Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park

Located within Chinatown, the gardens are accessible from the lane off Carrall Street, between Pender Street and Keefer Street. It is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the city center, or the closest SkyTrain station is Stadium. Alternatively if you’re on a hop on hop off tour bus, these will stop here. This was the first full-size Chinese garden to be built outside of China and was built between 1985 and 1986 with its opening in time for the Vancouver Expo 86. The gardens and park and named in honor of the nationalist leader, Dr Sun Yat-Sen, who is considered to be the ‘father of modern China’ with their objective being to “maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and be an integral part of the local community”. The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park uses the philosophical principles of Taoism and Feng Shui and hence attempts to achieve balance of opposites and harmony, where different elements are used together.   Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Ways to play in Stanley Park

While you’re here in Vancouver, take advantage of a great selection of activities on land and in the the water — all against a spectacular backdrop of ocean, mountains and forest. So pack your swimsuit, a picnic, a putter or all the above, and get ready to have fun! Seawall Enjoy one of Vancouver’s most popular destinations and take advantage of all there is to do and see along the Seawall! Download the map and learn more about this scenic path lining the city waterfront. Trails Explore more than 27 kilometres of forest trails, winding through the park’s dense foliage. Stanley Park Pitch & Putt Stanley Park Pitch & Putt features sculpted fairways, mature trees, and lush greens in the heart of historic Stanley Park. Playgrounds Visit our four fun-filled children’s playgrounds: Second Beach, Ceperley, Miniature Train, and Rose Garden. Get park locations and find out what amenities are close. Picnic areas Dine with a view – have a picnic in the park! Get information on first-come picnic tables, and making reservations in designated Stanley Park picnic areas. Tennis courts in Stanley Park Work on your game or challenge friends to a match at one of the many tennis courts in park. Find more information about free and pay court options. Water play Water park Cool down with a visit to the Variety Kids Water Park at Lumbermen’s Arch from 1 June to 1 September. Second Beach Pool Second Beach Pool is a heated, outdoor pool located in Stanley Park. It is open from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day. Second Beach Located on the Stanley Park seawall at Stanley Park Dr and North Lagoon Dr beside the outdoor pool, Second Beach has a concession, washrooms, playground, picnic shelter, summer lifeguards, and pay parking. Third Beach A great spot for … Read more

Welcome Pierina to EC Vancouver!

Dear readers!!! My name is Pierina I’m from Switzerland and I’m doing an internship at the front desk of EC Vancouver. I’m in the co-op program, I was taking general classes here in the school for 12 weeks. I have already improved a lot in these 12 weeks. I really like the EC teachers and the way these teach. The nicest thing about EC is that you meet so many people from different countries and get to know their cultures. Another thing that I like is you have every 4 or 5 weeks the chance to move up and have a new challenge at a higher level. My 12 weeks in school are over, I had one week vacation and now 11 weeks left to work at the front desk. I expect that I can still improve my English a lot. That I’ll get used to working with the computer and that I can help everyone as much as possible. I like to work in a Team and independently so I think I will have a good time at the front desk. So if you have any problems or questions come and see me at the front desk, I will help as much as possible.

Inna from Germany

Hello everyone,   My name is Inna and I’m the new intern for EC Vancouver at the front desk. I’m going to stay in Vancouver for 6 weeks. I’m here to improve my English and to get to know a new job, new cultures and a lot of different, new people from different countries.   I’m 21 years old and I live in a small city in the south of Germany which is famous for its big wine areas and the black forest. Also it’s very close to France. At home I’m studying economics in the 4th semester and work in a bank. There I have to communicate a lot with people, too.   If you have any questions or problems please visit me at the front desk and I will try my best to help you. Cheers!

New face in the office

  What I’ve done I’ve been working in EC Vancouver since July 24th, but actually I’ve already been here for over 4 months. During these months I went to EC language school and took the CAE course and went traveling. I met lots of cool people and also the nightlife was a great part of this time J After I finished school I went to Hawaii and took a trip through Vancouver Island up to Whitehorse. It was a great time I’ll never forget. Who I am So, now I will tell you something about myself. My name is Monika and before I arrived in Vancouver I lived in the middle of Switzerland where I was born, Uri. It’s a small canton which is surrounded by mountains and with a beautiful lake. Some places here in Canada remind me of Switzerland but way bigger. What I’m going to do During my 6 weeks at EC School I’ll be working at the front desk meeting and helping you. Also Facebook and Blogging will be an important part while I’m working here. If you have any ideas, pictures or comments don’t be shy and post it on Facebook, or visit me at the front desk and share your thoughts with me. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Welcome Irene to EC Vancouver!

Hi! My name is Irene. I’m from Spain, from a small region called La Rioja which is very famous for its wine. If you are going to visit Spain someday, you must go to La Rioja, you are going love it. I’m 25 years old. I’m studying two degrees at the same time, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The first one is Audiovisual Communication and the other is Socio-cultural Coordinator. In my free time I like to listen to music and go to the movies. I’m going to stay in Vancouver for 3 months. I’m here as a student, but also as a practicant. I applied for a co-op program in the school. I’m here to help all the staff of EC Vancouver and to study English at the same time. I’m also writing a blog about my experiences in Vancouver and to guide other Spanish people who want to come to Vancouver to study, so feel free to take a look if you want. This summer, I am expecting to improve my English while having new experiences in a different country. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn about a new country and its culture. It’s also a new challenge for me. You can find me in the front desk next to Michelle and Alejandra, so came to say hello wherever you want.