This post is about boarding schools in Canada if ever someone out there is considering attending boarding school in Canada
There are a couple things that you should know.
The most important thing is that Canada is nothing like people portray it to be.
-we don’t all live in igloos and tee-pees
-we don’t even say ‘eh’
-It is not the arctic however our winters do get cold.
-not everyone in Quebec speaks French
Canada is actually a pretty good place, it’s like the knockoff of America. In some aspects Canada is better than the United States and in some aspects the United States is better. It really depends on who you are.
Now that we have that over with, let’s begin.
First of all the country is very vast and it’s composed of 10 provinces and 3 territories. There are boarding schools in most provinces. The places with the most boarding schools are Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
Now I don’t recommend boarding school in Quebec unless you already are a Quebec resident because in Quebec the education system is way more different than the rest of Canada. In Quebec you need to complete three years of high school and then two more years at this Preparatory College called the ‘CEGEP’ so technically you end up doing an extra year of high school before being able to attend college.
Secondly,in Canada we have two official languages; English and French. In certain areas the community is more French than others but most Canadians are bilingual. Depending on your school and your province taking French class is required. Now no worries if you don’t know how to speak any French and you wish to come to Canada for school, I’m sure schools have classes to help you out.
Another thing about French in Canada is that it’s not like the French you hear in France. Canadian French is more of a slang and sometimes we take little bits from English words and put them in our dialogue.
For example in Canadian French a ‘hug’ is a ‘caresse’ while in Proper French it’s a ‘calin’
So as you can see it’s not really the same.
Third, In Canada most boarding schools have rolling admissions. Rolling admissions means that you can apply any time of the year because there are no application deadlines.
In Addition, a perk about going to school in Canada is that Canadians don’t take SAT’s so you don’t really have to deal with that stress. US College and Universities are starting to waive the SAT’s for international students (so if you are an american studying in Canada your SAT might be waived)
Another thing is that Canada is known for it’s friendliness and willingness to help others. We are considered softies and as a Canadian I can tell you that we LOVE foreign students or even new kids.
Canada also has a lower crime rate than the United States, a lower murder rate and a lower bullying rate.
It’s also said that American Universities love American students who have had international experience.
Not to mention Canada does have metropolitan cities just like the United States and we do have a lot of American shops and restaurants but we also have our very own Canadian shops and restaurants. There is one metropolitan city within each province. The biggest metropolitan cities are Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
(Just a little tad of information that doesn’t really belong anywhere, a Starbucks is rare in Canada. We have a coffee shop similar to Starbucks called ‘Tim Hortons’ on pretty much every street corner. We do have some Starbucks’ but Tim Hortons is the most popular place to go and let me tell you some of their things are waaaay better than Starbucks)
As for the price of boarding schools in Canada even with the parity of the dollar some Canadian schools will offer you the same value or maybe a cheaper value than an American boarding school with the same features and of the same quality.
Canadian boarding schools also have AP classes and all that jazz just like American schools.
Also if you live in America Canada is pretty close. For example in the city of Windsor in southern Ontario you can see the city of Detroit that is only separated by a small waterway and in some cities in British Columbia you can see Washington State! Not to mention that in Niagara Falls you’re facing Buffalo, New York!
Now there are some down sides to Canada like the parity of the dollar, higher prices and taxes on some items (it’s not that bad though it’s maybe just a couple dollars more than the American price) so really some Items in The United States are cheaper than in Canada.
The climate in Canada is basically harsh winters everywhere and depending on where you live your summer could be cold, mild, rainy, humid or warm.
Canada has six different time zones so if you were on the West Coast of Canada but your family is in the East Coast of the United states there might be some problems.
The USA has more boarding schools than Canada.
If you’re considering a post secondary education in Canada we don’t have Ivy League schools but that doesn’t necessarily mean our Universities aren’t good. We have many amazing Universities such as Queens, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia and McGill (my personal favorite)
If you are interested in boarding schools in Canada I took the liberty of making a small list of my personal favorites.
- Brentwood College School in British Columbia
- Appleby College in Ontario
- Ridley College in Ontario
- Pickering College in Onatrio
- Trafalgar Castle School in Ontario
- Stanstead College in Quebec
I hope I helped and Good luck if you’re applying to a Canadian Boarding Schools.