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Canada’s best

From amazing scenery and outdoor activities to lively cities, a welcoming population and great education opportunities, Canada is one of the best study locations, as Gillian Evans discovers.

There is no doubt for Maria Babiak from EC English in Montreal that Canada is a spectacular study destination. “Canada is rich in natural beauty, coast to coast,” she says. “No province is the same – each one is totally unique and I think this really adds to the charm of studying in [the country].”

In addition to its vast untouched wilderness, Ramona Hamilton Cook at the English Language Centre at the University of Victoria, says, “Students are attracted to Canada because of the high level of education, relatively cheap tuition and overall safety. We also have some of the best – and cleanest – cities in the world.”

Another draw is its harmonious multicultural society, says Bogumila Anaya from Ilac, which has centres in Toronto and Vancouver. “We are a nation of immigrants, so even though our official languages are English and French, everyone is welcome in Canada regardless of the colour of their skin, cultural background or religious beliefs.” Indeed, the welcoming attitude of its people is a recurring theme throughout Canada. “‘Montrealers’ are unbelievably friendly,” claims Babiak. “You can meet someone and talk to them for 10 minutes and instantly be treated like a close friend, receiving the customary two-cheek kiss goodbye.”

Canada’s second-largest city after Toronto, Montreal has a distinctly European flavour with a North American slant; a combination of old cobbled streets, churches and monuments and glass and concrete of modern architecture. “Most people don’t realise Montreal is on an island in the middle of the St Lawrence River,” comments Babiak. “In Montreal itself, you have the ‘Mountain’, which is a beautiful park in the middle of the city and a central meeting place for walkers, runners, bikers and families.”

Jason Flaming at ILSC, which has schools in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, says summer in the city is particularly vibrant. “There are so many free community festivals that are really accessible to everyone, right in the downtown,” he says. “Picnic Electronique is a big local festival that is a lot of fun.”

Another study location with plenty going on for students and locals is Toronto, Canada’s largest city and the provincial capital of Ontario. “In Toronto, the food is a really big appeal,” confirms Flaming. “There are a lot of eclectic restaurants and ethnic foods. The nightlife is excellent, and the city is full of local watering holes, with a real neighbourhood welcoming feel.”

Centre Island, which includes 600 acres of parkland just a short ferry ride away from downtown Toronto, is a great place to escape to on hot summer days and is one of Anaya’s favourite places in the city. “In addition to offering the best view of the Toronto skyline,” she explains, “[Centre Island] features regular concerts and festivals, an amusement park, lots of green space, gardens, bicycle paths, beaches [and] eateries.”

According to Linda Moore at ILSC in Vancouver, however, it is British Columbia’s most famous tourist destination, Vancouver, that is “the greenest city in the world”. Richard Powell from the Vancouver branch of EC English points out that Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park is “larger than New York’s Central Park, and much wilder!”

It is no wonder that Vancouver has a far-reaching reputation as a clean green city, which according to Moore, “opens up so many opportunities for adventure, including hiking, biking, river trips and more!”

Frances Seaton at St Giles Platinum Division in Vancouver, is a keen cyclist and mentions the “many bike paths, parks and great places along the ocean side” for cycling or just strolling. Seaton adds, “A few of my favourite spots are, of course, Stanley Park, the Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain, Shakespeare in the Park during the summer and I love taking the ferry over to one of our many islands.”

Food also features highly in Vancouver. “There are so many cultures represented that we are able to enjoy food and cultures from around the world,” says Maki Natori at the English Language Institute at the University of British Columbia.

Helping students to integrate and experience Canadian culture is important to education institutions in the city. At the University of British Columbia, students can join the volunteer club, which organises events such as helping at the local soup kitchen or at community events and cleaning parks. To show students the real Canada, VGC Language School in Vancouver runs a series of activities and excursions called the Canadian Experience. Dominic Walton explains: “These experiences vary from weekend trips to the Rockies, bungee jumping or snowboarding in Whistler to whale watching and surfing in Tofino. Other experiences [include] watching a Vancouver canuck [ice hockey] game or ice-skating in the heart of downtown. We know that students want more than just to come to

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“Compared with other English-speaking countries, our students like Canada for its quality of education, affordable fees, safe and pleasant environment and internship and work opportunities. Our students often go to Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto for degree programmes or language programmes. Students commonly cite the following reasons for choosing Vancouver and Toronto: world-class schools, convenient locations, rich cultural and business activities and affordable fees. As for Victoria, many students love it because it’s a beautiful city with strong economics. What surprises our students most are the gorgeous scenic views and welcoming people.”
Fen Tseng, Scholar Education Counselling Services, Taiwan

“Students choose Canada because of the good cost of the programmes, safety, friendly people and lots of tourist attractions in a such beautiful country! Vancouver is the most popular destination with our students but we also send students to Toronto and Montreal. Vancouver is an amazing city, with mountains and beautiful beaches. Also good food, sports, friendly people, nightlife. And it’s not so cold during the winter! For me Vancouver is one of the best cities in the world, with amazing nature and very nice landscapes.”
Luiza Vianna, CI, Brazil

“Students who study in Canada like the wonderful nature, and they also enjoy city life and the warm [friendly] people. Vancouver is the most popular location for our students, then Toronto and Victoria. Victoria is especially popular during summer. I have been to Canada and enjoyed all the multicultural foods and restaurants. You can even eat high quality Sushi in Vancouver!” You can even eat high quality Sushi in Vancouver!”
Jennifer Maynard, Cactus Language, UK

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