Rockies Tour Guide: Optional activities

As you may have already noticed that we have a busy schedule when we are at the Rockies, but there is still time left to do optional activities. We wanted to update you on which optional activities you can choose to do!

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Snowcoach
All the optional activities are taking place on the second or third day. On the second day we will go to the Columbia Icefields where you can choose to do the Snocoach. The Snowcoach takes you up to the Anthabasca Glacier and gives you the chance to actually walk on the glacier itself. Here you can make beautiful pictures and taste the fresh water of the glacier itself. You can take an empty bottle of water with and fill it at the glacier.

Lake Louise gondola + buffet
Lake Louise WT.jpegThe day after you have the chance to do the two other optional activities. The first one is a bit more relaxing and a perfect activity when you would like to get some rest during this busy schedule. You can take the Lake Louise gondola up and have an amazing view over the Rocky Mountains at the top. The activity includes an all you can eat lunch buffet, so you don’t have to worry about getting any lunch beforehand. You may even see bears on the way to the top!

Emerald Lake canoeing
If you would like to do something more active then you can go canoeing at Emerald Lake. Canoe on the beautiful blue waters of Emerald Lake and forget the world for a second.

The prices for additional activities are about:
Lake Louise Gondola & Buffet – $45
Snocoach Glacier Experience – $65
Snocoach & Lake Louise Gondola & Buffet – $105
Emerald Lake canoeing – $60

To ensure that you can do these activities you have to go to the Westtrek office and book your activity. You can also book the activity on the bus itself, but there is no guarantee that there will be spots available.

Are you getting excited about the Rockies trip? Then come to the office and sing up to make sure that you get to go on this amazing trip!

– Iris

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Smartsaver Vancouver

Summer is here, which usually means spending more money… Therefore it might be a good idea to check out these ideas to save some money.

Canada 150

It might be a good idea to get a Discovery pass. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday together with you by giving out the Discovery passes. With these passes you can enter several national heritage sites and national parks in Canada such as Fort Langley and Kicking Horse Pass without paying any admissions. You can either order these passes online or visit one of Parks Canada’s partners. For example, you could go to Mountain Equipment Co-op in Vancouver to get your Discovery Pass.

If you are planning on doing a roadtrip to one of the national parks in Canada, then you only need to have one Discovery Pass per vehicle. Parks in BC include: Glacier National Park, Gulf Islands National Park, Gwaii Haanas National Park, Pacific Rim National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park and Yoho National Park. There are also several other free events taking place in this year because of Canada’s 150th birthday, so you should definitely check it out!

When you rather go on an adventure in Vancouver, then you can try out Geocaching. When you’re playing Geocaching you are on a treasure hunt for hidden objects. These objects can be anywhere throughout the city, so it might be that there is one close to you right now! Geocaching gives you the opportunity to explore Vancouver in a different way and to discover new places, so it is a great option when you already saw all the normal tourist attractions in Vancouver.

Good luck on your new adventures! I hope this all will help you to save money, because you will definitely need it for the Rockies trip!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Candidate Exposé – Nicola Beilhack

I am Nicola Beilhack from Germany/ Bavaria. I am 18 years old at the moment and finished school last year. I am taking something like a gap year at the moment, but I start with my study in October. It is going to be a dual study for sports, health and rehabilitation.

Nicola Beilhack

I decided to go to Canada for its unique landscape and the spirit of people there. I also wanted to improve my English, so it had to be an English speaking country. In that case Canada was just the most interesting for me. I planned my trip with a German organization and they mediated me to INTERNeX.

At the moment I am doing an internship here in Vancouver, to gain experience on how companies work in other countries and to expand my general knowledge. I really like it, since the people are so kind and really try to include me in their work. I am placed at a sports club. They organise competitions and big events for the club. It is really interesting to see how a big sports club is working. I really like it here because everybody is super friendly and made me feel welcome since day one.

To work and to be successful here you should be very open-minded and able to speak to unknown people. Luckily this is not really a problem for me. Furthermore communication is very important in the company. You also need good computer skills like word, excel and power point, because we make scoring sheets and other stuff like that. Besides that you should also be a creative thinker since you have to solve unexpected problems. This practicum is not part of my study, but I think it is very helpful, especially for me, to see the other side of sports. For example I now see more the organisation and administration part and not only the medical part of it, and that is where I will be focusing on in my upcoming study.

