Lakes in Vancouver

The many lakes that reside in Vancouver There are numerous lakes in Vancouver like Metro lake, Sasamat lake, Whyte lake, Buntzen lake, Burnaby lake, Cabin lake, Alice lake and many, many more. Vancouver and the lower mainland is popular for its beautiful nature and the outdoors! Below are some of the few popular lakes here in Vancouver: Metro lake: this is a quiet, calm and beautiful lake in north Vancouver on Lillooet road. You can enjoy the beauty of nature, but can’t swim. Sasamat lake: Beautiful white sand beach located at Belcarra Regional Park, Port Moody. What can go wrong? This is best place to swim or to simply have a picnic or sunbath. It’s a very popular destination during the summer time. Whyte Lake: A small and peaceful lake that is near to Horsehoe Bay, in West Vancouver. This lake is surrounded by forests and greens all around. Buntzen Lake: Buntzen lake is a beautiful lake which is very popular for hiking. It is located in the northern side of of Anmore, Vancouver. This is also popular for swimming, fishing and boating. Burnaby Lake: Burnaby lake is located in the heart of Burnaby. It is located at 4519 Piper Avenue, North Burnaby. This lake is best for sightseeing. It is easily accessible via transit or car. Cabin lake: A beautiful and quite busy lake located in west Vancouver, near Cypress mountain. This lake is best for swimming and hiking. Nonetheless, There are endless parks, and outdoor destinations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The province is known for its nature and simple green beauty. To learn more about our EC English Vancouver programs, visit us in-house on the second floor at 570 Dunsmuir street, downtown Vancouver. We have English levels for all of your needs and requirements! You may … Read more

Parks in Vancouver

It smells like Summer! Summer is full of surprises and fun! The weather of Vancouver is awesome all year-long, specially in the summer. So with that being said, there are many places to go to in Vancouver given its beauty and nature! There are endless parks, beaches and gardens to explore in Vancouver. Most of the parks are catered for families and nature lovers. People have many activities to do in the park like hiking, walking, running, cycling, or simply spending time with family and friends. There are number of events and festivals that are held in various parks throughout the year. Below is a short list of some of the popular parks in Vancouver :   Stanley park: Stanley park is the most popular park in Vancouver., also one of the biggest in the area. It’s near to English Bay beach with many amenities close by. The beach is usually crowded in the evening because of the sunset but its definitely worth it because of the beautiful view!   Queen Elizabeth park: Queen Elizabeth is one of the most popular parks in Vancouver as well due to its beauty and nature. It is well maintained and simply beautiful. The park is also known as the heart of Vancouver.   Lynn Canyon park: Lynn canyon park is a beautiful catered for locals and tourists. In Lynn Canyon park,you will find the mini suspension bridge and heartwarming waterfalls beneath your feet.   Sunset Beach park: Sunset beach is also popular specially in the summer. Most people play soccer and volleyball there. Walking around and sun-bathing is also a popular option there.   Nonetheless, study English in Canada with EC Vancouver and explore the beautiful city and province of British Columbia. Contact us via our email or social media platforms to learn … Read more

5 tips to keep on improving your English after EC

5 tips to maintain and keep improving your English after your course at EC Many people want to learn English. And that’s great and very important because it is beneficial for personal as well as their professional careers. People usually learn English by taking classes. However, after completing their courses, people rarely practice speaking or reading the language daily. Due to this, some people can’t maintain their English language and have problems improving. So with that being said, below are some tips for you that can be helpful for maintaining and improving your English language skills after finishing your course with us here at EC. Practice – The first one is probably very obvious. It is the use of English language in daily life. Done by practicing speaking and all skills altogether. We can achieve anything with practice! As they say, practice makes perfect. So practicing is the best way to improve your language and any skills in general!. Writing – You can also write blogs, a diary, essays or anything that is interesting to help you improve your writing. Watching movies and listening to music – this is the interesting and entertaining method. You will learn English by watching movies and listening to music. It works mostly on your listening and speaking skills if you consider singing out loud! Games – There are many games on the internet that can help you improve your language skills, whether its word games or the endless online MMORPGs that exists in the world wide web. Many of them are based in English and can be quite entertaining. Reading books, magazines and newspapers – Reading articles or your favorite authors while commuting on the bus or train is useful because you spend alot of time traveling to work and school. Take courses of … Read more

