When you first arrive in Canada, you’ll find that one of the fastest ways to immerse yourself in the culture (and start applying your English skills) is to get out there and get active!
Whether you like sports, nature, history, or the arts, Canada has plenty of activities to excite and inspire. Read on to find out how Canadians have fun year round, in all kinds of weather.
Winter Activities for ESL Students in Canada
Canadians know how to make the most out of winter! During the colder months, students enrolled in an esl program in Canada should have no problem finding ways to stay active.
There are many winter sports to try, from snowshoeing to snowboarding – or for students who would rather cheer on a favourite local team, there’s nothing like the excitement of a hockey game. And if you’re applying to English courses for Carleton university, you’ll definitely want to try skating on the Rideau canal – the largest skating rink in the country!
Canada’s also a world famous producer of maple syrup. During winter you can visit a sugar shack to learn about how maple syrup is made, enjoy a great meal and maybe even a sleigh ride. A trip to a sugar shack is a must for anyone new to Canada. Here’s a shot of CultureWorks students enjoying their first visit in Ottawa.
Spring & Summer Activities for ESL Students in Canada
After the snow has melted, spring and summer are great seasons to take advantage of Canada’s beautiful landscape. From outdoor sports to activities like camping, hiking, swimming and boating – there are many fun ways to enjoy the warm weather and the country’s natural abundance of lakes, parks and trails.
Another popular summer tradition is to attend one of the many summer festivals that are hosted across Canada. Summer festivals give students the chance to catch free music concerts, see art exhibits, try new foods, and practice English with locals.
Fall Activities for ESL Students in Canada
Fall is one of Canada’s most beautiful seasons. As the summer heat cools and the leaves change colour, Canadians continue to enjoy outdoor activities.
Students who study English in Canada can join thousands of Canadians across the country in apple-picking, a favourite national pastime. You’ll spend the day at a scenic orchard, and get to sample some delicious apples and taste home-baked goods that are uniquely Canadian.
And students who fell in love with camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking during the warmer seasons can still continue those activities during the fall. With a light jacket and maybe a thermos of hot chocolate, you can continue to spend afternoons and weekends outdoors, enjoying Canada’s natural beauty.
Which outdoor sport or activity are you most excited to try when you visit Canada to study English?