Victoria Tour Guide: Schedule

On Canada Day we are planning a trip to Victoria, the capital city of BC. With this blogpost we would like to inform you a bit more about the trip.

We will be meeting at 7.30 at Tsawwassen terminal where we will take the ferry to Swartz Bay. We will be taking the early ferry of 8 AM to Victoria, as it takes a while to get to Victoria itself. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for buying your own ferry ticket. From Swartz Bay we will take the bus to Victoria, which takes us about an hour. When we arrive in Victoria, you all have free time to do one of the optional activities or to go to the free music festival. To give you a better overview, we made a schedule which you can see below. The schedule is an estimate, which means that we could also arrive earlier or later in Victoria.

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Schedule
07.30 AM – meeting at Tsawwassen terminal
08.00 AM – ferry to Swartz Bay
09.30 AM – arrival at Swartz Bay
10.00 AM – bus to Victoria
11.15 AM – arrival in Victoria
11.15 AM – free time

 

We would like to remind you that the fireworks in Victoria start at 10.15 PM and that the last ferry back is at 9 PM. If you would like to see them then it might be a better option to stay the night, like some of us are doing. Others are taking a ferry back around 5 PM to see the fireworks in Vancouver. Otherwise, you would need to take the bus back around 7.30 PM to be able to catch the last ferry to Vancouver.

We hope you are all as excited about the trip as we are. See you on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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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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Bowen Island Tour Guide: Activities

On May 14 we will take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to have a great day on Bowen Island! With this blog post we hope to inform you more about all the activities you can do there.

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

We are on an island, which means it is all surrounded by water and a perfect place to go kayaking. Bowen Island Sea Kayaking rents kayaks and paddleboards but also arranges kayaking tours. It is your chance to get close to nature and wildlife and if you get on a tour, the experienced tour guide will tell you everything you need to know about Bowen Island and its waters. Their popular shoreline tour will cost you $75 and will give you pleasure for three hours. Keep in mind that there is a reservation required and a two-person minimum for the tours. If you rather go explore the waters by yourself you can also rent kayaks or a stand up paddleboard (SUP). This will cost you:8020479821_4b63800e32_o

  • 3 hour single kayak:    $45
  • 4 hour single kayak:    $55
  • 3 hour double kayak:  $70
  • 4 hour double kayak:  $85
  • 1 hour SUP:   $20
  • 2 hour SUP:   $35
  • 3 hour SUP:   $45

For further information and reservations go to their website.

Zoom Zoom Bowen Island

Zoom zoom or broom broom over Bowen Island with a fun, retro styled 49cc scooter. Hereby you can explore the island in a fun way and make many stops for the scenic views. All scooters they rent come with a demo lesson and helmet. They also have some good resources to help you get around the island. The rental rates are:

  • 2 hours:   $45
  • 4 hours:   $65
  • From 9am to 7pm:   $85

Be aware that these scooters are designed for single riders only, so it is not possible to go together on one scooter. You also need to be 19 years old and a valid drivers license is required. For all terms & conditions and more information, visit their website.

Hiking

Bowen Island offers lots of hiking trails to enjoy. If you get off the ferry you can check out the maps in the information kiosk on the dock to your right. You can also click here to find all the hiking trails. When you are going to hike it is very important to stay on the marked trails to preserve the habitats for the plants and animals on the island.

If you want to get more inspiration for our trip to Bowen Island you can always pay a visit at this website. Good luck with finding the activity that suits you the most. I hope we will have an amazing visit together to this beautiful island.

– Tess

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The Amazing Rockies Trip by Iris

A few days ago we came back from our amazing trip to the Rockies. It was one of the best trips I have ever had, so thanks to all of you, Discover Canada and our great tour guide Chris for making my Easter weekend great.

On Friday we finally went to the Rockies. I have been looking forward to going there since I arrived and was way too excited on the day we left Vancouver. We all conquered seats for everybody in the back of the bus. Soon after we turned into little INTERNeX bunnies with our new bunny ears. During our trip we saw all kinds of weather in just one day. The weather went from rain to sun and from sun to snow. That sometimes confused me in a way. We made a short stop in Hope, the city where people were hoping to find gold. 18009954_1453124611427346_486553438_nAfter that we continued our journey to Kamloops. In Kamloops we went to the BC Wildlife Park where I learned about the difference between a spirit bear and a polar bear. I also had time to do some shopping in the souvenir shop with my $5 gift card. A bit later we got into the bus again and drove up to Chase. We spent the night at a First Nation’s hotel. It was a beautiful hotel with hot tub and a swimming pool. We quickly settled in and went up to the lake to make beautiful pictures. After exploring the surroundings a bit, we went up to the campfire, made smores and listened to stories of the First Nations. As I am not really handy at all, I already expected that my s’mores would not turn out to be that great. The first one was not melted enough and on the second one I just had too much marshmallow. However, it was great to try it out. It was pretty cold at the campfire, as we were sitting next to a lake. So we ended up going to the hot tub and the swimming pool to warm up. Here we got to talk with a few people from our bus and learned about the different cultures. In the end we all went to Janel and Danielle’s room for a few drinks.

