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Five pics to help you through this warm weather

Past days, we had some warm weather in Vancouver. The burning spring sun has probably made your armpits as wet and salty as the water in English Bay. Right now, you’re probably sitting in your cool basement reminiscing about those good ol’ days before global warming. It seems like only yesterday when we had that lovely refreshing rain all day long. Well, luckily for you, here are five pictures to help you through this warm weather.   First picture   Second picture   Third picture Fourth picture   Fifth picture Warm weather at EC Luckily, our building is air-conditioned and our vending machines are always stuffed with cold drinks. So if you’re doing EC English Courses in Vancouver, you never have to worry about a melting brain, soggy armpits or smelly feet.

Dragon Boat racing is possible two stations from EC Vancouver English Centre

Dragon Boat Racing

  With summer on our doorstep, spending your days inside is no longer an option. If you’re looking for some summer action, but you don’t want to get overheated while hiking or biking, we might just have found the perfect activity for you: dragon boat racing! Originating over two millennia ago in ancient China, the tradition of dragon boat racing dates back almost to the time when there were actual dragons flying around. A dragon boat is a large canoe like rowboat, traditionally made from wood. These days, however, more modern materials are often used to keep the boats light and fast.   Dragon Boat teams A dragon boat racing team usually consists of eight to twenty paddles, but can contain upwards to fifty athletes. In the front of the boat, a drummer synchronizes his drumming with the paddling strokes to streamline the operation. At the back, the sweep prevents the boat from hitting shore or other dragon boats. When racing dragon boats, coordination, force, technique and teamwork go hand in hand. This makes it the perfect opportunity to learn English and make new friends while doing something active. And the best thing? Everyone can do it!   The program Starting May 14, there’s a program specifically fit for EC English students’ needs. During four guided one and a half hour learning sessions, you will practice every Monday (May 14 – June 4, 6:00 PM) on your dragon boat paddling skills. Training is only two stations away from the EC Vancouver English Centre. As a grande finale you will compete in the Tim Hortons 500M Championship on June 10 against other student teams. If you’re under 24 and you wish to sign up, come talk to the front desk at the second floor. Participating in the whole program (lessons and … Read more

Vancouver Summer Joy

Sure, everybody knows by now how Vancouver is the ideal city to ski, cycle and swim in just one day. The promise of a diversity of activities and people makes it the perfect city to learn English in, right? Beach parties during the warm Vancouver summer; skiing during the mild winters. Although, one arriving mid December might just look at this promise with crooked eyes. Imagine arriving on a short and rainy December day. The cold winds that are rolling in from the sea make you shiver and longing home. What is so great about this grey city? The bars are nice, the people super friendly, but… That sky. Where is the sun? What drives this sun-avoiding creature calling himself Vancouverite?   Now, with the first days of spring on our doorstep, all clarifies rapidly. With the grey sky changing to blue, we clearly see why we love what we do here. When walking around the English bay, the cutting wind has made way for a gently breeze that makes your hair dance a little. It carries the smell of the fresh blossoms whose colours decorate the city’s parks in a most beautiful way. This is a promise delivered.   Maybe this is the reason why the Vancouverites are so nice to everyone. During winter, they’re in it together. After all: trouble shared is trouble halved. You realize that winter wasn’t as bad as you might have thought. Keeping a can-do mindset together is actually great fun. And during Vancouver summer? Come on, the sun is out, we’ve got better things to do than worrying. You’ve gone that extra mile and now you’re picking the fruits.   There is beauty in every season in Vancouver. Isn’t it a joy to be part of it? EC Vancouver English Centre, will be here every season!

Deep Cove

Several suppressed gasps emerged with the first encounter with the wooden stairs that would lead us into the woods, but nobody wished to complain out loud. Morale was high here at Deep Cove and no stair could ruin that. Earlier, with the first sunbeams cutting through the spring clouds, conditions never seemed any better for a hike. So, not surprisingly, the communal lobby was already crammed with people way before departure. All students had but one thing on their minds: Quarry Rock, one of the most beautiful places around Vancouver.   Catching breath The hour-long bus ride was musically decorated with a cacophony of student’s chatter that wouldn’t stumble for the next couple of hours. After a long day of classes, people just had a lot to catch up on. Who could blame them? This sun ingested day out screamed for some nice English conversation time. Halfway uphill the chatter started to make way for the more natural sounds one could expect in the woods. Climbing Deep Cove’s quarry rock started to take its toll and precious breath oughtn’t be wasted on talking. Moreover, we needed to save some breath for it to be taken away by the view that was waiting for us uphill. An amazing view Once up on the rock, the exhausting climb was soon forgotten. The wide and scenic view managed to live up to its skyrocketing promise. Almost directly, the pandemonium of students’ shooting cameras caused a stroboscopic experience that could’ve been noticeable from space. This sure was a special view. The announcement that this was only our halfway point – and that we had to walk all way back – hit like a bombshell. The promise of ice-cream and doughnuts lured most of us back down, but for others even doughnuts couldn’t do the … Read more

