Harbour centre

See Vancouver From Above

If you are taking English courses in Vancouver, EC Language Centers recommend you to see this scientific, sports and industrial city from above. Why? Because its location, architecture and nature are unique. Vancouver is located between two huge snow-capped mountain peaks: Seymour and Grouse. The Pacific coast and the port are also there.  Harbour Center is the tallest building in Vancouver with an observation tower, which certainly attracts all the guests of the city. To get to the top of the tower, you can take a glass elevator, the originality of which is that it is located on the outside of Harbour Center. It takes about 40 seconds to get to the deck. And here, the unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island, the bay and the city itself will take your breath away. You will see it in the palm of your hand: high-rise and small buildings,  amazing nature, beautiful parks and bridges.  The opening of the tower took place in 1977. It did personally Neil Armstrong, the first man on Earth to walk on the moon. The popularity of the cosmonaut in those years was prohibitive. So, it is not surprising that he was invited to open the city building. The height of the tower is 177 m, and the observation deck with a three-hundred-sixty-degree circular view is located at an altitude of 130 m. If you are lucky, and the weather is good and clear, you could also see Baker mountain, which is in the United States, as well as diverse Canadian and American Islands. 

Easter Basket Competition!

Easter is almost here! We would like to invite our students to join our Easter Basket Competition! Above all, the most beautiful and creative basket will win an Easter special prize! The baskets will be posted on our social media accounts and the most likes/votes will be the winner! For that reason, we can’t wait to see your baskets this Wednesday! Sign up at front desk ! Be creative and exercise your team building skills with this fun event! Fun fact : Did you know that many countries around the world celebrate Sunday Easter with various holidays and days? Palm Sunday happens 1 week before Easter. Maundy Thursday happens 3 days before Easter. Good Friday happens 2 days before Easter. Easter Saturday happens 1 day before Easter. Easter Monday happens 1 day after Easter.   School is closed this Friday the 19th! However, there are classes on Monday the 22nd!  EC Language Centre is an English school in Vancouver that provides ESL classes for all levels whether its basic English or complete proficiency. Our locations are convenient for students as they cater for their needs and international experience. Contact us today to inquire more about our programs and activities that we provide all year long.

Indoor-outdoor-activities

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

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.

Escape-room

Escape Room Adventure

While our English courses in Vancouver help you to improve your English skills, our afternoon activities, such as going to an escape room, help you to enhance your teamwork skills. Escape rooms are fun for every age. It’s a real-life game in which a team actually gets locked up in a room and tries to escape by finding clues and solving puzzles. Escaping is only possible if the group works together as a team. Not only the riddles are challenging but there is also a time limit of 45 to 60 minutes to escape. Each escape room can only be visited once because there is no point in escaping again if you already know how to solve all the puzzles. Fortunately, every escape room usually offers different games with varying themes and there are several escape room locations all over Vancouver which each have their individual storylines. In order to escape you sometimes have to make it through just a single or even multiple rooms with your team. This adventure will make you think outside the box and broaden your horizons. You will be surprised when people in your group come up with ideas you never even thought of. It is a great feeling when you manage to escape together with your team and students who were only your classmates become your friends throughout the game. A collective success makes everyone in your team a winner and you all will go home as escape room experts. Sign up for our weekly activities which you will find in our monthly activity calendar on EC online and experience it for yourself.

Deep Cove

Deep Cove in North Vancouver

EC Vancouver offers different activities after school on two days every week. Students can sign up for these activities on EC online and join them together with their classmates. The group meets at the school’s front desk to spend the afternoon together and to engage in different activities in and around Vancouver. A very popular destination is Deep Cove in North Vancouver to hike to Quarry Rock. It’s quite a journey to go there by bus but students already make friends with each other on the bus and get to enjoy the beautiful views. Once the bus arrives at its last stop which is in Deep Cove, the students leave the bus with excitement and are curious to explore the stunning nature. The walk from the bus stop to the actual hiking path already reveals how amazing Canada’s nature is. Most students have never seen anything like that in their lives before, so they are extremely impressed and take a lot of photos. Entering the official hiking path is comparable to entering another world. From one moment to the next you are surrounded by trees and plants only and you feel as if you are in the middle of the rainforest. The hiking path leads you up and down on wooden stairs and you walk over unique wooden bridges to cross astonishingly clear creeks and small waterfalls. Several stops along the way leave enough time to take pictures of everything and to enjoy the silence and idyll away from the big and noisy city. Sometimes these breaks are also needed to catch your breath as the hike can be quite breathtaking – not only because of the views but also because of having to climb stairs and even roots. It is important to bring the right shoes, enough water and … Read more

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Five pics to help you through this warm weather

Past days, we had some warm weather in Vancouver. The burning spring sun has probably made your armpits as wet and salty as the water in English Bay. Right now, you’re probably sitting in your cool basement reminiscing about those good ol’ days before global warming. It seems like only yesterday when we had that lovely refreshing rain all day long. Well, luckily for you, here are five pictures to help you through this warm weather.   First picture   Second picture   Third picture Fourth picture   Fifth picture Warm weather at EC Luckily, our building is air-conditioned and our vending machines are always stuffed with cold drinks. So if you’re doing EC English Courses in Vancouver, you never have to worry about a melting brain, soggy armpits or smelly feet.

