Rockies tour guide: Add-ons

Since there are so many things to do in The Rockies, we wanted to give you a quick update on all the additional activities you can do during our tour! There is also a small update on the schedule.

Due to the warm weather in the Rockies we are going to the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops instead of the sleigh ride. Wildlife can be dangerous in real life and therefore this is the perfect opportunity to get to know more about the wildlife of BC. You may even meet the Spirit Bear or one of the Bobcats during the Bobcat feeding. If you prefer to see other animals, you can also walk around the park on your own or take a ride on the miniature train. This activity is included in the program and therefore no additional cost, except for the miniature train. The miniature train ride is an additional $1, which needs to be paid in cash. After that you can get something to eat at the full-service café or get some souvenirs at the gift shop.

17454838_1678236365525141_1539661662_oThere is a lot to do during spring time and the Rockies are just as beautiful as they are during summer. As there will be some snow in the Rockies, you are able to go skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing or dog sledding. Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing can be booked on the bus to the Rockies, so there is no need to decide on this matter beforehand. However, this is not the case when you would like to have lessons or if you choose to do dog sledding. These activities need to be booked beforehand.

If you have had enough of the snow then you can try out ice skating. Would you rather do more sightseeing? Then the Banff gondola might be a good fit for you. During this activity you will have an awesome view of all the mountains. Both of these activities can be booked on the bus. Another sightseeing activity is the ice walk. You are not actually walking on ice, as it is too fragile for that. However, you will pass several scenic areas where you will be able to see the true beauty of ice. This activity needs to be booked beforehand. If you have had enough of the cold, then the hot springs are perfect for you! It is a great opportunity to warm up and to relax before you go to work again.

The prices for additional activities are about:
Ice skating – $13
Banff Gondola – $50
Ski lift tickets – $95
Equipment rentals – $45
Ski or snowboard lesson package – $170
Snow tubing – $28
Ice walk – $68
Dog sledding (2 hrs) – $165 (min. of 3 people per sled is required)
Hot springs – $7

The Rockies trip is coming closer and closer and so is the deadline! You only have time to sign up and pay at the office or PuB NiGHT for the Rockies trip till the 30th of March. So make sure to sign up soon, because you really do not want to miss out on this trip. It is $359 and for INTERNeX candidates it is only $354. Unfortunately we can only take cash, so make sure to swing by the ATM beforehand. The price includes accommodation with breakfast, transport, entrance to a nightclub and the BC Wildlife Park. Please take into account that you can get a discount for some activities if you pay them beforehand and some of them require paying beforehand as well. You can find more information on the event page on Facebook.

– Iris

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Review: Kelowna Trip

Yesterday we all arrived home after a very good and exhausting weekend. It was really great to explore Kelowna together with all of you! Thank you all for joining the trip!

It all started at 6 pm. All of you gathered at the Greyhound Station for the bus to Kelowna. Unfortunately, it was not possible to sit together on the bus, as the bus was quite full and you were not able to ensure enough spots. After almost 6 hours of travelling you finally arrived in Kelowna and got picked up by me, Daniëlle, Tess and Kristina. We already checked in for you and you were already able to get into the motel when you arrived. This was really great, as most of us were really sleepy after the long bus ride.

The next day, the INTERNeX group divided itself in two groups. One group went skiing on Big White and the others went to the Farmers’ and Crafters’ market and for a hike. The snow conditions on Big White were amazing and therefore, the perfect place to go skiing. Some of the group practiced their skiing on the beginners mountain, as it was their first time skiing. And the other part of the group went to the bigger and more d16880972_10202743432462689_1436968741_oifficult slopes, which had amazing views. The group who did not go skiing went to the Farmers’ and Crafters’ market. This is a place where you can get a lot of fresh food and hand made products. After that we decided to go for a hike on Knox Mountain Park. We took the first hiking trail that we could find, which was apparently the most difficult one of the mountain. After we reached a viewing point, some of us went back to the motel and some of us decided to hike a bit further. This hiking trail passed the Okanagan lake and was on a medium level. Therefore, it was much easier to walk at this trail. After that we all met each other at the motel. At the motel there was some time for a swim or some relaxing time in our rooms. After that it was finally time to eat some of our day’s special: spaghetti á la Nils. We ended the night with some drinks in Nils’ and Andreas’ room.