EVO Summer Cinema Series

The summer in Vancouver is finally here and the city has many events waiting for you! Grab your chair, prepare your food, invite our friends and be ready for one of the most exciting cinema in Vancouver. Every year during the summer, Stanley park hosts The Evo Summer Cinema Series – in the park after dark free outdoor movies.The event will be happening every Tuesday from July 4th to August 22th on the Second Beach and the movie starts always after the sunset. The schedule for this year is:. July 4th – The Lego Batman Movie July 11th – The Goonies July 18th – Toy Story July 25th – National Lampoon`s Vacation August 1th – Beauty and the Beast August 8th – Jaws August 15th – Harry Potter & The chamber of secrets August 22th – Guardians of the Galaxy The Festival also offers free seats for up to 5.000 people every night and no reservation is required, but if you want more comfort and guaranteed spot you can buy the Gold Circle Reserved VIP seating. Fresh Air Cinema is offering guests a unique opportunity: the ultimate summer date-night package with a VIP twist! Upgrade your experience at the park and reserve a guaranteed seat at Evo Summer Cinema Tuesdays in the new TOPSHOP TOPMAN Gold Circle VIP Seating Zone — a front-row, reserved General Admission VIP ticketed seat on one of our 100 reserved Adirondack cottage-style chairs. (Source: http://www.freshaircinema.ca/summercinema/seating.html) If you want more information come talk with us at the front desk. Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver.

Quarry Rocky

Best Hiking spots in Vancouver

The summer is coming and the hiking season is almost open!Move your body and get in shape!Here is a list with 4 great spots for hiking near Vancouver. 1 – Deep Cove – Quarry RockyLocated 45 minutes from Downtown, Quarry rock is easy hiking for all ages and levels of experience. From the top, you can have a stunning ocean view; sit on the huge boulder and relax before starting the walk down.Not a hiking fan? The summer season offers many attractions such as kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and swimming!In the village, there are many spots for picnics and barbecue, and don`t forget to try the delicious honey doughnuts in the village.   2 – Grouse GrindOne of the most iconic hiking spots in Vancouver and only 25 minutes driving from Downtown, Grouse Grind is considered an easy/medium hike.Be brave and face the 2830 steep steps to arrive at the top.The reward is a nice view of Vancouver, and many attractions such as the bears, lumberjack and bird show.Tired? No worries, get the gondola to go down and enjoy your day!Grouse Grind is part of Grouse Mountain and is open from June to September. In the winter the mountain offers snowboarding, skiing and snowshoeing activities.   3 – Capilano River Region and Cleveland DamLocated in North Vancouver, Close to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, this hike is an amazing spot to relax and contemplate the incredible view.On the trails, stop by The Capilano Salmon Hatchery and depending on the season, you can get the unique chance to see the salmon migration. The park is also great for meditation, picnics and a scenic place for wedding pictures.   4 – Lighthouse ParkVoted one of the most beautiful places in Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is located in West Vancouver with easy access from Downtown … Read more

Earnest Ice cream

Best ice cream shops in Vancouver!

 Because Summer is around the corner, it’s time to eat ice creams. So here is a list with some of the best ice cream shops in Vancouver. Are you ready to eat these amazing goodies after your English course? Take a note! 1. Bella GelateriaAddress: 1001 West Cordova, VancouverClose to EC Vancouver, The flavours are great, a definite must to try.  Bella Gelateria’s gelato is worth waiting in line for.   2. Earnest Ice CreamAddress: 3992 Fraser StTheir ice cream is near perfect, the flavours of each ice cream are so distinct. For lactose, intolerant, no worries! they have nice vegan options. 3. La Casa Gelato InternationalAddress: 1033 Venables StWow, they have 238 flavours in store with crispy waffle cones that they make in house. To get your ice cream you must buy a token from the register (you can pay only by cash). Next, you will move away from the register and towards the counters filled with buckets of ice cream, and it is time to choose one flavour. Good luck!   4. MisterAddress: 1141 Mainland StreetThey use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream. It is a very cool place to stop by and try their ice cream flavours, which are all unique.   5. Yaletown GelatoAddress: 1208 Homer St #122Nice variety of flavorful gelato, the service is excellent and you get to sample as many as you like. The interior has a nice traditional Italian coffee shop vibe. Share this with your Vancouver friends and have fun!   ======Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!