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If this is your first time in Toronto, it may be somewhat overwhelming to navigate such a large city. Tall buildings, crowds of people, and an overall bustling downtown core - it’s a lot to take in! We provide you with tips to easily travel around the city so you may enjoy all it has to offer during your next extended stay:

TTC Subway

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway line is an efficient way to get around. Quick arrival times make it a convenient option for those on the go. Further, extended hours allow you to make use of the subway well into the evening. The TTC stretches in the north and south direction (Yonge - University - Spadina line) and also operates in the east and west direction. Subway fares are inexpensive and volume discounts are available if you purchase several tokens or a weekly/monthly pass. Taking the subway also gives you easy access to PATH, Toronto’s expansive downtown underground pedestrian walkway. It’s in the PATH that you’ll find a vast array of retail spots, services, and entertainment options. If you have difficulty navigating around, subway cars and stations contain a visual map to outline the routes. Visit TTC online for further information on the TTC and routes.

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Although spring is off to a slow start, the worst is over and we can begin looking forward to warmer temperatures. Toronto is an amazing city and with the warmer weather fast approaching, we recommend visiting the following Toronto locations to relax, play, and enjoy!

Take a Stroll Through High Park

High Park attracts many admirers in the spring with its beautiful Sakura cherry trees and cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms typically bloom in late April or early May and last for approximately a week. If you happen to miss the cherry blossoms, High Park offers many other attractions, including: a Chinese garden, zoo (free admission), playground, waterfront, and off-leash dog park. Visit the High Park website for more information and updates on the cherry blossoms.

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Are you new to Toronto and not sure where to visit with your family? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the big city? We are here to help you with that. You’ll be happy to learn that there are plenty of things to do with your family during your next extended stay in Toronto!

CN Tower

First, you won’t want to miss the CN Tower! It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and the world’s 5th tallest free-standing structure. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Toronto and offers spectacular views of the city. It includes a restaurant with a 360 degree revolving view, gift shop and multiple observation levels. Enjoy an elevator ride to the top, comprising of glass door panels, in just 58 seconds. Staff can answer any questions you have while you take in the vast city. If you are feeling brave enough, enjoy EdgeWalk where you will take part on a hands-free walk around the Tower’s central pod, 365m/1168ft (116 storeys) high. For hours of operation and further information, visit CN Tower

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With the arrival of warm weather, more people are eager to get outside and embrace the sun’s rays! Taking part in physical activity each day is important for increased productivity and overall contentment. Thus, we advise taking a much-needed break from your work, whether you are visiting the Greater Toronto Area for school or professional work, to re-charge with exercise each day. Here are our recommended options:

Condominium Building Gyms

Several Mary-am Suites buildings include state-of-the-art fitness and health centres, which include a wide range of cardio and weight machine equipment. Whether you prefer the treadmill, elliptical or free weights, there are an array of exercise options. This is ideal if you don’t want to travel far from the building to squeeze in a workout. Now getting your daily workout couldn’t be easier!

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Each neighbourhood  of the Greater Toronto Area offers a myriad of distinct activities, eateries and attractions. Whether you’re staying in the city’s core or in a bordering area, there are plenty of things to do for both leisure and business travelers alike.

If you want to have fun in a big group, go to...

...Downtown Toronto

Why visit: Millions of visitors flock to Canada’s largest city that’s lauded its world-famous attractions.

Enjoy a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe which looks out on the bustling Yonge-Dundas Square. This popular spot hosts numerous events that range from musical performances to magic shows to pop-up markets. This prime location situates visitors directly across the city’s largest shopping destination, the Toronto Eaton Centre. And of course, a trip to Toronto isn't complete without a bird’s eye view of the city from the CN Tower.

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Toronto is a very diverse and vibrant city. If you are planning to have an extended stay in Toronto, whether for business or pleasure, you will not run out of places to see and things to do.  When you visit this dazzling city, make sure you try out some of the best things in Toronto:
 

Visit the CN Tower 

This 1,815-foot structure once held the title of being the tallest tower in the world, now being next after the Burj Khalifa located in Dubai. The CN Tower was completed back in 1970 and its height helped television and radio broadcast signals go over the skyscrapers. An elevator to the top will only take a minute and you will have access to four observation decks. Surely this is a must-see place to see in the city during your extended stay in Toronto. 

 Distillery District 

During the 1800s, this neighborhood was home to the biggest distilling company in the country. Today, the Distillery District is a pedestrian-only zone with old houses and cobblestones. Travelers will also have a good dose of galleries, cafes, workshops and of course, a brewery. 

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If you will be staying in one of the furnished apartments in Toronto, you want to make it feel like a real home. You want to open that door and not feel like you are just another tourist in a wonderful city you want to explore.

