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

EC Vancouver’s English School Guide to a Vancouver Christmas

The cold season has started but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture outside. Vancouver offers a lot of things to do during the Christmas season. Here are some recommendations from EC Vancouver School of English. Vancouver Christmas Market (Through Dec. 24) The Christmas Market at Queen Elizabeth Plaza is a real German – styled market. It offers a lot of unique handmade gifts. You can also taste mulled wine, served in a mug and different types of German food. Every night, live bands, choirs and singers perform at the market.   Canyon Lights (Trough Jan. 5) Thousands of lights decorate the The Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver; additional lights are hung through the forest along the Cliffwalk. There are also other activities to do, like gingerbread-cookie decoration, a carol sing and glass blowing. Ice Skating at Robson Square (Through Feb. 28) Do you want to do something more active? Then you should try the ice skating at Robson Square! The ice skating at Robson Square has become one of the must-do activities since reopening for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is located downtown Vancouver right next to the Vancouver Art Gallery (800 Robson St). If you have your own skates, you don’t need to pay anything, skating is free! (Skate rentals: $4, helmets and ice cleats rentals: $2) Bright Nights (Through Jan. 5) The train in Stanley Park is a Christmas tradition that has enthralled young and old for over 20 years. You can see over three million lights during a ride on the Christmas train. Children can also visit the North Pole and see Santa. There’s a lot to do in Vancouver during the Christmas season, so go ahead and go outdoors!