What to do on the weekend?

Are you ready for the weekend? Yes? So am I! And this weekend is full of different activities. From spring to winter, from indoor to outdoor: you could experience it all! So let’s have a look at the opportunities that Vancouver is offering.

On Saturday, Playland is finally opening its door again! Amazing rides, fun games and good food is waiting for you. No matter if you go with your friends or your whole family, you won’t get bored! There is something to do for everyone. The entry fee is $37 and this ticket includes unlimited access to over 35 rides and attractions. Even the Pacific Adventure Mini Golf is included! You can join this fun from 10am until 6pm on Saturday and on Sunday.

Do you enjoy art? Then the event Art in the City is a perfect fit for you. Located at the West End Community Centre, you can find a market that showcases fine art. This includes paintings, sculptures as well as photography. Just visit the Exhibition Hall to see the work of over 50 artists. You can do so from 12pm until 5pm. Besides looking at art, you can also listen to live music, participate in art workshops as well as a variety of activities that are offered for every age group. A big plus of this event: free admission.

If you haven’t been there yet but still would like to see it: The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is still in high bloom at the moment. For $8-$10 (depending if you buy it online or on site) you can enjoy the beautiful view over the different range of colours that the tulip fields offer. It’s perfect for pictures! You can also pick your own tulips in a field for only $1 per stem. On the festival ground, it is also possible to enjoy a good hamburger or to play Cornhole (also known as Bean Bag Toss).

Last but not least, to all snow-lovers: this is your last chance to ski and snowboard on Grouse Mountain! The winter season on Grouse Mountain is officially over after this weekend. So grab your skis or snowboard (or rent one on site) and enjoy skiing in the day or night.

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m looking forward to see you on our day trip to Squamish.

– Nadine

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What to do on the weekend?

It is already Friday again, which means we will provide some tips for you on what to do on the weekend! Since we already experienced our weekly event at the Canucks Hockey game, you will need to make some plans by yourself for this weekend. With these tips we hope you will still get the best out of it!

We did not have the best weather last week, but maybe you already noticed the sun goes down later and later, which means… SPRING is coming! And when you say spring it is time for some flea markets. The Eastside Flea is starting of this weekend in the Ellis Building at 1024 Main Street. They have over 50 local vendors, food trucks, a live deejay, seasonal drink specials, pinball and many more. The Flea market will be held every other weekend and you can enjoy them on Friday from 6 to 10 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11 to 5 pm.

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For the fast deciders: on Saturday Insomnia is striking down in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum. With a killer line-up, including Hardwell and Laidback Luke, this will definitely be a party you wouldn’t forget. But if you want to be surprised and still want to have a good night out, it is also a great idea to join the Insomnia afterparty! These tickets are way cheaper and you will still get a great experience with surprising acts. You can find all the information at solidevents.ca.

But bare in mind that this Saturday night out would be a short ride, since the clocks are changing! Remember when I said spring? Well, spring is coming fast now since we will set the clocks one hour forward and enjoy longer daylight from now on.

There will be something riotheatregreat to do on Sunday as well. Remember the big failure of this years Oscars? Well where they definitely didn’t make a mistake was at the nomination for Oscars Best Picture “Lion”. Director Garth Davis’s film tells the story of an Australian man who finds his long-lost family in India with the help of Google Earth. You can watch this beautiful story at the Rio Theatre at 3.30 pm. This theatre was built in 1938 and has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, comfortable brand new luxury seats and a huge stage for live events. A great catch for some Sunday afternoon chillings! You will find all the information at riotheatre.ca.

Besides all these activities, in March there is also the Vancouver International Dance Festival, which is definitely worth checking out. With a wide variety of dancers and styles and beautiful combinations like b-boys with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, this will definitely be a great activity for your weekend.

For the skiers and snowboarders here, the snow is still going strong so if you want to have fun on the mountain that is still possible! I will be at Cypress tomorrow and you are always welcome to join and hit some slopes!

Have a great weekend and I hope to see all of you again at PuB NiGHT this Wednesday.

– Tess

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Practical information on Kelowna

Only two more nights and then it’s time to go to Kelowna! The biggest part of the trip is already clear for most of you, but we wanted to give you some extra practical information.

Friday
On Friday the bus will leave at 6:00 pm from the Greyhound station at Station Street. However, you will need to be there an hour before, so at 5:00 pm. We will meet up in front of the station. If, for any reason, you won’t be on time, please send Janel a message. If you don’t have her contact details please let us know and we will send it to you.