Furnished apartments in Toronto are a lot quieter than hostels and more affordable than hotels. These rental properties are fully equipped for comfort and function. Aside from a comfortable bed where you can rest your tired body, the apartment also comes with a nice kitchen where you can cook your own food to keep the costs down.

You can add some personal flair to your furnished apartment in Toronto and make it your home away from home without breaking the budget by following the tips below:

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If you are a college student moving to Toronto for a few months, short term rentals in Toronto will be your best option for accommodation. The tag price is budget-friendly and since most of these rentals are ready to move-in properties, you save yourself the hassle of setting up your temporary home away from home.

Aside from affordability, these rental properties are often ideally located a few minutes from the campus and other important establishments. Once you have settled in, make sure you check out the neighbourhood  Also do your research so you know where to go in case you are hungry, sick, or in need of some basic supplies. Below are some places you should look up when moving in to a short term rental.

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Are you going on a business trip or changing cities to fill in for a temporary position? Are you renovating your house or going on a holiday with your family? Whatever your reason maybe, you need temporary housing in Toronto that will meet your personal or business needs.

looking for temporary housing

Temporary housing in Toronto may come with modern facilities that will be perfect for people leading a busy lifestyle. Furnished housings are very practical for people on the go but you can expect that these Toronto rentals are in demand. When considering furnished housings, you can choose from an entire house, condos, studios or even a one- or two-bedroom unit.

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Toronto is a melting pot of cultures and naturally features a good blend of flavours from different corners of the globe. Whether you are in this city for business or pleasure, discovering its best cuisines is like digging deeper into the life and soul of Toronto.

 If you have decided to plan your extended stay Toronto in North York, Meridian Residences offers a comfortable home-away-from-home setup. This luxury high-rise condo is ideally located a few hops from subway stations, main thoroughfares, supermarkets, and restaurants. Unlike your ordinary hotel, this extended stay in Toronto contains furnished apartments and suites with in-suite washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, and business class services.

The Meridian Residences is a convenient base for people who need to juggle doing business deals and enjoying the great things Toronto has to offer. In case you get hungry or curious about the restaurants nearby, we got you covered:

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Serviced apartments are among your most practical choices if you are planning to stay in Toronto for a few weeks or longer. If you are negotiating a business deal or working on a project and need to be in the heart of the city, James Cooper Mansion is a perfect match for your needs.

James Cooper Mansion is a 32-story development by Tridel that soars above the intersection of Sherbourne and Bloor Streets.  The fully-furnished suites in this property comes with a comfortable queen-size bed, kitchen, in-suite washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi, and other services a business traveller or small family needs. The modern architecture of the James Cooper Mansion is side by side with the original mansion. The latter has been preserved and now houses the party room and fitness center of the property.

These serviced apartments at James Cooper Mansion are also near public transits and well-surrounded by shops, restaurants, and cafeterias. If you’d like to indulge in a cup of coffee or sip some good brew with colleagues, there are several coffee shops just a few steps from the James Cooper Mansion:

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Toronto is a vibrant, exciting city with much to offer. Whether you are a first time visitor to the city or a regular guest, consider an extended stay in Toronto to take advantage of the many attractions of one of Canada’s premier destinations. You might just discover a whole new way to take a vacation.

Be a Tourist without Leaving Home

Short-term rentals are a great way to explore a cosmopolitan city like Toronto. With so many places to visit and so much to do, returning to a place that feels like home is a wonderful way to end your day. As much as you enjoy sampling the wide range of international cuisines Toronto has to offer, after a week of eating out, you can run up quite a food bill. Taking advantage of the kitchen in a full-service apartment means you can cook some of your meals and save money. Visit the local market and persuade a native merchant to part with a family recipe in exchange for buying the ingredients from his stall. At the end of the day, you will have learned how to cook a new dish, enjoy it with your family in a home-like setting and still save money. It’s hard to say no to that.

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Are you vacationing in Toronto and trying to figure out your best option when it comes to a place to stay? If you are planning on being in town for a few weeks or more, then your main two options are extended stay hotels or serviced apartments. That being said, serviced apartments are usually your better bet when you are vacationing. Here’s how…

Serviced apartments are more affordable

First and foremost, it comes down to price. Despite the fact that serviced apartments usually offer more room than an extended stay hotel, they are typically less expensive. The reason for this is the reduced overhead that you have to pay for. Things like your “free” breakfast get worked into a hotel price but are not a factor for a serviced apartment. Also, because you are generally staying at a serviced apartment for a long time, they can reduce the per-day cost for you. When you are vacationing, the less you spend on housing, the more you can spend on fun things.

