Canada facts – movietime

Where are all our movie lovers? People who’re always up to date with the newest movie and practice binge watching as a professional sport? This blogpost will definitely be something for you 😉

Is it New York or our beloved Vancouver? Maybe you’ve seen Vancouver in many movies you’ve watched in the last years 🙂 But did you recognize that it isn’t New York or Seattle but Vancouver? Might be difficult so let us have a closer look ;).
Firstly, I’d like to tell you a short story about something that happened to me during my time in Vancouver. Back in 2017 on my way to my daily language classes on W Hastings street, Vancouver Downtown I saw camera teams everywhere. The people weren’t allowed to cross the street – except us language school students. It felt like being a celebrity for like 5 minutes 😉 So I continued walking straight to the language school building to not disturb the shooting. Right before entering the building I turned around and saw Ryan Reynolds on his motorcycle ready to shoot the movie Deadpool 2. Pretty cool and exciting moment. Believe me – here’s the evidence photo.

So that’s it from my own experience; let’s continue with some popular films and series that take place in Vancouver.
How many movies were filmed in Vancouver? Do you know any of these movies? I’m pretty sure you will…
Beside Deadpool, there is one of the most successful movies you’ve probably seen or at least heard of. Getting a little naughty we can talk about 50 Shades of Grey. Have you noticed the huge building called ” Bentall 5 tower”? In the movie it’s transformed into “Grey Enterprises” where many scenes take place. Maybe you’ve had dinner at Peckingpah BBQ in Gastown (like I did) or visited the Fairmont Hotel. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have been there as well. 😉 It’s true; in the movie it seems like everything takes place in Seattle but as in mentioned before it’s often not like this; this movie is a good example for Vancouver which stands in for Seattle.

The famous action blockbuster I, Robot with Will Smith is also shot in Vancouver. You can spot filming locations of the futuristic city in the movie by the Marina City Towers, Wrigley Building and Pier 94.
There are famous movie locations at every corner. Even right on the arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you can spot a well known movie scene. This place was featured in the horror classic “Final Destination” as New Yorks JFK Airport.
Love is in the air – movies such as Always be my maybe or one of my favourite movies Love guaranteed are being filmed in Vancouver too. It’s pretty cool watching movies in which actors enjoy their time in Downtown or on a walk in Stanley Park. If you haven’t seen this movie it’s highly recommended by me.

Surely you know the Twilight Saga? Also this one was filmed at different locations in British Columbia especially Vancouver and Tofino – of course as it is typical for these movies, mostly in the forest.
Certainly, there are many more great movies but some series you might know are shot in Vancouver as well. The famous classic Suits as well as Arrow or Riverdale found their perfect filming location in this Canadian city.
Hope I could give you some “that’s amazing oh I didn’t know” moments 😉
Enjoy watching you favourite movies or series and if you already visited some of the filming locations – let me know!!!

We’d love to see you at tonight’s pubnight:) 6pm at The Beaver pub!

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2

Client Testimonial

Sarah, Germany

Before I came to Vancouver on the beginning of October, everybody told me, it will be very very rainy the whole two months I will stay there. So I started my trip to Vancouver expecting a lot of rain and spending most of the time inside. Actually, I had such a great nice and sunny time in Vancouver until now and my time is almost over. I could enjoy the incredibly amazing nature in Vancouver by hiking, running and walking through the beautiful Parks in Vancouver.

My first hike was the Grouse Grind, up to Grouse Mountain, and I still don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to wear Chucks and Jeans on this day to do the Grouse Grind, that was the most stupid idea I probably ever had! I stood at the starting point and saw a lot of people in sport clothes doing some stretching and preparing for the hike. I felt a little bit afraid because of this situation but I decided to pervade this hike even if I had to do it in Chucks and Jeans. I actually arrived the peak with a good feeling because I had a lot of fun while hiking and the view on the peak was amazing!!

That was one of many exciting and awesome trips I had in Vancouver. But the very best trip was my tour through the Rocky Mountains. Although I spent much time in the bus, I had a great time with funny people. We enjoyed the amazing landscape while sitting in the bus and in the evenings we relaxed in hot tubs and hot springs before we went out for party in pubs and clubs with nice locals there. On the last day, we actually could go to Lake Louise for skiing or snowboarding. There were many people and only one run was open, but we really enjoyed the time in the snow and now I can say, I was snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains. I think that’s pretty cool :P. The whole trip was just awesome!

Of course, I didn’t spend the whole time having such nice trips, I also had to work. Work was very fun though, because I had to dress up for a Halloween event in the Stanley Park and played with really cute little kids dressed up for Halloween as well. Oh I will never forget those adorable little pumpkins, strawberries and ladybugs.

