Aurora Winter Festival

Close to our Vancouver English Centre and to Science World you find the Aurora Winter Festival. It is Canada’s largest Winter Festival and offers several attractions and activities from Friday, November 23rd to Sunday, December 30th. Gather your friends and explore this magical Christmas village. Go ice skating on a frozen river and enjoy the lights all around you. Rent your skates for $7 and skate as long as you want. Take a ride on the tube park which is 200 feet (60 metres) long and 20 feet (6 metres) tall. One ride is $4, three rides are $10 and eight rides are $20. Get on the 60 feet (18 metres) ferris wheel and see the whole festival event site and everything around it. Next to the amusement rides you can also discover the Christmas village. There you will find 50 market vendors and 12 food trucks with delicious snacks, drinks and meals. Have some hot chocolate or mulled wine while you are shopping for your Christmas gifts. Meet Santa, his elves and other mystical characters. Take pictures with all of them and write a letter to Santa. Listen to their stories and participate in a workshop to create your own gifts. Huge sculptures and beautiful light arrangements are waiting for you to be captured with your camera. A general admission ticket is $19.99 plus tax. It is cheaper to buy your ticket online than at the box office. To avoid big crowds and long lines join the festival from Tuesday to Thursday. Check the ticket availability for your day on the Aurora Winter Festival website. It will tell you if tickets are available, limited or sold out. Have fun!


Capilano Canyon Lights

The Capilano Suspension Bridge itself is already a popular tourist attraction but around Christmas time it turns into a Winter Lights Festival. If you have booked your English courses in Vancouver some time between November 22, 2018 and January 27, 2019 you get to enjoy this special event on your visit to see the Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Experience the Canyon Lights within the park hours from 11 am to 9 pm. They will make you feel like you are in a Christmas movie. If you do not want to wait in line for a long time, we recommend going to the Capilano Suspension Bridge on a weekday instead of a weekend and before December 21st or after January 6th. The beautiful lights all over the park are amazing and will give you the perfect feeling of the holiday season. Not only the suspension bridge is lit up but the Canyon Lights also illuminate all of the treetop-walks, the Cliffwalk, the canyon itself and large parts of the rainforest around the bridge. This overwhelming spectacle will create memories you will never forget. Another highlight of the Canyon Lights Festival are the eight 110 feet tall Douglas-firs which are 250 years old. Seven suspension bridges connect the trees’ viewing platforms. Below and above these viewing platforms the trees are decorated with lights as well. If you go to see these trees you can say that you’ve seen the eight highest Christmas trees worldwide. Although the Canyon Lights are mainly about the amazement with the lights, there are some other activities you can participate in. You’re welcome to sing along to your favorite Christmas songs performed by a band and to get creative by decorating your gingerbread cookies there. Like we do for all of our activities, we recommend … Read more

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at PNE

Attention beer lovers! It is time to raise a glass as the 8th annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival takes place at PNE on June 3rd and 4th. Western Canada’s biggest craft beer festival will have a selection of over 300 beers and ciders from more than 100 craft breweries and cideries! Also, you can’t have a food and beer festival without music!  There will be live music, DJs, and food trucks waiting for you. There will be an area of games which will maximize your fun and joy! The festival at PNE will go from 1pm to 6pm on June 3rd and 4th, Saturday and Sunday. You MUST be 19+ years old to enter, you will be asked to present 2 pieces of ID for entry. Also, please remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY! Other than the PNE location, you can find more locations on different dates and buy tickets at Vancouver Craft Beer Week official website. .——Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about Cambridge English Courses in Vancouver!

Vancouver European Festival 2017

As there are many European students at EC Vancouver, it is your chance to take your friends for a European getaway without leaving Vancouver! This May 27th and 28th, the 20th Annual European Festival will take place at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Around 30 European nations including France, Spain, Germany, and Scandinavian countries will participate this two-day event and will share the best of their cultures. Each year around 10,000 visitors visit the European Festival.   On stages, there are international and contemporary dance and music performances which entertain your eyes and ears. There is also an Art Plaza and a Market place where you can enjoy artists creations and ethnic foods and souvenirs.   The festival runs from 11 am until 11 pm on the Saturday and from 11 am until 7 pm on the Sunday. The European Festival weekend passes are $8.60 online (early ticket), and $10 at the gate.  ====== Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver.  

North Vancouver Youth CityFest

Attention skaters! This coming Saturday, May 6th, the largest Youth Week event in the Lower Mainland, North Vancouver Youth CityFest, will take a place. This annual festival features live local youth music and a dance showcase, a local youth art show, food booths and BBQ, skateboarding, games and prizes. If you are a skater, you do not want to miss out on this event because the Lower Mainland’s largest skateboard competition will be held and around 4000 youth attend each year! Also, there will be free longboard lessons so you can learn to skate safe. Of course a helmet and waiver form signed by a parent is required for your safety. The event will be held in the parking lot of Centennial Theater by the skateboard park (2300 Lonsdale Avenue) on Saturday, May 6th, from 11am to 4pm just for one day. Please visit the City of North Vancouver’s Website to find more about CityFest. ==== Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver.