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Taste of Canadian outdoors for newcomers

Newcomers to Canada will be experiencing some of the best that Canada has to offer right in Gatineau Park on Friday, as 50 ESL students learn to showshoe and identify animal tracks.

Newcomers to Canada will be experiencing some of the best that Canada has to offer right in Gatineau Park on Friday.

As a part of an ESL program at Algonquin College, about 50 students will learn to snowshoe and identify animal tracks.

"We want to show newcomers to Canada what Canadians do in the wintertime," said Derek Flynn, an ESL instructor with the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program.

"Many of them have never seen snow before. By doing activities like these, it makes it a bit easier to ease into Canadian culture."

Through his teaching, Flynn has also introduced students to curling and skating.

The students in the program are from as far as Cuba, Iraq, Egypt, Brazil and the Philippines, some arrived as recently as earlier this month, said Flynn.

According to Flynn, Ottawa is a good place for new Canadian arrivals.

"Ottawa is very multicultural," he said. "They like the city because it's a bit gentler as a first experience."

 
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