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

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

Laura Elisa Alves Amorim

Testimonial: Laura Elisa Alves Amorim

We love when our students want the share their experience at EC with the others. Here is the testimonial from Laura Elisa Alves Amorim. She started at EC Vancouver at the end of June this year. When I started making my plans to study in Vancouver, I imagined that I was going only for English classes, but to my surprise, when I arrived there I realized that EC has much more to offer! In my first week, our group went to Deep Cove. As soon I got off the bus, our activity leader took us to the trail through the woods. It was a bit difficult, but when we arrived at the top of the mountain I was surprised by the view. It was stunning! I took so many pictures to show all my friends in Brazil. In my Last week in Vancouver, we went to Lynn Canyon Valley. It is much more than only a suspension bridge. I had an amazing surprise when I saw the river with cliffs and transparent water. People were sunbathing and swimming in freezing water. By the river, it was possible to see the rocks over the water and the trees surrounding the area. The school is amazing and I loved every single moment at EC Vancouver! I will never forget my EC experience! ——- Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!

This is how Gunhee found the love in EC Vancouver!

Gunhee Park came to Canada looking for some English classes in Vancouver. He left Korea four moths ago and this is what he thinks about EC Vancouver:  “During my stay in EC Vancouver, I’ve met a lot of new friends. I have participated in all the activities that the school offers, which I liked very much. In addition to that, I met the most beautiful lady from Venezuela, who is my girlfriend! So coming to Vancouver is the best thing I could have done!”