If you are taking English courses in Vancouver, EC Language Centers recommend you to see this scientific, sports and industrial city from above. Why? Because its location, architecture and nature are unique. Vancouver is located between two huge snow-capped mountain peaks: Seymour and Grouse. The Pacific coast and the port are also there. Harbour Center is the tallest building in Vancouver with an observation tower, which certainly attracts all the guests of the city. To get to the top of the tower, you can take a glass elevator, the originality of which is that it is located on the outside of Harbour Center. It takes about 40 seconds to get to the deck. And here, the unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island, the bay and the city itself will take your breath away. You will see it in the palm of your hand: high-rise and small buildings, amazing nature, beautiful parks and bridges. The opening of the tower took place in 1977. It did personally Neil Armstrong, the first man on Earth to walk on the moon. The popularity of the cosmonaut in those years was prohibitive. So, it is not surprising that he was invited to open the city building. The height of the tower is 177 m, and the observation deck with a three-hundred-sixty-degree circular view is located at an altitude of 130 m. If you are lucky, and the weather is good and clear, you could also see Baker mountain, which is in the United States, as well as diverse Canadian and American Islands.
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!