Today I’ve decided to share some picture and info on the amenities at the Customs College in Rigaud, Quebec or the formal name which is the CBSA Learning Centre.
Rigaud is a quaint little town…and I mean little!…and I was pleasantly surprised to find quite beautiful. The town has a few little businesses like a hairdresser and few restaurants. The best is probably the greasy spoon down the street where you can get pizza, pasta or even a decent souvlaki if you get sick of the cafeteria food. There is also a Tim Horton’s but no Second cup or Starbucks unfortunately. So if you are a coffee lover you will have to drive for any specialty coffee. As for grocery stores, there is a Metro and an IGA.
The College Campus is quite nice actually. I believe the building was originally a monastery or something to do with the church as there are stained glass windows in one of the training rooms.
Opened in April 1980
The main entrance.
here is a couple shots of the greenery.
So lets start with what my room looked like.
Here’s the bed.
There is a phone for local calls or charges apply. The phone also flashes red if you have a message. At the bottom left hand corner you can see the edge of a mini fridge. No its not a mini bar!
At the top left you can see part of the closet where you can hang up clothes.
I also had my own TV and a desk.
Here’s what my bathroom looked like.
Ok so now let me show you the cafeteria.
There was one area for deli stuff like sandwhiches and pita wraps, then there were two islands one for sides, and one for a salad/fruit bar. At the back was the grill for burgers, fries, hot mains, steak, clubhouse sandwiches, poutine etc.
After all that food, may be you would like to work some of the calories off here at the gym. The equipment is not bad but not much in the way of free weights. There was one bench press and some dumbells…there rest were machines. Oh they also has a smith machine.
For those of you who prefer sports there is a gymnasium where you can play volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, badminton etc…
or you could go for a swim in the indoor pool (which may have been shut down)
And then have a sauna before you shower.
A little tight I know….and no its not co-ed!
for those of you who prefer to read there was a shelf with a few books on it for anyone to borrow.
In the room next door is a room dedicated for ironing.
Also many websites are blocked from being accessed. So if you are a facebook addict bring your own 3G / 4G device.
Overall, the amenities were better than I expected the first time I went. Just having your own room is nice. The food is not bad and if you get tired of it there a few place nearby off campus. I must say that I enjoying going to Rigaud and I find it to be a really beautiful place.
For any new recruits going, I’m sure you will be fine with the facilities.
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