Student life Life in Canada
University of Victoria students sitting on the hill to see the view of the city

Life in Canada

Known around the world for its high standard of living, safety and top-ranked universities, Canada is among the top three most popular destinations for international students.

“I visited Victoria for the first time 10 years ago as a tourist, and I fell in love with the city. The location is beautiful, and also has a good proximity to Vancouver, which is a booming market.” 

Chehak from India,
earning an MSc in Computer Science

Canada locations

Learn more about studying abroad in Victoria, British Columbia. 

  • Victoria, British Columbia

    An arts and culture hotspot, Victoria is consistently ranked among the top small cities in the world. 

Food, sport and culture

Canada has a thriving sports culture and very diverse restaurant and art scenes.

Two friends eating take away poutine

Must-try foods in Canada


Originally introduced in the 1950s, poutine has gained such enormous popularity across Canada that it is now considered the country’s national dish! It consists of hot, crispy chips smothered in a savory, salty brown gravy and is topped off with chunks of fresh cheese curds.


Pronounced “tor-tee-ehr,” the French-Canadian meat pie dish originates from the province of Quebec and is a traditional meal during the winter holidays. It is made from a combination of ground meat, onions, savory seasonings and is baked in a traditional piecrust.

Butter tarts

In Canadian cuisine, butter tarts are a very popular pastry. Butter, sugar, syrup and eggs make up the tart’s filling, which is then baked in a pastry shell until it’s semi-solid and crunchy. 


  • Metro Metro Festival (Montreal, QC) 
    Canada’s largest urban music festival features hip-hop, R&B and Latin music, and music lovers can attend performances by the world’s top artists. 
  • Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON)
    The largest music festival in Canada, Canadian Music Week hosts 900 bands in over 60 venues for five nights of music. 


  • Shambhala Music Festival (Salmo, BC) 
    In the heart of the British Columbia backcountry, this five-day camping festival is consistently chosen as fans’ favourite of the summer.  
  • Boots and Hearts (Oro-Medonte, ON)
    Taking place at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, there’s plenty of room to camp and enjoy the incredible line-up of world-class country artists. 


  • Pop Montreal (Montreal, QC)  
    Fall is the best time to visit Montreal and take advantage of its unique appeal. Pop Montreal’s music venues range from large clubs and parks to cathedrals and even vintage clothing stores.  
  • Scream Edmonton (Edmonton, AB) 
    Look into an immersive experience like Scream Edmonton. This event has more than 20 live performances, three stages and a haunted labyrinth that enhances the spooky atmosphere of this Halloween dance event. 
Light festival in the woods

Competitive ice hockey match

Top 5 sporting events in Canada

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    Ice Hockey (October to April) 

    Travel to Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto or Montreal to watch Canada’s most popular sport. Attending a home game will be an unforgettable experience! 

  • The Canadian Open (June) 

    A much-anticipated annual sporting event, gather with friends to watch the best golfers in the world compete in Ontario.

  • Canadian Football (June–November)   

    While you’re in Canada, you can watch the fastest-growing sport in the country in Toronto, Edmonton and many other cities. Canadian football is similar to American football. 

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    The Tim Hortons Brier (March) 

    The men’s curling championship is the most-watched curling event in Canada. This takes place annually. 

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    The Canadian Grand Prix – Formula 1 (June) 

    If you’re in Canada during the summer, visit the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal to catch the nation’s most famous motor race.

Canada: things to know

Where to study

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