Victoria Day Long Weekend

Monday May 23rd is Victoria Day in Toronto. The Victoria Day long weekend is officially the first weekend of summer in Toronto. This weekend’s weather forecast looks good, so make sure you check out what’s happening this weekend.   Here are a few things you need to know about the Victoria Day Long weekend in Toronto: There will be fireworks!: Watching fireworks is a great way to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend. There will be a fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland starting at 10pm on Sunday and one at Ashbridges Bay Park on Monday at 9:45pm. Both of these spots tend to get really crowded during long weekend fireworks displays, so be sure to get there early to get a good seat.   What’s Open/Closed?: The TTC will run on a holiday schedule. Be sure to check out the TTC Website https://www.ttc.ca/Routes/General_Information/Service_Details.jsp for more information on TTC service on Monday May 23rd. Go Transit will run on a Saturday schedule. Most tourist attractions will be open (i.e., ROM, CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre). Most malls and restaurants will be open as well. LCBO stores are closed on Monday, but may stay open later on Friday and Saturday. Libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday.   Exciting events happening in the city:   Artfest at the Distillery Beasley Bear’s Teddy Bear Picnic Rib Fest and BBQ Bash World Fiddle Day Halal Foodfest Trinity Bellwoods Bed-In Check out EC for Adult English Courses in Toronto.

Let’s Go Blue Jays!

In case you haven’t noticed, Baseball season is in full swing. You might see Torontonians sporting shirts and hats of our beloved home team, The Toronto Blue Jays. If you haven’t caught a Toronto baseball game yet, you should definitely get your tickets and head over to the Rogers centre to watch our beloved Jays in action. Even if you’re not a fan of baseball, a Jays game is a great way to experience Toronto culture. The Rogers Centre is also right next door to the CN tower and around the corner from Ripley’s Aquarium. You can make a day of visiting the CN Tower or the aquarium and catching a baseball game after. For schedules and ticket info., check out http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tor. If you’re planning on visiting a few of Toronto’s famous attractions, you may want to consider purchasing a city pass City Pass. A City Pass costs $72+tax (for an adult) and includes 42% off admission at the following:   CN Tower CasaLoma Ripleys Aquarium of Canada Royal Ontario Museum Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre For General English Courses in Toronto check out EC Toronto.

Toronto’s Best Parks

Spring is finally here! Enjoy the beautiful (Toronto) outdoors at one of our beautiful parks. Here’s a list of some beautiful parks you can visit during your stay in Toronto. Rouge Park Rouge Park is located in Toronto’s east end and is a popular destination for campers and hikers. The park features trails, golf courses, waterways and a beach at its southern end. http://www.rougepark.com/ Evergreen Brickworks Evergreen Brickworks is a great spot for families. The park features many beautiful nature trails and guided tours. Be sure to check out the Farmer’s Market as well. http://www.evergreen.ca/get-involved/evergreen-brick-works/ Bluffers Park Located in the Scarborough Bluffs, Bluffers Park features high cliffs and scenic marshes. If you’re looking for great views and short hiking trails, check it out. There’s also a restaurant and bar in the park, which makes it the perfect venue to spend a beautiful summer day. http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/2/ High Park High Park is one of the largest parks in the city and it features hiking trails, sport facilities, a beautiful lakefront, a dog park, a mini-zoo, playgrounds for children, a few restaurants, greenhouses, and picnic areas. http://www.highparktoronto.com/ Riverdale Park Located on the east side of Toronto, Riverdale park features two baseball diamonds, three playing fields, a soccer field, running track, ice rink, tennis courts, and a pool. While visiting the park, be sure to check out Riverdale Farm as well. http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/343/   Check out EC Toronto for Toronto Homestay English Courses.

Experience Japanese Culture in Toronto

Toronto is a wonderfully diverse, multi-cultural city. If you’re visiting Toronto, take the opportunity to meet our wonderfully diverse population and get a taste of a variety of cultures in our fabulous city. For a taste of Japanese culture in Toronto, check out the following: Bento Box Magazine: Bento Box magazine is a (free) Toronto-based Japanese magazine featuring content on Japanese culture, food, travel, shopping, beauty, and events. Browse their website (http://bentoboxmag.ca/) or pick up a free copy of the magazine. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is non-profit organization that offers programs and services celebrating Japanese and Japanese Canadian culture. Upcoming events include the Sakura Gala, Bazaar 2016, and the Toronto Japanese Film festival. For more information, check out: http://www.jccc.on.ca/en/   Check out EC Toronto for Toronto Homestay English Courses

Our Favourite Things To Do In Toronto (In Winter)

Are you visiting Toronto over the winter? From ice skating to live hockey games, there are so many fun things to do. Here’s a list of our top 5 favourite things to do in Toronto in the winter:   Skating: Toronto has 50 city-run outdoor rinks to choose from, including: Nathan Philips Square, Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), and Evergreen Brick Works ice pad. (more information here) Winterlicious: For fabulous food at some of Toronto’s premiere restaurants (at discount prices), check out Winterlicious from January 29 to February 11. Prix-Fixe lunch and dinner menus start at just $18. For more information, visit this page. Live Hockey: There’s nothing like watching a live hockey game at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Join in the excitement and cheer on our beloved home team! Tobogganing: If a major snow fall hits, you’ll be sure to want to try tobogganing. Visit one of our beautiful parks for some fun tobogganing times! Here are a few suggestions: Christie Pitts, Trinity Bellwoods, and High Park. See a Broadway Show: There are lots of amazing Broadway shows in Toronto. Check out this website for some shows that might interest you. Make sure to check out one or all of these activities to make the most of the Canadian winter season. Study English in Canada at EC Toronto.

