Vancouver Deep Cove

Beautiful Deep Cove Deep cove is a beautiful seaside small village in north Vancouver. It faces the open waters with beautiful mountain views. This wonderful place is thee spot for boating, walking, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, running, hiking and many other things! It’s a local favorite due to its beautiful nature and breath taking scenery. It’s also a superb place to take pictures and BBQ. There are many shops like the only and only Deep Cove ice cream parlor, coffee shops, restaurants, and local crafts and clothing stores in deep cove. The honey doughnuts & goodies are to die for! They are very famous here in Vancouver! You must try these doughnuts because they are unique and super tasty! If you want to enjoy the nature and feel relaxed, then we highly recommend you to just go there! You can hike then enjoy the beautiful scenery and area. Or you can also kayak or paddle board then eat some delicious Deep Cove pizza. There are also many parks nearby deep cove like Cates park and Seymour Mountain. Nonetheless,There are number of interesting events and activities that are hosted yearly or per season in deep cove like the penguin plunge, various summer concerts, and Deep Cove daze extra. So you can come and enjoy these festivals at this beautiful place during the different times of the year. There are also free concerts and live music in summer evenings. If its one thing we need to mention about Deep Cove, then its the fabulous view and scenery. The view of the mountains is great because you can see nearby islands as well. There are lots of parking spaces if you need some as well. Above all, contact EC Vancouver to learn more about our ESL courses and classes to explore Vancouver and … Read more

Burnaby Mountain Park

There are many mountains and places to hike in Vancouver but nothing beats Burnaby Mountain Park. Burnaby Mountain Park is located between Port Moody and Burnaby. It is home to many trails and parks therefore it’s popular for mountain hiking and biking. Once atop, the view is spectacular because it ranges from North Vancouver and Burnaby to Downtown Vancouver and Richmond. The area is family friendly and includes sculptures and parks like the Kamui Mintara, Kushiro park and the Rose Garden. Contact EC Vancouver today to book your free ESL trial lesson and learn more about our programs. EC Language Centres is an ESL school in Vancouver with locations around the world that offers various English classes and courses for levels starting from basic elementary and beginner to complete proficiency.


Vancouver Lighthouse Park

The Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is a beautiful park to visit. There are many walking and hiking trails stretched over 185 acres = 75 hectares = 0.75 square kilometres. You are here to learn English in Canada but you will have time in the afternoon after your classes to explore Canada’s amazing nature. It is easy to go there by bus from downtown. You can take bus 250 to Horseshoe Bay from West Georgia Street & Seymour Street. After 40 stops, approximately 45 minutes, you get off the bus at Westbound Marine Dr @ Beacon Lane. From there you walk about 600 meters, approximately 8 minutes, to the Beacon Lane parking lot. You will have several options for hiking trails starting there. The most popular hike is the Beacon Lane Trail as direct route to the Lighthouse viewpoint. There is no public access to the lighthouse but you can see it from the viewpoint. It will take you around 25 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Besides the lighthouse at Point Atkinson there are three other viewpoints. Eagle Point is east of the lighthouse and offers a beautiful view of the city, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. You can reach Eagle Point by using Valley Trail, Arbutus Trail and Valley of the Giants Trail. Shore Pine Point and Juniper Point are located north west of the lighthouse. From there you will have a breathtaking view of the ocean. The West Beach Trail and Shore Pine Trail will take you to the Shore Pine Point. Juniper Point can be reached by Juniper Loop and Juniper Point Trail. Picnic tables and washrooms can be found all over the Lighthouse Park. Most trails are rather short and manageable regardless of your fitness level. Please wear good … Read more


Short trip to Hawaii

In winter Vancouver turns into Raincouver. Your English courses in Vancouver are as much fun as the vacations you can take. It is nice to get away from the rainy, cold and grey weather. Relax in the sunshine at the beach in paradise and return full of new energy to start your courses again. The closest paradise to Vancouver you can find is Hawaii in the United States of America. A six hour flight will take you from rain, ice and snow to sun, sand and palm trees. When you think of Hawaii, you think of paradise, beautiful beaches, clear water, waterfalls, rainbows, flowers and coconuts. Hawaii consists of eight main islands which are called Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawaiʻi. This paradise in the central Pacific Ocean offers a lot of adventures. You can go hiking, surfing, diving, snorkeling and enjoy many other fun activities there. The numerous Hawaiian state parks, recreation areas, and historical parks are perfect for hiking and let you discover a number of monuments, beautiful nature and amazing views. Surfers from all over the world visit the island to catch some nice waves there. Diving and snorkeling in Hawaii takes you to an incredible under water world. Pack your swimming clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses and bring your camera. Get ready to smell the flowers of Hawaii and feel the Pacific Ocean breeze. Remember to change your Canadian Dollars to American Dollars and keep in mind that you are an adult at the age of 19 in Canada but you are an adult at the age of 21 in the United States of America.

