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maxresdefault (2)Canada is known for its stunning natural landscapes and British Columbia has its fair share of these beautiful sights. If you want to get out and see just how beautiful Canada is, I suggest visiting the Rocky Mountains!

Not only are the Rocky Mountains some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, but they’re easy to get to from Vancouver!

There are a few different companies you can go on tours with to see the Rocky Mountains, including clubesl and West Trek. These tours will allow you to fully enjoy the Rocky Mountains in a safe way! The tours are usually 4 days, which is the perfect amount of time to see this beautiful area!

You get a chance to see smaller cities like Kamloops, Banff, and Kelowna, and see what life is like in these smaller cities. Besides the mountains, you get to see Lake Louise and the Okanagan region on your journey as well!

Why not experience the full beauty of British Columbia for a few days! There are plenty of tours in the summer, so see the pamphlets in the student lounge, or the reception for more information!

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Summer is fully upon us, and in the wake of last week’s heatwave I’m sporting a rather lovely bathing suit tan. In the spirit of the upcoming gorgeous weather, I thought I’d write a quick post about the best beaches in Vancouver and their pros and cons.

ENGLISH BAY

Located on the edge of Stanley Park, accessible from the Seawall, English Bay is the urban beach. Sandwiched between Denman and Davie in the West End, English Bay is one of the best swimming beaches in Vancouver. It’s the most popular beach in Downtown Vancouver English_Bay_First_Beachand is always packed with people relaxing on the gorgeous sand or frolicking in the beautiful water. With a nice slope to get into the ocean, access is very easy, even for littler kids. There’s also a big slide and a swim dock that floats just off the beach during the summer.

Parking isn’t great, but English Bay is easy to get to by foot, bike or bus. Amenities include bathrooms, changing rooms and showers.

Address: Beach Ave. and Denman St., Vancouver

KITSILANO (KITS) Fish-eye_view_of_Kitsilano_Beach

Kits is a family friendly, swimming friendly beach, boasting the longest outdoor pool in Canada if ocean swimming isn’t your thing. There’s a swim-out dock in the summer, gorgeous mountains to look at, and it’s one of the ‘coolest’ beaches meaning that it’s always a good spot for people watching. There’s tennis and basketball courts, a playground, and swathes of grass if you’re not into lying on the sand. Bring a blanket, some snacks, lay back and enjoy the sights.

Address: Cornwall Ave. and Arbutus St., Vancouver

THIRD BEACHthird beach

The best place for lying around, sunbathing and swimming in Stanley Park, third beach sports some gorgeous tidal pools for exploring, great sand for sand castling and a skim boarding facility. Really family friendly, the water here is warmer than the other beaches in Stanley Park, but like them it has excellent facilities- parking, food and drink, bathrooms, changing rooms and easy access to the seawall.

Address: Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver (near the Tea House)

SPANISH BANKS

Far away from the more packed urban beaches, Spanish Banks wheels across the west coast of the city, and it’s a favourite with the locals. At low tide, in the morning and early afternoon, you can walk far out to see when the water is pulled back. Even though it’s next to Jericho and Locarno, Spanish Banks is the quieter end of the stretch of sand and offers a relaxing time away from the hubbub of the busier beaches.

There are two concession stands that provide a wide variety of meals and snacks. Other facilities include bathrooms, showers and changing rooms.

Address: Northwest Marine Drive and Tolmie St., Vancouver

JERICHO BEACH

Jericho_BeachJericho has a lovely expanse of grassy fields, and picnic benches, as well as football fields the public are able to play on. While there is a paid parking lot, you can easily find street parking close enough to walk, which makes driving a good choice. The views across the bay to the mountains are spectacular, and Jericho has a nice concessions stand that serves everything from icecream to f
ish and chips. Bathrooms are also available.

Address: Point Grey Road and Wallace St., Vancouver

 

 

WRECK  BEACH

Vancouver’s famous clothing-optional beach, widely considered to be one of the top of its kind in the world, Wreck Beach is wreck
equally famous for it’s gorgeous scenery as well as for the nudity. Clothing can be kept on, mind you, there’s no requirement for nakedness, but don’t be rude and stare or take pictures!

Wreck is pretty far off the beaten path, on the point of UBC’s campus, you do have to take a short hike through the woods to get there. As such, there are no facilities or food and drink stands, although many locals do sell snacks there. Be careful what you’re buying, there are a lot of marijuana edibles floating around.

If you’re headed there, go early- the high tide in the afternoon covers the beach almost completely.

