How to enjoy the winter in Toronto?

Dear students our main idea today is to share with you some nice things to do while you are enrolled in one of our English courses in Toronto during the winter. 1 – Skating Toronto has over 110 indoor and outdoor ice pads, natural rinks and trails for leisure skating. Most of them are free and generally open from 9 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, but it can change depending on each location. The most famous is the one located at City Hall. It will be open until March 22nd and rentals skates are available.     Other famous places where you can rent skates in Toronto are: The Bentway, Harbourfront, and Union Skating Rink. The Bentway is located under the Gardiner Expressway, a famous road in Toronto. It is open from 5 to 9pm on weekdays and from 12 pm to 9pm on weekends. The Bentway will offer recurring free skate lessons for adults on Tuesdays from 7 to 9pm and skate rentals are FREE on Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm all winter, courtesy of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. At Harbourfront you can skate while enjoying an amazing view of the lake and the CN Tower. It operates Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm. From Dec 14, 2019 to Feb 15, 2020, every Saturday there is a DJ playing at night while you are skating. The Union Skating Rink is the newest and largest one in Toronto. It is located just outside of Union Station. A big difference from the other rinks it is there skate and helmet rentals are free and there are free lessons from 12 to 4pm every day. It works from 11 am to 7 pm … Read more

Our Favourite Things To Do In Toronto (In Winter)

Are you visiting Toronto over the winter? From ice skating to live hockey games, there are so many fun things to do. Here’s a list of our top 5 favourite things to do in Toronto in the winter:   Skating: Toronto has 50 city-run outdoor rinks to choose from, including: Nathan Philips Square, Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), and Evergreen Brick Works ice pad. (more information here) Winterlicious: For fabulous food at some of Toronto’s premiere restaurants (at discount prices), check out Winterlicious from January 29 to February 11. Prix-Fixe lunch and dinner menus start at just $18. For more information, visit this page. Live Hockey: There’s nothing like watching a live hockey game at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Join in the excitement and cheer on our beloved home team! Tobogganing: If a major snow fall hits, you’ll be sure to want to try tobogganing. Visit one of our beautiful parks for some fun tobogganing times! Here are a few suggestions: Christie Pitts, Trinity Bellwoods, and High Park. See a Broadway Show: There are lots of amazing Broadway shows in Toronto. Check out this website for some shows that might interest you. Make sure to check out one or all of these activities to make the most of the Canadian winter season. Study English in Canada at EC Toronto.

La Poutine Week

Have you tried poutine yet? Poutine is one of the most Canadian foods you can get. It is made with French fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy. While in Toronto, you should definitely try some of this delicious fare. Next week is La Poutine Week in Toronto and restaurants are offering special poutine dishes for only $10.  Partcipating restaurants include: Poutineville, Victory Cafe, Let’s Be Frank and more! Blog TO recently listed the top 9 places to get Poutine in Toronto. If you are in the mood for a special Canadian treat, try one of these places. You won’t be sorry! Of course, don’t forget to try our famous Canadian bacon and maple syrup as well! EC is an English school in Toronto offering ESL classes.

Top 5 Fun Things to Do in Toronto

Do you want to study English at EC Toronto and just not sure if the city itself is the right fit for you? Check out this video by for the Top 5 things you can do to discover this amazing city of Toronto. 5. Visit a Museum: The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Bata Shoe Museum and The Gardiner Museum are just a few of the museums in the City of Toronto, there are actually too many to list here. 4. Check out Toronto’s Music Scene: From Indie Rock to Jazz, Pop to Soul, Toronto’s music scene is pumping! Just check out Blogto for all of the best venues. 3. Visit The Toronto Islands by Ferry: The ferry ride is short and sweet and the view is beautiful. 2. Go Beer tasting: Craft beers are a big deal in Toronto and it’s not hard to find amazing breweries around the city. Check out this link for the best micro breweries this city has to offer. 1. Visit Toronto’s many, many restaurants! For more ideas check out one of our EC Toronto student‘s favourite places to visit in Toronto.  