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

Grouse Mountain: Lea

Hiking up Grouse Mountain

As I am living in Vancouver for a few months, I try to see as much of this beautiful city as possible. One of the most beautiful views over Vancouver you get by visiting the peak of Grouse Mountain, which is why a friend and I decided to hike up there and enjoy the well-deserved view at the end. Another fact that made me go there is that two Grizzly Bears are living in a wilderness sanctuary up on Grouse Mountain. I love spotting wild animals but prefer to watch them in safety. So, if you think the same, get your hiking boots and let’s go! I went there in early October, taking a free Shuttle bus from Canada Place which was super easy. While looking at the map that shows the different trails you can take, we met two other Germans on the same mission and we ended up spending the day together. You can usually decide if you want to take the Gondola up or hike, but in winter the trails are closed due to weather conditions. Because the four of us were there in late summer, we decided to hike up the Grouse Grind Trail, which is 2.9 km (1.8 miles) long. It took us about 1h 40 min. I know it’s a long time for 2.9 km, but you must consider that the trail is steep, and you have to climb 2,830 stairs. We took some breaks in between and chatted with other people or staff members, which was when we met one of the supervisors Phillip who motivated us to keep going by promising to show us a secret lookout on top of the mountain. People were all focused on reaching the peak, and most of us were totally out of breath, but everyone was … Read more

Quarry Rocky

Best Hiking spots in Vancouver

The summer is coming and the hiking season is almost open!Move your body and get in shape!Here is a list with 4 great spots for hiking near Vancouver. 1 – Deep Cove – Quarry RockyLocated 45 minutes from Downtown, Quarry rock is easy hiking for all ages and levels of experience. From the top, you can have a stunning ocean view; sit on the huge boulder and relax before starting the walk down.Not a hiking fan? The summer season offers many attractions such as kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and swimming!In the village, there are many spots for picnics and barbecue, and don`t forget to try the delicious honey doughnuts in the village.   2 – Grouse GrindOne of the most iconic hiking spots in Vancouver and only 25 minutes driving from Downtown, Grouse Grind is considered an easy/medium hike.Be brave and face the 2830 steep steps to arrive at the top.The reward is a nice view of Vancouver, and many attractions such as the bears, lumberjack and bird show.Tired? No worries, get the gondola to go down and enjoy your day!Grouse Grind is part of Grouse Mountain and is open from June to September. In the winter the mountain offers snowboarding, skiing and snowshoeing activities.   3 – Capilano River Region and Cleveland DamLocated in North Vancouver, Close to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, this hike is an amazing spot to relax and contemplate the incredible view.On the trails, stop by The Capilano Salmon Hatchery and depending on the season, you can get the unique chance to see the salmon migration. The park is also great for meditation, picnics and a scenic place for wedding pictures.   4 – Lighthouse ParkVoted one of the most beautiful places in Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is located in West Vancouver with easy access from Downtown … Read more

Bowen Island

Bowen Island

There is no doubt that you guys are having a great time in Vancouver but there are times you need a quiet and relaxing time from school or work. Bowen Island is a great weekend getaway for a peaceful time in nature. It takes a short ferry ride, around 20 minutes, from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver. This 6km wide by 12 km long island with approximately 3600 residents is a popular vacation location. The island offers you several beautiful hiking trails from short to long and tough. Along with hiking, you can also enjoy mountain biking, kayaking, swimming, and golfing which is perfect for water lovers and mountain lovers. In addition, there is a one-day film festival, the Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival, on Saturday, May 27, 2017. An adventure market, film presentations, hands-on clinics, and a yoga class will be included in this one-day event. It is especially an opportunity for adventurers to experience the beauty of the island and to express their passion for the great outdoors. The event will be hosted at the Bowen Island Lodge, you can purchase a ticket and get more information on their website, the Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival. —— Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Check out EC English Language School in Vancouver!