Canadian Cuisine

Canadian cuisine, which varies widely by region and its peoples, is not as popular outside of Canada. However, Poutine stands out as purely Canadian which puts us on the map of world foods. The provincial kitchens of European meals expanded after the subsequent waves of immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Despite the ability to identify some of the dishes as Canadian, it’s difficult to define a complete style of Canadian cuisine because of the cultural diversity.     Poutine: Probably the most popular Canadian Dish. It first appeared in Quebec in 1950 and consists french fries, Cheese curds, gravy sauce and depending on the region, chicken or beef broth.   Tourtière: A traditional meat pie thats also originally from Quebec. It’s made from fine chopped meat with onions and spices such as cinnamon and cloves. You can add vegetables or potatoes, often during Christmas celebrations, and can always be enjoyed throughout the year as well.   Pâté Chinois: A delicious pancake made up of beef layers, creamy corn, and mashed potatoes.   Nova Scotia Donair: Also called Maritime Donair or Halifax Donair, It’s a famous snack that includes hot beef in French bread, topped with tomatoes, onions, sweet milk sauce, garlic powder, sugar and vinegar.   Pemmican: Soft, dried meat, mixed with fat, proteins and berries.   Garlic Fingers: Pastries like pizza come with cheese, garlic and sometimes meat.   Lobster Roll: Meat mixed with mayonnaise, served in a hotdog bun.   Cipaille Pie consists of layers of fish and meat.   With all the food mentioned, I bet you’re hungry now! Contact EC Vancouver to study English in Canada and learn more about Canadian culture while also exploring the city. Visit our website or social media platforms to learn more about our ESL programs and courses.

Indigenous Arts and Culture in Vancouver

Indigenous Arts and Culture is everywhere in Vancouver and Canada. British Columbia is home to many diverse first nation groups and communities that live in the land and surrounding areas. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission promotes first nations culture and education all around Canada.  In addition, Vancouver and the province of British Columbia acknowledges the traditional territories we live on. So it is safe to say that Vancouver is a very welcoming city and province in general. Nonetheless, Vancouver is known for it’s diverse communities and hosts many artistic collaborations with indigenous artists and creators. Above all, this makes British Columbia’s Indigenous art unique. There are endless totem poles around the city, from Stanley Park and universities to Olympic village and whistler. So many sure you check them out and learn more about Canadian culture and arts! Taking English courses in Vancouver with EC Language Centres gives you the opportunity to explore the many different cultures and communities in Canada. We have levels ranging from beginner and basic elementary to complete proficiency. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and expand your English knowledge!  

Getting a Driving License in Vancouver

Driving in Vancouver is safe and many wish to get a license. Vancouver provides easy methods to exchange your license or to get licensed with the graduated learning program. Getting a license in Vancouver is easy even if you want to exchange your license to a Canadian one. By law, have 90 days to switch your license into a Canadian one. On the other hand, the graduated license program allows you to get a learners license after doing the computer test at most ICBC locations. Once completed, new drivers receive a Learners license which they must obey certain conditions and rules as stated below : Drivers must be supervised by a 25 year old with a full class 5 license. No driving between 12 am – 5 am Display the L sign at the back of the vehicle. 0 tolerance policy for alcohol and drug use. No cell phone use. After one year of having a Learners, drivers proceed to the Novice stage where they can drive alone but are restricted to one family member and one friend. Novice drivers must display the N sign at the back of the vehicle and maintain 0 blood alcohol levels. After two years, novice drivers can take the full class 5 license which removes most restrictions and therefore obtain a class 5. EC Vancouver is an English school in Vancouver that offers ESL classes for all levels and most ages. Contact us for more information regarding our courses and test preparation programs.

Monday’s solar eclipse 2017

Next week, Monday, August 21th find your spot and check it out about this unique spectacle in Vancouver! Solar Eclipse happens when the New Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, blocking out the Sun’s rays and casting a shadow on parts of Earth. Source(https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar-eclipse.html) The website www.vancourier.com selected 4 great places to check the solar eclipse in Vancouver, BC. Science World has partnered with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to offer a free viewing party that runs all day long. Running from 9 a.m. till noon, the event will include eclipse-themed science activities, a viewing party and demonstrations. Eclipse viewers will be available while supplies last. Live coverage of the eclipse will also take place in the Science Theatre from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Details: scienceworld.ca/solar-eclipse-2017 The UBC Astronomy Club is hosting its gathering at Robson Square from 9:10 until 11:37 a.m. The club suggests scopes and safety goggles will be available for all attendees. Info online at www.facebook.com/events/112384289359857. UBC students and profs will convene at the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Eclipse viewers and telescopes will be on offer, along with a live streaming and various presentations in the Welcome Centre at the Robert H Lee Alumni Centre. Find info on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/710231359163637. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s event sounds like a doozy. Running from 8:45 a.m. until noon, the by-donation party will include solar telescopes, live streams, sun projections and solar eclipse glasses. During and after the viewing, the Space Centre will be open for special, eclipse-themed shows and activities. Regular rates apply to shows and activities in the main building. Details are online at spacecentre.ca/solar-eclipse. The partial eclipse will begin in Vancouver at 9:10 a.m., reach its maximum at 10:21 a.m. and end at 11:37 a.m. Source(http://www.vancourier.com/news/four-places-in-vancouver-to-take-in-the-solar-eclipse-1.21962685) Planning to come to Canada to improve your English … Read more

Do you know what Remembrance Day means for Canadians?

If you walk across Vancouver these days you will see many people wearing artificial poppies on their jackets. Red poppies symbolize the memory of those who died and are worn on November 11, Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day. Remembrance Day is a memorial celebrated annually since the First World War to remember all the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty, and, in general, to all people who have served, and continue to serve for Canada during times of war and conflict. The use of the poppies as a symbol of remembrance has its roots in a John McCrae’s poem called “Flanders fields” and describes how the poppies grow in the ground over the graveyards where soldiers were buried. The red color symbolises the blood lost by victims in the conflict. However, some people choose to wear white poppies to campaign for non-military interventions in conflict situations. === Are you thinking to learn English in Canada? Check programs in Vancouver.

Some curiosities about Halloween

October 31 is well known all over the world as the day of the dead. Halloween is an ancient Celtic myth brought to Canada by European immigrants several years ago.  But it really was a festival to celebrate the end of the harvest. Here you can find some curiosities about Halloween that will help you to better understand this celebration. Why apples are always present in Halloween?  Because the Celtics used to honour the Roman goddess called Pomona, the goodness of trees and fruit. Her symbol was an apple, and since this festival initially was to celebrate the end of the harvest, the apple remained as a symbol of Halloween. Why Canadians do pumpkin carving? This tradition started in Ireland, where a men called Jack was well known to play tricks with the evil. It is said that when he died God did not allow him to enter in heaven, nor did the devil allow him into hell. He was punished to live in eternal night, so he made a torch out of a hollowed out turnip to illuminate his way. This is why Jack is now called “the lantern guy” and why Canadians use pumpkins for Halloween since 1800 -Pumpkins were much easier to carve than turnips-. Why are spiders present in Halloween? You may think that spiders are creepy but not in Halloween! As per the myth says, spotting a spider on October 31 means that a loved one is watching over you so be careful and do not step on it! ==== Come to learn English in Canada and join us for our annual pumpkin carving contest!