There’s lots of events around Vancouver in the summer, big and small. Playland and the PNE is one of the most popular ones and it combines an amusement park with a summer fair. It’s one of the bigger events with many people flocking to the fairgrounds to enjoy the many events and rides.
If you love amusements parks, you’ve got to check out Playland. It’s only open from May to September and has 18 different rides, including a few roller coasters. The most famous one is the Wooden Coaster, which was built in 1958! If you love the excitement of rides, why not check it out? Summer is the perfect time to visit, because you can also visit the Fair at the PNE!
The Fair is held at the end of August and beginning of September that includes concerts and different exhibitions. They have different little events all day to check out while you wander around. One of the cool things they have is a marketplace where you can buy all sorts of different goods including soaps, fashion items and cleaning supplies. In another building, they have a bunch of different farm animals on display, so if you’ve always wanted to see a cow or a goat up close, this is your chance! After that, you can go and check out the craft beer garden and the different performances! These things are only open during the Fair at the PNE, starting August 20th to September 5th.
You can buy tickets online, at London Drugs, or at the fair gates!
Located in the iconic Canada Place, Fly Over Canada is said to be the “Ultimate Flying Ride” in Canada. A virtual flight ride, Fly Over Canada provides participants with a breathtaking view of the majestic Canadian scenery from coast to coast. The impressive 4 –storey ride has you “taking off” into a massive domed screen as you sit suspended with your feet hanging with only the sight, from all sides, of the intense landscapes of each Canadian province.
I had the opportunity to go with members of my family this past summer. And for a person who doesn’t usually enjoy any type of amusement ride, I would have to say that it was a magnificent experience. The suspension, movement and special effects gave me the feeling that I was actually flying in the air. If you enjoy beautiful views of nature and the sensation of flying I would strongly recommend taking this flight. Fly Over Canada is open every day from 10am to 9pm and rides start every 15 to 20 minutes.
Currently, Inlingua students can pay a discounted admission price of fifteen dollars ($15) from the approximate twenty dollar ($20) admission. Fly Over Canada is a great way to experience Canada’s natural beauty without spending too much money or time. I hope you get a chance to experience it for yourself.
Photo source: Trip Adviser Nederland
It’s As Easy As Pi! Pi Day Explained.
When you think of pie you may think of the tasty round baked good commonly made with fruits or meats. However there is another “Pi” that is quite significant to our world. Pi (π) is the name and symbol representing an irrational number which continues indefinitely, used in such mathematical equations as determining the area or circumference of a circle. This seemingly never-ending-number has been calculated to over one trillion digits (numbers) beyond the decimal point. People also challenge themselves to memorize as many digits as they can.
So what are the connections between the tasty treat and this irrational number? In the English language the words “pie” and “Pi” are homophones. Homophones are words that use the same pronunciation, but usually have different spellings and/or meanings. The words “pie” and “Pi” share the same pronunciation but differ in spelling and meaning. Other homophones include the words like “by” and “buy” or “sell” and “cell”. Plus, the pie we eat is usually made in the shape of circle, a shape very important in the application of Pi in mathematics.
The first three digits of “Pi” are made of 3, 1, and 4 which are also the digits used in the date of March 14th or 3/14. Because of this, people all over the world celebrate March 14th as “Pi Day”. The first Pi Day was celebrated on March 14th 1988 which was organized by a physicist named Larry Shaw at the Exploratiorium in San Francisco, California. During the first Pi Day, Shaw and his fellow participants walked around a large circular room eating different flavors of fruit pies and discussing the number of Pi. Another interesting coincidence is that March 14th is also the birthday of the well-known physicist and philosopher, Albert Einstein. In 2015, ten digits of Pi where represented in the date and time of 3/14/15, 9:26:53am. So on this and future March 14th dates, bake and eat some pies with family and friends.
Photo Source: Pi Day Doodle by Google 2010.
March 8th is International Women’s Day. On this day, there is a global initiative to recognise the value of women in the workforce.
International Womens’ Day is celebrated differently around the world. In Italy yellow mimosas are given to women on this day. In some other countries flowers and chocolate are gifts to recognize mothers, sisters and friends. It is an official holiday in some countries.
This year, 2017, women are being celebrated for their contributions to the workforce.
In the early 1900s, women were unhappy about their work conditions in the textile and garment factories they worked in. It started mainly in Russia, New York and parts of Europe and continued to expand to other countries as well. It was clear that women wanted a change in the workplace. They wanted to be treated equal to the men and be paid a decent salary.
In 1975 the United Nations declared March 8th the official “International Womens’ Day”. Throughout the past forty years International Womens’ Day in Canada has been celebrated by special events honouring women.
Some notable Canadian Women:
Jennie Trout- the first woman MD to practice medicine in Canada in 1875. She opened the Women’s Medical College in Kingston, Ontario in October 1883.
Nellie McClung- known as Canada’s suffragette, was an activist and public speaker. In 1914 she led a group petition to the Manitoba government for the right to vote for women. In 1929, as part of the “Famous Five” , she appealed to the British Privy Council to accept the legal definition of a “person” to include persons of female gender.
