Sangah shares her marathon experience in Vancouver

Sangah from Korea and stayed with EC for around 8 months and has improved her English level from Beginner to Intermediate. She had many great experiences in Vancouver and would like to share her marathon experience! “Do you like running? What kind of sport do you like? My hobby is running and swimming, so I booked the marathon with friends. We practiced marathon three months. I heard that marathon is big fastival in Vancouver. I met my friends in downtown,and then we went to start line. It was crowded and a lot of people, so we waited an hour. We were nervous, because we were first marathon in Vancouver. We started running. When I ran, I saw a lot of sights. Finally, we finished the 10km marathon. I have a lot of good memory in Vancouver.” Many marathon events are offered in Vancouver all year round. It is a good way to challenge yourself or set a goal of participating in 5km or 10km run in Vancouver. One of our staff members, Lucas, is an active runner and trains himself for an upcoming marathon. If you are interested in participating in a marathon and need an advice, you must speak to him! ===== Are you interested in taking an IELTS course in Vancouver? Study at EC Vancouver and take an IELTS test in Vancouver!

Laura from

My stay at EC Vancouver – Laura Bussat

Laura from France would like to share her story about studying at EC Vancouver. She has been with EC for 6 weeks! “Lots of good things happened during my travel in Vancouver. After five weeks, I can say that EC is a wonderful school. There is a very good ambience. We can meet people from all over the world in EC, and lots of students want to make friends and are very friendly. Teachers are involved in lessons. After 6 weeks, students can take a progress assessment to see if they are ready to move up a level. EC organizes fun activities too. Each week we can discover the city and Canadian traditions. We can go hiking in Stanley Park, have fun in the Halloween costume contest or meet students in a pub! It’s a very good experience!” ====== Are you interested in taking an IELTS course in Vancouver? Study at EC Vancouver and take an IELTS test in Vancouver!

Hanson (Seokwon Boo) shares his EC experience!

Hanson from Korea shres his experience at EC Vancouver! He has been with us for almost 4 months. “Hi, I’m Hanson. I am from Jeju island in South Korea. When I arrived in Vancouver I was very nervous but this is not a problem because the EC Vancouver team always helped me. I like my class because my class mates are kind and friendly, and teachers make class more interesting and help students focus more on class. If I don’t understand something, the teacher is always great in explaining it to me. The teachers have recommended some great places to visit and things to do in the city students. I think Vancouver is a beautiful, and peaceful city because Vancouver’s nature is so good and fresh. There are a lot of parks in the city where you can hang out with your international friends. If you want to learn English, I recommend studying in Vancouver, and I recommend studying in EC Vancouver. You will make unforgettable memories with EC Vancouver!” ===== Are you interested in taking an IELTS course in Vancouver? Study at EC Vancouver and take an IELTS test in Vancouver!

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!

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

Orpheum Theatre (Vancouver)

The Orpheum is a theatre and music venue in Vancouver, British Columbia, it is part of the Vancouver Civic Theatres group of live performance venues. It is the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The Orpheum is located on Granville Street near Smithe Street in Vancouver’s downtown core. It opened as a vaudeville house on 7 November 1927 (its first concert took place the following day), and went on to host performances by Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Rudy Vallee and other performers affiliated with the Orpheum Circuit. The Orpheum displays much of its original splendour since 1927 despite some loss of detail and some updating for acoustics and patron comfort. Its style is an exuberant and eclectic mix of Romanesque, Moorish, Gothic and Spanish Renaissance elements, making it Canada’s best example of the exotic phase of cinema architecture which was the fashion in the larger North American cinemas in the late 1920s. Disparate elements are linked through the effective use of repetition. The overlapping arches that encircle the ceiling, for instance, visually link the oval dome to the curves of the organ screens on either side of the elliptical proscenium arch. The theatre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1979.   —– Planning to come to Canada to improve your English skills? Find out more about English Courses 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!