The day after there was a choice to go on a wine tour or to go to Downtown Kelowna with Tess. During the wine tour we went to 4 different Wineries; Cedar 16881033_10208829564558501_1709763248_oCreek, St. Hubertus, Summerhill winery and Tantalus with a great tour guide, who knew a lot about Kelowna, the wineries and the Okanogan Valley. All wineries had beautiful views on the Okanagan Lake. We drank about 4 different wines, red and white, at all the wineries. However, at St. Hubertus we got to taste even more and it was all included in the price. After these 4 wineries, we even had time left to go to a spirits tasting. At the spirits tasting we got the chance to taste 2 different vodkas, 2 different gins, a whiskey and a blackberry or raspberry liquor. It was great to taste something different after all these wines. The other group went to Downtown Kelowna for a brunch with a great view over the Okanagan lake and had a nice walk. After that we all got together again at the Mc Donald’s at Walmart and relaxed till we had to go back to Greyhound station again. This time we made sure that we had spots together, so that we could get the most out of our bus trip.

I hope you guys all had a great time during the trip. We certainly did! Hopefully, I will see you all at The Distillery!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend

This time we only had a short week, because of Family Day. Even more reason to get outside, as you probably did not get that tired from this week. You don’t want to go back to your country and say that you haven’t seen everything, right?

For some of us the weekend already starts early, because we are going to Kelowna today! Kelowna is a beautiful city in British Columbia where you can do a lot of activities like hiking, skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. However, you can also do other things if you don’t feel like being active on our mini vacation. There are several food and wine tours in Kelowna and there are a lot of opportunities for shopping.

Even though you are not joining our trip, it does not mean that you16237737_1615329781815800_1946877102_n should stay at home. Vancouver is a very lively city and there is lots to do here as well. One of the great activities held in Vancouver is Winterruption. This event is a winter arts festival that takes place on Granville Island. It already starts on Friday and will take place till the end of the weekend. During this event you can watch a lot of great performances on dance, music, film, arts and crafts. As it is on Granville Island, which is known for its public market, you also have enough choice regarding food.

There are several sports games during this weekend. On Saturday, the Vancouver Giants are playing against Red Deer at 7 pm at the Langley Events Centre. The Canucks are also playing this weekend on Sunday. They will play at Rogers Arena at 7 pm. When you are in Canada, you should definitely go to one of these games!

Are you more into movies? Vancouver got that covered too! For only $2.99 you can watch MVP: Most Valuable Primate at some Cineplex theatres. The movie already starts at 11 am, so you probably should set up the alarm. However, going to the movie for such a cheap price is normally not possible in Vancouver, so it is definitely worth the try.

Enjoy your weekend and see you today or next Wednesday on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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

 

24 Hours of Winter – Experience IT Review

Saturday we went up at Grouse Mountain to experience a winter wonderland, where they celebrated their annual 24 hours of winter. In this weekend Grouse Mountain opened the slopes for 24 hours straight, so if you were up for it, you could go downhill the entire night. Besides skiing and snowboarding for as long as you wanted to, Grouse Mountain also organized other great activities and events. So if you were not a great skier, you could also rent snowshoes and hike on some beautiful trails they offer. Or if you are not a big fan of the snow, you were also able to hit the ice skating rink and show your moves on the ice while a DJ took care of playing some great hits. Besides these fun activities, you were also able to go snow sledding, doing a light walk, go ziplining, do a yoga session, and watch a junior hockey game and many other things!

lighttourMany choices, so decisions had to be made. Because I wanted to check out the slopes on Grouse, I went up a bit earlier to do some snowboarding. But later in the evening it became hard to see anything because of the heavy snowing and I decided to quit. So I parked my snowboard and met the rest of the group on the top of the mountain. After renting some snowshoes with one of us looking like a real pro, we started our journey on the light walk. We were totally amazed by all the lights, music and beautiful trails, we looked like real tourists making pictures of every single thing we saw. Unfortunately the trail came to an end after half an hour.

It was time for some food and drinks, while we were still amazed by all the beautiful things we saw earlier. And because it was still quite early in the evening, we decided to move ourselves to the bonfire besides the ice skating rink. Two of us got so inspired by all the people on the ice; they quickly rented some skates and gave it a try.

After some heating up at the bonfire again, the evening came to an end and we took the gondola downhill, where we got a beautiful view over the city. And that was the perfect way to end the evening with.

I am looking forward to see all of you again tomorrow at PuB NiGHT!

– Tess

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What to do on the weekend

Now that it finally stopped snowing, there is no reason to stay inside anymore. This time some of us even got an extra day of weekend, as Monday is Family Day. So get outside and get the most out your extra long weekend!

