Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium and one of the most visited sites in Stanley Park. It is home to more than 70,000 creatures including dolphins, sea otters, anacondas, three-toed sloths, eels and more. The Vancouver Aquarium is widely respected for its research and marine stewardship, and visitors can learn more about the region’s marine life through the numerous exhibits. Adults and kids alike will love the entertaining and educational “encounters” program, which allows visitors to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals and the people who train them. This includes feeding, helping train and learning about the habitats and lifestyles of dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and other sea creatures. The permanent marine animal displays are as diverse as the ocean itself. In the Amazon gallery, creatures slither, swim and splash around. Another features 22 species of frogs, toads and salamanders in the Frogs Forever? exhibit, which talks about the extinction facing many of the amphibian species. There are also exhibits focusing on butterflies, Artic creatures, tropical waters, dolphins, otters, seals, the British Columbia coast and more. The aquarium focuses heavily on species native to the Pacific Northwest. Yup, if it swims or lives in an ocean, lake, river or stream, there’s a good chance the Vancouver Aquarium has an informative display around it. Throughout the year, the marine life housed in the Aquarium comes to life in the form of entertaining and educational shows that include the popular dolphin demonstrations, feedings, reef shark performances, and talks that focus on habitats, conservation and more. The various shows are generally scheduled every 45 minutes, and the aquarium also features special events regularly.   Planning to come to Canada to study English? Come to Vancouver and study at EC Vancouver English Centre!

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!

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park

Located within Chinatown, the gardens are accessible from the lane off Carrall Street, between Pender Street and Keefer Street. It is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the city center, or the closest SkyTrain station is Stadium. Alternatively if you’re on a hop on hop off tour bus, these will stop here. This was the first full-size Chinese garden to be built outside of China and was built between 1985 and 1986 with its opening in time for the Vancouver Expo 86. The gardens and park and named in honor of the nationalist leader, Dr Sun Yat-Sen, who is considered to be the ‘father of modern China’ with their objective being to “maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and be an integral part of the local community”. The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park uses the philosophical principles of Taoism and Feng Shui and hence attempts to achieve balance of opposites and harmony, where different elements are used together.   Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Attractions

  The 2010 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The Olympics ran from February 12 to February 28, 2010, and the Paralympics from March 12 to March 21, during which nine competition venues were used, spread across Vancouver, Whistler, and the neighboring areas of West Vancouver and Richmond. The majority of ice sport events were held in Vancouver, while Whistler, which normally serves as a ski resort, hosted the snow events. Six non-competition venues, three each in Vancouver and Whistler, provided athlete housing, space for media, and locations for ceremonies associated with the Games.For the 2010 Winter Olympics, a total of ten sports venues were used, seven in Vancouver (including BC Place), and three in Whistler.  

Stanley Park Summer Cinema 2017

Attention movie lovers! Stanley Park Summer Cinema is back! This event has been going on from July 4th, every Tuesday, but still there are five more days to enjoy movies at Second Beach in Stanley Park. Movies are all free and start after sunset which is around 9:30pm, however, showtimes and film details are subject to change. Please see the below list from the website to see which movies are listed. August 8 – Jaws August 15 – Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets August 22 – Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) There is no need to pay or make a reservation for a seat, 100% free space for up to 5,000 people! Just bring your picnic blanket and have a lovely time with your friends. If you want more information or to buy VIP tickets, click EVO Summer Cinema Series. —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Why Vancouver?

