With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. Your international student advisor can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations. Canada’s post-secondary campuses aren’t only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure. Plus, you’ll have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.
Shopping in Canada is very diverse from antique shops and fashion boutiques to factory outlets and malls providing excellent variety and value. Toronto is based in the area known as the Golden Horseshoe. Here you can find leather and suede fashions at the Olde Hide House in Acton; chocolatiers in downtown Burlington, or a gift along the waterfront at Bronte Village in Oakville
Looking for somewhere bigger then try the Eaton Centre in Toronto with a selection of more than 230 retailers and restaurants.www.torontoeatoncentre.com.
In Vancouver is located downtown is the Pacific Centre, a shopping mall with over 90 shops all in one convenient location. www.pacificcentre.ca
British Columbia is Canada’s western most province. British Columbia boasts designer boutiques in Burrard, Granville and Robson. Ontario is located in east-central province of Canada. Cruise along Rideau Canal, www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/rideau/index.aspx and stop off at ByWard farmer’s market
Neo-Gothic buildings of Parliament Hill in Ottawa are the setting for the ceremonial bagpipes and watch the march of pageantry www.parliamenthill.gc.ca
The Canadian Museum of Civilization houses the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. http://www.civilization.ca/home
Follow the canoe routes of fur traders and Algonquins on one of Ontario’s 250,000 lakes, or shoot the rapids over 60,000miles of river www.algonquinpark.on.ca
In Toronto, visit the Royal Ontario Museum (don’t miss the Bat Cave) one of the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures.
Take a stroll to Toronto’s castle on a hill, the historic Casa Loma. www.casaloma.org
Feeling a bit more energetic, take a hike through the ancient eastern white cedars in the Niagara Escarpment www.escarpment.org
The above is just a small selection of attractions in Canada; for more inspiration take at look at the following websites:
Canadian’s love their sport.
Ice hockey www.hockeycanada.ca is Canada’s official national winter sport while Lacrosse www.lacrosse.ca is Canada’s oldest and official summer sport
Other sports that are followed are football, www.cfl.ca, which is American football; the English version of football is called soccer www.canadasoccer.com
Basket ball www.basketball.ca also feature strongly
If you fancy following one of Toronto’s teams they are listed below:
Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League)
Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball)
Toronto FC (Major League Soccer)
Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League)
Toronto Marlies (American Hockey League)
Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association)
Toronto Rock (National Lacrosse League)
Most of Canada’s large towns have a vibrant nightlife and bar scene
Toronto provides numerous restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges for both visitors and locals alike. Why not try College Street and West Queen West
For a list of clubs and bars in British Columbia have a look at www.clubzone.com/h2/british_columbia
If you fancy seeing the latest blockbuster most large towns have a cinema, if you use you student ID most offer discounted prices