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St. Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly, but just in time for us to forget about the subzero temperatures and embrace a night of warm festivities to commemorate the day. Toronto may look like a winter wonderland now, but on February 14th the city aims to warm you and your hearts with an array of exciting and memorable activities to share with your significant other. Here are some of our favourites that are sure to impress your date with an entertaining evening.

The Ultimate Date at the Ripley’s Aquarium

Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium is known for being a beautiful date idea lending you spectacular backdrops and engaging surroundings, but things are about to get much more exciting. On February 14th, Ripley’s Aquarium hosts their annual St. Valentine’s Day event, inviting couples to experience an intimate 3-course dinner in one of their immersive galleries. What’s best is you won’t have to travel too far for your evening of romance. The Ripley’s Aquarium sits just across the street from fully-furnished Mary-am Suites at 300 Front Street making it easy to plan the perfect date.

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The long awaited holiday season comes but once a year so it’s only right that you take advantage of the festive and seasonal activities that come along with it. During the holiday season the city comes alive with displays, events, and attractions to explore that will put even the grinchiest in a joyous mood. Below are some of Toronto’s most magical events that are a must-see while visiting the city during the holidays.

Toronto Christmas Market

(close to Maple Leaf Square furnished apartments)

Is the holidays even the holidays without a visit to Toronto’s Christmas Market? This annual event turns the cobblestoned streets of Toronto’s charming distillery district into a European-style winter wonderland from November 16 to December 23. No matter your style or flavour, you’ll be able to find an array of merry treats and trinkets amongst the glittery decorated vendors, food stations, and crafts shops waiting for you to explore. Once you’ve paid Santa a visit, guests can enjoy seasonal cocktails and beers at the Christmas Market Beer Garden, before singing along to traditional Christmas carols with cheery musicians. Embrace the magical holiday celebrations for free from Tuesday to Friday or for a $6.00 admission fee on weekends.

Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre

(steps from Maple Leaf Square furnished apartments and 300 Front St west suites)

It will be hard to ignore the city’s most scenic rink this holiday season at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Set along Lake Ontario, this rink’s inviting festive atmosphere is not to be missed either by day or by night. The Natrel Rink is open daily, offering free admission and reasonably priced skate and helmet rentals. Heated indoor change rooms make it easy and comfortable to partake in the holiday action, while the Boxcar Social rink-side restaurant offers a changing list of coffees and creative seasonal menu items to keep you warm. For a more musical experience, head down to the harbourfront for one of their Saturday DJ Skate Nights.

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When thinking of a combination of rolling hills, skyscrapers, and historical homes, these thoughts would probably lead to the city of Markham, Ontario. Markham is a bustling city in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) where heritage meets modern living. When visiting the neighbourhood, it will be easy to find activities to please everyone in a family.

1.Visit Old Railway Stations

Markham GO Station dates back to 1871 making it one of the oldest stations in the city. This is apparent due to its classic design and architecture. While now a community centre, when looking for more of the classic railway and Gothic styled buildings, head to Unionville Go Station. Locust Hill Station is now fittingly apart of the Markham Museum and dates back to 1936 making this a must-see along any journey.

2.Visit the Local Museum

If the railway tour has led to the Markham Museum, it will be worth it to stay a while and learn about the city’s history and culture. The museum is an open-air museum made up of around 30 buildings with gardens to explore. The museum includes permanent and temporary exhibitions including Markham artifacts dating back to 1968.

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In the heart of midtown, Yonge and Eglinton, is one of Toronto’s most happening neighborhoods.  This trendy area is known for its ultra-cool Yuppie vibe, boasting a wide array of dining options and a sophisticated nightlife scene. If you’re seeking a getaway to one of Toronto’s trendy hotspots, look no further. When the sun sets on your daytime obligations, head to Yonge-Eglinton to see what the locals are buzzing about.

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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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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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