Thursday 10 November 2022

Niagara Falls Ontario Canada

Niagara Falls was first incorporated in 1904 and was organized into a new Region in 1970 and is now part of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

Niagara Falls overlooks the 54 M (177 ft) high Horseshoe, or Canadian falls. In 1905 large-scale hydroelectric plants began operations. Sir Adam Beck No. 1 opened in 1921, has a production capacity of 498 MW and Sir Adam Beck No. 2 opened in 1954, has a production capacity of 1440 MW.

In 1885 the Ontario provincial government established the Niagara Parks Commission. The orderly, landscaped quality of Queen Victoria Park gradually extended steadily along the Niagara river to the south to Fort Erie by 1915 and north to Niagara on the lake by 1931.

The Niagara Region contains several attractions which include Queen Victoria Park, Table Rock Scenic Tunnels, Spanish Aero Car, the annual Winter Festival of Lights; the historical museum at Lundy's Lane, the Maid of the Mist, Marineland, Skylon Tower, Minolta Tower, IMAX Theatre, the Butterfly Conservatory, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Canada One Factory Outlets, Casino Niagara and Fallsview, the Clifton Hill Attractions and several world class golf courses.

Links to Regional Municipality of Niagara Education Information

Public Education- Elementary and Secondary Schools

The District School Board of Niagara is a school board in the public school system of Ontario, Canada, in the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Its head office is in St. Catharines. The DSBN operates schools in each of the twelve municipalities in the region.

The English as Second Language (ESL) program is a temporary support program for students in grades 1 to 8 whose first language is not English. Students in the ESL program are working towards the same Ontario curriculum expectations as other students. The ESL program helps students with vocabulary, and reading and writing strategies to help them in all subject areas. The ESL program is available at all DSBN elementary schools.

191 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7P4 Canada Phone: 905-641-1550

Niagara Catholic District School Board
427 Rice Road Welland ON L3C 7C1 Canada Phone: 905.735.0240

List of all Niagara High Schools with addresses


Niagara falls anounced approval of a new university to be located in Niagara falls.

Brock University is a public research university in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is the only university in Canada in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, at the centre of Canada's Niagara Peninsula on the Niagara Escarpment. Brock offers the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). Students who meet undergraduate admission requirements but don’t meet Brock's English language proficiency requirements can apply to the IELP/undergraduate program. Students must submit an official English proficiency test score, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc., with your application. Once at Brock, students will write the Brock CamLA placement test. Both tests will be reviewed and students will be placed in the IELP level that reflects the higher of the two test scores. Levels range from preparatory to advanced Level 5. Each level or term is 12 weeks long with 25 hours of instruction per week.


Niagara College

Niagara College’s intensive English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program offers five levels of English language skill development, welcoming beginners through advanced English proficiencies, and are each four months in duration. The most rigorous language program at Niagara College, EAP is designed for secondary school (high school) graduates and English as a Second language (ESL) learners as the program focuses on preparing you for English language post-secondary studies and career advancement. Applicants to this program should be in the process of completing, or have completed, their final year of secondary school. The Niagara College EAP program is designed to strengthen all areas of English Language skills with the ultimate goal of preparing students for the workforce or to allow one to continue studies in one of the undergraduate or graduate programs at Niagara College.

Career and Skills Training Organizations

Niagara Parks School of Horticulture

Municipality - Cities/Towns

Lincoln - Beamsville, Campden, Jordan Station, Vineland, Vineland Station

Fort Erie - Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Stevensville

Grimsby - Grimsby

Niagara Falls - Niagara Falls

Niagara-On-The-Lake - Niagara-On-The-Lake, Queenston, St. Davids, Virgil

Pelham - Fenwick, Fonthill, Ridgeville

Port Colborne - Port Colborne, Sherkston

St. Catharines - St. Catharines

Thorold - Allanburg, Port Robinson, Thorold

Wainfleet - Wainfleet, Lowbanks

Welland - Welland

West Lincoln - Binbrook, Caistor Centre, Canfield, Grassie, Smithville, St. Anns, Wellandport


Niagara Falls Public Library
– great resource for many areas of historic interest. This link takes you to their Digital Collections which provides a view with many images in their collection along with other aspects of our past. Their database can also check newspaper clippings and other valuable references.

Brock Map Library
– wonderful collection of early maps of Niagara.

City of Niagara Falls Heritage Properties
- Link to City of Niagara Falls Heritage Properties

Niagara Frontier
- General information about Niagara Falls, geological origin, waterways, power, history and contemporary issues.

Historic Places
- Federal website dedicated to locating spaces of significance in our country.  The link provided takes you to a search of sites that are found within Niagara Falls.

