Vancouver Summer Trip 2017

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
— Saint Augustine


This summer from July 28 to August 11, ABC Dragons has planned an innovative summer English camp. 


July 28 - Arrive in Vancouver

July 29 to August 5 - Activities in Vancouver

August 5 - Undecided

August 6 to August 10 - Cortes Island

August 11 - Leave Vancouver

August 4 - Grouse Mountain

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
— Edmund Hillary

The Day's Goal

The main goal today is to have a picture contest. The students will try to create a series of five photos and captions that will be judged by the group on different categories. There will be awards given out for the winners of each category.


Grouse Mountain is the furthest location away from our home. As with the Capilano Bridge Park, there is a free shuttle bus leaving from Canada Place.

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain offers many different fun activities. There are two cable car rides, a couple of grizzly bears, a bird show and a lumberjack show as well as hiking with spectacular views.


The cost of Grouse Mountain varies widely depending on what activities we wish to do. This is something we will need to discuss sooner rather than later. There are helicopter rides, paragliding among other expensive options. However, I suggest to do the Peak cable car, and view from the pod and if we really want some fun, the zip line adventure. The prices will vary from 180 RMB to 600 RMB

Thursday August 3 - UBC

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
— Albert Einstein

The Day's Goal

The main goal today is to go and see one of Canada's best universities. The students will be required to think about what they might want to do later in life and consider how they will forge a path to that destination. Later on, they will be asked to put this to paper.


The UBC campus is about 13 km from our home. However, we will need to take the subway to Broadway Station and take the B-line bus to UBC. It shouldn't take too long. The UBC campus is very beautiful and has a wonderful view.


UBC is a campus that has a wonderful view, an abundant supply of natural surrounding, interesting architecture and a peaceful environment. It is also ranked very high in university rating polls. It would be a great place to study.


Museum of Anthropology

On the UBC campus is the Museum of Anthropology. It has many different exhibits and one that will be on display when we are there are the many forms of calligraphy throughout Asia including, of course, China's.


The cost of seeing the Museum of Anthropology is 100 RMB for adults and 85 RMB for children.

August 2 - Kitsilano Beach And Space Centre

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
— Lao Tzu

The Day's Goal

The main goal today is to continue cataloguing the day's events and produce a PDF using pages on their iPad. After, we will start creating a blog post (if we haven't started already). The blog post will, by the end of the trip, be filled with each day's events. The students will learn how to make a blog post using Squarespace (we will use my account). Students can work alone or in a group.


Kitsilano Beach is about 8 km from our house. It is situated on the south coast of English bay and it is between downtown and the University of British Columbia. We can take the subway down to False Creek and then take one of the False Creek Ferries to the Maritime Museum Ferry Dock.

Kitsilano Beach

Kitsilano Beach is a popular beach along the shores of English Bay. There are a great many things to do on or near the beach. There is swimming, hiking, shopping and if we choose to not go to the Space Center, we can play some frisbee games, football or other beach related activities as a group.

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a an observatory and planetarium which helps portray the science of astronomy through shows and events.

Frisbee Ultimate And Frisbee Golf

By this time, we will have learnt how to play frisbee ultimate, frisbee golf, hackey sack and jianzi (毽子). So, we can make a decision as to whether we would like to go to the Space Centre or play some of these games in the park near the beach or near our house.


The only cost today is if we decide to go to the Space Centre. The costs range from 100 RMB for adults to 65 RMB for children.

Tuesday August 1 - Stanley Park And Vancouver Aquarium

Nature has always had more force than education.
— Voltaire

The Day's Goal

The main goal of the day is to create a photo story using Adobe's Spark ipad application. The kids will photo some scenes during the day and they will be required to work alone or together to create a photo journal story of the day.

 Home To Seawall

Home To Seawall


The Aquarium and Stanley Park are located on a piece of land that is next to downtown Vancouver. It is surrounded by the Vancouver Harbour, Burrard Inlet, and English bay.

Stanley Park

The park is as old as the city itself and is one of Vancouver's most popular destinations for locals and tourists. It combines old growth trees, ponds and the ocean to make for a wonderful morning or afternoon hike.

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is quite a good attraction and will provide the students both an entertaining and educational experience. There are many different marine animals to see and there are some good interactive exhibitions.


Stanley Park is free but the Aquarium has an entry fee. The prices range from 170 RMB, for adults, to 120 RMB, for children.

 Aquarium Exhibit

Aquarium Exhibit

Monday July 31 - Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

There’s no fear when you’re having fun.
— Will Thomas

The Day's Goal

The main goal of the day is to work on the concept of a timeline. We will be using various tools to create these timelines. Today will be recorded as a timeline, but the hope is that the students can create a complete timeline of the two-week trip.  Here is an example of the timeline: Day Trip


Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is in North Vancouver, about 15 km from our house. We will take the subway to Canada Place and either take the ferry across to North Vancouver where we can take a bus or take a free shuttle bus to the park.