Shopping Malls in Vancouver

Shopping Malls in Vancouver   Many people love shopping. And we hope that you are fond of it too! With that being said, there are many interesting shopping malls and areas in Vancouver like Metropolis at Metrotown, CF Pacific Centre, Park Royal, International Village mall, Richmond center and so on! You can find all things you need or want at one place. You can find numerous brand shops like Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Prada, Adidas, Nike, Champion and not to mention the food courts! Below is a short list of some malls that are in close proximity of EC Vancouver Metropolis at Metrotown: Metropolis mall is the largest mall in British Columbia. This 3-storey shopping mall complex at Kingsway is unique to its own nature due to its location and variety of shops.With over 450 stores and services, it is probably the most popular mall in town. The best honest feature is accessibility, placing it exactly next to Metrotown Skytrain station. CF Pacific Centre: CF Pacific Centre is in downtown Vancouver and it is the largest shopping mall in the area. It is near to two Skytrain stations, Granville and Burrard station. There are over 100 shops and stores to visit! Not to mention that it’s connected underground to Nordstrom. International Village Mall: This mall is unique and holds many things in one place. It is located in Chinatown, near to BC place. It has over 60 shops and it has only one of the two Cineplex theatres in the region. Richmond Centre Mall: Richmond Centre mall is the largest mall in Richmond. It has over 250 stores and a variety of services for phones. This is the busiest mall in the area because its accessible to the neighboring areas. Take English classes in Vancouver with EC language Centres and kick-start … Read more

Vancouver Public Library

VPL – Vancouver Public Library Are you fond of reading books? Do you like architecture? Or simply enjoying being in the middle of books and knowledge? If so, then Vancouver’s public library is thee place to go to! It’s a great spot where you can read, use the internet and enjoy the surroundings. Vancouver’s main public library is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. You can read and borrow any book, newspaper, or magazines that you’d like. You may also use the computer, print out some documents or speak to a librarian about antique books. There are also some shops and stores nearby for you to check out and explore. The Vancouver Public Library has different sections and areas like for instance, the lower level has a spot for kids that is very beautiful. it also has a toddler play area, including story time programs, coloring and many other activities specifically for children. You can request a library card that is beneficial to borrow a book or partially anything from the Library. There are plenty of spaces to sit and read so you can work and study without noise. The Vancouver public library is a large library that carries all kinds of books in different languages that are regularly updated and checked. VPL also has more space outside the library so you can sit outside if you want to enjoy the weather or take photos. Nonetheless, VPL is the best place to read and learn something new and broaden your knowledge. Take courses of English in Vancouver and explore a new city and country! Vancouver is located on the western part of the country with beautiful parks, mountains and endless trails to hike! Contact us or visit out social media profiles or website to learn more about our ESL … Read more

Useful Idioms to boost your English level

Useful Idioms to boost your English level Idioms are very important to speak English like a native speaker. And idioms might just make your sentences more colorful and interesting! Below is a list of idioms and their meanings along with some examples that can be used in daily life. At the drop of a hat: without any hesitation/ She picked it up like at the drop of a hat. Best thing since sliced bread: A good idea or plan/ I have the best thing since sliced bread. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover: Can’t judge something primarily on appearance. Costs an arm and a leg: When something is very expensive/ This jacket costs an arm and a leg. Feel a bit under the weather: feeling slightly ill or tired/ She didn’t sleep very well so she feels a bit under the weather. Hit the nail on the head: Do or say something exactly/ The instructor asked a question to the students and no one gave the right answer, but she still hit the nail on the head. Piece of cake: A task or other activity that is easy or simple/ Waking up in the morning is a piece of cake for me because i’m used to it. Bed of roses: An easy life/ Everyone’s life is not a bed of roses. All ears: Listen carefully/ fully focused/ if you will not be all ears in listening then you will lose your marks. Couch potato: a lazy person/ he do not work on time because he is a couch potato. Cat nap: a short nap/ I need cat nap in the afternoon. Spill the beans: to reveal someone’ secret/ she spill the beans to me. These are very useful idioms that can be used in daily life. Idioms can also … Read more

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia Are you interested in getting to know more about indigenous cultures in Canada and North America? Then you should definitely visit the Museum of Anthropology which is located in the heart of UBC, University of British Columbia. We suggest that you go to the Museum of Anthropology on a Thursday because you only have to pay $10. However the discounted entry only applies from 5pm to 9pm. It usually is $18 for adults, but if you bring your student ID it’s $2 cheaper. If you want to get more information about prices, tours or opening hours, we suggest that you visit their website. They have three current exhibitions. The first exhibition is “SHADOWS, STRINGS AND OTHER THINGS -The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets”. They also have two mini exhibitions, a café and a museum shop. The second exhibition is “IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT – Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art”.  Similarly, the third exhibition is “SHAKE UP – Preserving What We Value”. It is fun to visit the Museum of Anthropology and UBC. EC Language Centres Nonetheless, studying English with us here at EC Vancouver is an interesting experience that offers you a great opportunity to check out the city and the lower mainland. We have levels ranging from basic elementary to complete proficiency and advanced. Not to mention tour test preparation courses like Cambridge and IELTS. Check out our blogs and visit our website or social media platforms to learn more about our ESL programs and courses. We have locations in Canada, USA, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland. We also have multiple locations in Canada, USA, Australia and the UK. Inquire in-house for a free trial lesson today!