The On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies
- This site contains information about the Loyalists and contains a search engine.

Butler’s Rangers
- An introductory site, the table of contents is a good source to use for re-enactors.

Black Loyalists
- information on early Ontario Black History

Upper Canada Land Petitions
– great resource for tracking down people who petitioned for land in Upper Canada

Niagara Parks Commission – Chippawa Battlefield Park
- introductory site and for visitation purposes

Archives of Ontario War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition
- Archives of Ontario War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition

1812 History
– A database of artefacts from Museums related to the War

Internet Archive
– great source of information, including a large number of early history books.

Historical Plaques of the Niagara Region
- List of Historical Plaques of the Niagara Region

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Ottawa Ontario Canada


Canadian Tulip Festival

We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Tulip Festival was back MAY 12-22, 2023 in Commissioners park this year. The Canadian Tulip Festival has been recognizing the sacrifices Canadian Soldiers made during the liberation of the Netherlands since 1953!

A Celebration of the Gift of Tulips and Canada's Role in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War

Link to full details and festival information.

Link to Google images of tulip festival

Ottawa Cultural and Historical Attractions

Arts Court
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Carleton University Art Gallery
Centrepointe Theatre
Gallery 101
Great Canadian Theatre Company
Kanata Symphony Orchestra
Kanata Theatre
Karsh-Masson Gallery
La Nouvelle Scene
National Arts Centre
National Gallery of Canada
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa City Hall Gallery
Parliament Hill
Rideau Hall - Home of the Governor General
SAW Gallery

Ottawa Museums

Bank of Canada Currency Museum
Billings Estate Museum
Canada Agriculture Museum (Experimental Farm)
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canada Aviation Museum
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian War Museum
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Diefenbunker - Canada's Cold War Museum
Goulbourn Museum
Library and Archives Canada
Nepean Museum
Osgoode Township Historical Society & Museum
Pinhey's Point Historic Site
Royal Canadian Mint
The Bytown Museum
Watson?s Mill

Links to Ottawa Maps

Ottawa Education Organizations

Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Support for English Language Learners - English Language Learners New to Ottawa - Once families have arrived in Ottawa, they should contact the Family Reception Centre at 613-239-2416 to make an appointment for initial assessment and school placement. The Family Reception Centre staff will recommend the most appropriate placement for students after assessing their educational background, English language proficiency and mathematics skills. The Family Reception Centre is open 12 months of the year and is located in the Adult High School building, 300 Rochester Street, Room 202. Families should call WELL BEFORE the first day of school in September, wherever possible, to avoid delays. Appointments will be scheduled only after families have arrived in Ottawa.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Support - ESL programs are intended for students whose first language is not English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools and who arrive in Canada with age-appropriate first-language literacy skills and educational backgrounds. Secondary students receive a credit for their ESL language courses but the courses are not linked to any grade since placement is based on English language proficiency.

ELD programs are intended for students whose first language is not English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools and who arrive in Canada with significant gaps in their education. They are most often from countries in which their access to education has been limited so that they have had limited opportunities to develop language and literacy skills in any language.

133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2H6L3

Ottawa Universities

University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa offers a full range of academic and professional undergraduate programs in both English and French in nine faculties and schools: Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Management, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences. English language requirements for admission are: IELTS Overall score 6.5 Writing section 6.5; TOEFL IBT Overall score 86 Writing section 22; CAEL 60; DuoLingo 120; PTE 60.

The English Intensive Program (EIP) at the University of Ottawa is designed to build your confidence and help you acquire the language skills, academic abilities, and intercultural knowledge you need to succeed, both in your undergraduate or graduate program. You'll be given the tools to develop your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to effectively understand and communicate ideas in the academic context.

Centre for Language Learning - English Intensive Program
ESL 0105 - Pre-Academic Foundations in English
ESL 0110 - Academic Entry in English
ESL 0120 - Academic Development in English
ESL 0130 - Academic Enhancement in English
ESL 0140 - Academic Bridging in English

Carleton University

Carleton University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in: Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and Design, Public Affairs, Science and Business.

The language of instruction at Carleton University is English. For admission, students will need to demonstrate that their knowledge and use of English are strong enough for studies in an English language university. Students who submit any of the following scores may be eligible for an offer with no further ESL requirement and may begin full time degree studies: CAEL 70, Duolingo 115, TOEFL IBT 86 with 20 writing, IELTS 6.5 and PTE 60.