For the first four weeks I lived at a homestay family, organised by INTERNeX. They were very friendly and we always had lots of food at home, but unfortunately it was a bit expensive for me. I decided to look for an accommodation on my own and found a house with six other roommates, so it is always fun and I never feel alone here. I actually met these people on the buss when I started chatting with them about my big search for a house. They told me they were looking for a new roommate and from that point everything went quite fast and I moved in. So yeah you could say I found my house in the buss, but that is not really common haha.

My first impression of Vancouver was that it is really rainy, but luckily that already changed a bit! I also experienced that the people are really kind and friendly and always try to help you. I think Vancouver and the surrounding landscape is beautiful!

The PR-team of INTERNeX organises activities and trips and I am really trying to attend every event since it is really cool to meet people who are doing the same thing like you. It also feels like it is my home here, because you can make friends really quick and do a lot of activities with them. So far I joined the big Rockies trip in April. I also went to Lighthouse Park, the museum of Vancouver and a Frisbee game of the Vancouver Riptides. I visited Deep Cove and Burnaby Mountain Park on my own and of course I attend almost every pub night on Wednesdays.

Nicola Beilhack (words)

 

What I like most about Vancouver and Canada is the spirit people have here and theopportunity to live in a big city surrounded by a gorgeous landscape. This combination is unique and really cool because you can spend your whole day in the middle of nowhere and in the evening you can go out with friends to have a great party night! The most memorable thing was my trip to the Rockies and Deep Cove. It was also amazing to be able to go skiing at the end of April on Grouse Mountain.

This trip really inspired me to travel more. I really want to come back to see more of Canada, but there are so many beautiful destinations around the world that I can’ t really decide right now. I would prefer a country where the sun is shining all the time and not to cold, because summer all year is just great.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is spending time with my family and buy really good bread, buns and pretzels at my domestic bakery, since bread is just not really good here…

– Nicola

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Review: PuB NiGHT at Steamworks

Yesterday we went to Steamworks for PuB NiGHT and we had a great night! Thank you all for coming!

Steamworks is a really cool brewpub at Waterfront. They make their own beers and you can definitely see that in the pub. The pub is way bigger then you would think when you’re standing outside and we were located downstairs.

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Some of you went to the Whitecaps game before PuB NiGHT, so in the beginning we were just a little group on a very big table. It did give us the chance to catch up and some people signed up for the upcoming Rockies trip. Because Steamworks is a brewpub they have a lot of different beers and everyone was trying something out. Personally I chose a beer cocktail named Oompa Loompa and it was amazing! After the game the rest joined us and we were once again the big group that we are used to.

Thanks for coming and we hope to see you this weekend or next PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Review: PuB NiGHT at Mahony & Sons Burred Landing

Yesterdays PuB NiGHT was at Mahony & Sons at Canada Place and it was great! Unfortunately it was the last PuB NiGHT for some of us, but we made the best of it. Thank you guys for joining!

There are three Mahony & Sons pubs in Vancouver, all run by the same family. AtPubnight4 Canada Place they also have an outdoor terrace with amazing views over North Vancouver, but it was still a bit too chilly for that now. We always enjoy these Irish pubs, especially because they have wine Wednesdays with 50% off every bottle of wine.

It is kind of a weird time since quite some people are leaving by now, but we also have new people coming in! It was great to see three new people joined and blended in so well.

Last time we had a PuB NiGHT here it was all about the Rockies trip and I was glad to hear this topic was going over the table again since we are going again in August! It is really nice to see so many of you want to join us on this amazing trip and are already making travel plans with your buddies.

I hope you had as much fun as I did! Enjoy the sunny days that are coming now and we hope to see you at the International Jazz Festival!

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX Explorer Ep4 – 2017 behind the scenes

The fourth episode is already online for a week again, so we wanted to give you a little peak behind the scenes. It gets easier and easier every time. Since I now know how to make the scripts, do the filming, the voice-overs and editing.

April was the month of the big Rockies trip. Since we always make after movies of the trips we do, I also needed to develop a video of the Rockies. This was a rough part for me to do, because there was so much material and we had so many great moments there. It makes it hard to choose what material you want to feature in the episode. So once I was done there was a video of about 3 minutes, which is way too long. With a little pain in my heart I started deleting and cutting scenes. I hope it still captures the experience we had in the Rockies and you like it.

