Canada Study and Tour Information

Canada is a wonderful country for international students and visitors who tour, study or vacation in this open modern society. Canada is the world leader in education and humanitarian peace keeping, medical and logistical aid to the entire world in times of need.

There are several exciting study and tour programs available for international English teachers and their students. The teacher tours and study tours programs are a wonderful opportunity to see real Canadian wilderness and study in a living classroom.

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ESL in Canada Teacher and Study Tours Programs

Teacher Tours are ideal for English teachers who want to travel to Canada with their class.
The Study Tour program consists of interchangeable tours, study programs and event attendance.

History of Canada

The name "Canada" is believed to derive from an Iroquois term meaning village. Canada is the worlds second-largest country, eclipsed only by Russia. Canada's north boundary is the Arctic Ocean, the north-east boundary is Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, the east boundary is the Atlantic Ocean, the west boundary is the Pacific Ocean and the south borders the United States and Alaska to the north-west.

Canada contains an abundance of natural resources: timber, petroleum, natural gas, metallic minerals, precious gems, industrial minerals and fisheries. Canada has large areas of fertile, flat land across the Prairie provinces and surrounding the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River basin. Only 5 per cent of Canada's land is suitable for farming. Farming employs about 3 per cent of the population with about 280,000 farms. Wheat is the most important single crop, and Canada's produces about 16 per cent of the world's supply. Forests cover about 49 per cent of Canada's land area, about 4.2 million square km or 1.6 million square miles.

Canada contains more fresh water lakes and inland waters than any other country in the world. In addition to the Great Lakes shared with the US, Canada has 31 lakes more than 1,300 sq km (500 sq mi) in area. The are several great rivers in Canada. The St Lawrence drains the Great Lakes and flows into the Gulf of St Lawrence. The Saskatchewan flows into Lake Winnipeg and the Nelson flows from Lake Winnipeg into Hudson Bay. The Athabascan, Peace, Slave, and Mackenzie Rivers merge and flow north into the Arctic Ocean. The Fraser and the Columbia rivers both flow west into the Pacific Ocean.

Tourism is one of the leading industries in Canada. Every year Canada is visited by over 45 million tourists. About 730,000 square km or 282,000 square miles of scenic areas have been preserved in the natural state for use as national, marine, and provincial parks. The world-famous Jasper, Banff and Algonquin parks receives more than 10 million visitors annually.

Canada's major cities are Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Ottawa. The major cities are distribution centers for exports and local manufacturing.

Most of Canadas inhabitants live in the southern part of the country, and vast areas of the north are sparsely inhabited. The population of Canada is 32,507,874 (2004 estimate), compared with 27,296,859 during the 1991 census. The indigenous people of Canada who are officially designated the First Nations, are divided into nearly 600 groups, or bands and make up nearly 2 per cent of Canada's population. The racial and ethnic make-up of the Canadian people is diverse with 34 per cent of the population composed of people of British or part-British origin and 27 per cent French or part-French origin, the Asian immigrants are 16 per cent, and the remainder of the population is composed of people of various ethnic origins, such as German, Italian, Ukrainian, Dutch, Scandinavian, Polish, Hungarian and Greek.

Education is compulsory for children from ages 6 to 16, and it is free until the completion of secondary school studies. Canada has more than 16,000 elementary and secondary schools, with a total enrollment of nearly 5.3 million pupils. Canada has 69 degree-granting universities and colleges with over 500,000 full-time students. Canada's larger universities are: the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Manitoba, University of Moncton, University of New Brunswick, Memorial University, Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Carleton University, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, York University, University of Prince Edward Island, Concordia University, Laval University, McGill University, University of Montreal, University of Quebec, and the University of Saskatchewan.

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