Vancouver Activities + Sports
Whale Watching Steveston
Join us on this unforgettable tour for the chance to see 3 different kinds of whales and other kinds of marine wildlife. The tour begins from Downtown Vancouver and makes a short drive to the historical fishing village of Steveston. There you will transfer to a special whale watching boat and travel through the San Juan and Gulf Islands looking for Orcas (killer whales). Our extensive whale spotting network gives us a very high sighting success rate. In addition to whales, you may also see other wildlife in this diverse marine ecosystem, including seals, sea lions and bald eagles. We recommend wearing a warm sweater and/or jacket, and bringing your own lunch and snacks.
- Shuttle service from Downtown Vancouver to Steveston in comfortable passenger bus
- Open or semi-covered Zodiac tour boat
- Experience marine wildlife and whales close up
- Information from experienced professional Marine Biologists and Naturalists
- Visit to the beautiful little village of Steveston
Souvenirs, snacks and beverages may be available for purchase.
- 9:20am – Meet at Canada Place (North end of Burrard Street, near Pan Pacific Hotel)9:35am – Depart Canada Place at 9:35am (*We can NOT give refunds if arrive late)
- 10:15am – Arrive in the picturesque and historic fishing town of Steveston
- 10:30am – Get ready for the experience of a lifetime (tours run between 3 to 5 hours)
- 2:00pm – * Return to Vancouver (approximate time)
Soccer League 2012
Starting June 1st, 2012 and running through the end of August, Club ESL will host the largest international soccer league in Vancouver at Andy Livingstone Park. The league will consist of 12 teams who will all be vying for the champions cup. We promote good sportsmanship & fair play.
Vancouver Walking tours
As a complement to intake activities at partner schools, Club ESL provides city orientation walking tours for students who are new to the city. The tours vary in length and can include highlights of Chinatown, Gastown, English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, and points of interest along the way.
Join Club ESL and students from many different schools for coed beach and indoor volleyball games at various locations around Vancouver. Whether you are a first-time player or semi-professional, we organize both competitive and noncompetitive games.
Vancouver Art Gallery
For many students, the outside steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery are an important landmark and meeting place. But, the inside of the gallery has much more to offer, exhibitions of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography and video by regional, national and international artists. Join us for a visit to one of Canada’s best kept secrets.
Imagine your heart beating faster than the laser beam that just ripped past you at 186,000 miles per second! You will scream with exhilaration and shake with adrenaline as you participate in a group game of this strange North American sport. Your senses will come alive on a Club ESL laser tag adventure outing.
Lynn Valley Park & Suspension Bridge
For those who love Nature and adventure, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge offers a great excursion. This pedestrian bridge is located in Lynn Canyon Park in NorthVancouver, British Columbia. Hanging 50 metres (160 ft) high from the bottom of the canyon, the bridge connects hiking trails on the two sides of the canyon that make up the Baden-Powell Trail.
Beginner or experienced paddlers can explore Deep Cove’s scenic Indian Arm or tranquil Bowen Island (a short ferry ride away) in sleek sea kayak. Experience these beautiful landscapes from the water, where sightings of harbour seals, sea porpoises and other marine wildlife is common.
A number of sites around Vancouver offer opportunities for indoor and outdoor go kart racing against friends. Small groups and large parties alike enjoy ripping around mini race courses in a variety of different sizes and types of go karts. This is your chance to race for the checkered flag.
Join us for BBQ events with activities for groups ranging in size from 20-250 people. Before or after eating, students can compete in potato sack races, hula hoop competitions, tug-o-war, soccer, volleyball, bocce ball and other team building events. Or just eat, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kitsilano beach, Second Beach in Stanley Park or Crab Park in the city centre.
Museum of Anthropology at UBC
There is no better place to get a taste of real West Coast history and culture than in UBC’s MOA. Renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations, the museum is a short ride from downtown and is a must-see in Vancouver.