Halloween itself was crazy! It was very hard to find a costume that covered more than only the necessary parts of my body. When I finally found a costume I went to a party at the Blarney Stone with INTERNeX and had a lot of fun there with great live music and funny games. So thanks to INTERNeX I could meet a lot of other students I spent a lot of time with after I met them on the events, which INTERNeX organized.

Although I’ve been staying in Vancouver for only two months, I experienced so many things in this short time and it was an amazing time. The people are very open-minded and that makes it easy for you to find people, with who you can enjoy your time.

For me, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I would recommend going there to everybody.

So I am very sad that I have to leave soon and I will never forget my time in Vancouver.

Cheers Sarah

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

Client Testimonial

Ellen, Denmark

After what felt like a thousand years of school, I was in desperate need of a break. I needed to experience something new and exciting. I’ve always wanted to travel; the only question was where to? I wanted to have the opportunity to use and expand my English vocabulary as well as something outside of Europe (because I’ve never been before). Several months back I heard about Internex through another travel organization called ‘Travel ALOTT’. It was recommended to me by acquaintances, who had had wonderful experiences with both agencies before. One of the destinations that were offered was Vancouver. I was immediately smitten by the idea of going to a place as beautiful as Vancouver along with tons of things to do. And I must say, I have not regretted my decision since.

When I arrived in Vancouver Internex was there from the beginning. I think it was on my third day here that I joined the orientation meeting at the Internex office. Everyone was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. My stay in Vancouver involved getting a job, so finding one was essential from the get go. No sooner than the same day of the orientation meeting I had my first (and only) job interview. So far my stay has consisted of a lot of work, but I’ve also had time to experience Vancouver first hand. Trips to Stanley Park, through areas like Chinatown, Gastown as well as shopping on Robson. I’ve also participated in some of the events that Internex have offered such as: watching a violent game of hockey, seen a B.C Lions game as well as some of the weekly pub nights. I’m definitely also planning on going on some of the big monthly trips! Even though I think I’ve gained a lot of experiences these past 2 and a half months I still have sooooo much I still want to see and do. I don’t think it’s possible to be bored in Vancouver!

Even though this trip is mainly for fun and for the chance of a school break, I’m positive that I’ll learn and gain a lot on a personal level as well. Hopefully (Actually I’m absolutely sure of this) I’ll return home with memories and friendships for a lifetime.

Cheers Ellen


INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

Expose of the Week

Gustav, Sweden

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?
I booked my trip via a Swedish travel agency called GoXplore and they cooperate with INTERNeX International Exchange. That’s how I found out.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

Firstly, I chose INTERNeX because I really liked the fact that you don’t only help people to come to Canada but you do also create a social network; the pub nights, the monthly trips and all other activities is what attracted me. Secondly, I chose INTERNeX to get help to get a job.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?
The main reason for me coming here is that I wanted to see the Canadian landscape and wildlife; the Rockies, the big plains, bears, whales, nice scenery etc. I’ve always wanted to go to North America and I think that Canada was the best option. Better than the States!

How did you find a place to stay?
INTERNeX helped me to get accommodation in a home stay family, where I stayed for about one month. After that I found a shared apartment on my own located in downtown, in which I lived for one month and a half. I have now moved to yet a new apartment, located on the 23rd floor in downtown. It was fairly easy to find accommodation on my own.

How do you like your job?
I like it a lot! I get to meet a lot of new people and a lot of colleagues.

What kind of tasks am I responsible for on a daily basis?
I work at a coffee shop so I make drinks, serve foods, take orders, handle the till, clean the store, take care of customers, etc.

What do you like most about Vancouver?
I love the fact that the people here are so pleasant and open-minded! In that regard it’s so different compared to Europe. I also like the fact that Vancouver is a big city but you can still walk to all the major attractions.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I have been to all the neighborhoods of Van City, Deep Cove, Victoria, Whistler, Horseshoe Bay and there is more to come.

Do you attend the weekly PuB NiGHTS and do you think this is a good way to meet people?

I try to attend as often as I can, but it’s hard to match these occasions with my work schedule. But I have been to some, and I will try to attend even more soon.

What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada (so far)?
The most memorable thing was absolutely when I saw a bear in Whistler, at the peak of the Blackcomb Mountain. Awesome!

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your job in Canada?
The best thing is definitely to meet all the customers. It is so nice to establish a good relation to the regular customers and have a chat with them when they enter our store. You meet new customers every day, which makes the days more varied.

And what’s the worst thing?
Cleaning the washroom after customers having vomited etc.

What is the first thing you will do back home in Sweden?

Meet my girlfriend!

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Of course! It’s a great agency that has made this adventure possible for me. Without INTERNeX my trip wouldn’t have been as good as it is.

Cheers Gustav

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-