What to do on the Weekend

Hi everyone,

Yeah!!! It is almost weekend! And we would like to give you some tips about what to do on the weekend! There are many special events going on in December month! Enjoy reading this blog!

Vancouver – Van Dusen Festival of Lights

Where: Oak Street & 37rd Avenue

Date: 9th of December till 2nd of January (except 25th of December)

Time: 4:15pm till 09:00pm

Price: $13,50

A spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) garden in the heart of Vancouver is waiting for you to get explored! It has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since it is open to the public in 1975. The great mild Vancouver climate allows the cultivation of an outstanding plant collection any time of the year. VanDusen’s collection counts approximately 280,000 individual plants and plant families from around the world.

But at this special day you can enjoy lots of great food and beverages, such as Waffles, Hot chocolates, Crepes and lots more! And everything in a great location! So check it out and enjoy a romantic and great evening at the Van Dusen Park.

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Vancouver – Stanley Park, bright night

Where: Stanley Park, next to the bus station

Date: 2nd of December – 2nd of January

Sunday- Thursday 3PM- 1oPM
Friday & Saturday 3PM- 11PM

Price: Free

This is an opportunity for you to enjoy the fantastic world of christmas decoration. The Stanley Park, Bright Night! You will have the feeling that you are walking in ‘winter wonder land‘, and it is only 10 minutes away from Downtown.

It is already the 14th time that the bright night is organized. there are more than 2 million twinkle lights in all kinds of colors in the forest in Stanley Park! Get the real Christmas feeling, go to Bright Night!

And for he young or crazy generation, there is also a little train you can take. While sitting in the train you can enjoy all the bright colors and lights. The price for a train ticket is then $9!

But walking around is for free! 😉

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Vancouver – Picture you Life (INTERNeX Contest)

Deadline: till Wednesday the 14th of December

Price: Free! and maybe you win the Canucks tickets!

Attention to you all out there!!

The Vancouver Canucks need all the support of you guys and we can make it happen! The only thing you have to do is to send us pictures of the following list with a nice description or story, THATS ALL!!! 🙂

  • Your new home
  • Your new work/internship/school/farm
  • Your Favorite place in Vancouver
  • Your Favorite Leisure Activity
  • You can choose….
So go ahead, take some pictures and write as you have never written before!

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Toronto – Winter Festival of Lights

When: Nov 06, 2011 to Jan 03, 2012

Where: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Price: Free, but donations are welcome ($5-$10)
The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario includes over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which can be seen within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, including the world-famous Enchantment of Disney displays and the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag.

There is no fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted, with proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays.


Let us know how your weekend was, we will post the best story in the ‘how was your weekend’ blog, and the writer of the story wins a prize!

Enjoy your weekend!!

Cheers, Lydia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: www.internexcanada.com

VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Take some time to stop and smell the roses – literally!  If you’re looking for a relaxing day, head on over to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. This spectacular 55-acre garden in the heart of Vancouver has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening to the public in 1975.

VanDusen’s collection includes 11,500 accessioned plants representing more than 7,300 plant families and 255,000 individual plants from around the world. Their plant collections represent ecosystems that range from tropical South Africa, to the Himalayas, to the South America and the Mediterranean, across Canada’s Boreal forests and Great Plains to plants native to our own Pacific Northwest.

The garden design features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illustrate botanical relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical origins, as in Sino Himalayan Garden. These areas are set amidst rolling lawns, tranquil lakes and dramatic rockwork with vistas of the mountains and Vancouver cityscape.

There is always something interesting to see, no matter what the season! My first trip there was also my first day in Vancouver! The hours for the month of May are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

2010 Admission Rates

Regular Admission Spring Summer
Apr 1- Jun 30
(incl. GST)
Jul 1-Sep 9
(incl. HST)
Adult (19-64) $9.25 $9.75
Senior (65+) $6.75 $7.25
Youth (13-18) $6.75 $7.25

Early-flowering bulbs (crocus, snowdrop, narcissus), Spring Heath, Early Rhododendrons, Helleborus and Camellias are the flowers that will be blooming in the month of May.

Have fun!

– Laura