No one can forget their first paintball experience. Paintball is an extreme sport in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by tagging them with paintballs propelled from a paintball gun. For a short time, friends become enemies and thrill and excitement take over.
Cycling around Stanley Park
More than 8 kilometres of paved walkway, known as the Seawall, circles Stanley Park and is used by 2.5 million pedestrians, cyclists, and inline skaters every year. Biking around the Seawall is the best way to take in all the great views of the North Shore Mountains, English Bay and False Creek.
Watch Canada’s favourite sport live at Rogers Arena. Feel the fast paced excitement as the puck goes whizzing on the ice into the opponents goal! The Vancouver Canucks have arguably been one of the most consistent teams in the League and have won the Presidents trophy 2 years running. They missed out on the claiming the Stanley Cup by one game in 2011. GO CANUCKS GO!
Enjoy Vancouver’s minor league team up close and personal. The Vancouver Giants are a major junior icehockey team playing in the WesternHockeyLeague (WHL). Their home rink is the PacificColiseum in Vancouver which was previously used by the NHL‘s VancouverCanucks.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Vancouver that competes in MajorLeagueSoccer (MLS), North America`s professional league. They play at BC Place which has become one of the most exciting stadiums to visit in the MLS. The roof at BC Place is unique in that it is the largest of its kind in the world.
The lookout tower atop the Harbour Centre office building makes it one of the talleststructuresinVancouver and a prominent landmark on the city’s skyline. With its 360-degree viewing deck, it also serves as a tourist attraction, offering a physically unobstructed view of the city.
Grouse Mountain is one of the NorthShoreMountains of the PacificRanges in NorthVancouver, BritishColumbia, Canada. Exceeding 1,200 m (4,000 feet) in altitude at its peak, is the site of an alpine skiarea in the winter season overlooking GreaterVancouver with four chairlifts facilitating 26 runs. In the summer, the mountain features lumberjack shows and a 2.9 km (1.8 mi.) hiking trail known as the Grouse Grind. Year-round operations include a 100-seat mountaintop theatre and a wildliferefuge.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simplesuspensionbridge crossing the CapilanoRiver in the DistrictofNorthVancouver, BritishColumbia,Canada. The current bridge is 136 metres long and 70 metres above the river. It draws over 800,000 visitors a year.
Join our professional dance instructors and learn a variety of dance styles. Our instructors will teach you how to dance hip hop, salsa, jazz, and contemporary. Maybe you will even be taught how to do an awesome Club ESL high five!
Salmon Fishing & Crabbing
Whether you are a first time or an expert fisherman, salmon fishing & crabbing is a great Vancouver experience. We offer fully guided salmon fishing charters. This is a half day adventure that includes a boat charter, professional guide, all fishing gear and fishing license.
Enjoy a 2 hour stand-up paddling class in English Bay. Paddleboarding is the new hot sport that everyone is talking about. It feels much like walking on water and is not only a blast but a great workout.
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Always an unforgettable experience! Offering both sightseeing flights and scenic transfers, Harbour Air flies between the harbours of Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo, as well as the Gulf Islands. Today, with almost 30 years of experience in business and more than 30 aircraft, Harbour Air and West Coast Air have become the largest all-seaplane company in the world!
Pacific Skydivers is Vancouver`s tandem specialists. Following a training session you will take an exciting 15-20 minute airplane ride to jump altitude. Once at jump altitude the door opens and your adventure really begins! You will freefall out of the plane for up to 60 seconds before the instructor opens the main parachute. Experience a pure adrenaline rush on this adventure.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park is a municipalpark located on Little Mountain. Park staff incrementally transformed the overgrown hillsides into Canada’s first civic arboretum & the BloedelFloralConservatory features many climatic zones, displaying a huge variety of plants and a superb selection of free flying tropical birds.
Van Dusen Gardens
The Garden covers 22 hectares (55 acres) and displays plants gathered from all over the world. The garden is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the plant collections are labelled and arranged to demonstrate botanical relationships or geographical origins.