The Best Ice Cream Spots in Toronto

During the summer months in Toronto, it’s nice to cool down with a cup or cone of your favourite ice cream.  We’ve compiled a list of our favourite ice cream spots in the city.  Each place offers something unique for you to enjoy during our summer heatwave. Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery 93a Ossington Avenue When you pass by this ice cream joint, you’ll often see line ups out the door.  If you’re craving an ice cream sandwich, Bang Bang won’t disappoint.  You choose an ice cream flavor to be wedged between one or two cookies.  The result is one of the best ice cream sandwiches you’ll ever have.  Half a sandwich (one cookie) is $4.50; a full sandwich (two full cookies) will run you $7. Carter’s Ice Cream 3 Woodmount Avenue If you’re looking for a range of ice cream flavours and tons of delicious toppings, Carter’s Ice Cream is the place to go.  Carter’s sells Kawartha Dairy Ice cream and looks like an old fashioned ice cream parlour. Dessert Lady Café 12 Cumberland Street If you’re looking for a dairy-free, vegan option, check out Desert Lady Café.  The popular Yorkville Ice Cream destination offers up to 18 flavours that they rotate on a weekly basis.  Each flavour is made with all-natural ingredients and the sorbets don’t contain any eggs, dairy, or gluten. Dutch Dreams 78 Vaughan Road If you’re in the mood for homemade waffle cones and ice cream, try Dutch Dreams.  This eclectically-decorated ice cream shop is family owned and has been in Toronto for almost 30 years.  The 40 ice cream flavors are rotated frequently and the toppings are endless. Enjoy! Check out EC Toronto for Toronto Homestay Courses.

Study Tips and Study Habits

  If you’re studying English at EC, you might benefit from a few of these study tips. Check out our list of  Study Habits to make the most of your time here at EC. Alternate Study Spaces Cognitive scientists suggest that alternating study spaces helps you retain information. Your memory is influenced by location, and changing your study locales increases the chance that you’ll remember what you’ve learned. Study in Groups When learning a new language, practice speaking and using the language is essential. Getting together with other students and working together in a group is a great way to improve your English. Make Flash Cards Flash Cards are great for studying grammar and vocabulary. Making and using flash cards will help you remember the information you’re studying. Take Tests Although you might hate taking tests, formal evaluations not only affirm knowledge but enhance it. Regular testing can help us retain and recall information. Sleep! A tired mind is a slow mind, so make sure you’re getting enough rest each night. Go to Class The best way to improve your English is to attend and participate in your classes. Show up on time and work hard! Check out EC Toronto for Toronto Homestay English Courses.

Day Trips from Toronto

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a day trip from Toronto?  Here’s a list of places you can visit without spending too much time in the car. Hike at Dundas Peak: Dundas Peak is located in Dundas, Ontario and features lots of trails and some beautiful waterfalls as well. Put on your hiking shoes, pack a picnic lunch, and take in the beautiful scenery.  For more information, visit: http://conservationhamilton.ca/spencer-gorgewebsters-falls/. Explore the caves of Eramosa: Eramosa Karst is one of the closest cave systems to Toronto. The area features activities such as boating, camping, picnicking, and swimming to name a few.  For more information, check out: http://conservationhamilton.ca/conservation-areas-2/eramosa-karst/. See a play at the Shaw Festival: The Shaw Festival is one of Canada’s premier theatre festivals. Located in the heart of Niagara Wine Country, the Shaw festival features a variety of great productions.  For more information and performance schedules, check out:http://www.shawfest.com/. Spend a day at the beach in Coburg: Coburg is only an hour and half from Toronto and has one of the nicest beaches near the city. The water is at its best for swimming from mid-July to late August. For more information, check out: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g181756-d2227080-Reviews-Cobourg_Beach-Cobourg_Ontario.html.   Although there is lots to do in Toronto over the summer months, it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city too! Check out EC Toronto from Toronto Homestay English Courses