What makes EC English school special

English School in Vancouver EC Language Centres is an English for international students that offers General English classes as well as test preperation courses like IELTS and Cambridge. EC English school has many branches and locations around the world and in major cities. To name a few, Vancouver, Toronto, London, Montreal, Auckland, Sydney, Washington, Oxford, and New York. Why EC Vancouver? Here in Vancouver, EC is located in the heart downtown just by Dunsmuir street. We have many courses and level like beginner, elementary, advanced, pre-advanced, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate and proficiency. There are many things that makes our school special. Like for instance our customer services, friendly staff, tours and of course the students’ results. There is also an activity calendar where you can participate in the activities weekly. The main thing is that it is close to many amenities like Granville SkyTrain station, Starbucks, 7 eleven, Tim Horton’s and all shops you may need. Our service and staff makes it truly a special moment and a successful experience to any person. Our staff are very helpful and try to do their best for our students. Most of our staff are bilingual and can help the students by speaking in their own language. There are many resources for the students in-house and outside of the school. We have accommodation for students who come from other countries, which can help newcomers to find and stay in Vancouver easily. Nonetheless, EC Vancouver is an English school for international students based in western Canada with locations all around the world. We have levels ranging from basic elementary and beginner, to intermediate, advanced and proficiency. We also have test preparation programs like IELTS and Cambridge to help students progress into a university. Contact us or visit our website to learn more about our ESL … Read more

EC Vancouver Open House for Agents 2019

EC Vancouver proudly hosted the Open House for Agents on Wednesday April 24th. Our centre director, Martha Delgadillo welcomed many agents and visitors from around the world who took part in our open house. Many agents had the opportunity to see the school first hand and talk with various staff members. Agents learned more about our school, programs, location and networked with others. Furthermore, EC Vancouver is located on the second and third floor at 570 Dunsmuir street, Downtown Vancouver. Come visit our ESL School in Vancouver and experience the orange carpet experience yourself! Above all, EC Vancouver offers many free ESL classes and one-on-one tutoring to help students focus on their weaknesses. Stay in tune for the next open house event and make sure you join us!

Grouse Mountain: Lea

Hiking up Grouse Mountain

As I am living in Vancouver for a few months, I try to see as much of this beautiful city as possible. One of the most beautiful views over Vancouver you get by visiting the peak of Grouse Mountain, which is why a friend and I decided to hike up there and enjoy the well-deserved view at the end. Another fact that made me go there is that two Grizzly Bears are living in a wilderness sanctuary up on Grouse Mountain. I love spotting wild animals but prefer to watch them in safety. So, if you think the same, get your hiking boots and let’s go! I went there in early October, taking a free Shuttle bus from Canada Place which was super easy. While looking at the map that shows the different trails you can take, we met two other Germans on the same mission and we ended up spending the day together. You can usually decide if you want to take the Gondola up or hike, but in winter the trails are closed due to weather conditions. Because the four of us were there in late summer, we decided to hike up the Grouse Grind Trail, which is 2.9 km (1.8 miles) long. It took us about 1h 40 min. I know it’s a long time for 2.9 km, but you must consider that the trail is steep, and you have to climb 2,830 stairs. We took some breaks in between and chatted with other people or staff members, which was when we met one of the supervisors Phillip who motivated us to keep going by promising to show us a secret lookout on top of the mountain. People were all focused on reaching the peak, and most of us were totally out of breath, but everyone was … Read more

Ghostly Vancouver Tours

October is almost on the corner bringing the scariest month of the year! It is time to get into the Halloween spirit  so be ready to hear about ghosts and haunted houses. Ghostly Vancouver is offering haunted history walking tours through Vancouver’s most infamous neighborhoods! The tours are offered in 2 different location in Vancouver:   Ghostly Gastown Tours:   1 hour and a Half walking through the Vancouver oldest neighborhood. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Vancouver beginning`s and check about the many haunted spots on the area, Check it out about famous waterfront station ghost and much more!   The meeting point is at the Angel Statue in front of Waterfront station just before 7:30pm every Wednesday and Saturday night.   Downtown Tour:   If you heard about the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown certainly you know about their Ghostly rumors, right? The Downtown tour goes through historical places such as the Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Penthouse Night club and much more! The Tours meeting point is in front of Christ Church Cathedral at the corner of Burrard and Georgia 7:30 pm every Tuesday and Fridays nights.     For more information visit this website.   Looking to study English abroad? Find out more about studying English in Canada with EC!    

