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!


Also known as the Local Farmers Market Society, Vancouver Farmers Markets are for people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farmers Markets in urban settings, the Society and the Markets have become Vancouver plazas of fun, discovery, and connecting. Through the Markets and the special events, the Society spreads awareness of agricultural issues facing the largely urban society. These issues range from the truths about genetically modified foods, to fair pricing for agricultural products, to the glory of a variety of foods available with a locally-networked food system. 1. Here are EC Vancouver suggestions to visit some markets in Vancouver:“Yaletown Farmers Market”: Weekly on Thursday May 1, 2014 to Thursday October 2, 2014.It’s located on Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken Street. The market will be open for the height of the summer and fall harvest season. Fresh fruits, crunchy vegetables and luscious herbs will inspire tasty menus and summer dining. 2. “Trout Lake Farmers Market” held on weekly from Saturday May 10, 2014 to Saturday October 18, 2014. It’s located in the North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley. Enjoy entertainment by acoustic musicians and kids can have their face painted or get a balloon animal from the resident balloon sculptor.   3. “Kitsilano Farmers Market” takes place every Sunday from May 11 to October 19, 2014. It’s located on 2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre. Every week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional products, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods and beautiful crafts. 4. “West End Farmers Market” : every Saturday from May 31st … Read more

The 25th BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday, May 4th

There is an annual race held on the first Sunday of May every year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As the largest international marathon event in Canada, it has a certified running distance of 26 miles and 385 yards long. The race started in 1972 when a small group of 46 runners ran five loops of Stanley Park to complete the first Vancouver International Marathon, known as Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon.   The marathon grew over the next few years from 300 participants in 1977 to around 5 000 participants this year. However, the event suffered a major setback in 1976 when a participant, Dr. Leslie Truelove, collapsed mid-race and died due to aneurysm. In Truelove’s memory, the Dr. Leslie Truelove Memorial Trophy has been awarded ever since to the first male finisher in the 50+ age category. The race will start at 8:30 am from Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday, May 4th. Runners, their friends and everyone who wants can enjoy the Finish Line Street Festival with concerts, animations… Why don’t you come to suppor t the participants and to take part of this amazing event?   ===== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEFL Course(s) in Vancouver.

Thompson Rivers University tour

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops invites for a free tour of the university, free lunch and fun activities on July 20th! Join other international students on this free bus tour to beautiful Kamloops and get the chance to meet university student advisors, who will give you all the relevant information about studying at this Canadian university, explore the university campus and be part of the interesting activities they have prepared for the day. Sign up list at EC’s front desk. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about higher education in Canada, namely at Thompson Rivers!