What is Groundhog Day?

Each year, on February 2, the groundhog peeks its head out of its burrow (the place under the ground where it lives all winter). If the groundhog sees its shadow, it becomes frightened and immediately runs back underground to sleep. That means winter will last 6 more weeks. 🙁 If the groundhog does not see its shadow, that means spring will come early. 🙂 Groundhogs (called woodchucks in England and similar to badgers in other parts of Europe) are a member of the squirrel family, although they are larger. Normally, the groundhog hibernates all winter; before going into hibernation, it has to eat a lot. Groundhogs have front paws that can hold food like hands when they eat. Groundhogs dig long tunnels underground where they live; each tunnel has different ‘rooms’, including a sleeping area, an area for babies, and a separate toilet – groundhogs like to be very clean! The most famous groundhog in Canada is ‘Wiarton Willie’. Willie has been predicting when winter will end for over 55 years. Each year on February 2nd, in the dark and early morning, towns’ folk and fans from all over come out to see Willie‘s prediction in the town of Wiarton, located on Georgian Bay which is part of Lake Huron (north and west of Toronto). So, all you EC Toronto students, don’t forget to check the news on February 2! Will it be an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Your EC Toronto Team

The Wizard of Oz

The Mirvish Theatre in Toronto describes this musical with the words ‘A Journey to Oz like No Other’. Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to reproduce his famous, all- time classic musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The producer, creative team and actors bring you a world full of magic over the rainbow! All your favourite characters and ironic moments will let you recognize the classic version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. But some surprises in the story line and new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber will give you a better understanding of the real intention of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. But we don’t want to spoil it for you so check out the most important facts about the musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’: Where: The Ed Mirvish Theatre – 244 Victoria Street, Toronto Prices and Times: Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday 7:30PM ($107 | $85 | $75 | $45 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150) Wednesday 1:30PM ($93 | $72 | $59 | $35 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150 (Mar 13, 14 only)) Friday 7:30PM ($119 | $99 | $89 | $49 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $150) Saturday 7:30PM + Saturday & Sunday 1:30PM ($130 | $107 | $89 | $59 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $175) No Shows Jan 9, 1:30PM | Mar 12, 7:30PM + Added Show  Mar 14, 1:30PM Holiday Schedule: Dec 27, 1:30PM + 7:30pm | Dec 28, 7:30pm | Dec 29, 1:30PM + 7:30pm | Dec 30, 1:30PM + 7:30PM No Shows  Jan 1 Jan 2, 1:30PM + 7:30PM | Jan 3, 1:30PM + 7:30PM | Jan 4, 7:30PM | Jan 5, 1:30 + 7:30PM | Jan 6, 1:30PM Pricing for all shows Dec 26 – Jan 6 ($130 | $107 | $89 | $59 + PREMIUM ORCHESTRA $175) Running Time: Act One – 1 hour 5 minutes Intermission – 20 … Read more

Best Sales in Toronto During Boxing Week(s)

