Christmas is coming! Santa Claus Parade 2018

Christmas is around the corner and Santa is coming to downtown Vancouver on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, be sure to get some quality time in with Santa at the 15th annual Vancouver Santa Claus Parade! The event is an annual tradition that attracts over 300,000 people in good years. Route: The parade starts downtown Vancouver at 12pm at Georgia and Broughton streets, and travels east on Georgia to Howe. It will then turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie streets. All the events are in walking distance from the Burrard, City Centre, Granville and Waterfront SkyTrain stations. Place to watch: With a long parade route, there will be great viewing along the entire route. The corner of Georgia and Howe does get very congested, so we do recommend going towards the start or end of the route for the best spot! There will be an accessible viewing area set up in on the East side of Howe Street, just south of Georgia Street. Other activities: Breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (9:00am -10:30am) – Have a delicious breakfast buffet and exclusive meet & greet with Santa before the parade starts! Filled with wonder and excitement, you will have an opportunity to sit with Santa and confide your Christmas wish list before he presides over the festive parade at noon. The buffet will include a chef attended pancake station. The breakfast takes place at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 West Georgia Street) and will cost $35 per adult, $15 per child Full pre-payment at time of booking, inclusive of taxes & gratuity. Make your reservation calling 604-647-0517. Christmas Square (10:00AM – 12:00PM) – Parade spectators are encouraged to arrive early for pre-parade fun. The free festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with … Read more


Sunday Experience

Our English courses in Vancouver start every Monday. Before starting school on Monday our Sunday experience is a great way to make friends. The group discovers downtown and goes for lunch together. We start at the main entrance of the school and walk to the second entrance, the fire stairs, which our students can use to go up to the second and third floor. From there we walk to Dollarama and Phone Box. Dollarama is a great option for people on a budget because everything in the store ranges from $1-$4. They sell office products, snacks and materials to do crafts as well as gift supplies. Next to Dollarama is Phone Box where you can get a sim card for your phone. Our Sunday experience continues to Scotiabank, London Drugs and the Vancouver City Centre Station for Canada Line. Scotiabank has good ATM where you can safely withdraw money as well as exchange your currency for Canadian Dollars. London Drugs is a pharmacy/ drug store where you can purchase medicine and snacks on the top floor and electronics in the basement. This is where you can buy an adapter for your charger. Vancouver City Centre Station is the closest station to the school for those who live in Richmond and have to take Canada Line. From there the Sunday experience takes us to Best Buy, Winners, the Pacific Centre and Granville Street. Best Buy is an electronics store that carries a lot of products such as phones or cameras. On top of Best Buy is Winners where you can purchase cheap clothing items. The Pacific Centre is the closest mall to the school and has a lot of different stores for all kinds of needs. There you can also find kiosks where you can get a sim card from different … Read more


Indoor and outdoor activities

Outdoor activities are popular in summer time and indoor activities are preferred in winter time. But what do you do between summer and winter when the weather changes every day? It’s good to have two options, an indoor and an outdoor activity, for each day so you can decide once you know how the weather is going to be. Here are our top 14 activities you can enjoy on your own, with friends, or with classmates together after school when you sign up for the activities on EC online and meet other students at 3 pm at EC’s front desk. This way you make your free time as much fun as your English courses in Vancouver. Top 7 indoor activities Escape rooms are found all over Vancouver. They’re fun for groups and challenge your teamwork skills and your thinking. FlyOver Canada is a quite unique experience. At Canada Place you virtually fly over Canada and see the different highlights this beautiful country has to offer. Science World boosts your knowledge in just one day. This amazing exhibition with various areas to look at is fun for all ages. The Vancouver Lookout gives you a perfect overview of Vancouver. It’s truly breathtaking to see everything from up there. Trampoline parks are also great for cold and rainy or snowy days because you can still be active and spend a whole day there. Just like escape rooms there are several trampoline parks in Vancouver. Bowling lanes are also found all over Vancouver. Just gather some friends and enjoy your day at one of the many locations. The Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park takes you to a wonderful underwater world. Discover different animals and get lost in their beauty. Top 7 outdoor activities Quarry Rock at Deep Cove is an incredible spot for … Read more


Science World Experience

The Science World at False Creek is a popular attraction in Vancouver. Just like our English courses in Vancouver, it has a lot to offer. No matter how old you are, you can spend an entire day there exploring and discovering the world of science. The appearance of the building is already extremely impressive. The dome of Science World lights up at night and the color changes from time to time. Once you enter Science World there are different areas for you to explore. You can learn about the human body, about electricity, about water, about dinosaurs and other extinct or alive animals and several other topics. Within the exhibition you have the option to add other programs to your ticket. You can watch different movies and see a variety of shows in which more scientific facts are explained. Additionally, there is so much for you to explore on your own or together with a friend. You can challenge each other in educational games that teach you more. For example, you can find out who is more relaxed buy leaning your forehead against a metal device. At Science World you can find out how many kilograms you can squeeze with your hands or how quickly you can react to lights flashing up. Or you can simply play some Guitar Hero with your friends. There are a lot of interesting stops to take pictures, for example in front of a mirror where it looks as if you’re flying, in front of a thermal camera or inside of a box for dancing. Enjoy a day full of fun and knowledge at Science World.


Halloween week at school

Halloween is an exciting time of the year and can be a quite different experience to international students who don’t celebrate it in their home country at all or just in another way. We’re trying to make the Halloween week as much fun as we can by offering several Halloween related events. Our annual pumpkin carving event is extremely popular. Only a few of the students have carved a pumpkin before so it’s a new experience to most of them. They are extremely curious about it and excited to get started. First of all, the group has to choose a pumpkin and all the group members have to agree on the choice. The next step is to find a design and to agree on that as well. Once they know how they want their Halloween pumpkin to look like, the students examine their carving tools and get started. They love making a mess and being creative. It is so much fun for everyone. Some already know exactly how they want to design their pumpkin and some just make a plan as they go. This event is great for students’ creativity and team spirit. Last but not least, the group with the best pumpkin can win a nice price which is part of their enormous motivation as well. Another Halloween event is our costume contest. Students dress up as whatever they like and then they get to show their Halloween costumes to the others by presenting them on a catwalk at school. Classmates cheer for each other and the student with the loudest cheer wins. Having the best costume also means winning a great price. And of course the Halloween week comes with a lot of Halloween candy. This week is fun for everyone at school; students, teachers, and staff. English … Read more