4 ways to learn more about local culture when you study English in Canada

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Studying in Canada allows you to learn English quickly. Classes with expert instructors help students learn important grammar rules and vocabulary. In addition, fun trips and activities help students practise their English with native speakers. However, these are just some of the many benefits that come with learning English abroad.

Learning English in Canada is an excellent opportunity to learn more about local culture. Here are just some of the ways you can experience Canadian culture!

1. Visit local attractions

What better way to learn about local Canadian culture than to take some time to visit historical sites? First, there’s the ever-popular Rideau Canal, which is one of the oldest canals still being used in Canada today! In London, Ontario, there’s the famous Eldon House, a home Captain John Harris of the royal navy built in 1834. It is considered one of the oldest buildings in Ontario! Should you find yourself visiting Parliament Hill, take a walk down to the right side of the building and you’ll find statues of the Famous Five, a group of brave women who sought political equality for women in Canada. These are just some of the many historical attractions you can visit while learning English in Canada.

2. Do you like hockey?

Many Canadians love ice hockey. It’s one of our favourite sports! For students in ESL school learning about hockey for the first time, watching a game can be a very fun experience. ESL students can always watch the Ottawa Senators play on television, or even go see a game at a local arena. In London, for example, students could see the London Knights, a junior team that is part of the Ontario Hockey League.

CultureWorks students enjoying a hockey game!
CultureWorks students enjoying a hockey game!

3. Try tasty local foods

One of the best ways to get to know local culture anywhere in the world is through food, so why not visit some local markets? Ottawa has the ByWard Market, and students in London can visit the Covent Garden Market. At both of these locations, there are plenty of restaurants and vendors selling tasty meals. You could try delicious poutine, or pancakes with plenty of maple syrup on top.
You could even try a Beaver Tail. Unlike what the name suggests, Beaver Tails aren’t made with meat from beavers. Instead, Beaver Tails are a pastry that has been fried. They can be covered with sweet toppings such as cinnamon sugar, chocolate hazelnut spread, and even apples or bananas. It’s just one of the many tasty Canadian foods you can enjoy during your studies.

Covent Garden Market in London has a lot of great food to offer!
Covent Garden Market in London has a lot of great food to offer!

4. Festivals, festivals, and more festivals!

When it comes to festivals, Canada is full of them. Ottawa has a winter festival called Winterlude, which was started in 1979. During Winterlude, Jacques-Cartier Park becomes Snowflake Kingdom, where you can toboggan down ice slides, see beautiful ice sculptures, and more. Part of Rideau Canal also freezes over in winter, making it one of the world’s longest skating rinks.

If you study English in Canada during the summer, there are also several other festivals you can enjoy. London has a food festival called Sunfest, and a music festival held each year in Harris Park called Rock the Park. These are just a few of the awesome festivals you can look forward to during your ESL studies. We dare you to try them all!

Are you ready to join an ESL program in Canada this year?

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