Ways to play in Stanley Park

While you’re here in Vancouver, take advantage of a great selection of activities on land and in the the water — all against a spectacular backdrop of ocean, mountains and forest. So pack your swimsuit, a picnic, a putter or all the above, and get ready to have fun! Seawall Enjoy one of Vancouver’s most popular destinations and take advantage of all there is to do and see along the Seawall! Download the map and learn more about this scenic path lining the city waterfront. Trails Explore more than 27 kilometres of forest trails, winding through the park’s dense foliage. Stanley Park Pitch & Putt Stanley Park Pitch & Putt features sculpted fairways, mature trees, and lush greens in the heart of historic Stanley Park. Playgrounds Visit our four fun-filled children’s playgrounds: Second Beach, Ceperley, Miniature Train, and Rose Garden. Get park locations and find out what amenities are close. Picnic areas Dine with a view – have a picnic in the park! Get information on first-come picnic tables, and making reservations in designated Stanley Park picnic areas. Tennis courts in Stanley Park Work on your game or challenge friends to a match at one of the many tennis courts in park. Find more information about free and pay court options. Water play Water park Cool down with a visit to the Variety Kids Water Park at Lumbermen’s Arch from 1 June to 1 September. Second Beach Pool Second Beach Pool is a heated, outdoor pool located in Stanley Park. It is open from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day. Second Beach Located on the Stanley Park seawall at Stanley Park Dr and North Lagoon Dr beside the outdoor pool, Second Beach has a concession, washrooms, playground, picnic shelter, summer lifeguards, and pay parking. Third Beach A great spot for … Read more

Sora Yoon from Korea: “I can say with confidence that I have learned a lot in EC.”

My long trip, from last summer in Vancouver, started with an idea which was the only way that I could avoid my reality. I struggled with thoughts that I did not fit in my new school and, to be honest, I truly wanted to escape from that. Eventually, thanks to supportive parents, I was able to come here to study, meet many friends, and think about my future. The time that I joined EC in Vancouver was last October. At that time, I was looking for something different class and I came across the school on the Internet. I cannot believe that it has already been five months since I started to go to school. During the time, I have attended TOFEL and Cambridge classes at EC Vancouver , which were really helpful. I can say with confidence that I have learned a lot in EC. For example, I actually wrote TOFEL test twice and the results are getting better. Also, I could get many good quality references, which would not be seen in any other places, from Cambridge class. Now, I am planning to attend IELTS class in EC and I strongly believe that it will be good, too. I cannot tell about my life in Vancouver without my friends whom I met here. I have met so many people who were very nice although each of them came from different countries. I could not imagine that I am going to have friends from Europe, South America, and other countries in Asia when I was in Korea. Therefore, I feel so sad whenever we have to say goodbye to each other. This is the saddest thing that happens in Vancouver, but I know we are going to meet someday in the future. It has been almost nine months since I came here … Read more

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming!

It’s a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on  March 17th. It’s related to the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue, however, over the years green ribbons and shamrocks began being worn in celebration of  St Patrick’s Day. The shamrock helped to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Vancouver’s next St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 16 from 11am – 1pm. Its route runs along Howe Street in downtown Vancouver, starting at Howe and Drake and proceeding north to W Georgia Street. It then turns right on W Georgia and ends at W Georgia and Granville Streets. EC Students, get out your green clothes and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver!   ===== EC offers various English Courses, including English private lessons in Vancouver.

Rene Luethi: “EC has great teachers, modern technology and a good atmosphere.”

Hello I`m Rene from Switzerland. I have been in EC Vancouver for a few months and I am in Intermediate level now. Vancouver is a wonderful city for everything – eating, snowboarding, visiting tourist spots  and studying English with new friends. EC has great teachers, modern technology and a good atmosphere. Students are from around the world. It makes classes very interesting and fun. I decided to take some one to one English lessons in Vancouver to improve my English. They are personal and help me to understand specific questions. I enjoy private lessons a lot.

Free Yoga Class

Various traditions of yoga are found in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and they include breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. It’s widely practiced in the West for health and relaxation. Yesterday, we had the first Yoga class at EC Vancouver English School which was instructed by Fukui Rena, who is an EC Student and comes with four years of professional Yoga training experience. Students were so relaxed that they didn’t want to leave the room after the lesson was over! We have free Yoga class from 3:50pm every Tuesday. You can sign up at Front Desk every week. Hurry! The space is limited up to only 6 students!

The winner of the pitch battle: Ayumi Nakamura

Basically, through the pitch battle, i had a good opportunity where test my speaking. The pitch had to be done in less than two minutes, so it didn’t take so much time to prepare and it was not so difficult for me to think about the topic, which was make friends to come over to study English in Vancouver. However, I had no confidence to speak English in front of some people because I thought my English was so terrible, especially my pronunciation, even though I have been studying here for three months. At the finish of the pitch battle, fortunately we had feedback as soon as we finished our speech. It was really great because before we forget that and how we did speech, we could hear advice from people who were listening to us. As I wrote, I had no confidence with my English, but after teachers and people from club ESL told me that they could understand my English and it was good. I was really glad and I could have a confidence than before. Although there are nice conversation club and pronunciation club at EC Vancouver, it is rare that i can hear other students’ speaking and get feedback at the same time. I think I can make my speech better if I join this pitch battle many time.

Pitch Battle

EC Vancouver had its very first pitch battle on March 3rd to give our students an opportunity to speak in front of an audience. The format was pretty simple – they were to make a sales pitch (maximum length: 2 minutes) through which they sell Vancouver as a destination to study English. While it sounded easy, it was quite a challenge for a lot of participants for a couple of reasons. Firstly, most of them had never made a sales pitch in their lives. Secondly, they had to use English! Mimi, one of the contestants said, “it was a great opportunity to get used to speaking in front of people and thinking on the spot. If you guys liked it, I would like to do this again and again and again for us to see how much we improve. It’s really good to know how I speak and how my pronunciation works for an audience.” Osama and Ayumi were the winners of the pitch battle! They won a free trip to Whistler! Congratulations!!!   ===== EC offers various English Courses, including English private lessons in Vancouver.