Address: Northwest Marine Drive, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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In Vancouver, the drinking laws may be a bit different than your country, so be careful. Here are a few things you need to know:

  • You must be 19 years or older to drink in British Columbia.
  • You will need 2 pieces of ID. One with your picture, name, and birthday on it, like a Passport or Driver’s License. The other must have your name and signature or photo.
  • You cannot drink alcohol while you drive.
  • You cannot drink in public, in parks or on beaches! This means you cannot walk or sit on the street while drinking alcohol, or drink while at the park or beach. If caught, you will get a $230 fine.

If you use common sense and don’t drink too much, you will have no problem!

Enjoy yourself responsibly!

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Long Beach, surfing, whale and bear watching, and hiking. You can find it all in Tofino!

Tofino is a beautiful, quiet town located on the west side of Vancouver Island. Like most of British Columbia, it’s known for its natural beauty.

If you’re looking for a weekend adventure, why not check it out? On top of the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat, Tofino is home to some beautiful beaches, including the famous Long Beach. These beautiful sandy beaches provide the opportunity to see marine wildlife in the tide pools, or catch some waves while surfing!

Tofino is a great place to go if you’re looking for a quiet vacation, relaxing on the beach, or if you’re looking for adventure through surfing, whale watching or hiking! Tofino even has its own brewery.

ClubEsl and West Trek host tours all the time if you’re looking to check out Tofino. Check out the websites, pamphlets(in the Student Lounge) or the reception for more details! If you’re interested, register soon to make sure you have a spot!

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Jar_for_tips_at_a_restaurant_in_New_JerseyWhen you go to a restaurant, and get your bill, you pay what you see, right? No! In Canada, we give tips! On top of your bill, you usually pay a bit extra as thanks to your server. It can seem complicated, but it’s not.

Typically, when you go to a restaurant, you tip 15-20% of the price of your bill. If you don’t, it’s considered rude. However, if the service was not good, then you should tip less, like 5-10%. You get to decide how much you tip, but remember, if you don’t tip enough, it is considered rude.
When you get take-out, like coffee, fast food, or other foods where you pay at the counter, you do not have to tip. Often, the shop will have a little jar for tips, but you do not have to give them anything if you don’t want to. Many Canadians choose to not tip in this situation. However, if you get food delivered to your house, like pizza, usually you give a $5 tip.

If you’re at a bar or club, you should tip the bartender. This is an exception to the counter rule. Canadians don’t have a set rule for how much in this situation, but usually you let them ‘keep the change.’ For example, if your drink is $4, or $4.50, you give them $5 and that will be enough. Otherwise an extra dollar will do.

Tsalad-569156_960_720ipping can be expensive on top of already expensive costs in Canada, but it has a purpose. Tipping is used as a way to show thanks for good service. It also helps waiters and waitresses because their wages are lower than other workers. This is an important thing to remember when you are deciding how much to tip because some workers depend on tips to increase their low salaries.

Next time you go to a restaurant in Vancouver, enjoy yourself, and don’t forget to tip!

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Every summer starting in May, Night Markets open up all over Metro Vancouver. They’re only open on the weekends in the evenings, usually starting around 6 or 7pm. They have a lot of cool things to see and buy and each one has live performances by local artists to entertain you while you eat and wander around the market! They’re great things to viwith your friends one night on the weekend! They’re usually open May until October, but each market is different. Why not check them out?

Richmond

Panda Market
Entrance fee: $0
Things to buy: toys, bags, clothes, accessories, electronics, handmade crafts, large variety of food
How to get there: Bus or drive
Open April 29 – September 11 2016
Friday and Saturday 7pm to 12am and Sunday 7pm to 11pm

Richmond Night Market
Entrance fee: $3.25
Things to buy: toys, bags, clothes, accessories, phone accessories, large variety of food.
There is also a little carnival where you can play games to win prizes!
How to get there: It’s outside Bridgeport Station on the Canada Line.
Open May 13 – October 10 2016
Friday and Saturday 7pm to 12am and Sunday 7pm to 11pm

North Vancouver

Shipyards Night Market
Entrance fee: $0
Things to buy: handmade crafts, soaps, jewelry, clothes, art – it is like a farmers market.
It will be more expensive than the other markets. There will also be food from food trucks and a beer garden.
How to get there: Bus or SeaBus – it is close to the North Van SeaBus terminal
Open May 6 -September 30 2016
Only Fridays 5pm to 10pm

Surrey

Surrey Night Market
Entrance Fee: $2
Things to buy: handmade crafts, clothes, jewelry, toys, phone accessories, foods from all over the world.
Also a beer garden and wine tasting booth and food from food trucks as well as food vendors.
How to get there: Bus or drive
Open June 3 – Aug 14 2016
Friday and Saturday 6pm to 11pm and Sunday 5pm to 10pm

Check out their websites for more information, including addresses!