Another challenge was that Danielle was not here for filming since her family was visiting her, which is amazing of course! When I was writing the scripts I didn’t realise this though, so I just made a script for her. When I found out she wasn’t here we had to change fast, which meant I was suddenly in front of the camera. So in this episode you may see my face quite a lot.

On the other hand I had so much fun making this video again. Especially wheninternexexplorerapril I had to go on a little fieldtrip in North Vancouver with Iris. After taking the sea bus we first decided to have some ice cream, because you can’t film on an empty stomach. Besides that it was such a beautiful day, which made filming and walking around not a problem at all. We took a little advantage of it and had some lunch outside in the sun. It probably was the best “office-day” of the entire month, especially because when we got back Danielle’s boyfriend arrived and we went to the Lamplighter with all the colleagues to celebrate.

If you haven’ t seen the episode yet, you can see the video below.

Hope to see you all in The Pint tomorrow!

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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The Amazing Rockies Trip by Danielle

This weekend it was finally time to go to The Rockies! We had to be at Canada Place early Friday morning and the rain was pouring down on us. Luckily I got on the bus as one of the first people, so I claimed the back for all of us. When everyone was settled in we started our journey to The Rockies. We left raincouver behind and were heading to the BC Wildlife Park. We had a few stops in between, but those were just to get some food and go to the washroom. It’s a long drive, but the scenery was amazing and we played a game to kill 17949927_1386764761359893_418718213_osome time. The BC Wildlife Park was a great start of our weekend. We got to see Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Cougars, Coyotes and many more. Sometimes I felt bad for some of the animals because their cases are pretty small, but we were told that they all got hurt and are being looked after in the park, so that’s great. After the wildlife park we continued our journey to Chase and ended up at a beautiful hotel next to a lake. They made a campfire and someone from the First Nation was telling us their stories and legends. I don’t know a lot about the First Nation, so it was very interesting to hear all the stories. Unfortunately it was getting really cold really fast, so we decided to go inside and have a little party in our room. In the end we had 14 people in our room and we were drinking, playing games and having fun. It was a great night to start of our weekend.

Saturday morning started early again and that was a little hard for me, so I continued getting my sleep in the bus. We stopped at Emerald lake, which was still completely frozen. It was really pretty to see and a good preview for Lake Louise. Lake Louise was still completely frozen too and there was so much snow that I had to wear my sunglasses to be able to see. We walked over Lake Louise, which was quite hard because it was so slippery. At the other side of the lake we saw a beautiful frozen waterfall and took some 18012824_1712979078717536_2073992347_opictures there. Then we walked back on the side of the lake, which wasn’t any easier than walking on the lake itself. We got back to the bus just in time and continued our journey to Banff. When we got there we first had dinner at Earls and then headed back to the hotel to have a little pre party before going to the club. The club night was amazing, almost everybody came along and we were all dancing and having fun. We also met up with 2 INTERNeX guys who are working in Banff and it was great to see them again. The night was really good and I didn’t come back to the hotel until 5:30 am.

17968865_1388526221183747_656093361_oLuckily I didn’t have any optional activities on Sunday morning, so I got to sleep in. After checking out of the hotel Sebastian, Max and I went to get some lunch in town and decided to eat it outside in the sun. After lunch we went up with the Gondola and the view was just amazing. We walked from one peak to the other and the view was incredible. After spending a good amount of time on top of the mountain, it was time to go back down again. We spent our last night in Golden. When we got there everybody just crashed on the bed and felt really tired. Most of you went in the hot tub to relax for a little bit, but we decided to get some food and get ready for the campfire. At the campfire we started playing our game again and a lot of people joined in. The game is that the whole group counts to 21, with everyone saying just one number. When you reach 21, a number becomes a rule. In the beginning the game is easy, but as you get more rules (and more drinks) it’s hard to remember all of them.

Monday it was time to head back to Vancouver, which is a long drive from Golden. So most of our stops where just to have a break, get some food and use the washroom. The only real stop we had was at Craigellachie to see where they put in the last nail to complete the railway. We took a few pictures and then it was time to go back. On the bus we played the game two truths and a lie, where the others have to guess which one is the lie. We heard some funny stories from some of you. The way back went really smooth and we got back in Vancouver earlier than expected, so I went home and got my needed rest.

I had the best weekend, so thanks to everyone who was there and made it great. Also a big thanks to Discover Canada and our tour guide Chris.

– Danielle

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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