Carleton University Academic ESL courses (ESLA 1300, ESLA 1500, ESLA 1900), offer you the opportunity to start your university studies BEFORE you have satisfied Carleton's English as a Second Language Requirements (ESLR). The School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) offers three credit English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes (ESLA) course levels to improve your academic English in stages. The courses have been developed to target both language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and the research and study skills that you need in order to be successful in an English language university. Depending on your English skills and the ESL placement you receive from us, you may start your ESLA studies at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level.

Ottawa Colleges

Algonquin College

Algonquin College is a public-sector polytechnic institution operating under the auspices of Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. More than 20,000 students attend Algonquin College's Ottawa, Perth, and Pembroke, Ontario campuses, with tens of thousands more taking online programs. The College is the largest vocational training institution in Eastern Ontario, offering programs in everything from health, to business, media and design, trades and technology, heritage trades, public safety, community studies, hospitality and tourism, outdoor adventure, and more.

Algonquin College offers English as a Second Language (ESL) at Algonquin College Language Institute to improve English communication skills. Algonquin College courses are designed to meet various specific language needs, such as test preparation, language for business, and pronunciation. Your English language training focuses on a combination of lessons which includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

The Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization has been providing settlement and integration services to
the community for almost 30 years. Through innovative services, community building, and public
engagement, OCISO enables newcomers and their families to participate fully in an open and
welcoming Ottawa.

Ottawa Immigration Settlement LINC Services

YMCA of Ottawa-Carleton Assessment and Resource Centre
240 Catherine Street, Suite 308 Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2G8
(613) 594-0351

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus

Bus and trolley fleets crisscross and cover over 1800 square kilometers putting you within easy reach of Vancouver major attractions. Many bus routes connect directly with SkyTrain and SeaBus.

SkyTrain is one of the most advanced light rapid transit systems in the world. It can speed you to a special destination or it can be an attraction on its own. SkyTrain currently whisks you along a scenic 28 kilometer track from Vancouver to Surrey, in just 39 minutes.

SeaBus is a passenger only ferry which connects buses and SkyTrain in Vancouver with services in the North Shore. Enjoy one of the most beautiful inner harbour and mountain views in the city on this 15 minute trip. Operates daily between Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay every 15 to 30 minutes. Bikes are welcome.

For detailed route information you may call the Customer Information Centre at (604) 873 - 7000.

Vancouver Skytrain Map

Vancouver Bicycle Map

Vancouver Education Listings

Vancouver Public Education, Elementary and Secondary Schools

The ESL programs are called English Language Learning (ELL). Students are divided up into three groups: Level 1- beginners and lower intermediates; Level 2/3- upper intermediates and advance, and Level 4 transitional. All ELL students in Level 1 take ELL Science, ELL Socials Studies, ELL Literature, and ELL Writing, plus an additional four courses at students' grade level: Math, P.E. and 2 electives (Art, Music, Technical Studies, Home Economics, Computer Studies; or Drama).

Vancouver School Board, 1580 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6J 5K8 Phone: (604) 713-5000 Email:

Catholic School Board, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver BC V5Z 0G3 Phone: 604-683-9331 Fax: 604-687-6692 E:

Vancouver Colleges

Vancouver Community College

English is the primary language of instruction at VCC. All applicants are required to demonstrate the appropriate level of English language proficiency to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English entrance requirements vary by program. CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test), Cambridge Assessment, Duolingo English Test, IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT are accepted as external test options for meeting VCC's English entrance requirements.

VCC International Education Office, 250 West Pender Street, Room 100, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1S9, Canada Tel: 1.604.443.8600 Fax: 1.604.443.8678

The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, and forested trails in the adjoining Pacific Spirit Regional Park. English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate English language competency before they're admitted.

The University of British Columbia, English Language Institute (ELI) helps students learn ESL English quickly and effectively in Vancouver, BC. The English for Academic Purposes is for Lower Intermediate to Advanced can be online or in person, Vancouver English Experience Program is for Upper Elementary to Advanced.

Vancouver Education Organizations

Literacy B.C. , Linda Mitchell, Executive Director
622 - 510 West Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1L8
Tel: 604-684-0624, fax: 604-684-8520

Vancouver Community Organizations

Vancouver Immigration Settlement LINC Services

People living in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, South Delta, Burnaby or New Westminster, apply to: Vancouver Language Assessment Centre.

LINC Assessment and Referral Centre, #208 – 2525 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1 Tel: 604-876-5756 Fax: 604 876-0134

LINC stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. The LINC program is one of the immigrant settlement services provided through the National Settlement Program. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and is free to students. LINC provides basic and intermediate level ESL training for adult newcomers to Canada. You can take LINC if you are a Permanent resident and 17 years or older.

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