What Are You Doing This Long Weekend?

This weekend is supposed to be a nice one! I have a few things on my to-do list that I want to see during the next few days. One of them includes Lynn Canyon Park. The park officially opened to the public in 1912 and has been a popular destination among tourists and local residents ever since. It’s a great location for a  picnic, a leisurely hike, or a refreshing swim in one of the many popular swimming holes!

The Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge is one of Lynn Valley’s best kept secrets. The 50 meter high bridge stretches accross a beautiful canyon boasting raging waters, waterfalls and deep pools below. The bridge is a popular attraction among tourists and locals alike, the best part is that it is free of charge for all to see. Crossing the bridge is always an exciting experience, it bounces up and down and sways from side to side with every step. It is quite narrow and becomes a little nerve racking when there are several others trying to cross at the same time.

Not only is there a suspension bridge, but there are also twin falls.  A short wooden bridge crosses the raging river and there are two breathtaking waterfalls below. This bridge is a lot more comfortable than the Suspension Bridge as it doesn’t shake with every move. As a last stop, you can relax at a swimming hole which is popular among local residents who visit the park on a regular basis and tourists on a short visit. The 30 Foot Pool is a short walk from suspension bridge and doesn’t involve climbing hills or stairs. It is pretty easily accessible.  There is a small beach area near the swimming hole that is covered with small pebbles and good to lie down a towel or a blanket.

Getting There

If you are traveling by bus there are various routes to take depending on your location. From Downtown Vancouver take the sea bus across to the Lonsdale Quay bus loop and take either bus #228, or #229.

Bus #228 will take you to Lynn Valley Center, which is about a 10 minute walk from Lynn Canyon Park’s main entrance. Bus #229 will take you directly to Lynn Canyon Park’s main entrance.

If you are traveling from East Vancouver, Burnaby, or Metro Town area take any bus to Phibbs Exchange. The most common busses are #130 via Metro Town, #28 via Joyce Station, #210 via Downtown Vancouver.

From Phibbs Exchange take bus #229 which will take you to Lynn Canyon Park’s main entrance.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Cheers,

Laura

Chinatown and Richmond Summer Night Markets

If you haven’t been out to a summer night market yet, you need to experience this while in Vancouver!

The summer night markets commit to representing ethnic diversity by inviting the celebration of many cultural festivities on site, promoting new and young talent on stage, giving opportunities to many charities and assisting them towards their goals, and most of all, offering many types of entrepreneurs, including the young and old, a  place for business opportunities.

A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before! The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD, VCD, DVD, delicious snacks & ethnic food…etc. You don’t even need to buy anything – you can stroll around and enjoy the multicultural performances: folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, bands… as well as games & prizes! Spend a summer night at the the Chinatown or Richmond Night market!

They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all summer long.

Click here for further information on the Chinatown Summer Nights Market!

Click here for further information on the Richmond Summer Nights Market!

– Laura

Enjoy Stanley Park!

Hey guys!

Did anyone get outside this weekend? The beautiful weather made it impossible for me to stay indoors. I joined in on a trip to Stanley Park with my housemate Melissa and her friends – who are visiting from Germany!

Beautiful weather at Stanley Park

I guess we weren’t the only ones with that idea, because as soon as we reached Denman street, there were people everywhere! Robson street was also quite chaotic as people hopped in and out of stores to get the latest deals on clothing.

As we stepped off the bus, we made our way over to a bike rental shop. If you’re looking for a nice way to spend the day, there are many stores which rent out bicycles and roller-blades for a nominal fee. I rented a mountain bike for 5 hours, and it cost me less than $20.00 CAN. Melissa’s friends rented roller-blades from Spokes for an hourly rate of $9.00 CAN. Did I mention you can also rent tandem bikes? These are bicycles with two seats, so if you have a friend or significant other, it makes for a fun day!

Once everyone was geared up and ready to go, we were off! We made our way around the boat harbour, and soon came across the 9 o’clock gun. Cast in England in 1816, brought here in 1894, the gun was used by mariners to set their chronometers and also to warn fishers of closing. Neat!

As we continued our trek, we passed a lovely scene of totem poles at Brockton Point.  This was a great place to stop and take pictures. The totem pole display area is the most visited tourist attraction in all of British Columbia and has an interesting history. In the early 1920s, the elected Park Commissioners of the day supported the idea of constructing an Indian Village in Stanley Park near the Lumbermen’s Arch area. This site was chosen as it had been the location of a massive midden, or cultural mound, resulting from years of habitation by the native aboriginal peoples.

