Friday 11 November 2022

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary Alberta Education Listings

University of Calgary Program Listings

Calgary is a university city with the University of Calgary offering many top undergraduate and graduate programs for both Canadian and international students.

Calgary offers ESL levels one to five in 12 week semester courses. Level 6: Academic Focus is the top level of the ESL Semester Program focuses on the written and oral skills necessary for success in the English language post-secondary classroom. Students completing Level 6, with a minimum final grade of B+ in each course meet the English language proficiency requirement for: ​​Academic Communication Certificate (ACC), UCalgary Continuing Education International Professional Programs and applicable Bow Valley College certificate and diploma programs.


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) At SAIT, English Language Arts admission requirements for the programs you apply to must demonstrate English language proficiency. English is the language of instruction for all programs at SAIT and is the most common language used in business in Alberta. Acceptable tests include: IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, CLBA, Michigan, Oxford, Cambridge and Pearson.

The English Language Foundations (ELF) program provides English language upgrading for learners whose first language is not English. Students are placed into the program based on demonstrated proficiency in English, using the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. Most students use the ELF program as entry into SAIT career programs. After successfully completing the ELF program, the majority of graduates are prepared for admission into SAIT career programs as completion of ELF level 5 is accepted as equivalent to English 30 for most programs at SAIT. Students in ELF Levels 4 and 5 may combine ELF coursework with Academic Upgrading subjects in math or science.

Calgary Public Education Elementary and High Schools

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE)
Main Office - Education Centre
1221 - 8 Street SW
Calgary AB T2R 0L4
Phone 403-817-4000

Calgary Board of Education students have equitable access to quality, sustainable language learning programs and courses. L.E.A.D. classes are small so students get a lot of extra help. The focus in classes is English Language Development. Lead lessons include mathematics, science, computer technology and Canadian culture. Students in L.E.A.D. programs make significant gains in 20 months. They can transition to ESL or other classes in the school.

Calgary Catholic School District
1000 - 5 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB T2P 4T9
Phone 403-500-2000

The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) provides a Preschool program for children who have minimal or no English language skills. Children must meet the eligibility criteria for the program. Interviews will take place in the spring to determine eligibility. This is a free, publicly funded program. All families are encouraged to inquire.

Immigration Settlement LINC Services

Calgary Alberta English LINC Language Instruction for New Canadians
ILVARC 910 -7th Avenue SW, Room 1401 Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N8 (403) 262-2656

Community Educational Organizations

Alberta Association for Adult Literacy, Room 605, 332-6 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4S6

Calgary Attractions and Events

The Calgary Stampede is Calgary's best-known visitor attraction. 2022 Stampede is July 8 to 17. The action returns to the Grandstand Arena as the Stampede Rodeo and Evening Show are back for Stampede 2022. The Calgary Stampede is often referred to as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" features a large parade and world-class rodeo and draws more than a million visitors each year. Stampede Park also features a midway, a grandstand stage spectacular, lots of free entertainment, and interesting Western and Cowboy displays.

Calgary is located on the banks of the Bow River near Alberta's majestic Rocky Mountains. Calgary, Alberta attractions, include the Calgary Stampede, Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower, Canada Olympic Park, Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park Historical Village, Spaceport, Aero Space Museum, Calaway Park, and Fort Calgary.

The Calgary Aero Space Museum features 58 aircraft including:
World War One - Sopwith Triplane;
World War Two - Avro Lancaster Mk X,
Hawker Hurricane MK IIB - Pending Restoration
de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito PR35 - Pending Restoration
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Avro Anson Mk II
Cessna T50 "Crane" - Pending Restoration
North American "Harvard"
Taylorcraft "Auster" Mark VII
Post World War II Military
Avro CF-100 "Canuck" Mk III
de Havilland DH 100 Vampire F Mk. III
McDonnell Douglas CF-101B Voodoo
F86 Sabre
Other Calgary Aero Space Museum exhibits include Civil aircraft engines and film.

The Calgary Glenbow Museum boasts over a million artifacts and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada. The Glenbow Museum continues their commitment to preserve western heritage while simultaneously providing visitors with a glimpse of the world beyond. Museum exhibits feature Native culture, Western settlement, early farming, and the oil industry. Art exhibits on the second floor with a research library located on the 6th floor.

Canada's largest historical village "Heritage Park" invites you to step back in time and experience Western Canada during 1864-1914. Ride a horse drawn wagon, sail on the SS Moyie, experience the early thrills of an antique midway or ride the powerful steam train. Visit the Alberta Bakery or the Old Fashioned Candy store to enjoy the treats! The staff are happy to explain the challenges and hardships faced by the Canadian pioneers who helped settle Western Canada.

Calgary SpacePort is a unique education and entertainment facility focusing on space and aeronautics. The Calgary SpacePort features the latest computer, simulation and communications technology, hands-on exhibits and displays. SpacePort features a soaring aluminum prototype of NASA's space shuttle orbiter, interactive displays from the Canadian Space Agency, flight and motion simulators, a moon rock exhibit and many more exciting interactive space and aviation adventures. Calgary SpacePort is open 9 AM to 9 PM every day and admission is free.

