Toronto Student Survival Guide

You might have already looked at English courses in Toronto, but do you know all the essential information you’ll need before your adventure begins? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Read on. [hs_action id=”4641″] Getting to Toronto Toronto is served by 2 major airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport: Pearson is one of the busiest airports in North America. It’s large and sprawling, clean, and has a great reputation for ease of use with excellent facilities. It is Canada’s biggest airport by far and handles mostly international flights, although it also runs a number of domestic routes, such as to Vancouver on the Pacific Coast and Montreal in Quebec. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport: This airport is mainly a base for domestic flights, but also runs a few short international routes to places like Boston and Chicago.     Getting around Toronto Public Transit Toronto is easy to navigate and boasts affordable inner city travel. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the answer to all your travel needs within the city; it operates on a single fare system across all modes of transport, including the subway, buses, and the iconic streetcars. ‘Go Transit’ also provides suburban transport in Toronto, and connects the city to the nearby areas. Cycling Toronto has a bike share system, which means that you can easily cycle your way around the city. Here you can find out how to use the bike share system in Toronto. Taxi You can also use a taxi to get around Toronto. Fares are standard, metered, and non-negotiable. The taxis in Toronto come in a variety of colours, but you can recognise them by the yellow lit up sign on the top of the vehicle.  Ferries If you are travelling to the Islands, you’ll need to catch a ferry. Here you … Read more

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Top 10 things to do in Toronto

Some of the most unusual, but highly recommended activities to do while learning English in Toronto. They may seem unusual, but that’s what makes Toronto such an extraordinary city. 1. Dance with dinosaurs This sounds a little crazy, but believe it or not, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) makes it possible. Friday Night Live (FNL) at ROM is one of the hottest events in town and it often involves dancing alongside the amazing exhibitions of dinosaurs. This is definitely a fun and unique approach to visiting a museum, since it takes place in the late hours, with drinks and great music. The locals love it and many say that growing up, this is one of the things they can’t wait to do – FNL at ROM. 2. Go to a live music performance Some of the most famous singers and bands visit Toronto during their world tours. Be sure to check out Toronto’s lively music scene and make sure you join in! If your favourite musician isn’t in town, check out the Indie music scene that Toronto prides itself on. The iconic music halls in the city have a show on every night of the week, with a choice of Jazz, Eastern European music, Rock ‘n’ Roll, with everything in between.   3. Go to the Islands Your trip to Toronto is not complete until you have explored North America’s largest car-free, urban community. Part residential, part recreational, the Islands are quite an attraction in their own right, with peace and tranquillity, yet adventure awaiting at every turn. If you want the best spot to photograph the city skyline, take your camera (or phone) with you to the Toronto Islands and do not miss this opportunity to die for!     4. Sample some Craft Beer Torontonians love beer, and … Read more

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The Local Toronto

Visiting all the hot spots will give you a taste of the city’s history, but if you want to live like a local while studying in Toronto, here are some of the things that locals do! Eat and drink on patios When the sun is shining bright, locals love to hang out on patios, drinking beer and eating tasty food in the open air. Porch is one of the most popular rooftop patios in the city, located on top of The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon. The list of patios is extensive and the best way to find your favourite is to try out as many as possible.   Eat and shop at Kensington Market While St. Lawrence Market is the main spot for tourists, Kensington Market is highly recommended by locals. The market is the place to be if you want a bohemian vibe, unique shops, and inexpensive food.     Eat from a food truck Another local tradition in Toronto is to eat from one of the many varieties of food trucks. If you want to find out more about the different cuisines and food trucks available in Toronto, check out http://torontofoodtrucks.ca Get ready to enjoy anything from spaghetti and meatball sandwiches to hot smoked meat, schnitzels, fish tacos, and gourmet cupcakes.   Attend a festival or event Toronto is famous for its festivals and events, and there is a reason for that; locals love to join in and participate. When in Toronto, check out what’s going on where, and join the fun. Most festivals are free to attend. Here are a few events recommended by locals, born and raised in Toronto:     AGO First Thursdays (party at the Art Gallery of Ontario). Hot Docs (Canadian International Documentary Festival) City Chase – also known as Canada’s Largest Urban … Read more

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What to See and Do in Toronto: Part 2

