Vargas Island Tour Guide: Places

In the weekend of the 9th of June till the 11th we will go on a trip to Vargas Island and Tofino! With the following tour guide blogs we hope to inform you more about the places we will visit, the activities and the schedule.

During the weekend we will camp on Vargas Island. A water taxi will take us there from Tofino and we will set up our camp on one of the campsites for the following 2 nights. On Saturday we will go back to Tofino for one day to do some activities.

7252262084_00720a27f7_oVargas Island is a Provincial Park close to Tofino. The park contains 5788 hectares of land. It has 3 amazing wilderness campings, two at Ahous Bay and one on the north beach of the island. If we are lucky we might even see whales pass in the distance. The Ahous Bay has a west-facing beach looking straight out at the Pacific Ocean. Vargas Island is home to wolves. The wolves are used to the people, but food must be stored out of reach.

Tofino is a small village on Vancouver Island. It is a really easygoing and friendly town with only around 2000 inhabitants. The village is a big tourist destination in summer and it attracts lots of surfers, hikers, campers, whale watchers, fishermen or just anyone looking to be close to nature. Tofino was even named best surf town in North America in 2010. As Tofino is part of the Pacific Rim National Park, there are also lots of hikes around the village.

I hope I informed you guys enough about the places we will visit. Next week there will be an update about the activities! If you would like to know more about the camping trip, then check out our event page.

– Janel

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Highlights of the Month June 2014

With June beginning it is time to review the month of May and preview June and of course we do this in style… with a video.

We started the month of May with a visit to the extreme air park in Richmond. It was so much fun there if you did not had the chance to join us it is definitely worth going there! On the 9th of May it was time to do some relaxing activity with a visit to the cheesecake etc. Cheesecake etc is famous for their cheesecake and is only open at night. It is a really nice cozy restaurant and the cheesecake is delicious, afterwards we went to the Doolin’s for some drinks. In the mid of May we had our monthly overnight stay in Tofino. We went to Tofino for three days and had such a great time, we went surfing, whale watching, bear watching, kayaking and we had a little campfire near the hotel. After the Tofino it was time to go partying again in Vancouver with a Pub & Club night at The Pint.

In June we will go White Water Rafting in Chilliwack with Lee. In the second weekend we will go for a bike ride around Stanley Park and have nice little rest at one of the beaches. On the 21st of June it is time to support our German soccer team with some drinks and food. We will end the month of June with a Pub & Club night were we also sadly have to see goodbye to Daniela, so make sure you are there! And of course we will have our weekly pub nights on Wednesday’s so keep your eyes out on Facebook.

 

We hope you enjoyed May and will enjoy June, see you at the activities!

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Tofino Trip Review

We just returned from our stay in Tofino and I already miss it. The beautiful view over the ocean, the nice little village and of course all the fun we had.

We left Vancouver last Saturday at 7am and drove for 40 minutes to the ferry. On the ferry we had a nice view over the ocean. After 1h40 we arrived on Vancouver Island. Our first stop was the Coombs market. This market is famous for their goats, which life on the roof of the shops. We had a short lunch break and then made our way on to the Cathedral grove. The Cathedral grove is a part of the MacMillian Provincal Park. In the park short walks can be made to see the huge and big trees. The biggest tree is 9meters. After hugging the trees we went back on the bus onto the waterfalls. At around 4pm we arrived in Tofino where some of us went on a sunset whale watching trips. The others wandered around the village, grabbed some food and visited the Toquin beach. At 7pm we all gathered together at the bus and drove to our hotel, Jamie’s Rainforest inn. At the hotel our dinner was already waiting for us and after the dinner we had a small campfire.

