Food Truck Season is Starting Soon in Montreal!

Food truck season is set to start in Downtown Montreal starting April 1st!  We are so excited at EC Montreal.  April 1st is right around the corner!  The food trucks being out and about is a sign that spring is near and warm weather will soon be upon us!  After a long and cold winter, we deserve some sunny, mild weather!  What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with eating “al fresco” at the many incredible food trucks in the region!  They are a food lover’s dream!  As Montreal is now the gastronomy capital of North America, visitors will notice that the culinary quality of these food trucks is outstanding! The City of Montreal announced that 19 sites will be hosting food trucks this spring and summer. The 6th addition of the downtown street food will also feature several new locations in Montreal. “More sites means more appointments and more opportunities to enjoy street food, which is now an integral part of Montréal’s identity as a gourmet and trendy city. With the beautiful season soon to come, I invite all gourmands to meet the restaurateurs to savor this quality culinary offer,” said Mayor Valérie Plante EC Montreal is really excited about the new food truck location this year!  It is close to the EC Montreal main campus and right next to the EC Montreal Young Learners’ programme taking place at Dawson College.  The exact location of the food trucks will be located on Atwater Avenue next to Dawson College. We also look forward to the First Friday Food Truck event taking place at the Olympic park this spring and summer.  The first Friday of the month, look for this outing on the Young Learners social events calendar this summer! A complete map of street food sites around Montreal is available here. … Read more

Daniela Maito From Brazil: “I had a great experience here in Montreal…”

Daniela Maito was an EC Montreal English student from Brazil.  She left a few weeks ago and recently sent us her comments so we can share them with all of you! Here is what she wanted to share about her EC experience: When I decided to travel, I’d like to improve the English and start French. This is the reason that I chose Montreal. The trip to Ottawa was very nice. I could meet another student, visited the city and enjoy the trip. The lecture about anti bullying was very interesting and I liked very much. I liked my teacher, Peter.  He has didactic and knows how to lead the class so it is not monotonous. My homestay hosts were very friendly. I didn’t have problems with my host family. I made so many new friends came from Japan, Colombia, Switzerland, Taiwan and Brazil. I had a great experience here in Montreal. I like the school, the teacher, the city, the host family. It’s my first experience in exchange, but I liked it so much. I will plan to come back in the next year to study French because I didn’t have opportunity to student French during my staff because I was an absolute beginner and it wasn’t recommended. Join our EC Montreal English language school!

Let EC Montreal Help You Land Your Dream Job in Aviation!

English is the international language used in commercial aviation.  That way, everyone in the air can understand what is being said and be situationally aware of what is going on in their area.  In the mid-20th century, when the birth of international flight was taking place, the need for a common language among international aviators was quickly realized.  Airline pilots are required to speak and understand English as one of their job requirements. Select Aviation is a pilot school located in Drummondville, Quebec.  Students must possess a B2 proficiency in English in order to be enrolled in their programmes.  EC Montreal will now be providing English lessons to these candidates and work with them to achieve the required language ability. Knowing that EC Montreal will be contributing to the success of all these pilot school candidates is extremely rewarding! If you are interested in employment in the field of aviation, it is important to note that improving your English skills will bring you one step closer to landing your dream job in the friendly skies! At EC Montreal, you will not only improve your language skills but you will gain confidence, accuracy and fluency! Join our EC Montreal English language school!

EC Montreal’s Annual Sugar Shack Festival!

The month of March is maple season in the province of Quebec.  It is tradition to visit a sugar shack, also known as a Cabane a Sucre, in French.  Sugar shacks are located on maple farms where they extract sap from the trees and convert it into maple syrup. Quebec produces 91% of the worlds maple syrup.  It is a big industry and we are very proud of this fact. Today, EC Montreal held its annual maple syrup festival for our students.  We served all kinds of sweet maple treats including cupcakes, tarts, cakes, popcorn, cookies, cotton candy, sugar cones, maple milk and pies!  The students loved getting a taste of our very own maple syrup. Next Saturday, EC Montreal will take our students to visit a real sugar shack in the country.  They will get a tour of the maple farm and have a traditional sugar shack meal that consists of eggs, ham, meat pie, pea soup and of course lots of maple desserts! Next Wednesday, we will hold a tea and conversation activity where we will serve maple tea and other sweet maple treats! Life is sweet at EC Montreal! Join our EC Montreal English language school!

Canada Ranked 7th Happiest Country in the World!

Montreal has been making the top rankings in most of the recent online surveys over the past few weeks.  Today we learned that Canada is in the top 10 list of the happiest countries in the world! In fact, it comes in 7th out of 156 countries, according to this year’s World Happiness Report. The annual report measures countries by their happiness levels annually and the latest report was released at the United Nations. At the top of the list is Finland followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland. This year, the ranking focused on migration.  “Increasingly, with globalization, the people of the world are on the move; and most of these migrants are seeking a happier life. But do they achieve it? That is the central issue considered in this 2018 World Happiness Report.” The World Happiness Report evaluates their data on a scale running from 0 to 10. The rankings, which are based on surveys in countries covering the three years 2015-2017. Our EC Montreal students should be reassured that they chose to study a language in one of the best countries in the world overall and now one of the happiest! Cheers to Canada’s smiley, happy people! Join our EC Montreal English language school!

Montreal Named Canada’s Top Ranking City for Hosting Sports!

