Optional Weekend – EISP August

Optional Weekend

The EISP August offers an optional weekend after two weeks.


You will get a chance to spend a weekend with a Canadian family!


Before you come to Canada, you will be asked to complete an online survey to help us match you to the right homestay family for you.

Homestay family

First Meeting

On the Monday evening before the homestay weekend, we will organize a reception where you will meet your homestay family for the first time.


On the Friday afternoon, the homestay families will come to the residence to pick you up. Your monitor will be there – please make sure your monitor knows when you leave.


Because every family is different, your homestay family will do something different than the others students’.


On Sunday afternoon, the homestay family will drop you off back at the residence. Please let your monitor know you have arrived back.

Image of homestay family courtesy Paola Samano, McGill University

Niagara Falls – Toronto

Niagara Falls is a famous waterfall on the border between Canada and the United States.


Niagara Falls is far from Montreal. The bus will leave in the morning from the residence, and will arrive in Niagara Falls in the evening. On the bus, there will be some games and a movie to watch.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

The bus will arrive in the town of Niagara Falls, Ontario in the evening. You will check into your hotel room with a roommate from the same program. After checking in, you will walk down to see the famous waterfall at night, with a light show. There are fireworks in the evening.

In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and the bus will take you to where you will get on the boat. When you are on the boat, you will get wet – make sure you can get wet in your clothes and shoes.

After lunch, you will take the bus to Toronto – about 90 minutes.

Toronto CN Tower


Toronto is Canada’s largest city. In the afternoon, you will check into the hotel, and have free shopping time in downtown Toronto. After supper, you can go to Dundas Square – a colourful nightlife area.

In the morning, you will go to the CN Tower. It is was the tallest building in the world from 1976 to 2007.


The bus will stop in Kingston on the way back to Montreal for supper. Kingston is a small city halfway between Montreal and Toronto. It is an old city, and was once the capital of Canada.

Image of Niagara Falls courtesy Ujjwal Kumar, Wikimedia Commons

Image of Toronto courtesy Wladyslaw, Wikimedia Commons

Camping Adventure

Staying in Residence

If you prefer, you can stay in the residence during this weekend. There will not be regular meal service in the dining room, but your monitors will take you out for meals during the weekend.

You can have free time to explore the city on your own, if you wish. It is important to tell your monitor where you are going and when you will return.

Gay Pride Parade

On this weekend, Montreal’s LGBTQ community celebrates with the annual Pride festival and parade on the Sunday. If you are interested in watching the parade, ask your monitors about where to go.

Prime Minister Trudeau marching at Montreal Pride Parade 2016