NHL – Hockey Season 2017-2018

Calling all the hockey fans, the NHL 2017-2018 season is almost ready to start! The season is the 101st of operation of the National Hockey League and this year count with the addition of a new expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, 31 teams compete in an 82-game regular season and starts on October 4, 2017, and will end on April 7, 2018. The hockey season is divided by two conferences: Western and Eastern Conference     Find below 14 fun facts about hockey. When hockey was played in its early days, a frozen patty of cow poop was used as a puck. Today, hockey pucks are frozen before a game to prevent them from bouncing during play. Two American brothers started the tradition of “octopus throwing” during the 1952 playoff games. At that time, it took eight wins to claim the Stanley Cup. So Pete and Jerry Cusimano, who sold fish for a living, brought an octopus (with its eight tentacles) to the Detroit arena and tossed it onto the ice. The Detroit Red Wings won the Cup, and the octopus has been a good luck charm in Detroit ever since. The Pittsburgh Penguins once had a live penguin as their mascot that was named Slapshot Pete. After winning the Stanley Cup in 1924, Montreal Canadiens players drove to their victory party with the trophy in the trunk of the car. When the car got a flat, they removed the Cup to get the spare tire. Once they changed the tire, they forgot all about the Cup and left it behind in a snowbank. Later that night, they realized what they’d done and returned to get the trophy. Luckily, it was still where they left it! Every member of a Stanley Cup winning team gets a personal day with the Cup. Many champs have … Read more

The Autumn is coming in Canada!

The Autumn is coming! One of the most beautiful seasons are almost on the corner you need to get ready for this. It is the perfect time to rest after summer, enjoy the rain, the cold breeze and specially to witness the trees and shrubbery turning brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. Check out the website Tourism Vancouver and choose some great places to enjoy the nature. 1 – Stanley Park  Stanley Park is an incredibly beautiful place to view the fall colors. Go around the seawall or check the trails, The park is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks all around the world! 2 – Queen Elizabeth Park Located in central Vancouver atop the city’s highest point, this 130-acre park has gorgeous gardens featuring both deciduous and evergreen trees. When the colors start changing, the juxtaposition of the evergreens, gardens and red/orange hues of the trees that are morphing into winter hibernation is simply breathtaking. 3 – Van Dusen Botanical Gardens  Take the Laburnum Walk through Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, which features an eclectic mix of plant life that turns to crisp yellow throughout the fall. Also take a look at the ponds in the center of the park for a nice colour pairing of lily pads on the water and the surrounding plant life. 4 – University of British Columbia (10 kilometres, 6.2 miles)  The leafy campus of the University of British Columbia is a great choice for leaf-peeping. Located at the far western end of the City of Vancouver, the grand old trees lining the Main Mall turn spectacular colours, but the on-site UBC Botanical Garden is also full of reds, orange and yellows during autumn. 5 -Grouse Mountain  Although it’s filled with evergreen trees galore, Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver is still a sight to behold each autumn. The grasses … Read more

EC Vancouver English Centre looking for student ambassadors

Are you enjoying your student life here at EC Vancouver English Centre? Do you want to improve your English? Make friends and enjoy many activities for free?? We want you for our Student Ambassador program! Is your chance to make friends, be part of a school project, join social activities and speak English while developing advanced personal, professional and leadership skills. The ambassador will work together with our EC staff organizing events, leading activities, helping students and much more! Also, when you finish your time here at EC we can offer you a reference letter! Go home with more than an English certificate, go home with a life experience! Join us and let’s rock it!

