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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INTERNeX HiGHLiGHTS 2, shows it all!

Watch this video and listen to our beautiful voices during the last Karaoke PuB NiGHT! We also had big changes in our PR-Team – we are very happy to welcome Katie in our office. At the same time it’s so sad to let Maria go back to Germany. And of course our Vargas Island adventure is still fresh in our memories! Check it out!

Cheers,

PR-Team

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INTERNeX Canada: Picture of the week

Thank you to everyone who liked and commented on our winning picture of our ‘Most LiKEable picture’ contest! This picture truly captures one of our most memorable moments during our INTERNeX Vargas Island camping trip. Sitting by the fire, enjoying the warmth and the great company really made it special.

Do you want a chance to win a great prize? Send us a picture that you think is worthy of being our picture of the week to pr@internexcanada.com!!

Have a great Saturday.

Cheers,

Lies

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INTERNeX Explorer: Survival of Vargas Island

Find out why INTERNeX EXPLORER is a particularly appropriate name for this video. Last weekend we explored the untouched Canadian wilderness of Vargas Island! Watch how we managed to survive on this deserted piece of land surrounded by the ocean and wolf howls! How we built our shelters; how we cooked our food on a plain fire…

 

Cheers,

PR Team

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INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend/Vargas Island Trip Review

This weekend was a pretty adventurous one for the INTERNeX team. Due to the fact that our Victoria Trip had to be cancelled because not enough people signed up, 8 of us went on a spontaneous trip to Vargas Island, which is off the coast of Tofino. Prior to the trip we stocked up on camping equipment, food and a first aid kit and embarked on our 3 day survival trip.

On the first day we had to take Greyhound bus really early in order to arrive in Tofino on time to catch our Tofino Water Taxi to Vargas Island. The total trip was about 7 hours and once all our equipment was off loaded on to the island we made our plan to set up camp. The group was made up of many different personalities that complemented each other very well. All in all we were a great outdoorsy tough bunch that survived some trying moments.

Our first night on the island was very relaxed. Once our camp was set up, we set out to find a lot of wood to last us through the night and so that we could prepare our hotdogs for dinner. For dessert we had marshmallows over the fire of course 🙂 The amazing thing was that we had the entire bay to ourselves; which was so special.

Our second morning started early as we wanted to attempt the toughest hike of Tofino – Lone Cone Mountain – which was on another island nearby; Meares Island. We left the island at 8.30am and our hike officially started at 9am. As the hike got harder and harder we split up into smaller groups of 2 as we all had our own paces. The view from the top was phenomenal; we could see all the other islands up ahead and Tofino in the distance as well. It was pretty cold up top though so we decided to go back down pretty soon afterwards. In total, the hike took about 6 hours.

For our last night the boys made a massive fire so that we could warm up easily as it was drizzling once we got back to our camp. Our dinner of baked potatoes and baked beans and sausages filled us up really well after burning all that energy during our tough hike. Safe to say it was another early night for us.

The third day was mostly spent packing up all our stuff as it had started raining pretty hard and we couldn’t make a fire for our breakfast. Once we got back to the main land of Tofino we took shelter in a lovely place called Common Loaf Bakery where we enjoyed a warm coffee and breakfast sandwich.

As our tired bodies fell asleep on our bus trip back to Vancouver; we left Tofino in the distance with some very fond memories of the beautiful Vargas Island that was our home for the last 3 days.

I would definitely recommend this to all our outdoorsy and adventurous candidates. If you’re interested you can rent our camping equipment as well for a very affordable fee. More details will follow later this week. To check out all our other pictures of the trip click here to view them on our Flickr page.

What did everybody else get up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers,

Lies

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INTERNeX Canada: News/Fun Facts

INTERNeX is currently on their awesome camping trip to Vargas Island this weekend and we thought it would be appropriate to share a fun/scary fact about the island.  Our courageous group are braving the elements and wildlife and getting the ultimate Canadian camping experience.  Roasting marshmallows by the campfire, telling ghost stories and pitching a tent on the May Long Weekend is about as Canadian as you can get!

 

 

So, here is our fun fact for the week: 

Vargas Island is home to many wolves and are known to be seen feeding on seal and sea lion carcasses along the beach 😐

 

Thankfully our group has a trusted tour guide who is a seasoned professional at camping on Vargas Island so they will be safely out of harms way.  We are sure they will all come back plenty of great camping stories and hopefully wolves will not be a part of it!

Hope you’re all having a great long weekend!

Cheers,
PR Team

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Wow, we’ve had a pretty hectic week at the office, but I’m really looking forward to the weekend now. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip to Victoria due to not enough people signing up, so in the last minute INTERNeX organized a smaller camping trip into the middle of no where! 😉

Once we get to Tofino on Saturday afternoon we are going to continue our adventure with Tofino Water Taxi, a great company that offers a lot of tours and charters to the different islands. Our main destination for this weekend will be Vargas Island, a remote island off the coast of Tofino. For more information about Tofino Water Taxi, please visit the website here. They offer so many beautiful unspoiled locations if you want to get away from the crowd for a weekend or see that amazing side of Vancouver Island.

In the mean time here is a short video with some gorgeous pictures of the island:

For those of you who are coming on the trip, we will survive! 😉

For those of you who are doing other exciting things for the May long weekend, have a great one!

Cheers,

Lies

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com