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.  

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!

Debora Agostini

Testimonial: Debora Agostini

Hello EC Vancouver! My name is Debora, I`m from Brazil and I studied at EC Vancouver for 16 weeks. It took me so long to decide the destination and Vancouver became the best choice of my life. The city is amazing and offers many options to enjoy the nature inside of the city, also, that is always something nice to do. I`m a photographer and I was surprised with the beauty in the winter, It was a great experience and I will never forget about anything about my time here. I miss EC Vancouver because the teachers and staff were always there to help me with anything I needed. If you are feeling alone, or are looking for some fun suggestions for activities or if you just need to talk with someone, go talk to them! I made many friends from China, Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and I learned a lot about their cultures. I hope one day I can be back in Vancouver! Thanks EC Vancouver, see you soon! Do you want to share your experience? Send your testimonial to talking about about your experience at EC Vancouver. —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses in Vancouver!

Richmond Night Market 2016

Summer is almost here! The days are getting longer and many more events are happening. The Richmond Night Market, the largest night market in North America, takes takes place from May 13 to October 10, 2016. This Asian-themed market features about 140 food stalls and over 400 retail vendors. You can taste delicious food like barbecued skewers of meat and seafood, bubble tea, mango desserts, and more. Also, retail vendors with jewelry, clothing, phone cases, and more at inexpensive prices are there to empty your wallet. Just don’t forget to bring plenty of cash! This year, life-sized dinosaurs are also waiting for you at the market. These dinosaurs  move, roar, and even spit out water! The market is open from 7pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm to 11pm on Sundays and holiday Mondays. It is located at 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station) and the regular admission price is be $2.35. Please visit at for more information. ===== Thinking about taking IELTS test in Vancouver? Check out our IELTS classes in Vancouver!  

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Love flowers? Then you should check out the very first Abbotsford Tulip Festival! This event takes place at a farm with a field full of tulip flowers. Thousands of tulips spread over a 10 acre area will be waiting for you. The festival takes place from March 25 to May 1 and is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. It is expected to be at it’s busiest this coming weekend (April 9 and 10) and end of April. The entrance fee is $5 for anyone age 2+. If you are driving, parking is free on weekdays and $5 on weekends. You can also buy fresh flowers, $5 for a bunch of ten and 75 cents for each flower that you pick. Date & Time: Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm from March 25 to May 1 in 2016 Location: 36737 North Parallel Road in Abbotsford For more information, please visit Abbotsford Tulip Festival website. ==== Learn English for work in Vancouver!

Vancouver Winter Wonderland at PNE

Vancouver’s very first indoor Christmas festival at the PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St)  is something that you must add to your Christmas activity calendar! The festival is assumed to be the biggest indoor Christmas festival in Canada. Vancouver Winter Wonderland will be happening for 10 days from Dec 11 to Dec 20. There will be more than 100 vendors, food, and drinks to meet your Christmas shopping needs as well as spectacular attractions, like a three-story walk through snow globe. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to be part of the magical experience! Daily admission is $5. Find more information at the official website. ===== Are you interested in taking Business English classes in Vancouver? Visit our website to learn about EC Vancouver!  

My life at EC by Eunho Kim

Eunho Kim from Korea would like to share his experience while learning English in Canada with EC. It has already been 5 months since I started studying English at EC. I hesitated to choose EC Vancouver because I wanted to choose a school which would be the best place to learn English and enjoy the lifestyle. My choice was not wrong. EC Vancouver is the most fabulous place for many reasons. First of all, I met plenty of awesome friends from all over the world. If you have an more open mind, everybody in EC will welcome you. I could learn not only English but also diverse interesting cultures. In addition, the teachers are fantastic. They always try to come to us first and be enthusiastic to teach us. They became good friends, not only teachers. I have been to many countries but Vancouver is definitely one of the greatest cities where I want to stay permanently. I could go to beaches and see other stunning sceneries whenever you want. Additionally, Vancouverites are too nice not to love. Even though it is frequently raining, I am really satisfied to learn English and enjoy my life at the same time. I could kill two birds with the one stone.

My Life in Vancouver – Anri Hanasaka

Anri Hanasaka is from Japan who came to learn English in Canada. She would like to share about her English course at EC Vancouver. I came to Vancouver on October 1st and soon the school and classes started. October is the first month for me to stay here. At first, I felt nervous and uneasy in the class because my classmates spoke English smoothly and they could talk with each other very easily. Teachers were very kind and if the students didn’t understand something, they helped us thoughtfully. Also, students were very friendly. When I wasn’t able to hear what the teacher was saying, they helped me and gave some hints. Now I have adapted really well to class. On October 22nd, I went to a Brazilian restaurant with my classmates. It was in downtown. We had a Brazilian lunch such as Brazilian BBQ and original salad. Also, we had good conversation there. We talked about each other’s houses or homestay families, the differences of each languages, and so on. I thought this was very good not only for speaking English but also building my knowledge of other countries.

About my life in Vancouver with EC by Hyeonwu Lee (Danny)

It’s been almost six months after I started to study English in Vancouver with EC. Now I feel a little more comfortable speaking and using English, but it was really difficult at first. The level I started at was Intermediate. I would say it was a fine level and it was even a bit hard for me at that time. However, after making some foreign friends who are mostly able to speak English well, it was obvious that my English skills highly improved by hanging out with them. Also the more I go out, the more I felt that my own effort of studying was changing and improving, but I would believe that the situations that make you use English would let you experience more than just a word in your textbook. What I like to tell you is that everything you are going to experience here in Vancouver, should be helpful. === Would like to learn English in Vancouver ? EC offers various English Courses in Vancouver, including IELTS classes in Vancouver.

Michiyo shares her learning English experience in Vancouver!

Michiyo Nozaki from Japan would like to share her EC experience while learning English in Canada! Hi everyone! My name is Michiyo and I have studied English for almost 6 months at EC Vancouver. I like my teacher and my classmates a lot! I love summer time in Vancouver because the nature is beautiful here. I have been to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Lynn Canyon, Rocky Mountains, Banff, and Deep Cove. I like English Bay too! I really like living in Vancouver, however, I don’t like winter time in Vancouver because I don’t like cold and rainy weather. ===== Are you interested in taking Business English classes in Vancouver? Visit our website to learn about EC Vancouver!