 

 

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Brazilian Festival on June 10th!

Get ready to dance and have a good time at the inlingua Brazilian Festival!

Don’t forget to wear plaid and your dancing shoes! Tickets are only $5!

Buy your tickets now at the reception as they always sell out!

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Lots of people smoke cigarettes. Its common to smoke or know someone who smokes. However, in Vancouver, there are many restrictions on smoking.

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For example:

  • You cannot smoke inside any building, including restaurants
  • You cannot smoke in a vehicle unless it is yours.
  • You cannot smoke in public parks or on beaches.
  • You cannot smoke within 7m of doors or vents.
  • You cannot smoke in public areas close to lots of other people, like bus stops.

These restrictions are to protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke as well as reduce garbage around the city. In the summer, Vancouver can get very dry, so these restrictions can also help prevent fires.

Canadians have stopped smoking cigarettes in the site recent decades because we now know that smoking can make you very sick so it’s difficult for smokers to smoke around the city. Canadians who don’t smoke think it smells gross and leaves garbage everywhere.

While the restrictions can seem harsh, I think it makes Vancouver a nicer place to live.

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Inlingua Vancouver - Activities Calendar - June 2016Summer is starting! This month looks like it’s going to be a fun one with lots of different activities here at inlingua Vancouver!

We’ve got a Brazilian June Festival on June 10th. Tickets will be $5 at the reception!

Every Sunday we’ve got sightseeing/shopping trips to Seattle for $60! We’ve also got a few trips to Vancouver Island this month. If you want to do any trips with us, see the reception desk as soon as possible!

There’s also a few festivals around Vancouver this month with the Italian Day on June 12th, Car Free Day on June 19th and Greek Day on June 26th!

There’s lots of fun things to do, so check out the activities calendar for more! As always, if you’re interested, visit the reception to pay/register as soon as you can! Space fills up fast!

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There are a few things that Canada takes very seriously, and does very well. One of the things I noticed upon moving to Vancouver is that Canada loves beer. When I was first introduced to the topic of breweries, I didn’t understand what that meant for me, as a beer drinker. But oh, was I excited when I did! A brewery is a place they brew (make) beer, seems straightforward, right? It gets better! In many breweries in Canada they have what is called a ‘tasting room’. You can go to a brewery and try the beer! You can get four small tasters (called a ‘flight’) or you can go big and get a pint straight away. You can spend all night in a brewery just like you would in a pub, and best of all… you can take beer home with you! That’s right, you don’t have to buy your beer at expensive liquor stores, you can go to a brewery and buy a ‘growler’ (2 liters, around $12-16) a ‘howler’ (1 liter, $6-10) or even a little ‘meowler’ (0.5 liters, prices vary) to take home with you. The next time you visit any brewery you can take the clean, empty glass bottle you bought the first time and get it filled up for a few bucks cheaper.

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Breweries in Vancouver aren’t allowed to serve food, but many of them have snacks and often a food truck that stops by-you can buy food elsewhere and take it in with you, no problems! Remember to take I.D just like you would at a bar.

On Thursday June 2nd, for $10, you can join us on a Granville Island Brewery Tour! If you’re interested, see the reception! Must be 19+. 

If you can’t join us, check out these other breweries!

Top Breweries in Vancouver

Strangefellows is one of the newer breweries in Vancouver, with a friendly staff and fantastic atmosphere. Top beer choice: Talisman Pale Ale.

Location: 1345 Clark Drive
Open: Mon-Thurs 3 to 11 p.m. Fri-Sun Noon to 11 p.m.

33 Acres is a modern look brewery with a great selection and an excellent food truck rotation. Highly recommend 33 Acres of Ocean and 33 Acres of Sunshine.

Location: 15 West 8th Avenue
Open: 11 a.m.  to 11 p.m. daily

Brassneck Brewery is always bustling over on Main Street with a rustic wooden theme and a great line in pepperoni and jerky to snack on while you’re sampling from their wide selection of beers.

Location: 2148 Main Street
Open: Mon-Fri 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat & Sun Noon to 11 p.m.

Parallel 49 was one of the first breweries in Vancouver and has a huge selection of beers on tap as well as a large bottled selection. A must-visit for beer enthusiasts.

Location: 1950 Triumph Street
Open: Noon to 11 p.m. daily

Honourable mention to Four Winds Brewing, widely considered to have the best beer in metro Vancouver, it’s a bit of a trip to get there but if beer is one of your favourite things it is definitely worth the journey out to Delta!

Location4-7355 72nd Street, Delta
OpenMonday to Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

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