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

People in Vancouver are probably craving ice cream now - EC Vancouver English Centre

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

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!

Deep Cove

Several suppressed gasps emerged with the first encounter with the wooden stairs that would lead us into the woods, but nobody wished to complain out loud. Morale was high here at Deep Cove and no stair could ruin that. Earlier, with the first sunbeams cutting through the spring clouds, conditions never seemed any better for a hike. So, not surprisingly, the communal lobby was already crammed with people way before departure. All students had but one thing on their minds: Quarry Rock, one of the most beautiful places around Vancouver.   Catching breath The hour-long bus ride was musically decorated with a cacophony of student’s chatter that wouldn’t stumble for the next couple of hours. After a long day of classes, people just had a lot to catch up on. Who could blame them? This sun ingested day out screamed for some nice English conversation time. Halfway uphill the chatter started to make way for the more natural sounds one could expect in the woods. Climbing Deep Cove’s quarry rock started to take its toll and precious breath oughtn’t be wasted on talking. Moreover, we needed to save some breath for it to be taken away by the view that was waiting for us uphill. An amazing view Once up on the rock, the exhausting climb was soon forgotten. The wide and scenic view managed to live up to its skyrocketing promise. Almost directly, the pandemonium of students’ shooting cameras caused a stroboscopic experience that could’ve been noticeable from space. This sure was a special view. The announcement that this was only our halfway point – and that we had to walk all way back – hit like a bombshell. The promise of ice-cream and doughnuts lured most of us back down, but for others even doughnuts couldn’t do the … Read more

Paintball on saturday

EC Paintball

The first weekend of May, EC English Vancouver will host a special event: paintball. Do you feel like your classmates have been nagging you all the time or do you just want to cross swords with them for no particular reason whatsoever? This is your chance!   Teamwork On Saturday 10 am, Jonas will take you form school to surrey, where you’re going to lock and load. But don’t worry: this is not going to be all violent. Paintball is known for its excessive teamwork and cooperation. You’ll have to work together with your friends to avoid getting hit and win the game.   Learning English If you’d like to learn English in a new and exciting way, come and get your tickets at the front desk on the second floor. They only cost 30 dollars each! Maybe, with your blood pumping adrenaline through your body, you might even learn some new words. You won’t be able to make it on Saturday? No worries! EC Vancouver English Center hosts numerous events every week to enable you to learn English in a unconventional manner. For all activities, please see EC Online.

Renan Lacalendola Shares his EC experience!

Vancouver and EC became the best choice of my life, and the reason is simple… I had experiences here that I never imagined before. I hiked mountains and trails, I saw beautiful lakes, I experienced snow for first time in my life, and enjoyed the real Canadian life! Vancouver and EC offers all that you need and it will change your life forever! I made new friends from all around the world, I tried new foods, cultures and for sure I will visit them one day!   Vancouver is a beautiful and amazing place and I recommend everyone to come and live in it.   I’ll never forget this experience!   Thank you for everything, EC Vancouver!  

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!