Victoria : British Columbia’s Capital

British Columbia’s Capital Do you have any plans to see British Columbia at its finest? Are you interested in historical places and cities with a rich culture and diversity? Then this beautiful little city might just be the best place for your next vacation or short trip! Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. It is also known as the “Garden City” in the Lower Mainland. Mainly because of its attractiveness and nature. It is a popular tourist destination because it also has various activities in town and a high quality of life. There are numerous places to see in Victoria like Beacon Hill Park, the Olympic Mountains, Helmcken House, The Royal British Columbia Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Thunderbird Park and Abkhazi garden. Boating and Whale Watching are also some of the popular activities that takes place in Victoria. You can enjoy the city’s night life that is usually filled with bright lights and breezy weather. There are many hotels and motels around the area to stay in. Similarly, there are endless restaurants, pubs, bars and cafe. The weather in Victoria is great all year long. However, the Summer is probably the best time of the year to visit the island due to the cool winds and awesome activities offered. The downtown area is very colorful and beautiful with baskets of flowers hanging everywhere. Not to forget Chinatown. No, not downtown Vancouver’s Chinatown, but actually Victoria’s Chinatown. It thrives in the evening and offers a rich culture to enjoy and indulge in. With that being said, Vancouver is thee place to be. There are many islands, villages, communities, and little cities to visit. Nonetheless, study English in Vancouver with EC Vancouver to explore British Columbia and Canada. There are endless places and activities to take part in.

World Student Day

World Student Day 2019

World Student Day 2019 Study English in Vancouver has lots of advantages. The biggest one is to get in contact with different cultures and people from all over the world. The biggest event for international students is coming this week! World Student Day is the most significant event of the year targeting international students in the whole city of Vancouver. It is an excellent opportunity to meet other international students and practice your English. Booths with games, DJ and other attractions full of prizes will be prepared in Robson Square to entertain the students starting at 12 PM on Friday, July 26. So stay tuned on the hashtag #WSD2019 to find out more about the event. Volunteers If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity, we are recruiting students that are willing to help us organizing and taking care of the event. Please fill the form here to join the volunteering team! Talent Show Do you sing? Play an instrument? Know how to dance? This is your chance to shine! We are excited to see what your talents are during the Talent Show! The audience will vote for the best, and you can win a big prize, a 4-day trip to Rocky Mountain! If you would like to join the talent show, please come to the front desk, and we will help you. We have limited tickets and all of them include free pizza and pop. Do you want to go? Please talk to our staff members at Front Desk as soon as possible to get your tickets. Nonetheless, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and like our page on Facebook to find the latest events and news about the school. As always, share your experience with us using the hashtags #ecexperience and #ecvancouver and we will repost the best … Read more

July 21st New Students

Welcome new EC students to British Columbia! Hi everyone and welcome to Vancouver! It was lovely meeting all of you on Sunday July 21st! The Sunday tour was an amazing experience for everyone because we all got to meet each other and hanged out afterwards. We are excited that you are studying with us here at EC Vancouver in this wonderful time of the year. Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and meet new friends while also studying English. Vancouver is a multicultural city with diverse communities and backgrounds that makes it easy to live and settle in the lower mainland. With that being said, Vancouver’s summer is all about the outdoors and adventures! There are endless mountains, parks, beaches, trails and activities to do. We suggest that you read our other blogs and visit our social media profiles to learn more about what’s happening in EC and Vancouver. Learning English with others and exploring different cultures and backgrounds is an incredible experience that stays with you forever. Study English with us and kick-start your career. English is an international language that is used literally everywhere. However, learning English requires dedication and effort as well as time. That is why we think that making friends on the first day is important! You get to share and make friends, its a win-win situation! EC Vancouver Nonetheless, to learn more about our ESL courses and programs, contact us using our social media profiles or visit our website. You may also come visit us during our opening hours from 8 am to 5 pm. Try a free trial class with us and experience the orange carpet yourself! We have levels ranging from basic elementary to complete proficiency and advanced. Not to mention our test preparation programs likes IELTS and Cambridge … Read more