Did you see the displays on the streets and in the shopping malls and advertisement posts on the Social Web? It’s ‘Boxing Week’! Special offers and amazing discounts are waiting for you! Here are some of the best places to go now: Where? Magwood Sale(1418 Dundas Street West) When? Dec 27 to Dec 30 What? Carefully selected vintage pieces Where? Ted Baker London Boxing Day Sale(Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street) When? Until end of January What? Clothes from across the pond. Men and women save 50 % on autumn/winter pieces. Where? Leigh & Harlow Boxing Week Sale (634 Queen Street West and 4 Karl Fraser Road) When? Dec 26 to Jan 6 What? Clothing from GSTAR, Mink Pink, Haight & Ashbury, Rich & Skinny, Scotch & Soda, Paige, Joe’s, Alternative Apparel (save up to 70 %) Where? Crocs and Reebok Warehouse Sale (International Centre, 6900 Airport Road) When? Until December 30 What? Sports Clothing from Reebok NHL apparel, Adidas golf wares, Callaway golf bags and running shoes Boxing Week and Boxing Month at Eaton Centre Toronto – Special Store Promotions: Where? H & M When? December 06, 2012 to January 01, 2013 What? Fashion Finds from $3! Ladies skirts from $3 and men’s shirts from $10, kids outerwear from $15, ladies knitwear from $7 + Scratch offs for the first 100 people in line! Where? Mexx When? December 26, 2012 to January 04, 2013 What? ADDITIONAL 50% off the last ticketed price Where? Levi’s When? December 26, 2012 to January 06, 2013 What? Up to 50% off! Where? Danier When? December 26, 2012 to December 30, 2012 What? Up to 70% off! Leather jackets starting from $99. Plus get 25% off the lowest ticketed price on all accessories! Do you want to see more sales’ offers and events? Then check out these links:–the-shopping-list-sales-and-events-in-toronto Your … Read more

HOCKEY STRIKE – The End of the World for Canadians!

We think it’s time to talk about a really serious topic – the hockey strike in the National Hockey League (NHL) in Canada. We want to inform you in a professional way so we interviewed 2 big hockey fans – Sari and Joe – two members of our EC Toronto staff team. You will also get some additional comments from the author (in italic). We were really surprised because many of their answers were very similar. Toronto Maple Leafs is their favourite team. And neither has season tickets, because it’s too expensive. Joe has also no time to go out (…on Saturday nights – Really? What is better than going out to watch a sports game on Saturday nights?) Sari and Joe have never cried when their team lost because they ‘are used to their team losing’. (That’s sad in a really strange way.) Both can play hockey – Sari can play field hockey (not ice hockey) and Joe played on a team during his teenage years (a really great comment from him: ‘When I was 12 years old my team won a hockey cup and I was the best defence man… of 2 defence men.’ Congratulations belatedly!). And both are such big fans because watching a hockey game is really traditional in Canada. Sari and Joe have been sitting in front of the TV every Saturday night since they were kids. Another reason for Joe is that hockey is a fast, exciting and beautiful game for him (Seriously? Can a hockey game be beautiful? What do you think?). Both like Jonathan Toews from the Chicago Blackhawks as (one of) their favourite hockey players. But number one for Sari is Sidney Crosby, and after Toews her third favourite player is Ian White. During the two interviews we also found out … Read more

Earth Hour March 31 8:30pm

  Earth Hour is a global event organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and it’s held annually on the last Saturday of March. The purpose of it is to conserve energy and it’s a symbol of showing support for action against climate change. It’s really easy to participate in this effort to conserve energy! All you have to do is turn off your lights for one hour on Saturday March 31, 2012 from 8:30pm to 9:30 pm (local). While turning off the light for one hour once a year may not have a huge impact right away, doing it every year and raising awareness about it so that more people all over the world are participating in it, in the long term will have definitely have a huge impact. It’s important to participate as well because it serves as a good reminder to try to better use the power more efficiently. And it also shows support and unity in this attempt to better conserve energy.

Go to New York City for 3.5 days for ONLY $289!!

New York city is one of the liveliest cities in the world! New Yorkers don’t go to sleep! There’s always something to do in New York, no matter what time it is because they have a 24-hour subway system. You can go with our school from March 9-12,  March 16-19 or March 23-26! Details about the trip: -Modern highway motor coach transportation (first night spent on the bus) -2 nights hotel accomodation -Breakfast included -Guided tours of Mid-Manhattan, Time Square, Central Park, Financial District, SOHO, Little Italy, Chinatown, Broadway & more! -Outlet shopping and much more! For more information on how to register come to the Activities office on the fourth floor. They will give you more information and register you as well! And check out our facebook page here, it has information on all the other activities.