Vancouver is a city of beauty, hospitality, and globally recognized facilities. On your downtime, you will be able to explore the endless corners of the city and its surroundings without ever worrying about getting bored with the options at hand. In terms of livability, lifestyle, costs, and inclusiveness, Vancouver offers everything a person could possibly want when studying or living abroad. If you haven’t already done so, and are considering a full-time academic or language program abroad to learn English then take a closer look at what Vancouver has to offer.  Residents of Vancouver are proud of their cultural heritage and the fact that we have a rainbow of nations at our fingertips. Vibrant festivals such as the Sikh Vaisakhi Parade, the Persian celebration of Nowruz, Italian Day on The Drive, The German Christmas Market located in the Heart of Downtown Vancouver, and the annual Chinese New Year festivities bless the city with food, music, people and performances from around the globe. We are fortunate in this city to live amongst so many different cultures. The only requirement we demand of those coming to the city is an open heart towards fellow residents regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, religion, political leaning, sex, or gender. Festivals take place year-round and are full of activity and life. If you wish to call the Pacific North West your new home, you had better be prepared for events such as the Celebration of Light, The world famous Pride Parade, the Santa Clause Parade at Christmas, the Pemberton Music Festival, and the Vancouver Folk Fest. One thing we can guarantee is that you will never be bored while you are on the west coast.   —– Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!

Testimonial: Dana Lucia Angel Palacios

My experience in Vancouver has been awesome; since I arrived it has been perfect! I have met many people from different countries who are now are my friends, and I have been able to visit different places around British Columbia and Alberta like Victoria, Hope, Tofino and Banff. Also I can improve my English with an incredible process in EC because when I arrived six month ago I couldn`t speak, read or write anything! I consider my progress very successful. My plan for the future is to start studying at University and at the same time work in Vancouver.   —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Science World

Science World, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is an appealing and remarkable science exhibit housed in the Expo Centre. Old and young visitors alike will find many activities in the feature exhibitions, galleries, OMNIMAX theatre, and science theatre; consequently finding many choices of how to spend the day. There are several very fascinating exhibits in Science World, and include the following: 1. Treasure! A demonstration of amazing discoveries on the planet, such as under sea, buried treasures, gold rushes, and treasures found in the home. 2. The OMNIMAX theatre is an incredible 360 degree film experience presenting some of the most intriguing shows, including a wide variety of nature and human interest stories. 3. The Eureka Gallery investigates a fascinating inventory of motion, machines, air, light, sound, and water; providing an assorted array of colorful exhibits and is housed in their largest arcade. 4. Cool Globes is an exhibition designed by numerous artists and community groups that illustrate the effects technology on the world today, encouraging students to become innovators in science and technology. 5. A variety of other galleries, including Search, Our World, BodyWorks, and Kidspace provide answers to many questions about life on planet Earth. Science World in Vancouver, Canada, provides an entertaining and enlightening setting that explores many components of life, and ensures a variety of educational and interesting activities.   —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Celebration of Light

Vancouver’s biggest firework displays return to the city’s skies this summer, the 27th annual Honda Celebration of Light at English Bay is the longest running offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts about 1.4 million spectators every year. Crowds flock to the waterfront, around English Bay and Burrard Inlet, setting out picnic blankets and folding chairs on the beach to take in the show. Along with the fireworks themselves, the Celebration of Light kicks off each evening with an accompanying music festival down at Sunset Beach. SHOREFEST is Vancouver’s largest free community concert series. Bands start hitting the stages in the early afternoon, getting crowds warmed up for the spectacular main event. This year, the Japan (July 29), United Kingdom (August 2), and Canada (August 5) will compete for the title. The firework displays will start at 10 p.m. sharp, rain or shine and spectators can follow along with the accompanying music on LG 104.3 FM or through the festival’s app. In Celebration of Canada’s 150, 3 Canadian songs will be freatured in the competition. The three songs chosen by the public are: Ahead by a Century by The Tragically Hip, Halleuja by Leonard Cohen, and Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams.   —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The International Jazz Festival, one of the biggest summer celebrations in Vancouver, is about to take place to please your ears. From June 23 to July 2, around 1800 artists will perform for 300 concerts at 35 indoor and outdoor venues around Vancouver. Don’t worry if you do not know much about jazz or are not a jazz fan. More than 500,000 people will be attracted to the festival, which will go on for 12 days with a variety of music genres like blues, R&B, pop, and jazz. There will be around 150 free concerts and 150 ticketed concerts for the festival. So, no need to worry about buying concert tickets! Local and international musicians will show off their talent at this year’s 150 free concerts. If you want more information or a program guide booklet, there are some booklets at the front desk on the 2nd floor! —— Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about Cambridge English Courses in Vancouver!