After checking out  ‘What to See and Do in Toronto: Part 1‘, here are a few more things to explore while learning English in Toronto! Make sure you have your to-do list ready, so you don’t miss out any of these amazing attractions.   RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA Located next to the CN Tower, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the newest attraction in town. It opened its doors in 2013 and is now home to 16,000 beautiful marine animals. The aquarium is a modern marvel. The Dangerous Lagoon (one of the aquarium’s sections) features an underwater tunnel and moving walkway, where one can admire some of the most majestic animals swimming all around people. The moving sidewalk is actually the largest one in North America!     Opening Times The aquarium is open to the public 7 days a week, from 9am until 11pm. However, some days it closes earlier due to private functions and events. Check the timetable on the official website for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Ticket Prices Various prices are available depending on what options you choose and how early you book, with options from $25 up to $100. You can save money by avoiding peak times and visiting later in the day. Check out all the packages and discounts available here. How to get to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada The Aquarium is very easy to find, due to its prime location in downtown Toronto, neighbouring the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. You can arrive here using any form of public transportation. The exact address for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is: 288, Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON, M5V 3L9.   TORONTO ZOO One of the most thrilling things to do in the city is to visit Toronto Zoo; the largest zoo in the country with 1.3 million visitors … Read more

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What to See and Experience in the “Queen City”: Part 1

If you are learning English in Toronto you probably know that just like all the exciting cities around the world, Toronto has popular nicknames, and ‘Queen City’ is one of them. It’s also often referred to as the ‘Big Smoke’, although that is more commonly associated with London.     Let’s move on to your Canadian adventure and all the things that you can see and experience in Canada’s largest city. The list of options is endless, but there are a few places and activities that are really worth investing your time on! CN TOWER Not going to the CN Tower in Toronto is like travelling to New York and not visiting the Statue of Liberty. Firstly, it’s practically impossible to explore the city without catching a glimpse of the famous tower, which stands at almost 500 metres tall. Formally the tallest building in the world, it is still classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World as it remains the tallest, free-standing man-made construction in North America. Here you can also experience the incredible EdgeWalk, which involves walking around the external part of the tower at 356m high to admire the city. There is always more going on inside the tower itself, and you can check out the latest schedule at the official website.     Opening Times The CN Tower is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day. For the exact opening hours, depending on what you want to do at the tower, check their official schedule. Ticket Prices     A tour of the tower costs $35, but you have a variety of options and discounts if you want to see more and do more (e.g. the EdgeWalk). Find more information here. How to get to The CN Tower The CN Tower … Read more

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10 Ways to Practise Your English in Toronto

You’ll learn a lot about the English language in class, but what’s the best way to put your newly-acquired skills to use outside the classroom? The busy streets of Toronto offer many fantastic opportunities to practise your English language skills. Let’s take a look at 10 ways to challenge your knowledge of the language and learn to use it in a variety of real-life situations. 1.  Find the hidden gem on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library Check out the Language Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library, which can be found at 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8.  Here, you can practise your listening and pronunciation skills for free, since the centre is equipped with headphones and audio/DVD/video-players. This is also the perfect place to make some new friends! You’ll be surrounded by other students just like you, looking to connect and practise English. Find out more info about this at the official website for the Toronto Reference Library.   2. Join an English conversation circle You should also visit the TPL (Toronto Public Library) and hang around for an English conversation circle. This is open to anyone who would like to practise their speaking skills, and is designed to help speakers immerse themselves in Canadian culture. Find out more about this program and how to join on the official TPL website. 3. Go on an art tour at the University of Toronto Do you want a 3-in-1 experience when you visit the University of Toronto? Go on a free art tour of the Hart House, hosted by a university student. As you are guided through the 650-piece art collection at the University, you will get to practise your listening and speaking skills. Don’t forget to interact and ask questions! Find out more … Read more

Why learn English in Toronto? | Infographic

If you’re thinking about learning English in Canada, then Toronto should definitely be one of the top 3 options on your list. As Canada’s largest city, this multicultural hotspot is a network of quirky neighbourhoods, colourful, friendly locals, and all the art, museums, sport, and music you could possibly wish for when you’re studying English abroad. This iconic city is a student favourite, welcoming more than 10 million tourists and over 800,000 students each year; this means that when you’re going to learn English in Toronto, you’ll have the chance to meet new people from all over the world! EC Toronto is a stunning, modern school centrally located in the city’s vibrant midtown area, right in the heart of the action, with spacious classrooms and all the resources you’ll need during your EC experience.     Would you like to find out more about this amazing city? Download our new FREE Toronto Travel Guide to discover the most amazing ways to explore the city while improving your English. [hs_action id=”4641″]   Like our infographic? Don’t forget to share with your friends! 😉