The next day we had still quite a drive to get to the Rockies. Luckily we still had stops at beautiful places such as Emerald lake and Roger’s Pass. Once we were at Emerald lake, we all walked on the frozen lake and some people even got wet shoes after our little stop. Of course we had to be the typical tourist, so we made lots of pictures and videos at this beautiful lake. Our tour guide also told us lots of stories about the little villages that we passed. 18009267_1401739859889828_359732502_nMost of them were mainly built because of the train passing through it. It was great getting to know more about Canada and its cute little villages. Along the way to the Rockies we had to change our time on the watches as we got into mountain time. This meant that the clock would go one hour forward. It was really strange to hear about mountain time. I first did not believe our tour guide and thought he was fooling everybody in the bus. However, my phone proved it to me that mountain time actually exists. We drove all the way up to Lake Louise where we could either walk to the other side of the lake or go to the Fairmont hotel. The choice was not that hard to make anymore when our tour guide told us that we could see a frozen waterfall. It was a bit strange that the lake was frozen enough again, as our tour guide told us that they did it a few weeks ago too and then they heard the ice crack underneath their feet. Many people walked on the lake, so we were not that scared that the ice would break. Luckily it was solid ice again and we did not have any troubles on our way to the frozen waterfall. After we reached the frozen waterfall we walked back around the lake and back to the bus. I think this walk was a good practice for my ice walk the day after, as it could be slippery at and around the lake too. Then we drove to Banff and checked in at our second hotel. A lot of us were hungry again so we went back into the city to find a good restaurant. We all had a great laugh at the bus stop, as we were with so many people and it took forever to get onto the bus. When we were in the city, it was quite hard to find a spot for so many people. However, we managed to fit us all in Earls. After we filled our stomachs again, we went to Janel’s room and waited for cabs. We did not want to make the bus drivers in Banff too annoyed, right? We ended our night with a great night out at one of Banff’s clubs.

On Sunday it was finally time to do the optional activities. I already booked the ice walk before I went to the Rockies and therefore only had a short amount 18009430_1453128441426963_967056228_nof sleep. However, it was good that I was forced to get out of bed, because the fresh air and me being active really helped. Another guide picked us up at the hotel in a small bus. On the way to Johnston Canyon he talked about the nature of Canada. He also did a small quiz with us. If you answered the questions right, you would get a cookie. Everybody was actively participating in it and tried their hardest to come up with the answer. To me that was quite logical, because who does not like to get a cookie? When we reached our final destination we had to put on spikes on our shoes for the really icy parts. Of course I was the person who got two different sizes. As I already asked to change the size, I did not want to bother him anymore and therefore just let it be. He already mentioned that it did not matter if the spikes would not totally fit and therefore I thought it would not matter for me too. On our way we walked passed frozen waterfalls, fossils and even some animals. I was acting like a tourist again and kept asking questions. The whole walk was sometimes a bit rough, as we had to walk up and down on hills and had some icy parts. According to our tour guide you can even be short of breath if you are fit, as the altitude in the mountains is way different than the altitude in Vancouver or even the Netherlands. This gave me a much better feeling, as I already thought I was not in shape at all. Our guide also showed us how to hike down an icy hill. He said that you have to bend your knees and stamp your feet into the ground. In the end we all looked like tiny elephants walking around at Johnston Canyon. On the way back we could enjoy the scenery again and look if there were any animals. In the
18035697_1450314021655639_470381007_nafternoon we decided to do a hike on the Sulphur mountain. We were supposed to be at the top in one hour, but were only able to get half way because of all the ice and snow. However, the views were still really great. Every time we kept looking down to see how much we already completed to keep us motivated to get to the top. At the end of our hike we walked 16.7 km in total, so we were definitely able to make up for all the unhealthy food we have been eating. After being so active, we were happy to sit in the bus again for our journey to Golden. Here we spent our last night around the campfire. It was really cosy and warm around the fire. Sometimes it was so hot that I had to switch with others to let my legs cool off a little bit.

The last day we drove back to Vancouver again and had a few stops along the way. One was at Craigellachie where I made a few crazy pictures at the wagon. We also played the game 2 truths and 1 lie. It was hard to come up with a lie about myself, but in the end I went up there and was trying to convince everybody that my lie was true. The game was a fun way to get to know others from the bus and from the INTERNeX group. After a bit time in the bus we also had a stop at the Aberdeen mall. Here I had my very first hamburger wrapped in a lettuce wrap. I have to admit that it felt good to have some veggies after all the unhealthy food in the Easter weekend. After we arrived in Vancouver again, I was in for some sleep and immediately went home.

I hope you all had an awesome weekend and catched some sleep, so that you are ready to do activities in the weekend again!

