The world is full of beautiful places to take students on a study trip, and each destination presents its challenges and discoveries, as well as an opportunity for students to expand their skills and perceptions by merely being in a new environment. Ontario in Canada is a destination that will surely offer unique experiences and perspectives and is a city rich in history and culture, offering a fresh insight into North America in the past and present. Toronto is a multicultural city with great architecture, a vibrant atmosphere and excellent museums. It is a great place to find inspiration for almost any subject in the curriculum, so read it for a taste of what’s on offer.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
The history of Toronto dates back several centuries after the people of Iroquois inhabited it, then the people of Huron, before the arrival of the first Europeans. The first European-style city, called York, was founded in 1793 and a fortress was built there. She played a strategic role in the American Civil War, before becoming a prosperous centre for settlement and trade. There is a lot of complicated history to be discovered, and one of the best ways for students on a study tour to do so is to return in time to Black Creek Pioneer Village. On this historic entertainment site, facts can discover life in Ontario in the nineteenth century. Over 40 historic buildings provide insight into different aspects of the period, with reenactments, workshops, and activities to enable interactive learning. Spend a day in the life of a nineteenth-century student, learn how citizenship and government worked with the opportunity to vote on important issues, or learn to cook and cook in a traditional wooden house.
After exploring the early days of Toronto, prepare your study trips to the present by visiting the CN Tower, the excellent communications and observation tower that rises above the city streets. When it was built in 1976, it was the tallest tower in the world and was named one of the Seven Wonders of the World in the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is in itself essential for school groups made up of science or engineering students. Still, it also provides an excellent opportunity to see Toronto from above – including the spectacular view through the glass floor.
Ontario Science Center
Toronto has many excellent museums to offer study tours, one of which is the Ontario Science Center. Founded in 1969, it houses hundreds of exhibitions focused on a wide range of scientific topics, including astronomy, nature, the human body and communication technologies. Its dedicated educational program allows students to learn about life experiences and demonstrations, as well as an exciting educational movie program from IMAX, with something for every subject and age group.