Dragon Boat racing is possible two stations from EC Vancouver English Centre

Dragon Boat Racing

  With summer on our doorstep, spending your days inside is no longer an option. If you’re looking for some summer action, but you don’t want to get overheated while hiking or biking, we might just have found the perfect activity for you: dragon boat racing! Originating over two millennia ago in ancient China, the tradition of dragon boat racing dates back almost to the time when there were actual dragons flying around. A dragon boat is a large canoe like rowboat, traditionally made from wood. These days, however, more modern materials are often used to keep the boats light and fast.   Dragon Boat teams A dragon boat racing team usually consists of eight to twenty paddles, but can contain upwards to fifty athletes. In the front of the boat, a drummer synchronizes his drumming with the paddling strokes to streamline the operation. At the back, the sweep prevents the boat from hitting shore or other dragon boats. When racing dragon boats, coordination, force, technique and teamwork go hand in hand. This makes it the perfect opportunity to learn English and make new friends while doing something active. And the best thing? Everyone can do it!   The program Starting May 14, there’s a program specifically fit for EC English students’ needs. During four guided one and a half hour learning sessions, you will practice every Monday (May 14 – June 4, 6:00 PM) on your dragon boat paddling skills. Training is only two stations away from the EC Vancouver English Centre. As a grande finale you will compete in the Tim Hortons 500M Championship on June 10 against other student teams. If you’re under 24 and you wish to sign up, come talk to the front desk at the second floor. Participating in the whole program (lessons and … Read more

Main Street

One of the greatest perks of learning English at EC Vancouver is that our school is right in the centre of downtown Vancouver. When at school, you’ll never have to worry about long walks to the nearest pub or restaurant. But did you know there’s more to this vibrant city than just Downtown? Try visiting Main Street. This hipster-esque street of joy will bring you and your friends enough happiness to spend an entire day at. Here are some hidden gems, for after your EC English Courses in Vancouver!   Brunch and Shop Start of the day with brunch at the Wallflower. The poached eggs are delicious and will energize you for the next couple of hours. That energy you need across the street to indulge in some vintage shopping at F as in Frank Vintage. Franks store specializes in 80’s and 90’s clothing and has a secret little room in the back were the prices are just too good to ignore. After shopping, you can treat yourself at Liberty Bakery – a couple of blocks uphill. Make sure to get a cardamom cinnamon bun, because those are to die for! When you’ve boosted morale with sugar and coffee, try Neptoon Records right next door for some funky tunes. It is the oldest independent record store in all of Vancouver and it has the largest selection of used and new vinyl in town. A nice treat  Hopefully five will be in the clock by now, so you can have cocktails at The Shameful Tiki Room. Without any windows, this Polynesian inspired place might be a little hard to find, but the search is rewarding. If it’s your first time here, share a mystery bowl full of juices, rums and secret spices. After the first sip it’s easy to imagine yourself with … Read more

Vancouver Summer Joy

Sure, everybody knows by now how Vancouver is the ideal city to ski, cycle and swim in just one day. The promise of a diversity of activities and people makes it the perfect city to learn English in, right? Beach parties during the warm Vancouver summer; skiing during the mild winters. Although, one arriving mid December might just look at this promise with crooked eyes. Imagine arriving on a short and rainy December day. The cold winds that are rolling in from the sea make you shiver and longing home. What is so great about this grey city? The bars are nice, the people super friendly, but… That sky. Where is the sun? What drives this sun-avoiding creature calling himself Vancouverite?   Now, with the first days of spring on our doorstep, all clarifies rapidly. With the grey sky changing to blue, we clearly see why we love what we do here. When walking around the English bay, the cutting wind has made way for a gently breeze that makes your hair dance a little. It carries the smell of the fresh blossoms whose colours decorate the city’s parks in a most beautiful way. This is a promise delivered.   Maybe this is the reason why the Vancouverites are so nice to everyone. During winter, they’re in it together. After all: trouble shared is trouble halved. You realize that winter wasn’t as bad as you might have thought. Keeping a can-do mindset together is actually great fun. And during Vancouver summer? Come on, the sun is out, we’ve got better things to do than worrying. You’ve gone that extra mile and now you’re picking the fruits.   There is beauty in every season in Vancouver. Isn’t it a joy to be part of it? EC Vancouver English Centre, will be here every season!