First of all, there is 24 hours of Winter on Grouse Mountain this weekend. It starts at Saturday and continues till Sunday. During this event you can ski during the day and night together with the INTERNeX family. It will be a totally different experience with skiing for sure! However, there are also a lot of other events such as the Light Walk, snowshoeing and ziplining. Some of us are going to do the Light Walk instead, so if you are not feeling like skiing this weekend, you should definitely join us on the Light Walk.

You don’t feel like seeing any snow after this week? We definitely get that as well! Instead of the 24 hours of Winter, you can also go ice skating at Robson Square for free or $4 if you have to rent some skates. You are able to do this from Friday till Monday. Is ice still too cold for you? Then check out the Second-hand Book Sale at Nikkel National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby between noon and 4 pm.

After all that cold, you should definitely get a hot chocolate during the Hot Chocolate Festival. There are lots of hot chocolates specials throughout Vancouver the whole weekend long. Furthermore, Saturday is the first day of the International Wine Festival in Vancouver. The International Wine Festival contains a lot of events such as auctions, dinners and tastings. After a long week, this may be the perfect way for you to prepare you for next week again. However, if you do not have time for the International Wine Festival this weekend, you can still check it out till the 19th of February.

On Family Day there are also a lot of events such as Family Day at Grouse Mountain and Skiing at Manning Park. At Family Day at Grouse Mountain you get 50% off from the admission to the mountain and at Skiing at Manning Park you also get 50% off on ski and trail tickets. This is a cheap way for you to get active and make the best out of your stay!

Have a great weekend and see you on Grouse Mountain!

– Iris

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INTERNeX is going to Kelowna!

INTERNeX is planning its first trip of 2017 on the 17th of February. This time we will spend 2 nights in the beautiful city Kelowna. Kelowna is a city on the east from Vancouver. Next to it lays an amazing lake called Okanagan.

Kelowna is known as the warmest place of Canada in summer, which is why this is the perfect place for the making of wine. The Sparkling wine of Kelowna even have won a lot of prices on the world market. Therefore, it would be a great option to do wine tasting during the Kelowna trip. If you are a wine fan, interested in Kelowna’s culture or just an alcohol fan, you definitely should not miss the opportunity to try Kelowna’s amazing wine.

Not such a fan of wine, but still want to get to know Kelowna’s culture? Then you should try out a food tour or check out the Farmers’ and Crafters’ market in Kelowna. Food is a very important part of the Canadian culture and therefore if you really want to feel Canadian, you should get to know its food culture.

It is also a perfect area if you like to get active. Big White is a great mountain where we can go skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing or snow tubing! Skiing is something you really should have done during your stay in Canada, so this trip gives you the great opportunity to try out skiing for the first time. If you do not like snow that much, you can also try out one of the amazing hiking trails in this area. There are a lot of hiking trails around the lake, various parks and even on Big White.

Subscription has to be done at the INTERNeX office or during PuB NiGHT. However, we have preference to arrange everything in the office. The trip costs $240 and you have to pay it in cash, so do not forget to go to the ATM beforehand. Accommodation and transportation is included in this price. All activities mentioned above are optional and are additional expenses. To keep being updated, check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752728721720859/

We only have limited spots available, so subscribe and pay to ensure your spot soon!

– Iris

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

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Cypress Skiing Day

Saturday was an amazing day! The weather was perfect to go skiing or snowboarding. Thank you all for joining us!

Cypress Mountain is one of the mountains near Vancouver. It has 53 runs and many of them are accessible at night too. In 2010 it hosted the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events for the Winter Olympics.

We met on the right side of the ticket windows, some people came by car and some took IMG_6018.jpgthe shuttle bus up the mountain. After renting some skis and buying our tickets we took the first lift around 10:30 AM in the morning. The sun was shining the whole day, at one point we weren’t even wearing our scarfs because it was so warm. Some tried the jumps on the slopes, some succeeded in it and some fell. And after a few hours of skiing we had lunch with some live music, but quickly went back to our skies again to make most of our day. It became a lot busier on the runs and after a few hours we decided to have a little break again and do some night skiing when it was less busy. We had an amazing dinner and amazing coffees with baileys in the Crazy Raven Bar. In the evening we took a few more runs before going back home. The view in the evening was beautiful; you could see all the lights from Vancouver and even Vancouver Island. After 9 hours of skiing we decided to go back home. Some of us even went to the Bourbon after that for some more drinks and meet the other part of the INTERNeX Family.

Thank you all for an amazing day! I hope you had as much fun as I did and I will see you at the coming PuB NiGHT at Malones!

– Janel

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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