Metropolis by Metrotown

Metropolis by Metrotown is a shopping mall in Burnaby about 35 minutes away from Downtown Vancouver where you can find a lot of different stores to suit your needs. Even though shopping in Vancouver can seem expensive, if you branch out from Downtown Vancouver you can find cheaper prices and, in some cases, even bigger selection. As a student you can get 10% off with your EC Vancouver English Centre Student ID which is always appreciated. Metropolis by Metrotown not only has a lot of clothing stores to go shopping but it also has two different supermarkets where you can find tons of international products and snacks. A well know Asian supermarket named T&T has a franchise inside of Metropolis by Metrotown where you’ll find all the best Asian snacks and drinks, feel free to explore all the different products that are in store. Recently Metropolis by Metrotown got a nice addition, Walmart, the department store carries a lot of different products for a very reasonable price from clothing to toys and everything in between. Shopping in Metropolis by Metrotown is easy because you don’t need to go to a lot of different places to go shopping, there you can find clothes, shoes, electronics, soaps and even great food in the food court. Don’t forget to try one of Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese cheesecakes (the fluffiest cheesecake you’ll every try, they are so nice that even after 6 months of opening, the store still has a very long line of hungry customers every day).


Boxing Day in Vancouver

On the day after Christmas Day, December 25, we celebrate a holiday called Boxing Day on December 26. That means that you are getting a day off from your English courses in Vancouver on December 26. Boxing Day is originally from the United Kingdom and is celebrated in many countries which used to belong to the British Empire. December 26 is also known as Saint Stephen’s Day, Day of Goodwill, or Second Day of Christmastide. Instead of Boxing Day, some European countries, such as Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, and Scandinavia celebrate December 26 as a Second Christmas Day. We have some ideas for you on what you can do on your free day. The term Boxing Day comes from the tradition of receiving a Christmas box which is a present so it is related to shopping. Similar to Black Friday, Boxing Day is referred to as a shopping holiday in many English speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So it is a great day for you to go shopping because there will be a lot of special sales and good deals. If you are interested in hockey you can also spend your Boxing Day at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver to experience the Hockey Canada World Juniors Championships. At 1 pm you can watch the Czech Republic versus Switzerland and at 5 pm you can watch Canada versus Denmark. There are still a lot of Christmas attractions happening on Boxing Day. You can enjoy Christmas lights, outdoor decorations, glowing plants, live entertainment and fun for all ages at different locations such as Langley Glow Christmas, Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden, Lights at Lafarge around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake, Christmas at Canada Place, Bright Nights at Stanley Park, Aurora Winter Festival at Concord Pacific … Read more