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

Outdoor Activities in British Columbia

The province of British Columbia and the city of Vancouver provide endless events and activities throughout the year to accommodate the weather whether its raining or shining! All around the province, British Columbia offers unlimited outdoor activities like Dogsledding, River Rafting, Surfing, Swimming, Horseback riding, Paddling, Camping, Biking, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, you name it! Beautiful British Columbia has it all! With that in mind, there are many parks, athletic facilities and community centres around Vancouver that houses many fields for various sports like Track and Field, Tennis, Soccer, Football, Basketball and Hockey. We are looking forward for the marvelous summer weather here in beautiful British Columbia. Nonetheless, Learning English abroad is an excellent experience to carry with you throughout the years. That is why here at EC Language Schools, we pride ourselves in providing state of the art ESL experience and teaching methods. Learning English abroad combined with fun outdoor activities and events allows you to experience Canada and Vancouver in a different light! For more information about BC outdoor activities and events, contact EC Vancouver to learn more about our activity schedule as well as partnership with Discover Canada Tours. We go the extra mile in providing the best student experience possible at home, in school and outside the classroom. We offer many free ESL classes like our Conversation club, Extra Help club, and Pronunciation Club. EC Language Centres also offer one-on-one tutoring for our students to help them focus on their language weaknesses whether its writing, speaking, reading or listening. EC Language Centres is a school of English for international students that’s dedicated to providing state of the art student experience. Here at EC Vancouver, we have different ESL courses for various English levels and programs like beginner, elementary, advanced, intermediate, or proficiency.

Would you do Bungee Jumping as Paolo did?

My name is Paulo, I’m from Brazil. I arrived in Vancouver 4 months ago to learn English in Canada. Since then, I have visited so many beautiful places like Grouse Mountain, Light House Park, Deep Cove, Lynn Canyon. I even went to Whistler. I did bungee jumping, it was a very exciting experience. I also went to the Rocky Mountains and I can say that It was the best trip of my life. I saw beautiful places and I met new friends. I ate poutine for the first time. It was delicious. My favorite restaurants are Old Spaghetti Factory and Boteco Brasil. When I go back to Brazil I will miss Vancouver a lot because I made a lot of friends that I will never forget.

Fun thing to do for EC Vancouver students: Richmond Night Market

EC Vancouver students!!! It’s already Friday! Studying English is very important BUT having a good time with friends while you stay in Vancouver is also very important. As the nights get longer and temperatures get warmer, one of the best places to spend the evenings in Vancouver is on a summer night market where amazing deep fried food, cheap socks, and lots of other surprises are waiting for you. It’s pretty hard to tell the difference between the two Richmond night markets, but this one tends to be more well-known because of his huge space, great food booths, and… well… the giant duck. The Richmond Night Market first opened in 2000, eventually moving to the night market location on Vulcan Way. But in 2007, the Richmond Night Market lost his lease and went on a four-year hiatus (the Summer Night Market took over its location as a replacement in 2008). Returning in 2012 at a new location near River Rock Casino, making it easy to reach by Canada Line. The re-opened Richmond Night Market has 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, live entertainment, and carnival rides. What to expect… At the International Summer Night Market, vendors are split into two “sides:” a food vendor “side” and a discount-retailer “side.” Visitors usually start on the food side, where food stalls are lined up in rows; after dinner, crowds browse the retail stalls on the other “side” of the market, which include discount goods like cheap sunglasses, fashion, jewelry, electronics, and Chinese-language DVDs. Special multicultural event nights are scheduled throughout the season. EC Vancouver Students, here is more information about it: Richmond Night Market Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond BC When: May 16 – October 13, 2014 Open hours: Friday & Saturday 7pm – 12am; Sunday & Holidays 6pm – 11pm $2 admission; … Read more


Also known as the Local Farmers Market Society, Vancouver Farmers Markets are for people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farmers Markets in urban settings, the Society and the Markets have become Vancouver plazas of fun, discovery, and connecting. Through the Markets and the special events, the Society spreads awareness of agricultural issues facing the largely urban society. These issues range from the truths about genetically modified foods, to fair pricing for agricultural products, to the glory of a variety of foods available with a locally-networked food system. 1. Here are EC Vancouver suggestions to visit some markets in Vancouver:“Yaletown Farmers Market”: Weekly on Thursday May 1, 2014 to Thursday October 2, 2014.It’s located on Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken Street. The market will be open for the height of the summer and fall harvest season. Fresh fruits, crunchy vegetables and luscious herbs will inspire tasty menus and summer dining. 2. “Trout Lake Farmers Market” held on weekly from Saturday May 10, 2014 to Saturday October 18, 2014. It’s located in the North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley. Enjoy entertainment by acoustic musicians and kids can have their face painted or get a balloon animal from the resident balloon sculptor.   3. “Kitsilano Farmers Market” takes place every Sunday from May 11 to October 19, 2014. It’s located on 2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre. Every week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional products, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods and beautiful crafts. 4. “West End Farmers Market” : every Saturday from May 31st … Read more

The 25th BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday, May 4th

There is an annual race held on the first Sunday of May every year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As the largest international marathon event in Canada, it has a certified running distance of 26 miles and 385 yards long. The race started in 1972 when a small group of 46 runners ran five loops of Stanley Park to complete the first Vancouver International Marathon, known as Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon.   The marathon grew over the next few years from 300 participants in 1977 to around 5 000 participants this year. However, the event suffered a major setback in 1976 when a participant, Dr. Leslie Truelove, collapsed mid-race and died due to aneurysm. In Truelove’s memory, the Dr. Leslie Truelove Memorial Trophy has been awarded ever since to the first male finisher in the 50+ age category. The race will start at 8:30 am from Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday, May 4th. Runners, their friends and everyone who wants can enjoy the Finish Line Street Festival with concerts, animations… Why don’t you come to suppor t the participants and to take part of this amazing event?   ===== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEFL Course(s) in Vancouver.

Meet one of our teachers – Rob Davis

I have been teaching for 10 years and have taught in Korea, in Germany, and in Vancouver. For me, teaching at EC is a very rewarding job. I love having the opportunity to help learners achieve their goals, and I’ve met fantastic students from all over the world. Students can have a very unique experience as they improve their English skills. Having been born in Vancouver, I have seen a lot of changes in this city, but it’s the things that don’t change about this city that are the best.  Vancouver sits on the edge of the ocean surrounded by mountains. When I’m not working, that’s where I go. You can be in the city enjoying city living and 30 minutes later you can be in quiet, green, wilderness. I grew up skiing in Whistler and climbing the local mountains. All of this makes it very hard to leave, and many of the friends I’ve made from other cities are constantly drawn back to Vancouver. I’m sure you’ll feel the same.