If you have your own skies or snowboard you can take them on the bus, but you do need a bag for them. Besides that you are not allowed to bring alcohol, glass or metal cutlery in your hand luggage. For a full list of what you can or can’t take, please click here.

The bus will arrive in Kelowna at 11:45 pm and then we will have a twenty minute walk to the motel (so please keep that in mind when packing your luggage). Most of you probably just want to go to bed by then, so we don’t have any plans after that.

Saturday
On Saturday we have two groups: the skiers/snowboarders and hikers. Janel, Tess and I will go with the skiing group to Big White. The shuttle bus that we need to take to Big White will leave at 8:00 am and the bus stop is 15 minutes from the motel. So we will have to leave around 7:15 am. This is the only bus that goes up, so if you are late we cannot wait for you. The bus back leaves at Big White at 4:00 pm sharp from the Happy Valley Parking lot, in case we lose track of each other during the day. Again, please don’t be late since these will be the only busses going down. If you bring your own skies this will cost you around $120 including the shuttle bus and lift ticket. If you need to rent skies this will cost you around $160.

For those who want to join Iris to visit the market and hiking, she would like to leave at 10:00 am. For more information on what she is planning on doing, send her a message. If you would rather do something else on Saturday you can always go and do that too!

We have a room with a kitchen, so if you would like we can use that for cooking dinner together or we could always go out to find a spot to eat. After dinner we would like to have a few drinks and enjoy the night together as a group. 🙂

Sunday
On Sunday we have a wine tour planned and we already know who is coming and who is not. For those who are coming along, we are being picked up at the motel at 10:30 am and we will be back around 2:30 pm. The tour takes 3 hours and we go to 4 wineries. Since it’s pretty early, please make sure you have a big breakfast! Janel, Iris and I are joining the wine tour and Tess will go do something else. So talk to her about the other options on Sunday. The wine tour costs around $75 dollar and needs to be paid Friday on the bus.

The bus back to Vancouver will leave at 6:00 pm and arrive at 11:00 pm, we have to be there one hour before like we did on Friday.

Packing list
To make the packing a bit easier for you guys we made a little list of things you definitely don’t want to forget on this trip:
□ Bathing suit (we have a indoor pool at the motel)
□ Skies and ski clothes (if you’re planning on going skiing)
□ Walking shoes (if you plan on hiking)
□ Clean underwear 😉
□ Toothbrush
□ Passport
□ Credit card
□ Cash
□ Phone + charger
□ Student card (Big White has student discounts)

– Danielle

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Awesome Whistler Weekend

We were so excited to go to Whistler for the weekend as the weather forecast had promised us a lot of new powdery snow.

On Friday we met up at the Pacific Central Station and got on the bus via Squamish to Whistler. The Sea to Sky Highway has a lot of spectacular views to offer – snow covered mountains and the wide blue ocean right below. Late afternoon we checked in to our Hostel and hurried up to get ready for a night out in Whistler Village. We had dinner and drinks at the Garibaldi right next to a warm fire place while it was snowing fluffy, white flakes outside.

Early next morning we got up, had a hearty breakfast, made sandwiches for lunch and headed to Creekside Gondola. Some of us had to pick up their rentals and buy lift passes and we lined up for the gondola to take us up to Whistler Mountain. It was snowing the whole day, the visibility was not the best but we had nice deep powder snow to ride and ski on. After an exhausting and fun day we sat down at the Longhorn and enjoyed some Après Ski drinks like Peppermint Patty and beer.

On Sunday the wake up call was at 6 am – we wanted to be on the slopes as soon as possible – and around 8 am we were sitting in the gondola. The beginners were improving their skills on the easy slopes while the advanced skier and rider were going down of-track slopes. The Peak2Peak Gondola is the perfect opportunity to relax, sit back and take in the view during the eleven-minute ride to Blackcomb Mountain.

The bus that would take us back to Vancouver left at 4.30pm, so we got off the skis and the boards at 3.30, got our stuff and changed. Everyone fell asleep on the bus right after we left Creekside.

The last couple of days left us happy and exhausted – a perfect weekend.

INTERNeX Canada: HiGHLiGHTS of this week!

Hey guys, how is your weekend going? Here are some of the highlights for this week!

Last Saturday, we went up to Cypress for a day of skiing/snowboarding! It was a lot of fun but also exhausting after a couple of runs! Although we were all at different levels with our skiing/boarding skills, we all waited for each other so that no one would get left behind. Then we watched the fireworks show in the evening as we stood outside the lodge, which looked so pretty against the snowy hill. To finish the day, we stopped at the lookout on the way down the mountain to view the city lights!

