News For English Language Learners


Reading the news is an excellent way to improve your English skills.  It is also a great way to learn about what is happening around the world.  Excellent short news stories designed to assist English learners improve their reading skills can be found at Breaking News English, Simple English News and News in Levels. Choose articles that interest you in a wide variety of topics.These sites give learners an opportunity to select reading material at a level they are most comfortable with.

Doors Open Owen Sound

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Doors Open takes place June 3 and 4th  2017 in the City of Owen Sound. This event gives the public an opportunity to explore some of the city’s most interesting places. The doors will be open at multiple sites across the city, offering FREE and rare access to historically, architecturally, culturally and socially significant buildings. This year the city will feature a variety of sites that celebrate 160 years of Owen Sound and 150 years of Canada. Details about the event including, a list of locations and the times that they will be open can be found at Owen Sound Tourism.




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Duolingo is a free language learning app that is fun and simple to use. Duolingo is designed like a game making it an excellent tool for visual learners. Duolingo users set personal goals, track their progress and are awarded for completing lessons. The app allows you to select your first language and the language you want to learn. The reviews of Duolingo remind that it is an excellent language learning tool to use in combination with other resources that strengthen conversation skills.



Travelling from the tip of the Bruce Peninsula to South Bay Mouth on Manitoulin Island aboard the Chi-Cheemaun is a wonderful way to experience the area’s natural beauty. Taking the ferry cuts down the driving time on a trip to Northern Ontario. Making a reservation for the passenger and car ferry and selecting a window seat are good ideas. Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise or take the the Stargazer’s tour. On a clear day you can almost see all the way to Manitoulin Island! For more information link into Owen Sound Transportation Company. 

The Bruce Trail


The Bruce Trail is a hiking trail located in Southern Ontario. It is Canada’s longest and oldest marked footpath. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bruce Trail.  Bruce and Grey County both have Bruce Trail Clubs that organize local hikes for all levels of hikers. Check out the club web sites at Bruce Peninsula Bruce Trail Club and Sydenham Bruce Trail Club to find out more about local events planned for this year. Participating in organized Bruce Trail club hikes is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the Bruce Trail.

Maple Syrup Tours and Festivals in Grey Bruce


Making maple syrup is a winter tradition in Canada. Tasting the sticky-sweet liquid made from the sap collected from inside a maple tree is an unforgettable experience. Take a trip to a sugar bush or plan to attend one of the many events happening in the area over the next couple of weeks.

Belmore Maple Syrup Festival April 6th and 8th 

Grey Roots Maple Sugar Moon Festival March 25th

Kemble Maple Tour April 8th 

Saugeen Bluffs Maple Syrup Festival March 25th and 26th