I was very fortunate in my exchange experience to study at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. I met some really incredible people early on in my trip, and was very fortunate to be living with two of them. The house we lived in was really nice (Quarry View residence) and had the basic furniture that we needed.
We lived very close to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-lake and semi-close to Toronto. I was able to travel up to Quebec City and Ottawa during my stay. The landscape is absolutely breathtaking, especially as you travel north. Most of Quebec City and Montreal speak French and only a little English, so it’s handy to learn some common words and phrases.
I found it interesting that most Canadians (it seemed) haven’t travelled very far; most hadn't even been to the States! They also get highly offended when you call them American.
Recommendations – If you can, try visiting the west coast of Canada. The east coast was great but was quieter than the west. Brock is located in a small town, so do research and ensure this is the right choice for you (if you're searching for a crazy, busy city, another option may be better). I would not recommend a meal plan at Brock; the campus food is awful.
My experience at Brock was made special by the friends I met, and I am very excited to say one is even coming to SCU Lismore session 2 of 2016!