One of the most exciting things about travelling to a new country and studying its language is learning about its history. Luckily, when you study English in Ottawa or London, Ontario, you’ll be close to some of Canada’s best museums and most important historic sites. So, you can easily go on trips in your free time to learn about Canada’s long history. These sites even make for fascinating conversation topics to help you practice your English with your classmates and the people you meet in Canada.
Learn about the Underground Railroad at Uncle Tom’s Cabin during your English training
Close to London, Ontario, is Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. Here you can learn about Canada’s role in the Underground Railroad, which was a secret network of routes in the 1800s that slaves in the southern United States used to escape to freedom in Canada. The site includes the restored 1841 home of Josiah Henson, who was a former slave. He was also the model for the popular 1852 anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. There is also a museum, gallery, and other buildings from the 1800s at the site, so you can see what life was like in Canada nearly 200 years ago.
Visit the Canadian Museum of History while studying English in Ottawa
If you enroll in an intensive English program in Ottawa and you want to learn about Canadian history and culture, then you should definitely visit the Canadian Museum of History. It is one of the biggest and most important museums in the country and it covers 20,000 years of Canadian history. It’s also a great place if you are looking for subjects that you can use to practice your English skills. That’s because exhibits such as the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles and the world’s oldest hockey stick are great conversation starters!
Visit the Diefenbunker to learn more about Canada during the 20th century
Just a short drive outside of Ottawa is the Diefenbunker, which is one of Canada’s most unusual museums. The Diefenbunker is an underground bunker built by former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in the 1950s and 1960s. The bunker was supposed to house the government in case of a nuclear attack during the Cold War. Today, you can visit this underground museum and see exhibits about Canada during the Cold War. You can even see rooms preserved just as they were in the 1960s, including the Prime Minister’s suite.
You can see the Diefenbunker here in this short clip:
Visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology during your English training in Canada
If your English training in Canada takes you to London, Ontario, make sure you visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. This is a great museum to learn about Ontario’s First Nations peoples, and our London students have a lot of fun going on trips here! It covers 13,000 years of history, from the Ice Age to when Europeans first arrived in the area. The highlight of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology is the Lawson Site. The Lawson Site is where an Iroquois village that housed up to 2,000 people was once located. Archaeological digs have been going on at the Lawson Site for 150 years. Parts of the village have even been restored so you can see what it looked like 500 years ago.
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