Kitsilano Beach Cleanup – 16 September 2017

Love your beach and keep it safe! Did you know that the majority of waste found on Vancouver beaches is left behind by local beach goers? Cigarette butts, needles, styrofoam take out containers and Starbucks cups are constantly being left behind creating safety hazards and destroying our environment. Your beach needs your help! Our goal is to clean every major Vancouver beach in 2017. You can join the Surfrider Vancouver team by signing up for this cleanup. Bonus points if you invite a friend to come! Beach cleanups are a fun and easy way to get involved and keep your beaches and oceans clean. Help keep our beach cleanups totally zero waste — don’t forget to bring your work gloves and a reusable mug to our events! Help us protect where you play! We are stoked to announce Fjallraven Canada is providing 20% discount for the cleanup participants with a proof of participation in the clean-up (Eventbrite registration confirmation). This discount will only be valid at the Kitsilano location and valid Saturday and Sunday (16th & 17th) only. The discount will be applicable store-wide on regular priced merchandise, with the exception of the Kanken backpack. Please save our Trees by avoiding printing the Eventbrite confirmation, and showing it on your mobile device instead. Safety First: For safety reasons please bring gloves and closed toed shoes. Always use a stick or trash picker to sift through the sand to avoid sharp objects. If you come across any sharp or hazardous object, mark it and tell us, our team can handle the safe removal. Social Event: TBA *Make A Donation Our Vancouver chapter is 100% volunteer run by people just like you. Programs like these monthly beach cleanups help keep our oceans clean and increase awareness on how our everyday decisions effect the world around us. … Read more

Banff, Alberta

Banff is a resort town and one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. located in Alberta’s Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway, known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing destinations within the area. Sunshine Village, Ski Norquay and Lake Louise Mountain Resort are the three nearby ski resorts located within the national park. Banff is the community with the second highest elevation in Alberta after Lake Louise.     The area was named Banff in 1884 by George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, recalling his birthplace in Banff, Scotland. The Canadian Pacific built a series of grand hotels along the rail line and advertised the Banff Springs Hotel as an international tourist resort. The Banff townsite was developed near the railway station as a service centre for tourists visiting the park. It was administered by the Government of Canada’s national parks system until 1990 when the Town of Banff became the only incorporated municipality within a Canadian national park.   – Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Richmond Night Market 2017

Every year from May to October, Richmond hosts the biggest and amazing Asian themed market in North America. Located just few steps from Bridgeport Station, the market has easy access by Skytrain. The market is great chance to try many kinds of exotic foods and fun attractions. The website (https://www.straight.com) choose 10 delicious food to try at The Richmond Night Market..   1. Soft shell crab tacos from Tabetai Tacos You’ve probably tried Mexican tacos, but have you ever tasted it with an Asian flair? New to the night market this year is Tabetai Tacos—a food stall that specializes in Asian-inspired tacos. Its most popular item is a soft shell crab taco made with crispy fried soft shell crab, teriyaki glaze, spicy miso mayo, guacamole, masago (fish eggs), nori (seaweed), and a corn tortilla. Not a fan of seafood? It also offers kakuni (pork belly) and gyutan (beef) taco options.   2. Strawberry and balsamic ice-cream bun from Bao Bar Sweets Ice-cream sandwiches will always be a childhood (or adulthood) favourite, but the new bao buns from Bao Bar Sweets show fierce competition. Its ice-cream buns feature perfectly deep-fried mantou (Chinese sweet bun) that is both golden and crispy. A must-try flavour is strawberry with balsamic drizzle sprinkled with basil flakes. Other top contenders include toasted soy milk, matcha, and Vietnamese coffee. 3. London fog tea-ffee from Sippy Tea As you make your way through the hungry crowds, you may notice many people holding a plastic pouch close to their mouths. The answer to this is simply Sippy Tea’s introduction of its tea-ffee in a pouch (reusable and recyclable)—a combination of tea and coffee served in cute little bags. Try the London fog tea-ffee for a light and milky drink; if you want something with stronger flavours, go for the Thai coconut or chocolate lavender.   4. Barbecue oysters from Oyster & Scallop … Read more