Then on Wednesday, we went to the Blarney Stone for our pub night! It was tons of fun while we talked and drank. It was super awesome just getting to know the new members of our group as we all as catching up with every one.

Tomorrow, we will be heading down to Chinatown to watch the Chinese New Year parade! You don’t want to miss this awesome cultural event, because there’s going to be so many fun things to see, eat, and do! If you’re bored and you’re alone at home, you have no excuses but to come out! Check out our Facebook event page! 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: Things to do on the weekend!

Wondering what to do on a long Family Day weekend here in Vancouver? Then read on because we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep yourself busy!

Day of Skiing/Snowboarding at Cypress

On Saturday, we are heading up to Cypress mountain to go skiing/snowboarding! But what makes this day so special? Well since it’s Family Day Long weekend, Cypress is having some special prices and activities going on!

  • Fireworks Celebration at 8 pm!
  • Free Magic Go-Around Carousel Rides – All Ages!
  • Live Entertainment & Artists – We’ll have family friendly entertainment all weekend long!
  • Family Pizza Night (5 to 8 PM) – Get a 16″ Pizza and a Jug of Pop – $9.95 (3 or more Family Members with Lift Tickets or Passes)

For more information on special deals and activities, check out their page here

When: Saturday February 9th

Where: Cypress Mountain

You can snowboard/ski and enjoy special activities, so click join on our Facebook event page and for more detailed information~

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower and Gift Fair

This year, the Chinese New Year festival collides with the Family Day long weekend, which means there will be even more things for you to do! Although we will be going to the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown on Feb. 17th, it doesn’t hurt to go ahead and scope out this cultural celebration!  So what better way than to experience this cultural festival at the famous Aberdeen centre in Richmond? Although it is a little way out of Vancouver, this event has a lot of fun activities and shows going on (especially for gift shopping)!

When: February 6th-11

Where: Aberdeen Centre, Suite 130, 4400 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

For more information on this event, check it out on their website here!

Family Day Celebration

On Monday, the official Family Day holiday in BC, there will be an array of activities and events going on at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza. If you have nothing to do that day, come to see some of the great things going on including educational activities, free ice skating, hockey shoot outs, face painting and performances by Said the Whale.

When: Monday February 11th  11:00 am-7:00 pm

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

The best part of all is that it’s free, so why not check it out? For  more information click here!

The Secret World of Sharks and Rays at Vancouver Aquarium

Never been to the Aquarium in Vancouver? Why not go this weekend to learn about Sharks? At this exhibition,  you will get to learn all there is know about Sharks as well as their distant cousins: the skates, rays and ratfishes. Discover their mysterious behaviors, lifestyle and uncover the secret world of these underwater creatures!

When: February 7th – April 30th

Where: Vancouver Aquarium

Check here for more information!!

I hope everyone has a fantastic long weekend, enjoy all there is to see in Vancouver 🙂

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

Though it was cold and cloudy, it sure did not stop us from having an amazing time at the Granville Island Brewery tour last Saturday!

At first we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into as our tour guide took us to the backroom where the  brewing process happened. But as she explained and took us through each step on how they make their unique Granville Island beer, everyone definitely became more relaxed. But of course, I’m sure everyone was just thinking about the tasting part of the tour!

I personally thought the best part of the tour was the beer sampling, and we got to choose three! Most of us went with the Limited Release, Maple Cream Ale, and the Hefeweizen. My favorite was the Hefeweizen because it tasted like Bananas! As we sat there drinking away, we chatted about the beer, which ones we liked and didn’t like. It was really cool getting to taste different types of their beer and I learned a lot about the process as well. If you haven’t been to Granville Island yet, you should visit it as least once before you leave Vancouver! 

And those of us who braved the cold to watch the street performer after walking around the Public Market, we can all agree that the performer was just dragging out his act and making it look so much more difficult than it actually was.  I could have done that…well, maybe. 

Then on Sunday, I got to sleep in and got to be lazy for a bit, which was super nice. That is until I went to the gym to work out. It made me feel better  that I exercised but now my arms are sore!

What did you do last weekend? Comment below and tell us! If you don’t have any plans and want to do something awesome this weekend, you should come skiing and snowboarding with us at Cypress Mountain on Saturday Feb 9th! Check our Facebook event page for more information!

Cheers,

Flora

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