winter-hikes

Beautiful Winter Hikes

To enjoy Vancouver in this cold weather, here are some hikes you can easily do in winter. English courses in Vancouver offer you the opportunity to explore Canada’s beautiful nature. Please just make sure that you’re prepared for your hikes by bringing enough water and snacks as well as good hiking boots and proper clothing. The 3 hours or 5 km long Foreshore Trail through Pacific Spirit Regional Park, close to UBC, starts and ends at the Acadia Beach parking lot on NW Marine Drive and more than half of it follows Vancouver’s known nudist Wreck Beach. The trail here is rocky and can be slippery but the view is amazing. Take bus 44 to get there. The 45 minutes or 2.5 km long trail through Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is rocky but has nice picnic tables with great views. If you like bird watching, you can try to find more than 200 species of birds here. Take buses 209 and then 212 and start and end your hike in the Maplewood Flats parking lot off the Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. The Lighthouse Park offers different short and easy trails which are up to 2 hours or 6 km long. Looking at the ocean and the city from this park is stunning. Take bus 250 to Beacon Lane, West Vancouver, and start and end at the Lighthouse Park parking lot. Cypress Falls Park is an easy 1.5 hours or 3 km hike along Cypress Creek, through forests and past two impressive waterfalls. Take bus 253 Caufield and it is located by Woodgreen Place, West Vancouver. The 2 hours or 7.5 km long Capilano Pacific Trail next to the Capilano River takes you through thick rainforest, starting at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver and finishing at the Cleveland Dam in … Read more

Aurora-Winter-Festival

Aurora Winter Festival

Close to our Vancouver English Centre and to Science World you find the Aurora Winter Festival. It is Canada’s largest Winter Festival and offers several attractions and activities from Friday, November 23rd to Sunday, December 30th. Gather your friends and explore this magical Christmas village. Go ice skating on a frozen river and enjoy the lights all around you. Rent your skates for $7 and skate as long as you want. Take a ride on the tube park which is 200 feet (60 metres) long and 20 feet (6 metres) tall. One ride is $4, three rides are $10 and eight rides are $20. Get on the 60 feet (18 metres) ferris wheel and see the whole festival event site and everything around it. Next to the amusement rides you can also discover the Christmas village. There you will find 50 market vendors and 12 food trucks with delicious snacks, drinks and meals. Have some hot chocolate or mulled wine while you are shopping for your Christmas gifts. Meet Santa, his elves and other mystical characters. Take pictures with all of them and write a letter to Santa. Listen to their stories and participate in a workshop to create your own gifts. Huge sculptures and beautiful light arrangements are waiting for you to be captured with your camera. A general admission ticket is $19.99 plus tax. It is cheaper to buy your ticket online than at the box office. To avoid big crowds and long lines join the festival from Tuesday to Thursday. Check the ticket availability for your day on the Aurora Winter Festival website. It will tell you if tickets are available, limited or sold out. Have fun!