Laura at Stanley ParkAs we continued our journey around Stanley Park, I realized that every view was a gorgeous view! Around every bend, and every corner was a breathtaking sight. I took many pictures on Saturday to make sure I never forgot what a fun time I had! This is a picture Melissa took of me. I love it because in the background there’s water, mountains and a sailboat.

There are many beaches along the route we took, so we decided to stop at Second Beach. A couple of feathery friends payed us a visit while we relaxed and listened to music. Two bald eagles sat, perched on a branch on the tree beside us. They remained there for quite some time – I guess they were enjoying the sunshine too!

Make sure you get a chance to check out Stanley Park, it really is a great way to spend the day with some friends! Click here for a map, which shows all the nice things to see along the way. I’ll be back there sometime soon, because I didn’t get the chance to go through Stanley Park – just around. It’s that big!

The best thing about this park is that it’s free to enjoy. Also, there’s so much to see. Lionsgate bridge, Inukshuk, even an aquarium hidden in the area. Make sure to check this while you’re here in Canada. Hope to see you guys out at the Calling on Wednesday for INTERNeX PuB NiGHT!

Cheers,

Laura

Ready To Rush?!

INTERNeX is proud to support The BC Lung Assocation’s Rush event! Are you ready to rush?!

On June 5th, 2010 let’s join together and hit the Vancouver streets for the most audacious fundraising event that this city has ever seen…This is in no way any kind of an ordinary event-it is a CHALLENGE unlike anything in the Lung Association history! Teams of two will scour the city of Vancouver as part of an EPIC, 1 day Race & urban SCAVENGER HUNT completing a predetermined number of checkpoint challenges and deciphering clues at UNKNOWN locations throughout the city. Teams will run, walk and use public transit, racing to complete their Checkpoint Challenges within the 6 hour time limit. Partners can use a nearly limitless array of resources (friends, family, internet …) to help them get to and complete their next Checkpoint Challenge. The first team to complete the required number of Checkpoint Challenges and cross the finish line wins a trip for two around the WORLD but…

THE RUSH is about more than just crossing the finishing line, it is about the JOURNEY and the chance to SAVE LIVES and CHANGE your own in the end! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Then register soon because there is a limited amount of teams that can sign up. Be a part of something bigger than just yourself and held end lung disease today! Every team that takes part in The Rush will receive entry into the incredible after party and the chance to win other great prizes.

1st, 2nd & 3rd PLACE:
The top three teams receive FREE registration into next year’s event!

TOP  FUNDRAISERS:
The top fundraising team receives A Tandem Skydive For 2 from Whistler Skydiving

PREMIUM CHECKPOINT:
The winning team of the Premium Checkpoint receives 2 Regular Group Surf Lessons from Pacific Surf School

For more info, rules and to register your team, visit http://www.rushvancouver.com/

Easter Long Weekend!

So the four-day-long weekend is approaching and I’m sure you guys are looking forward to a little time off…I am at least. I will be using this time to catch up on all my school work but my calender is filled with so many fun events I might just have to take at least one night off from work…maybe two. But I was browsing through our ECal and saw a few events around Canada that I thought might be of interest to you guys.

First I have the 13th Annual Showcase Showdown presented by Burton this Saturday April 3rd 2010. Held up in our very own Whistler up on Blackcomb Mountain. If you like to party up in the Nintendo Terrain Park then this is the event for you guys! This Showcase Showdown features a VANS Off the Wall Waffle Breakfast, Samsung Best Trick Contest, a Bar-B-Que on the Hill and the Showcase 20 year Anniversary Afterparty!! If you are interested in this event or want to find more events up in Whistler then visit their website

Secondly, the city of Calgary the CBI Health Hustle for Hunger 2010. Hosted this Sunday, April 4th 2010 at the Eau Claire Market. You can still participate or just watch this run/walk and all the proceeds raised from this event will be going to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. All participants will get a free technical t-shirt with entry along with goodies from our sponsors. See their website for registration and/or event details

These are just some of the events occuring all around Canada. If you want to find an event in your area keep checking our ECal and/or facebook page and for more information on INTERNeX related events you can also feel free to contact us at the office

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