Quarry Rocky

Best Hiking spots in Vancouver

The summer is coming and the hiking season is almost open!Move your body and get in shape!Here is a list with 4 great spots for hiking near Vancouver. 1 – Deep Cove – Quarry RockyLocated 45 minutes from Downtown, Quarry rock is easy hiking for all ages and levels of experience. From the top, you can have a stunning ocean view; sit on the huge boulder and relax before starting the walk down.Not a hiking fan? The summer season offers many attractions such as kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and swimming!In the village, there are many spots for picnics and barbecue, and don`t forget to try the delicious honey doughnuts in the village.   2 – Grouse GrindOne of the most iconic hiking spots in Vancouver and only 25 minutes driving from Downtown, Grouse Grind is considered an easy/medium hike.Be brave and face the 2830 steep steps to arrive at the top.The reward is a nice view of Vancouver, and many attractions such as the bears, lumberjack and bird show.Tired? No worries, get the gondola to go down and enjoy your day!Grouse Grind is part of Grouse Mountain and is open from June to September. In the winter the mountain offers snowboarding, skiing and snowshoeing activities.   3 – Capilano River Region and Cleveland DamLocated in North Vancouver, Close to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, this hike is an amazing spot to relax and contemplate the incredible view.On the trails, stop by The Capilano Salmon Hatchery and depending on the season, you can get the unique chance to see the salmon migration. The park is also great for meditation, picnics and a scenic place for wedding pictures.   4 – Lighthouse ParkVoted one of the most beautiful places in Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is located in West Vancouver with easy access from Downtown … Read more

Granville Island

Granville Island

Located only 10 minutes from Vancouver Downtown, Granville Island is a gem in the middle of the city and a paradise for food lovers. The Granville Island public market is the main attraction.The market offers many kinds of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, fresh fish and much more.You can easily get lost in the middle of so many options!Don’t forget to try their famous home made ice cream and their amazing breads! The market is open 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm.For fans of arts and crafts, the island is a great opportunity to see locals creating their own art. Check out the famous Granville Island Broom Store.The store, created by two sisters, offers the unique art of handcrafted broom making.Only products produced by artists and artisans from British Columbia can be sold on the island!Another option is the Granville Island Brewery! After eating, stop by and try the amazing flavours from this microbrewery, established in 1984.They offer beer tastings, tours and you can try to make your own beer!The brewery is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 9:00pm. ——Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver.

Bowen Island

Bowen Island

There is no doubt that you guys are having a great time in Vancouver but there are times you need a quiet and relaxing time from school or work. Bowen Island is a great weekend getaway for a peaceful time in nature. It takes a short ferry ride, around 20 minutes, from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver. This 6km wide by 12 km long island with approximately 3600 residents is a popular vacation location. The island offers you several beautiful hiking trails from short to long and tough. Along with hiking, you can also enjoy mountain biking, kayaking, swimming, and golfing which is perfect for water lovers and mountain lovers. In addition, there is a one-day film festival, the Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival, on Saturday, May 27, 2017. An adventure market, film presentations, hands-on clinics, and a yoga class will be included in this one-day event. It is especially an opportunity for adventurers to experience the beauty of the island and to express their passion for the great outdoors. The event will be hosted at the Bowen Island Lodge, you can purchase a ticket and get more information on their website, the Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival. —— Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Check out EC English Language School in Vancouver!

Raincouver

This is Vancouver!

If you are coming to Vancouver, certainly you have already heard about the city and the unusual, amazing weather.Vancouver has an incredible environment that allows tourists to experience different weather conditions throughout the day.You can go to work on a sunny morning, go for lunch in a freezing rain and go to bed with a beautiful snowstorm.Crazy, isn`t it? Not for Vancouverites.What about going snowboarding in the morning, hiking in the afternoon and finishing your day with a stunning sunset at English Bay? In Vancouver, everything is possible.The summer is amazing! Everybody is always happy enjoying the city, picnics on the beach, public pools, restaurants and many options of clubs and pubs that make the city busy and fun.The hiking season is open for those who want to keep their body in shape. You can do the Grouse Grind, go to Deep Cove, or go cliff-diving at Lynn Canyon!Summer is the right time for runners, swimmers and skaters, and Stanley park is the perfect place!Just a warning: Beware of bears, wear sunscreen and enjoy the city! Autumn, the time when the weather starts to change. The days are getting shorter, the rain becomes more frequent and the cold breeze makes everyone get out their old sweaters. During the autumn the rain comes almost every day. It’s the right time to start planning indoor activities such as the aquarium, museums, and many options that Vancouver has to offer. Winter…Canadians usually says that Vancouver has no winter. Different from other cities in Canada where the temperature hits -20, Vancouver always keeps an average temperature between 5 and 0 degrees. The mild temperature with rare snow brings many students from Vancouver at this time of the year.The sun usually goes down around 4:00 pm, and the rises around 8:00 am.For the winter sports … Read more

Vancouver European Festival 2017

As there are many European students at EC Vancouver, it is your chance to take your friends for a European getaway without leaving Vancouver! This May 27th and 28th, the 20th Annual European Festival will take place at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Around 30 European nations including France, Spain, Germany, and Scandinavian countries will participate this two-day event and will share the best of their cultures. Each year around 10,000 visitors visit the European Festival.   On stages, there are international and contemporary dance and music performances which entertain your eyes and ears. There is also an Art Plaza and a Market place where you can enjoy artists creations and ethnic foods and souvenirs.   The festival runs from 11 am until 11 pm on the Saturday and from 11 am until 7 pm on the Sunday. The European Festival weekend passes are $8.60 online (early ticket), and $10 at the gate.  ====== Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver.  