– Iris

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Rockies tour guide: practical information

Only 3 nights of sleep left until we are finally going to the Rockies! We are very excited and we hope you are too. Because the trip is already coming so close, we wanted to give you some practical information, starting of with the rough schedule:

Day 1 – Friday April 14

  • Meet the INTERNeX PR-team and Discover Canada tours at 7.30am at Canada Place, we will depart Vancouver at 8.00am.
  • We will enjoy some sights along the way: Coquihalla Highway, Bridal Falls and Okanagan Valley.
  • Around 2pm we will arrive at BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops where you can guide yourself through the park, or you can take the miniature train for 1 dollar. There will be a Bobcat feeding at 2.15pm.
  • After visiting the park, we will drive further to Chase and check-in at Quaaout Lodge & Spa. The resorts First Nations Cultural Host will take everyone on a tour while telling entertaining stories and legends.
  • After settling in the rooms there is an option to enjoy the hot tub and indoor pool. Then join the guide for a campfire and marshmallow roast. (weather permitting)

Day 2 – Saturday April 15

  • Breakfast at the hotel (included) and depart the hotel in the morning.
  • Drive through Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park.
  • Visit Rogers pass, a high mountain pass through the Selkirk Mountains of BC used by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Explore Lake Louise.
  • Continue the drive to Banff, where we will enjoy a driving tour of the town.
  • Check into the hotel in Banff and have free time to go shopping on Banff Avenue and have some dinner. (Dinner is not included)
  • You have the option to join the guide for a night out dancing! (18+ with 2 pieces of valid ID)

Day 3 – Sunday April 16

  • Have breakfast at the hotel (included)
  • Option to go on the optional activities like skiing at Lake Louise Mountain, ice walking or enjoying the view from the Banff gondola.
  • If you are not participating in an optional activity, you can sleep in for a bit and have breakfast later. After that you can meet the guide for an extended tour of Banff.
  • After the activities or extended tour there is an option to go soak in the Banff Hot Springs.
  • Depart Banff in the afternoon and head to Golden.
  • Check into the Golden hotel and enjoy the indoor pool with water slides and hot tub.
  • Option to visit the local pub for an end of the tour party.

Day 4 – Monday  April 17

  • Have breakfast at the hotel and depart from Golden. (breakfast included)
  • Stop at Craigellachie to see the last spike of the Canadian Railway.
  • Enjoy the entertainment, movies and games in the bus.
  • Stop at Aberdeen Shopping Mall (near Kamloops) for lunch and shopping.
  • Driving further to Vancouver to arrive there approximately 7.30pm

To be sure you are in the right spot Friday morning, see the map below:

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Also please bear in mind to pack the following things:

  • Your passport
  • Medical insurance card
  • Medicines if necessary
  • Swim clothes (if you are planning to take a dive)
  • Comfortable but good walking shoes
  • Warm winter clothes: it still gets quite cold in the Rockies, especially during the night.
  • Rain clothes and sunglasses: you never know what to expect in Canada
  • Make sure you have enough money with you, if you want to be sure also take cash with you to avoid problems with credit / debit cards.

Besides that we want you to bear in mind that only breakfasts are included and you are responsible to get your own lunch and dinner. There will be time to go to some places to eat, but don’t forget to take money with you for the meals.

If you have any further questions you can always contact us! We hope you are all as excited as we are. See you on Wednesdays PuB NiGHT or Friday morning 🙂

– Tess

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Review: Whistler trip

IMG_1729This weekend we went on our monthly trip to Whistler! We met up at Tim Horton’s at 7:45 AM, which was super early so luckily we could get our breakfast and coffee there. Since we are a big group Tess could check us all in at the same time and we didn’t have to stand in line, so we could all sit next to each other which is always way more fun than being divided. The Sea to Sky Highway was truly a beautiful view and our tour guide Gabrielle told us a lot of things about our surroundings which was a great addition. We had a stop at Shannon Falls, a beautiful waterfall in Squamish where some Twilight scenes were filmed.

IMG_1816.JPGAfter the stop we continued our journey to Whistler and we arrived there around 10:45 AM. We got a walking tour around the village and our tour guide told us where we needed to be for each activity. After that everybody went their own way. Zack, Iris, Tess, Kristina, Larissa and I went for a little walk around a frozen river, where we had some adventures in the snow. We ended up losing Tess, Kristina and Larissa, so we were having a little photoshoot with the three of us. After that we decided to have lunch at The Furniture Warehouse, one of those amazing $5 dollar for a meal places, and apparently we all had the same thought, because everyone had lunch there apart from each other.

17572128_1596970726997289_1157462316_oAfter lunch we went to The Brewhouse, where we had a hot drink in front of the fireplace. Then Zack went off to have fun at the tube park and Iris and I went to go bungee jumping. It’s was so scary but also the most exciting thing we’ve ever done. Sarah, Merle, Sol, Pablo and Niclas went for ziplining and they had a great time too. They even got to rent a GoPro and took some amazing shots. Tess, Kristina and Larissa decided to go to the Ice Bar for a vodka tasting where they were put in $1.500 jackets to survive the cold. They weren’t allowed to lick the walls because their tongues would get stuck on there, which disappointed them a little. But luckily you can actually taste the real flavour of vodka in -32˚, so they got a whole new experience as well.
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After all the activities it was time to get on the bus back to Vancouver and everybody got to exchange their stories. We had a lot of fun and judging by your stories you did too, so thank you all for joining us!

– Danielle

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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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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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