The next morning was an early morning, but luckily we had a delicious breakfast and could go on for our activities that day. Many activities were planned for that day. The first group went surfing and later at the day people went off to go kayaking, bear watching, whale watching or taking the water taxi to Meares Island for the big tree trail. We also were luckily that we could visit the Clayoquot island, also known as Stubbs island. This island is privately owned by Susan Bloom and is only open for visitors on the long weekend in May. After everyone finished their activities for the day it was time to grab some dinner at the village and it was possible to enjoy the sunset. At 9pm most of us made our way back to the hotel, where we had some drinks and played some games.
The next morning we got our breakfast package, including a muffin, apple and orange juice and off we went again for the next set of activities. Again we had beautiful weather. At 1pm we had to be back at the bus and we started making our way back to the ferry. We arrived in Vancouver at 9pm and made our way straight back home.

We hope you all enjoyed your time in Tofino and hope to see you tonight at the Flashmob!

Ps: we do not have a pub night this week, but we have a pub&club night on Friday.

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Tofino Information

Only two more days and we are going to Tofino. We will meet on Saturday the 17th of May at 7:00am in front of Canada Place. Please make sure you will be there on time.

On our way to Tofino we will stop at different places such us the famous Coombs market, going for a like around Little Qualicum Falls, visit the Cathedral Crove and also we will cruise through the the beautiful Strait of Georgia an drive through the Pacific Rim National Park. Finally arrived in Tofino we have the option to go out for dinner into town and walk to the beach for a bonfire.

On our second day we will visit Long Beach, which is the surfer’s paradise and explore the fishing village town of Tofino. On the second day you also have the opportunity to practice one of the activities such as surfing, whale watching and much more. Also you can explore the rain forest while hiking the Wild Pacific Trail and at night we will have a barbecue dinner at the hotel.

On the third day we will have more free time to explore the village or participate in one of the optional activities. We will leave Tofino in the afternoon and we will be back in Vancouver at approximately 10pm.

Please bring an umbrella or rain jacket, medical insurance, bathing suit and towel, sunscreen and camera with you. Also we recommend that you should bring snacks and drinks for the night with you, as Tofino is very expensive!!

 

We are looking forward to this awesome trip and we will see you on Saturday at 7:00am at the Canada Place.

 

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The Ultimate Tofino Experience – Activities Edition

In Tofino tons of activities can be done. For surfers, there are more than enough beaches to go to. For animal lovers, you can go on whale watching or bear watching adventures and for nature lovers there are many hiking trails and bike trails.

Whale Watching
Whale watching in Tofino is almost the whole year. The whale season start beginning March with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and goes till mid- or late October when the whales make their way to the south for mating season. You can expect to see Pacific gray whales during your trip and their is the possibility to also see Humpback whales. Mostly on the tours bald eagles, harbor seals, Steller and California sea lions as well as sea otters are seen. If you are likely to get sea sick, purchase some anti-nausea pills at the Tofino Pharmacy or ask the your guide for methods to avoid sea sickness. If you would like to go whale watching during our trip make sure you book it beforehand, which will save you some money. The cost for this activity is $70 for 1.5hrs.

Hot springs
The hot springs are situated in the Maquinna Provincial Park, 27 miles north west of Tofino. The tour to the hot springs will be a day tour so make are you pack some lunch. To get to the hot springs you have to go by boat, which takes you there in just a bit over an hour. Then the tour continues with a thirty minute walk down a cedar trail trough the old growth forest. Arrived at the hot springs you can relax in the pools that have a temperature of 109 degrees to 50 degrees. There are is also a waterfall. The tour cost $115 and includes the boat trip.

Surfing
Tofino is called the Canadian surf capital and that has a reason, the waves keep rolling in year-round on a beach that stretches over 30km. Wetsuit, booties and gloves are recommend if you want to spend some time in the water since the water is only 10C year-round. The most popular beaches for surfing are Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay Surfing and Long Beach Surfing. If you want to go surfing during the trip you can either join a 3hrs lesson for $70 or if you know how to surf you can rent a surf board, which cost you around $30 – $40.