Agnes MacPhail- in 1921 she was the first woman elected to the federal government
Gabrielle Roy- in 1947 the winner of several prizes for literature was the first woman to become a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Charlotte Whitton- in 1951, in Ottawa, became the first female mayor of a Canadian municipality
Rosemary Brown- in 1972 was the first Black woman elected to be a member of a Canadian parliamentary body. She served in the BC legislature until 1986. She then became professor of Womens’ Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Roberta Bondar- in 1992 became the first female astronaut launched into space aboard the shuttle “Discovery”
Kim Campbell- in 1993 became the 19th Prime Minister of Canada and the first female to hold this post.
Angela James- in 2010 she was the first Canadian woman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for winning four gold medals in world championships in the 1990s.
These are just a few of the incredible women who have contributed to Canadian society and who have become mentors for future generations of women.
Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s most famous tourist attractions. Located past downtown on the tip of the West End, Stanley park is a gorgeous, sprawling oasis. Surrounded by amazing views of the mountains over the water, you can easily spend a day lying on one of the amazing beaches, walking around the seawall or wandering through the trees on one of the many hiking trails.
One popular activity is to rent bicycles and cycle around the gorgeous seawall, kilometers of smooth, easy riding or walking with stunning views and picture opportunities. Don’t forget your sunscreen on the sunny days!
As well as checking out the Totem Park, an area with beautiful Native art on display, don’t forget your swimsuits so you can take a cooling dip in the Pacific off one of the beaches. There are gardens, monuments (the most famous being Lost Lagoon, Siwash Rock, the Hollow Tree, Beaver Lake and Prospect Point.), artists at work and an even a waterpark!
Stanley Park is a must do for any Vancouver visitor, so make sure you leave yourself a day to explore it’s many offerings.
Normally, when you want to cross the street, you go to the crosswalk and wait for the walk sign, right? This is the best idea, but what if where you want to go is right across the street from you, and a crosswalk is far away? What do you do?
In Vancouver, have you ever seen people cross the street wherever they want? Even if there is no crosswalk there? Sometimes they have to dodge cars, or cars have to stop quickly to avoid hitting them. This is called jay walking and it’s a common thing in Vancouver. However, it is very dangerous and you should be very careful. Cars must stop and allow people to cross the street at crosswalks, but if someone is not crossing at the right spot, they could be hurt. Many people are hit by cars every year.
Jay walking is illegal in Canada, with fines varying from city to city. For example, in Vancouver, if you are caught jay walking, you will have to pay a $100 fine. In Toronto, you can expect to pay between $35-$90. Even though it’s illegal, many Canadians still jay walk and don’t think it’s wrong. If the street has no cars on it, a Canadian will cross even if there is no crosswalk. We do not think of it as illegal, but if the police catch you doing it, they will give you a ticket.
The most important thing is to be careful. Do not walk across the street when it is very busy because you might be hit by a car. Make sure it is safe to cross if you want to cross the street. It is always best to go to a crosswalk and wait for the light to say it’s safe to cross.
Be Careful! Always be cautious and use a crosswalk!
A good way to improve your English is to read English books, but sometimes you don’t have the time to sit and read. It can be really tiring to read so much in another language even though its fun. Listening to audio books can be a great alternative.
Audio books are books that have been read aloud for you, so its the perfect opportunity to listen to native speech while listening to a great story. The best part is that if you don’t understand, you can always rewind and repeat it as many times as you want! So it’s a great way to improve your listening. It’s especially great for your morning commute because it can be boring just to sit on the skytrain without listening to anything.
It can also be helpful to listen to books you already know the story of. If you’ve read it in your native language, you will already know the story and that makes it easier to understand! It’s also a good idea to read Teen or Children’s books, because the language is easier. Check out our reading recommendations!
Rather than going and buying audio books, you can always borrow them from a local library! Libraries have more than just books, so you can find a good selection of audio books and other things, including DVDs.
Burnaby Public Library and Surrey Libraries will also give out library cards, but for a fee as well. If you are staying in either place, I suggest going and checking a library out for more information! Be sure to bring ID to get a library card.
If you can’t access free audio books, podcasts are also a great way to listen to English speakers, but they will be more difficult because there is often no writing to go along with it.
Why not try something fun and new to improve your English? Listen to audio books!
Here in Vancouver, we live close to the mountains and forests of British Columbia. This is what makes living in Vancouver so beautiful! But! This can come with problems.
Because we live so close to forests and the mountains, you are more likely to encounter wild animals and you must be careful. Even when you are walking around in Vancouver at night, you may see one of these animals and if you do, remember that you must never touch or feed them, especially the more dangerous animals.
Here’s some of the animals you can encounter in Vancouver:
These animals may look cute, but do not approach them:
If you encounter any of these animals, they will not hurt you unless you bother them, so remember to not touch or feed a wild animal. A skunk in particular is very defensive, so it may turn around and spray you with a very stinky liquid from its butt.
These animals are more dangerous:
If a coyote approaches you, make yourself bigger and make lots of noise. The coyote will run away.
As for Bears, here is some advice for if you encounter a black bear. The best tip is that if the bear has not noticed you, be quiet and slowly back away. Never turn and run from a bear because it will chase you.
These animals are attracted by food or pets left outside at night. The best way to avoid an encounter is to make sure your garbage is secure and that your pet is inside. For more information, visit https://wildsafebc.com
Get out and enjoy all of the nature we have here in Vancouver, but be careful about the wildlife!