Top 5 Fun Things to Do in Toronto

Do you want to study English at EC Toronto and just not sure if the city itself is the right fit for you? Check out this video by for the Top 5 things you can do to discover this amazing city of Toronto. 5. Visit a Museum: The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Bata Shoe Museum and The Gardiner Museum are just a few of the museums in the City of Toronto, there are actually too many to list here. 4. Check out Toronto’s Music Scene: From Indie Rock to Jazz, Pop to Soul, Toronto’s music scene is pumping! Just check out Blogto for all of the best venues. 3. Visit The Toronto Islands by Ferry: The ferry ride is short and sweet and the view is beautiful. 2. Go Beer tasting: Craft beers are a big deal in Toronto and it’s not hard to find amazing breweries around the city. Check out this link for the best micro breweries this city has to offer. 1. Visit Toronto’s many, many restaurants! For more ideas check out one of our EC Toronto student‘s favourite places to visit in Toronto.  

In 2013, Victoria Day falls on Monday, May 20th!

Hey EC Toronto students – do you know the origins of Victoria Day? Victoria Day is a public holiday celebrated across Canada on the Monday before the May 25th. Victoria Day was originally set in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 1837 until January 1901. Canada celebrates this day because it is a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, an organization led by the crown of England. This day is referred as the Victoria Day Weekend; the May Long Weekend and May Long. It is also called the May Two-Four, a wink to “two-four” which is the slang name of a case of beer, which is consumed in large numbers over this holiday weekend! May 20th is the first public holiday of the summer. As you know, Canadian’s winters are very long and especially very cold! That’s why it is so famous here! It is the occasion for Canadians to benefit from a long sunny and warm weekend… For the more active:  travel, visiting family, resorts, hotel, gardening, BBQs, outdoor activities or… just bask in the sun for sloths! Fireworks displays are common, especially on Monday night. The official Firework take place Ashbridge’s Bay on Monday, May 20th at 10:00 p.m. EC Toronto students – what are you doing on this great long weekend? Take some photos with your hearts and send them to us on instagram! See you there ! Your ‘Royal’ EC Toronto Team

Family Day – Time for Your Family and Yourself

The original idea of Family Day was to give people a day that they can spend time with their families and have a day off between New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Common activities on Family Day are skating, skiing/snowboarding, playing hockey and going to winter festivals and of course eating a lot of pancakes with too much maple syrup! Family Day is celebrated in only some provinces in Canada – Alberta, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and of course here in Ontario. Our province started to have Family Day in 2007 when Dalton McGuinty promised to establish a provincial holiday in February if he was re-elected. So the whole EC Toronto family enjoyed its spare time on Family Day last Monday. Also our EC Toronto mascot, Günther, celebrated Family Day and took a day off! What did you do on last Monday when EC Toronto was closed due Family Day? Did you spend time with your homestay family and friends? Your EC Toronto Team

National Flag Day of Canada

source: 1921: Red and white were named the official colours of Canada. 1965: The red and white Canadian flag was raised on Parliament Hill where our Federal parliament meets. Canada is not a very old country. Canada officially became a country in 1867 – that means we are only 146 years old! We celebrate Canada’s birthday on July 1st every year. How old is your country?? Your EC Toronto Team wishes you a happy ‘National Flag of Canada Day’!

Algonquin Park – Nature in Canada

Algonquin Park, located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario, is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Because of its size of about 7653 square kilometers, it’s a perfect place to view birds and other wildlife. If you visit the park, over 2.400 lakes and 1.200 kilometers of streams and rivers are waiting for you. Because the park is very close to the major urban centers of Toronto and Ottawa, Algonquin Park is one of the most popular parks for tourists and the Canadians too. To get there, just follow Highway 60 north. There is a visitor center for all people who want to know something about the natural history, enjoy a relaxed meal in a nice restaurant or buy a book to become an Algonquin Park expert. You can also go out and enjoy a wonderful view above the park and take a huge breath of fresh air. (more about the visitor center: Everybody interested in the history of the park can visit the Algonquin Logging Museum. You’ll get all information you want in a multimedia presentation and a nice ambiance. (more about the museum: At the moment, the leaves are changing their colours; so we think that it’s a wonderful idea to visit Algonquin Park, take a walk through the impressive nature, enjoy the fresh air and take some pictures of the spectacular views ……. ….. like our two interns at EC Toronto. They visited Algonquin Park last weekend and were there for one night. If you want to see some of their pictures they took just follow this link. Your EC Toronto Team

The Canadian National Exhibition

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as The Ex, is Canada’s largest annual community event. It takes place at Exhibition Place in Toronto which is located along Toronto’s waterfront on the shores of Lake Ontario and just west of downtown Toronto. This year it opened on Friday, August 17th and continues until Labour Day on Monday, September 3rd. It attracts more than 1.3 million people every year. The CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, a dog show, a working farm, parades and a three-day Air Show. Midway rides and games, wacky fair food as well as international food and shopping are also popular highlights of this major Toronto event. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit provide easy transportation to the CNE with stops at Exhibition Place. Tickets cost $16 per person and you can buy them online or directly at the entrance. Go and enjoy a day or evening of fun and entertainment! There will be something for everyone!