazing park, less than a mile from downtown Vancouver, is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and offers over 1,000 acres of an evergreen oasis. The park is full of wildlife and sometimes there is just nothing better then just to relax and take in the natural surroundings…it truly made me forget at times that i was still in the city

So what are you planning on doing once you return home to Kobe?
First i am planning on going back to University and to continue on with my environmental studies and I am also working on maintaining my connection with INTERNeX by recruiting Japanese University Students for the Ranchstay program. So it’s not really over yet…

If you have any more questions or queries about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: info@internexcanada.com