The park is a tourist destination, but it does offer a quick and easy view into the wonders of nature. The bridge spans the waterway that takes water from the Capilano Lake into the ocean. The park offers hiking and three main attractions: the suspension bridge, the cliff walk, and the treetop walk.


The cost of a ticket includes all the attractions in the park. The prices range from 200 RMB, for adults, to 70 RMB, for children.

City With A View - Sunday July 30

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.
— Arnold Bennett

Canada Place

The Day's Goal

The main goal of the day is to try and find and take some pictures of nice views of the city. By now, we will have learned a couple of applications such as Adobe Spark and maybe Trover. A good deal of the education will be about learning through doing and today will be the first day where the students will need to retell their day using pictures and words.

 View Of Downtown Vancouver

View Of Downtown Vancouver


Queen Elizabeth Park is about 2km from our house (we will take the subway). The Vancouver Lookout and Canada Place are on the water about 9 km from our house. There is a subway stop near both of these locations and we can walk in between them.

Queen Elizabeth Park is a great park to walk around in and enjoy many different flowers, plants and even some art as well as very nice views of the city. There is also a conservatory near the top if we wish to pay to go in.

Down by the water, there is the Vancouver Lookout which will give us a nice bird’s eye view of downtown Vancouver and the harbor.  Canada Place is right on the harbor and is a nice building to walk around and if we are lucky, we can see the very large cruise ships that dock there (The building is meant to look like a ship).


Queen Elizabeth Park is free except for the Bloedel Conservatory which is about 40 RMB for adults and 25 RMB for children. The Vancouver Lookout is about 90 RMB for adults and 50-60 RMB for children. Canada Place is free, but we might consider taking the Fly Over Canada ride there. It is a little expensive: Adults 120 RMB and children about 90 RMB.

Saturday July 29 - Granville Island

Food should be fun.
— Thomas Keller

The Day's Goal

The main goal of the day is to go shopping at Granville Island’s Public Market. The students will be required to make a shopping list and then find and buy these items at the market.

 Local Produce

Local Produce


Granville Island Public Market is situated 6-7 km from our house.


However, we will be taking the subway to either the Olympic Village station or the Yaletown-Roundhouse station. From one of these stops, we will take one of the many false creek ferries to Granville Island.

The ferries are actually small boats that can quickly get us to different places of interest around False Creek.

Take a look at this map and think about where you would like to go.

New Horizons

Summer Camp-2017 Canada

ABC Dragons ESL Schools

2017 Canadian Summer Camp

From July 28th to August 11th, ABC Dragons will conduct its first full Summer Camp. We have sent students abroad before, but it was with other institutions. And, although these institutions provided top level ESL training, we believe that a different style of English experience is needed for students who wish to improve their English skills. We believe that the student must learn that the teacher is not a person who is the fountain of all knowledge. Instead, the teacher is merely a facilitator who provides an environment which is the true impetus for growth. Learning a language shouldn't be about sweat and tears from painful exercises. Learning a language should be about the exaltation that new experiences bring. Learning a language should be a journey which at times can be maddeningly hard, but which also penetrates deep into your soul.


When you think of Canada, you might think of the world famous maple leaf that is on our flag, the national animal, the beaver or Or, the vast, empty, cold and barren lands.  While these are some of our more well known facets, there exists much more to explore in this northern country.


Vancouver is one of Canada's largest cities. It is on the west coast of Canada and it is a beautiful city with a fine mixture of nature, modernity and culture.

Stanley Park is a wonderful place to take a walk in nature. It is situated next to the main downtown area of Vancouver and offers a perfect example of how modern life can mix in with the supernatural wonder of Canada.

Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park

30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the true wild of nature awaits. One park that is good for children and adults is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It is a good place to experience some old growth forests without venturing too far from the city.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Because Vancouver is a coastal city, marine life is plentiful. One way to experience this life is to go to the world famous Vancouver aquarium. Situated between Stanley Park and the downtown sector, it is a very convenient location.

While Vancouver is full of natural and cultural places to see, make sure you bring some spare clothes because you never know when we might have a massive water fight.

Water Park


BC Ferries operates a vast system of ferries in and around the Georgia Straight. In order to get to Cortes Island, we will need to take 3 ferries. The first one is from Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay).  After a drive from Nanaimo to Campbell River, the second ferry is from Campbell River to Quadra Island (Quathiaski Cove).  After crossing Quadra Island, we will take the third and final ferry from Quadra Island (Heriot Bay) to Cortes Island (Whaletown).  


Cortes Island is an isolated island where you can get a glimpse into another way of living.  The scenery is stunning and there are many opportunities to go swimming and beach walking.  We will stay at the Linnaea Farm House on Linnaea Farms which is an organic cooperative farm. You will wake up next to Gunflint Lake with an opportunity to have a morning swim.