Family Da in Vancouver

Family Day in Vancouver

  Canada celebrates Family Day on the third Monday of February. In provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, this day is an official holiday. This holiday was first established in Alberta in 1900 to remind people of family values and to give parents more time to spend with their children. Simply, it is a great opportunity to enjoy the long weekend as our English school in Vancouver is closed on Family Day, February 18th. There are all kinds of activities held on this day that is interesting for children of all ages and their parents. Many museums on Family Day can be visited free of charge, and almost all cultural institutions, stadiums and skating rinks reduce the price of entrance tickets. Museum of Vancouver is free of charge on Monday, February 18th, which is open from 10 am to 5 pm. Family Day celebration at Trout Lake – do not miss a chance to enjoy free live music, dancing, skating, cooking demonstrations, performances and much more on February 18th from 11 am to 3 pm. Britannia Ice Rink gives an excellent opportunity to learn something new, especially when it is for free. On Monday, February 18th from 1 pm to 3:30 pm, you can celebrate Family Day with free ice skating, face painting, balloon twister and caricatures. Family Festival at Marpole – This free and fun family event will include variety of activities such as live entertainment, games, face painting and balloon artists at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre which takes place on Saturday February 16th from 11 am to 2 pm. Another alternative to enjoy Family Day and the long weekend is to go to a ski resort or engage in winter sports – snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, tubing and snowshoe. Grouse Mountain offers some fun activities on the Monday holiday: charity pancakes for breakfast from 8 am to 11:30 am, complementary snowshoe tours at 1 pm, live music from 9 am to 5 pm, and other regular activities. Cypress Mountain organizes a Family Weekend Festival which takes place on February 15th until February 18th. The … Read more


Beautiful Winter Hikes

To enjoy Vancouver in this cold weather, here are some hikes you can easily do in winter. English courses in Vancouver offer you the opportunity to explore Canada’s beautiful nature. Please just make sure that you’re prepared for your hikes by bringing enough water and snacks as well as good hiking boots and proper clothing. The 3 hours or 5 km long Foreshore Trail through Pacific Spirit Regional Park, close to UBC, starts and ends at the Acadia Beach parking lot on NW Marine Drive and more than half of it follows Vancouver’s known nudist Wreck Beach. The trail here is rocky and can be slippery but the view is amazing. Take bus 44 to get there. The 45 minutes or 2.5 km long trail through Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is rocky but has nice picnic tables with great views. If you like bird watching, you can try to find more than 200 species of birds here. Take buses 209 and then 212 and start and end your hike in the Maplewood Flats parking lot off the Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. The Lighthouse Park offers different short and easy trails which are up to 2 hours or 6 km long. Looking at the ocean and the city from this park is stunning. Take bus 250 to Beacon Lane, West Vancouver, and start and end at the Lighthouse Park parking lot. Cypress Falls Park is an easy 1.5 hours or 3 km hike along Cypress Creek, through forests and past two impressive waterfalls. Take bus 253 Caufield and it is located by Woodgreen Place, West Vancouver. The 2 hours or 7.5 km long Capilano Pacific Trail next to the Capilano River takes you through thick rainforest, starting at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver and finishing at the Cleveland Dam in … Read more