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Those looking for temporary housing usually fall into two different camps: those who live in the area but need a place to stay for a short time and those who are from out of town who will be visiting for a while. People in the first camp tend to have a number of reasons why they would need a place, including having their home remodeled, having suffered a disaster (such as a fire in their home), or as a short term residence while they are in between homes. People in the second camp tend to either be business travelers or vacationers who really want to experience the area the way that locals do. No matter what the reason, those who are looking for temporary housing in Toronto shouldn't fall into the trap of short-changing the place they decide on simply because they won’t be living there permanently.

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Let’s face it; if you are staying in a short term rental then you will probably not be as clean as you are at home. In your home you work to maintain a high level of cleanliness because it is your own space and you would prefer to live in a tidy, well-maintained space. When you are away from home, however, those great cleaning habits often times go out the window. As a result, being in rentals for any prolonged period of time can often result in a, shall we say, less than sparkling environment. That is of course, unless you have an excellent housekeeping service with your Toronto furnished rental. Having such a service can help keep your rental apartment looking like a home instead of just some place that you are staying at.

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Toronto is a fantastic place to spend Christmas with your family. The entire city embraces the holiday and it shows on almost every street. If you and your family are spending Christmas is Toronto and staying in one of Mary-Am Suites great vacation rentals, then there is plenty to see and do.

Here is a list of just some of the things that your family can experience:

Christmas Lights

When it comes to Christmas lights, one of the best places to go is the Distillery District. Every year its lights never fail to impress and it is highlighted by a 40ft. Christmas tree. In addition to the Distillery District, make sure to take an evening stroll down University Avenue, which is also covered in light during the month of December.

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You can’t get more centrally located in Toronto then midtown, especially if you are on or near Yonge St. Known as Yonge and Eglinton (or just Yonge and Eg) to the locals, this location certainly makes a compelling case for those who are looking for either a short term stay or long term rental and are trying to decide which district of the city to stay in. Whether you are taking up residence in midtown or if you are planning on branching out to the other districts, you certainly have options. Should you be wondering what there is to do midtown, then here are a few suggestions:

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It goes without saying that you have many options when it comes to vacation rentals in Toronto. The real question is this: what type of experience are you looking for? Should the answer be “something great for the whole family,” then your best option would be to stay at the Grand Ovation in Mississauga. This excellent furnished apartment option is in one of the fastest growing principalities of Toronto, and makes for a very family friendly place to stay. Here is why Mississauga is an outstanding location if you are checking out vacation rentals in the Toronto area that are great for the whole family:

Great Outdoor Adventures

Mississauga is a great place for families to spend time together outdoors. The whole family can spend a day at the beach by visiting Jack Darling Park, which sits along Lake Ontario. While there you can go windsurfing, canoeing, or play a few set of tennis. If you are looking for a great place to go for a family bike ride (or just a long walk), then you have the waterfront trail, which hugs Lake Ontario. If dad is looking to hit the greens, there are certainly a number of local golf courses as well, including BraeBen and Lakeview.

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If by chance you are going to be staying in Toronto for a few weeks, you certainly have some options when it comes to housing. The challenge is deciding what type of housing is best when you need to bring your family along. There are many more factors that you have to keep in mind when it comes to family travel, and not every type of housing solution is family friendly. For those who find themselves having trouble deciding which option to go with, we recommend short term rentals for family travel. It is the best way to keep your loved ones happy while staying in Toronto.

Family Friendly Accomodations

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Want a Taste of the City? Check Out Furnished Apartments at Yonge and Finch 

If you and your family are going to be visiting the city of Toronto, why not do so in a way that lets you really experience the city? A furnished apartment in the right location can serve not only as a home away from home, but as a good starting place for you to explore the city from. If you are staying in Toronto for a month or two for business and want to live in a place that will let you see what the city has to offer, then your best bet is to stay at the Meridian Residences on the corner of Finch Avenue and Yonge Street

North York Furnished Suite

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Communication and arrangement to get in the apartment was easy. The apartment was exactly as described. Great neighborhood with shops and restaurants around and just 2 minutes walk to the Eglinton subway station.

Nicholas from France | Republic Apartment

The suite is just like on the photos. The view of Toronto from the suite is amazing! A balcony on the 23th floor offers great views of the city. Main points: good AC system, beautiful view, comfortable beds, tasteful decor, nice swimming pool

Martina from Spain | Maple Leaf Square

Recently constructed building, good security and fitness room, well-equipped kitchen, tasteful decor, washer/dryer and dishwasher, indoor parking, great temperature control; generally very comfortable suite.

Claire from Montreal | Terrace of St. Gabriel

What a wonderful place to stay for a Toronto vacation! The location was ideal, the view was breathtaking, the accommodation was spotless and impeccably clean. Stuff made sure everything was taken care of.

Alya from Calgary | Maple Leaf Square Suite

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