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park houses over a thousand animals, including several rare and endangered species. The Prehistoric Park exhibits 22 life-size models. The outdoor botanical gardens showcase a variety of annuals, cactuses, and rainforest plants.

Canada Olympic Park is the site of 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games events including: bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping, freestyle skiing. Guided bus tours and 90-metre ski jump tower elevations available daily. Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum features bobsleigh and ski-jump simulators.

Fort Calgary Historic Park is the historical site of the 1875 North West Mounted Police fort. Fort Calgary Historic Park at the merge of the Bow and Elbow Rivers has an interpretive centre, with ongoing excavation and reconstruction of the original fort. Fort Calgary is where the settlement of Calgary began. Displays in the interpretive centre cover the life of Natives, early pioneers, and the North West Mounted Police, Canada's world-renowned Mounties, who arrived in 1875 to establish law and order.

Calaway Park is Western Canada's largest outdoor family amusement park, with 23 rides. You can also catch a live rainbow trout or play a round of mini-golf. Musical productions are presented daily by the resident entertainment troupe, "Calaway Live". It also has an RV park, campground for travelers and beautiful view of the Rockies.

Calgary Tower was built as a centennial project in 1967. The Calgary Tower is a navigation "center" of the city and stands 191 metres (626 ft) high and provides a 360-degree view of Calgary and Rocky Mountains to the west of the city.

The Calgary Science Centre brings science to life with hands-on exhibits and unique demonstrations. The Discovery Dome is one of the best multimedia theaters in North America, with shows and wide-screen films throughout the year.

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Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada


Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Antigonish and Antigonish County enjoy and promote the scenic beauty of the Atlantic coastline with its beaches, parks, trails and nature sites; their historic homes, lighthouses and churches; art and craft studios, campgrounds and golf courses; communities, and the many adventures and outdoor activities, attractions, festivals and events, and recreational opportunities.

Antigonish Culture & Heritage

The Antigonish Highland Society sponsors the Antigonish Highland Games. The Highland Games events include foot races, piping, the Highland Fling, and traditional Scottish heavy events, hurdle races, archery, and the Reel and Sword dances.

The Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre offers over 100 performances of a dozen different shows over 2 months.

The St. FX Art Gallery, established in 1976, provides a space for aspiring Nova Scotian artists to exhibit their work.

Lyghtesome Gallery promotes well-known Antigonish artists and leading artists from across Atlantic Canada through its monthly exhibit schedule.

The Antigonish Heritage Museum features exhibits, artifacts and photos from the early days of Antigonish Town and County.

History of Human Settlement in Antigonish

Antigonish has an interesting history of settlement.

Mi'kmaqs the Algonkian speaking members who originally occupied this territory were called 'Miggumahgee', or the country of the Mi'kmaq.

Starting in 1755 the Acadian French began to settle the east end of Antigonish County. Acadians populated the counties Pomquet, Tracadie, and Havre Boucher.

During the 1770's thousands of Scots were forced to flee during the Highland Clearance in West Scotland and many settled along the Northeastern coast of Nova Scotia.

In 1784 Irish Loyalists, led by Captain Timothy Hierlihy took up a large land grant surrounding Antigonish Harbour and founded Antigonish.

Free black citizens entered Nova Scotia after the American Revolution, settling in Tracadie, Antigonish County.

Antigonish Education Listings

Nova Scotia Public Education, Elementary and Secondary Schools

Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture,
2021 Brunswick Street, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2S9
Tel: 902-424-5162, Fax: 902-424-0666

Strait Regional Centre for Education

The Strait Regional School Board manages the elementary and secondary schools in Antigonish. Of the 15 regional public schools, Antigonish is home to three public schools: Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, St. Andrew Junior School and the Antigonish Education Centre.

304 Pitt Street, Unit 2; Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2T9;
Tel: 902-625-2191 Toll Free: 1-800-650-4448 Fax: 902-625-2281;

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS

St. Francis Xavier University Academic Departments: Adult Education, Anthropology, Aquatic Resources, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Canadian Studies, Catholic Studies, Celtic Studies, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Development Studies Program, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Graduate Studies, History, Human Kinetics, Human Nutrition, Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Modern Languages, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Co-op Program, Sociology and Anthropology and Women's Studies.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Students whose first language is not English are normally required to submit proof of English language proficiency. When proof of English language proficiency is required, you must achieve the following minimum score or above on a recognized English language proficiency test: IELTS 6.5 overall; TOEFL 90 iBT; MELAB 81; CAEL 70 overall; C1 Advanced 180 overall; C2 Proficiency 180 overall.

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES PROGRAM: Students who apply for admission and do not meet the minimum English language requirements can enroll in StFX’s EAP program. The program offers intermediate (Level 5) and advanced (Level 6) English for Academic Purposes courses to prepare students for undergraduate studies at StFX.

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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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