Kayaking
Doing a kayak tour is a wonderful way to see the active life around Tofino’s harbor front and the natural environment. Due to the strong current it is not possible to only rent a kayak. However you have the option to join a 2.5hrs tour for $60 or 4hrs $75. On those tours you will be guided through the inlets of Tofino.

If you want to do any of those activities, please let us know beforehand so we can book the activities for you, which also saves you some money. You can sign up for the activities and the trip till the 9th of May. Check out our Facebook event for more information.
See you tonight at the Beach 

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The Ultimate Tofino Experience – Hotel Edition

Just two more weeks before we are heading off to another adventure. We will take to ferry to Victoria Island and will visit the Canadian Capital of Surf, Tofino. We will have two nights in the nice Jamie’s Rainforest Inn.

The Jamie’s Rainforest Inn is located just off the Pacific Highway and a 10-minute walk to the Chesterman Beach, Tofino’s most popular surfing beach. The Inn is surrounded by 4 acres (16 187m2) of beautiful old growth coastal rainforest with access to walking trails and the Jamie’s private waterfront on the inlet side of the Tofino peninsula.

The Inn offers 28 rooms ranging from standard rooms with two queen beds to deluxe rooms. The rooms are equipped with a microwave, fridge and coffee room. Some rooms include fireplaces, sofa beds or kitchenettes. Free Wi-Fi is provide the hotels as well as bike rentals. Most of the rooms have a view over the beautiful rainforest and some views show a glimpse of the private waterfront. There is also a small library on-site. The restaurant serves breakfast (included), lunch and dinner. The restaurant is open from 8am till midnight, lunch is served from 12pm on, tapas from 4pm and dinner is served until midnight, also vegetarian and vegan options are available. So get your food-mode on!

More information about The Ultimate Tofino Experience can be found here and if you click here you can join our Facebook event. If you like to participate in this trip, make sure you pay before the 9th of May in cash.

We hope you will join us to Tofino and make it another unforgettable trip!

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INTERNeX Canada: West Trek Tours – Summer Party Gold Sponsor

INTERNeX is happy to introduce our partner and summer party gold sponsor West Trek Tours today! See our Summer Party event page for more information on this party of the summer 2012! Thank you West Trek Tours for supporting this awesome event.

Serving young travelers since 1998 West Trek Tours is Western Canada’s #1 Tour Company! Their tours are specifically designed for YOU, international students and globetrotters. They work closely with language schools and know exactly what students and young tourists want to see and experience in Canada!
The coolest Canadian guides and party experts show you the most exciting Canadian destinations: Victoria and Tofino on Vancouver Island, Seattle and Portland in the US, Banff and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. And there is more: the tours are combined with social events, sports activities and party party party to give everybody the maximum of fun.

INTERNeX candidates and team themselves experienced the awesomeness of West Trek trips several times! Rafting tours on one of the wildest and craziest rivers in Canada were so much fun. Camping and romantic get-togethers with a campfire added to the perfect adventure feeling these weekends. And it’s happening again! West Trek is organizing another White Water Rafting trip with their best guides and equipment! Winter or summer, the Rocky Mountains West Trek tour will be the best travel experience of your life! Be on the Rockies party bus and you will never forget the roads of Canada. Nearly every INTERNeX candidate enjoyed the incredible nature and parties on the Rockies West Trek trips! The next one is happening on the August long weekend, 3rd to 6th of August!

If you want short adrenaline-filled adventures, West Trek Tours takes you skydiving and offers discounts for a lot of other exciting activities. Having hotels and activity providers as partners West Trek gets you incredible deals on bungee jumping and zip trekking, whale watching and surfing, sightseeing, gondolas and much more. This way you get the best value for your trips and your student wallets!

Wherever you go, the Rockies, the US or Tofino; whatever you do, hiking, sightseeing, or surfing; you will leave a West Trek Tours trip with new friends and amazing memories!

INTERNeX thanks West Trek Tours for all the awesome trips and the support of our summer party! Check out the West Trek Tours website to learn more about their trips.

Happy travelling!

Xenia

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