Valentine’s Day

Learn English in Canada and experience the Canadian and North American culture with its special days like Valentine’s Day. It is celebrated on February 14 every year and it is an important day for most people to celebrate their romance and romantic love. Other names for Valentine’s Day are Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine to honour Saint Valentinus. Make sure to go to school that day because it is not a public holiday. Especially on Valentine’s Day couples get creative to show their love for each other. Men usually buy flowers, preferably red roses, and chocolate pralines for their women and sometimes even heart-shaped balloons. On Valentine’s Day lovers like to go out on romantic dates such as having dinner in a nice restaurant or watching a romantic movie. It is very common to send greeting cards known as “valentines” with typical Valentine’s Day symbols such as hearts, doves or Cupid. Cupid (Latin Cupīdō, meaning “desire”) is the god of desire, love, attraction and affection and he is also known in Latin as Amor meaning “Love”. Often he is seen as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars. Valentine’s Day traditions are originally from England and spread to other English-speaking countries in the 19th century. They only spread to other countries worldwide in the 20th and 21st centuries. The United States and many East Asian countries spend the most money on Valentine’s gifts which makes this day an important source of economic activity. Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries know Saint Valentine’s Day as Día de los Enamorados (Day of Lovers) or as Día del Amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship). In France, Valentine’s Day is known as “Saint Valentin”, in Spain it is … Read more


Student ambassador Regina García González

  Say Hello to our student ambassador Regina: Hello! My name is Regina García González, I’m from Mexico, more specifically from north Mexico. I’m 17 years old and I’ve been here for almost 5 months. I can tell you that this is the best experience that I ever had and will ever have and that coming to Vancouver English Centre was just the best decision ever. Vancouver has everything! If you consider yourself a natural adventurer this is your place with the beautiful landscapes, mountains and hiking spots! But if you also consider yourself more of a city person then you are in the right place because Vancouver is so cultural and diverse that you get to experience a single part of each country here. Coming here I become more grown and self known of who I am and it will give you a sense of independence and maturity. Plus you get to make friends from all over the world and the best things is the bond you create with them and I have learnt so much about them! And becoming and EC ambassador really fulfills my social improvement and of course the English! I love exploring the city, trying new foods, and making new friends! I’ve never been happier in my life. Vancouver is the greatest city ever. Now I know what I’m capable of. And the thing that I most like about here is that everything is for good: getting lost and making mistakes is just part of life. Every day is a new day in Vancouver! Contact EC’s front desk if you would like to be a student ambassador like Regina.


Party Nightlife

Our Vancouver English Center is close to Granville Street, Vancouver’s party and nightlife street. If you are nineteen or older you get to enjoy Vancouver’s nightclubs to the fullest. The police closes Granville street for vehicles on weekend nights so it is for party people to walk around only. Here are some ideas on where to party on which day of the week: EVERY DAY The Roxy Cabaret on 932 Granville Street: Laid-back atmosphere with live music or DJ every night from 8 pm to 3 am. MONDAY Fortune Sound Club on 147 E Pender Street: Midnight Monday is Fortune’s weekly R&B party from 10 pm to 1 am. The Cambie in Gastown: It is Industry Night from 7 am to 2 am which means you get 15 % off your total bill when you proof that you are working in the service industry. TUESDAY The Cambie in Gastown: Student Night is the most popular night at the Cambie bar. If you want to avoid waiting in line for a long time it is good to be there before 6 pm. It is open from 7 am to 2 am and the DJ starts playing all the best international songs at 10 pm. Celebrities Nightclub on 1022 Davie Street: Tuesdays at Celebrities are for party people from everywhere and one of the most popular nights of the week there from 10 pm to 3 am. WEDNESDAY The Cambie in Gastown: Cambie Pong starts at 9 pm and the DJ starts playing at 8 pm. It is open from 7 am to 2 am. Celebrities Nightclub on 1022 Davie Street: Southern Street Music and Club Rap from 11 pm to 3 am. THURSDAY The Cambie in Gastown: Cambie Jam with live music from 8 pm to 12 pm. It is open … Read more


Student ambassador Matheus Lins

“The photo shows my first sunny day in Vancouver in winter, haha!” – Matheus Lins, student ambassador. Hey guys, how are you? My name is Matheus Lins, I’m 23 and I’m Brazilian! I’ve been in Vancouver for almost one month and on March 8th I’m going back to Brazil, but no stress, haha, 2019 is my graduation year in Brazil, so, I’m very happy and until March 8th I intend to enjoy all moments in Vancouver. My experience has been incredible so far, starting at school, I could meet many people. Every day I have the opportunity to learn English in Canada with different students and knowing more about their culture and sharing more about what I know. Vancouver became more than I was imagining. To be here is a unique opportunity! Vancouver is special in everything, the streets, the landscapes, the people and how the city works. I think that I would need much more time to really get to know Vancouver! I like the free activities here and my favorite place is Stanley Park! It is so beautiful, Stanley Park is too good to be true. For me, this shows how Canada treats the environment and that makes Vancouver a special city, different from other cities! Besides that, there are other parks here and each one has a special way. I recommend Lynn Canyon Park and Van Dusen Park too. Another thing that I really like is to try different foods and Vancouver is the best place to do this! It’s common to eat fast food and pizza, of course, but sometimes it is worth risking to try different foods. I already tried Japanese food, Vietnamese food, Mexican food, Filipin food etc. Each day is a different adventure and I’m enjoying it to the fullest! Contact EC’s front … Read more


Vancouver Lighthouse Park

The Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is a beautiful park to visit. There are many walking and hiking trails stretched over 185 acres = 75 hectares = 0.75 square kilometres. You are here to learn English in Canada but you will have time in the afternoon after your classes to explore Canada’s amazing nature. It is easy to go there by bus from downtown. You can take bus 250 to Horseshoe Bay from West Georgia Street & Seymour Street. After 40 stops, approximately 45 minutes, you get off the bus at Westbound Marine Dr @ Beacon Lane. From there you walk about 600 meters, approximately 8 minutes, to the Beacon Lane parking lot. You will have several options for hiking trails starting there. The most popular hike is the Beacon Lane Trail as direct route to the Lighthouse viewpoint. There is no public access to the lighthouse but you can see it from the viewpoint. It will take you around 25 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Besides the lighthouse at Point Atkinson there are three other viewpoints. Eagle Point is east of the lighthouse and offers a beautiful view of the city, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. You can reach Eagle Point by using Valley Trail, Arbutus Trail and Valley of the Giants Trail. Shore Pine Point and Juniper Point are located north west of the lighthouse. From there you will have a breathtaking view of the ocean. The West Beach Trail and Shore Pine Trail will take you to the Shore Pine Point. Juniper Point can be reached by Juniper Loop and Juniper Point Trail. Picnic tables and washrooms can be found all over the Lighthouse Park. Most trails are rather short and manageable regardless of your fitness level. Please wear good … Read more