Richmond Night Market

You’ve already realized that multiculturalism is a way of life in Vancouver. You see a mix of different cultural groups, religions, and ethnicities from all over the world which means a variety of different foods to try out! Richmond Night Market is definitely the biggest in North America and one of Vancouver’s favorite markets. At the market, you will experience an impressive cross-section of cultures and cuisines with over 500 food choices around the world and 200 retail vendors! This market is a foodie favorite, featuring everything from traditional Chinese/Japanese/Korean fare to Western fairground wares. In addition, there will be live performances and carnival games to drive up your excitement even higher! It attracts hundreds and thousands of people every year. The market will be open from May 12 to October 9, 2017 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can check their hours of operation and how to get there on their website, Richmond Night Market. Do not have a dinner before you go, make sure you go with an empty stomach and leave with the fulfillment of good food and joy. ====== Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver.

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

Summer is around the corner, which means more fun outdoor events and activities will take place in Vancouver. Exploring night markets in Vancouver is an awesome way to spend summer nights in Vancouver. Each market has its own characteristic. If you want to get a glimpse of local lifestyle and want to find more local artisans hand made products and locally produced food, this market is a ‘MUST-GO’ event. From small products like jewelry to handmade chocolate and soaps, more than 100 vendors can be found at the market! Plus, they have food trucks! You will be having a hard time to decide what to eat as there are at least 30 food trucks selling yummy locally made food. So, it is important to remember that you go there with an empty stomach! Live entertainment will also amuse your ears and eyes on the Shipbuilders’ Stage and it will be going until 10pm. The Shipyards Night Market is running until September 29th, every Friday(5pm-10pm) at the Shipyard Plaza in North Vancouver.   ——Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver.  

The hidden gem: Garibaldi lake

Summer is around the corner and, with it, BC’s stunning glacier-fed lakes provide delightful views for the hiking lovers. No need to go all the way to the Rocky Mountains; you can have a taste of its beauty right here in BC. Garibaldi is a turquoise lake that sits 1,540 metres high; hidden in between snowy mountains and glaciers, it is the perfect destination for those who want to escape from the urban life for a day, or a weekend. There are 50 campsites around the lake (online reservation required) that allow hikers a beautiful home base to explore other nearby lakes like Panorama Ridge.   Located an hour and a half by car from downtown Vancouver, Garibaldi is at the top of an 11 km trail, perfect for medium hikers. It is easily accessible by car, but there is no public transportation so the trail is not overcrowded.The trail itself is well-marked but can be very narrow closer to the top. It is defined as a medium-difficult hike, so remember to save some energy for the way down! Would you like to discover new places while improving your English Skills? Check our EC English School in Vancouver and start making new friends!  

Earnest Ice cream

Best ice cream shops in Vancouver!

 Because Summer is around the corner, it’s time to eat ice creams. So here is a list with some of the best ice cream shops in Vancouver. Are you ready to eat these amazing goodies after your English course? Take a note! 1. Bella GelateriaAddress: 1001 West Cordova, VancouverClose to EC Vancouver, The flavours are great, a definite must to try.  Bella Gelateria’s gelato is worth waiting in line for.   2. Earnest Ice CreamAddress: 3992 Fraser StTheir ice cream is near perfect, the flavours of each ice cream are so distinct. For lactose, intolerant, no worries! they have nice vegan options. 3. La Casa Gelato InternationalAddress: 1033 Venables StWow, they have 238 flavours in store with crispy waffle cones that they make in house. To get your ice cream you must buy a token from the register (you can pay only by cash). Next, you will move away from the register and towards the counters filled with buckets of ice cream, and it is time to choose one flavour. Good luck!   4. MisterAddress: 1141 Mainland StreetThey use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream. It is a very cool place to stop by and try their ice cream flavours, which are all unique.   5. Yaletown GelatoAddress: 1208 Homer St #122Nice variety of flavorful gelato, the service is excellent and you get to sample as many as you like. The interior has a nice traditional Italian coffee shop vibe. Share this with your Vancouver friends and have fun!   ======Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!

Spring in Vancouver

Spring in Vancouver is the season of rejuvenation. Gardens bloom, whales migrate and the entire city comes alive. In March, April and May, Vancouver’s special mix of cosmopolitan living and outdoor adventure is at its best. From dining and shopping to kayaking, golfing and exploring nature, Vancouver has the ultimate remedy for spring fever. Nowhere is spring more evident—or more beautifully realized, than at Vancouver’s gorgeous public gardens. The roses at the Stanley Park rose garden are at peak bloom at the end of March through the beginning of April. The first two weeks of May are the best times. Spend a day touring gardens by combining trips to Stanley Park with visits to the lush VanDusen Botanical Garden, the enchanting spaces at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the free quarry gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park. Whale-watching season starts in March, and the spring months are among the best to see these magnificent creatures in action. Experience the thrill of watching migrating orcas and gray whales up- close-and-personal. Situated in the heart of Vancouver, the False Creek inlet is the perfect spot for springtime kayaking. Take a kayak tour and see seals, otters, eagles, and fish while enjoying exercise, fresh sea air and amazing views of downtown Vancouver. If spring is the time to experience nature hands-on, then Vancouver is the place to do it. ——–Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Check out EC English Language School in Vancouver!