Be prepared for Christmas: Mix benefit of your English course with pleasure

Christmas is coming. It is a wonderful and amazing celebration. Christmas is always full of miracles, magic and charm. It is almost impossible to imagine someone who doesn’t like Christmas. Many people gather together with their family and friends and bring cute Christmas gifts for each other. They share their good wishes and have a lot of fun, delight and pleasure. It’s amazing! Isn’t it? Are you ready for Christmas? Would you like to feel the genuine Christmas spirit in the heart of Toronto, buy incredible gifts, spend a really good time with your friends and being a part of something fascinating? Have you ever seen Christmas tree? How’s about Santa?    Let’s go to Toronto Christmas Market in Distillery Historic District! This usually very wonderful place which is the home to many of Toronto’s hottest designer boutiques, unique cafes, artisan shops, breathtaking galleries, performance venues and award-winning restaurants. The Distillery completely changes during these days and becomes the heart of Christmas in Toronto. What is a Christmas Market? A Christmas Market is a street market which celebrates the traditional sights, sounds and scents and is staged during the weeks leading up to Christmas. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400’s, and are now being held in countries all over the world.      Would like to know hours of operation and how you can get there? Here you go: Tuesday to Friday: 12 pm to 9 pm Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 9 pm From King or St. Andrew Subway Stations: take the eastbound 504 King streetcar to Parliament Street and proceed two blocks south to the Parliament entrance into the Distillery. From King Subway Station: Take the 172 Cherry bus and get off at one of three TTC stops on Mill Street to enter the Distillery. From … Read more

Learning English doesn’t have to be routine! Check out our December Student Activity Calendar

Let’s make your English Studies more interesting every day. Just imagine: exciting ice skating, breathtaking skiing, spectacular Canadian hockey, romantic Niagara Falls. Don’t miss your amazing winter experience! Don’t like the cold? OK :-)) How’s about hilarious bowling with your classmates or thrilling basketball game? You will not freeze! Still is not for you? Like beer? Just try SteamWhistle Tour. Cheers! And, of course, don’t forget about the Annual Christmas Party. Be respectful for Santa :-)) Any event is a good chance to find new friends from other countries, learn about different cultures, practice your English and overall create your amazing experience at your English language center in Toronto. Here is a calendar for December: Feel free to get more information at EC Activities Desk. See you on the tours and activities! :-)) Follow your #ecexperience

Cherry blossom season!

High Park is Toronto’s largest public park. Centrally located on 399 acres of land in the heart of Toronto, High Park provides visitors with a unique and unusual sense of wilderness. Combining forested area, riparian zones including creeks and the largest pond in Toronto, as well as recreational facilities and well-mantained park land, High Park has something for everyone. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. One of this species is the “cherry blossom tree” High Park is home of about 2050 cherry blossom trees, or sakura, donated from the Japanese ambassador to Canada and from individual families. These trees bloom in spring, and the beautiful blossoms are enjoyed by thousands of people every year. Many people ask about the best time to see the cherry trees in full bloom: your best bet is to pay a visit in late April or early May. Cherry blossoms last for about a week to a week and a half if the weather is nice, but if it rains while they are in bloom then the flower petals fall quicker and the blooming may be over in just a few short days. Some years – not too often – if the weather is unusually cold in April then the trees may not bloom at all, since Toronto’s climate is about as cold as the Sakura trees can tolerate. The next picture was taken the last week: Theoretically, the blooms might be better next weekend. However, according to the weather forecast, it will rain for most of this week, and so it is hard to tell how the trees will be. Make sure you do not miss this beautiful event. And don’t forget, EC offers General English and … Read more

Have you ever experienced a boat party in Toronto?

Last week, a big group of EC Toronto students lived a unique experience: A Boat Cruise Party. “I had a really good time! Despite the weather (an unusual temperature of 5C°), the party was awesome” says Mariana Costero, from Venezuela. Mariana was one of our EC student ambassadors. The activity is part of the Social Programming offered by EC Toronto, at a cost of $19 (taxes included). The event takes place on Lake Ontario and Toronto Harbour, which is a perfect opportunity to see the amazing and fantastic Toronto skyline as the sun sets, while enjoying the company of good friends. “The activity was a nice experience for me, it was very cool. It is a great chance to know new people in a relaxed environment. I would recommend going to the activity in late May or summer time, so you can better enjoy staying in the boat’s deck. The activity is very fun in group”, suggested Mariana, who is in one of EC CAE Cambridge Classes. April 30th. Boat party. Indoor lounge. Groups of all sizes are welcomed to join in, just go to the 4th floor and book in advance. Bring your camera and share with us your own #ecexperience. Study English in Toronto with EC English Language Centres!

Toronto Christmas Market

It really is the most wonderful time of the year! This holiday season put on your parka and head to the Distillery District for the beautiful Christmas Market.  Enjoy some hot cider while you browse through the over 20 vendors selling hundreds of unique, handcrafted gifts. There is something for everyone to enjoy from carolers to a tree lighting ceremony. Did you know that the tradition of Christmas markets originated in Germany in the 1400s? The Market is open Friday November 29-Sunday December 16. Monday to Friday from noon-9 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10-9 pm. Best of all the Market is easily accessible by the TTC! Don’t miss out on this Toronto experience! If you want more information about the Christmas Market click here and watch this video .