Attention EC Montreal students, we have more things to celebrate!  Montreal has just been named Canada’s top-ranking city for hosting sports events by Global Sport Impact Canada Index, which aims to assess the performance of cities that host national and international sports events.  Montreal will be hosting several noteworthy sports events in the coming months including the tennis Roger’s Cup, the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. “Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada and around the world. Tourism Montreal will continue working to build a portfolio of high-caliber events that reflects the city’s potential,” “We believe that major sporting events are an excellent way of promoting Montreal and result in significant economic, tourism and media benefits—all of which are important for the city’s future.” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourism Montreal, in a statement. At EC Montreal we aim to include at least 2 sporting activities per month to show how athlete friendly this city is and to show how many amazing sporting events take place in this vibrant city! Join our EC Montreal English language school!

EC Montreal’s April Calendar of Events! A Taste of Montreal!

Spring is right around the corner and EC Montreal is so excited to present its April calendar of events!  Every April, EC Montreal’s theme is gastronomy! When EC Montreal created its English and French plus programme, the obvious choice was gastronomy because the city of Montreal is known for its fabulous restaurants, culinary schools and food markets. Throughout the month of April, we will be introducing our students to local foods and flavors as well as leading culinary workshops such as sushi making and cupcake decorating. The first week, we will lead a sushi making workshop.  We will show our students how they can roll their very own sushi with their favorite ingredients! The following week we will give our students a taste of our local food; poutine!  Poutine is the ultimate comfort food made from fries, gravy and cheese curds.  It is sinfully delicious!  It was invented in the province of Quebec and is now known world-wide!  Even the fanciest of restaurants offer a type of poutine on their menus.  Garde Manger, in Old Montreal, for example, serves a lobster poutine!  We will be hosting very special EC employees this week and cannot wait to introduce them to EC Montreal’s complimentary activities! The week of April 18 we will lead a cupcake decorating activity.  Each table in the student lounge will offer a selection of naked cupcakes and different toppings so students can be creative and produce their very own cupcakes! On April 25, EC Montreal will host an international potluck.  We will ask our students to bring traditional dishes representing their culture.  Each table will be set up as different regions of the world; Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Canada.  We will decorate with country flags and banners. In addition to our weekly complimentary activities, EC … Read more

Corporate Social Responsibility at EC!

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is very important to us at EC.  We strive to be the school that cares about its students, its partners, the environment and the needy in our global communities.  Every year, EC Montreal holds a variety of fundraising activities to get our students more involved in the Montreal community.  We also feel it is important to give back as a thank you for being so blessed by this language industry. Below are some of the EC Montreal and EC worldwide CSR initiatives: EC Montreal holds an annual charity bake sale for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Canada. We participate annually to the CTV Spirit of Giving campaign collecting non-perishable food items, toiletries and toys for the needy in the Montreal community. We hold numerous clothing drives for the Salvation Army. We participate in the Shriner’s Hospital for Children fundraising events preparing packages and folders in preparation. We hold an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Refugee Centre. EC works with United World Schools (UWS) UWS builds schools in developing countries EC built a school in Cambodia in 2016 We are building another school in Cambodia in 2018 Join our EC Montreal English language school!

Montreal Fun Facts…Did You Know?

EC Montreal students realize it immediately after their arrival, that Montreal is an interesting, unique and cool city!  We bet you didn’t know the following fun facts about Montreal: Assasin’s Creed, one of the most popular and profitable video games ever was made in Montreal The very first hockey game in the world was played in Montreal on March 3rd, 1875 at Victoria rink. Not surprisingly, it ended in a fight. In total, 80 languages are spoken in the Montréal region, including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Creole and Vietnamese. Both Mount Royal Park and New York’s Central Park were designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City. Montreal is actually an island – about 5 times larger than Manhattan! No building in Montreal can be taller than the cross on the Mount Royal Mountain. Montreal is home to the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Montreal was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics. They were the first Olympics ever held in Canada. There are 11 university level institutions in Montreal including four that are world-class. Students pay some of the cheapest tuition in Canada. It is home to an “Underground City”, a climate-controlled labyrinth of 2000 shops, spread over an area of 33 km. Montreal was built around a mountain – Mount Royal – which the city was named after. Mount Royal Park is located on the mountain and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person that designed New York City’s Central Park. Montreal’s flag has five symbols on it. The first is the cross which represents the Christian principles on which the city was founded. The other four represent the largest nationalities of … Read more

Life is Sweet as Maple Syrup at EC Montreal!

March is maple season in Quebec and we have a month-long filled with maple and sugar shack activities at EC Montreal! We will be introducing our students to a variety of maple products and sharing all the facts and benefits of consuming maple syrup instead of sugar. On March 16, EC Montreal will be planning an excursion to a sugar shack, called a Cabane a sucre in French. A sugar shack is a chalet located on a maple farm. Students will get a tour of the maple farm and learn how maple syrup is made. They will also get a hayride through the woods. They will then be served a traditional Quebecois sugar shack meal which consists of eggs, ham, pea soup, meat pie, potatoes and pancakes all smothered in maple syrup. Sugar pie, hotcakes and bread pudding are served for dessert. In addition, students are taken to the maple processing barn where they will see the staff pour hot maple syrup on a bed of ice. All the students will be given a stick to roll the maple syrup around. The syrup when frozen on the ice becomes a candy like texture. It is a sweet end to an incredible comfort food meal! Many don’t know that Canada produces 71% of the world’s pure maple syrup, 91% of which is produced in Quebec. Canada’s maple syrup producing regions are located in the provinces of Quebec (primary producer), Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. There are more than 8,600 maple syrup businesses in Canada. In springtime, when the nights are still cold, water from the soil is absorbed into the maple tree. During the day, the warmer temperature creates pressure that pushes the water back down to the bottom of the tree, making it easy to collect … Read more