As the world’s second-largest country, Canada offers a plethora of marvelous activities that students can experience to make their journey of studying abroad even more remarkable. Whether you are already in the country or in the middle of your school application process, these irresistible adventures await you.
1. Explore the Niagara Falls. If visiting Ontario isn’t on your bucket list, well, you may want to add it now because Canada’s most famous natural attraction Niagara Falls (or part of it) is in it. Consisting of two waterfalls on the Niagara River that act as a border between New York and Ontario, Niagara Falls has the American Falls on the US border and the Canadian or Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. Aside from hopping on the Maid of Mist boat and wearing the iconic poncho to somehow protect you from drenching under the waterfalls, add to your Niagara to-do list a visit to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and the Old Fort Niagara.
Some of the universities near this attraction are the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, The University of Western Ontario, and York University.
2. Go Bungee Jumping. For the adrenaline junkies or even those who just need a jolt of fun, the Great Canadian Bungee, aka The Rock, is right up your alley. Located just a few minutes from Ottawa, The Rock stands 200 feet tall and is the highest jump you can try in Canada and the US.
Carleton University is just about a 20-minute car drive to the Great Canadian Bungee.
3. Chase the Northern Lights. Believe it or not, the elusive and ethereal Aurora Borealis can be seen across Canada, specifically in the Northern provinces such as British Columbia, Northern Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Northwest Territories. This is possible because most of Canada’s North lies beneath the Northern Hemisphere’s Auroral Oval, a huge ring above the Earth’s Geomagnetic North Pole wherein the Aurora Borealis is manifested.
The University of Quebec in Chicoutimi and Abitibi-Temiscaming and the University of Northern British Columbia are located in northern Canada.
4. Climb the Rockies. Spanning British Columbia and Alberta, the Canadian Rockies welcomes both experienced climbers and leisure walkers. You can hike, mountain bike, or even do water sports across the Rockies mountain range. Banff National Park, one of Canada’s greatest natural attractions that offer scenic valleys, glaciers, forests, and rivers, is part of the Canadian Rockies.
The University of Alberta offers a two-day Canadian Rockies trip to let participants explore the country’s oldest and explore the town of Banff.
5. Walk on the Edge at CN Tower. Dare a friend and walk on the edge of Toronto’s tallest attraction that stands 553 metres tall. The communications and observation tower CN Tower is the first of its kind in North America that allows you to do the highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground– a true Canadian Signature Experience.
Some of the closest universities to CN Tower are George Brown College, Ryerson University, and Knox College.