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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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The world is full of grand hotels, and Toronto seems to have more than its fair share. This is the financial centre of Canada, after all, so travelers can expect to find plenty of properties offering top notch services for business travelers. These business class hotels offer standardized levels of exceptional quality and service as well as a full range of the expected amenities.

But for travelers who want to experience a little more in the way of hospitality, design, and delight, there are also the many wonderful boutique hotels that dot the city like sparkling gems. And for travelers who really wish to venture into the heartbeat of Toronto, there are lots of beautifully furnished apartments to explore all around the city.

Where to stay in Toronto?

How do you know which is better for you?

Here’s your mini-guide for where to stay in Toronto. It’s presented in the form of questions, so get ready to think about your traveling preferences and needs. By the time you’ve read this, you’ll have a fairly good idea of which option will enable the perfect visit to Toronto for you. ..->

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Are you new to the Toronto area and staying here temporarily for work? Do you have important meetings and must report to a corporate office during your stay? Navigating around in an urban city like Toronto can be overwhelming and confusing at first. Here are a few helpful tips for a hassle-free stay:

Learn About the Surrounding Neighbourhood

In the weeks leading up to your departure, take the time to learn about the Toronto neighbourhood where you will be staying. This will reduce any stress or confusion when you need to commute to different areas. Once you arrive to your furnished suite, we also recommend exploring the neighbourhood on foot to get a sense of your interests and likes in the surrounding area. Perhaps you’ll find a delicious nearby eatery perfect for quick meals on the go... ->

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Are you unsure about what to do on this upcoming, long Victoria Day weekend? Say no more! We have provided you with a list of different types of activities, festivals, and events happening in the GTA this weekend.  

Fireworks at Wonderland 

Where: Vaughan (9580 Jane St.)

When: May 22, 2016

Website: Fireworks at Wonderland

Enjoy your day at Canada’s Wonderland riding thrilling coasters, watching live entertainment, shopping, dining, and wrap your day up at 10:00PM with an amazing display of fireworks over the Wonder Mountain.  

Regular Park Admission

Victoria Day Weekend HarbourKIDS: Circus –Toronto

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

When: May 21 - 23, 2016

Website: HarbourKIDS Circus

The comedians, the jugglers, the clowns, and the acrobats are back to Harbourfront Centre with HarbourKIDS! Be entertained all day long and take a tour around the site on the HarbourKIDS express.

Free Admission...->

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It is often said that the best workout is the workout you’ll actually do. For many, exercising can be boring and monotonous, so why not change up your exercise routine by going for a walk.  Toronto is a beautiful city with many unique neighbourhoods and peaceful parks. We outline some of our choices for the best walking areas in Toronto. 

The Beaches:

A popular escape for Torontonians, The Beaches is a beautiful Toronto neighbourhood known for colourful, cottage-like houses and extensive boardwalk. Take a stroll along the boardwalk which provides a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario. If you enjoy shopping, Queen Street East is close by and features many specialty shops.

High Park:

Toronto’s largest public park, High Park, is an excellent place to go for a walk. There are many hiking trails to enjoy, each featuring beautiful scenery and natural wildlife. If you are walking with the kids, there are a number of playgrounds along the way. High Park also has a zoo, which is free and great fun for the entire family.

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While researching Toronto, it’s likely that you’ve heard a lot about the city’s many different neighbourhoods. Each has a unique feel, environment, and are home to multicultural communities. Today we profile specific Toronto neighbourhoods that we recommend checking out during your next stay with Mary-am Suites.

Yorkville

Enter a village of luxury, glam, and socialites. Yorkville is a prestigious Toronto district home to endless designer shops, fine dining, and celebrated bars. This intimate and small village makes it easy to get around and take in all its affluence. Whether you are there to window shop at Hazelton Lanes, sit down to a drink on the patio at Hemingway’s, or enjoy a night out like a celebrity at Amber, there’s always a range of activities to enjoy. Think you’ve seen it all? Take a walk through Yorkville’s hidden pathways that lead to even more gems, whether it be restaurants, more designer shops, or lounges.  

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When you visit a new city, there is plenty to see and do during your entire stay. The best place to start is to visit the local tourist information centre, like the Union Station Tourist Information Centre in Toronto. Not only are there local specialists to answer your questions and provide information on local attractions, they also have access to free city tour guides, maps, and other pamphlets to give you more information about various attractions. In most cases, there is no charge, unless you purchase tickets to a paid-attraction, such as a museum or amusement park. 

While you are at the tourist information centre, ask if there is a self-guided walking tour of the city. You would be surprised to learn in many cities there are, and even include a tour book, complete with a map and information on the sights you can see on the tour. A self-guided tour could have a nominal fee for the book and map. 

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Contrary to popular opinion, furnished apartments aren’t your standard hotel arrangement. In fact, they offer much more than you may have in mind. The next time you’re scheduled to take an extended business trip and your boss suggests booking traditional hotel accommodations, inquire as to whether your company will cover the cost of a furnished apartment. In what follows, we detail four ways you can benefit from furnished apartments in Toronto. In turn, we hope to shed light on this ideal short- and long-term accommodation type.

1. Refrigerator in the apartment

Whether you plan on cooking during your stay or not, an apartment refrigerator allows you to always have food within easy reach. One benefit is that a refrigerator encourages healthy eating since you can cook your own meals. Moreover, keeping groceries at your place is more cost-efficient than spending money on expensive meals. You can benefit from our grocery service, which provides you with groceries stocked up in your fridge in time for your arrival. If you’d like to purchase your own food, there are many grocery stores nearby to the properties.

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Toronto has a population of 2.7 Million, and if you take into consideration the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), that number goes up to 6 Million. Even so Toronto has consistently ranked high on all the quality of living indexes

 

Strong and Growing Economy

Being the financial and commercial capital of the country, Toronto has a strong job market. It was included in the top ten list of the “World's most Economically Powerful Cities” by Forbes Magazine, this should say it all. If you have a technologically inclined career, Toronto is where you want to be as it has North America’s third largest concentration of IT companies. The first being San Francisco and the second New york.  While looking for a job you can stay at a temporary but fully furnished apartments which come with all the facilities you need for a successful job hunt.

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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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It’s pretty well known that one of the things that separate a short term rental apartment from an extended stay in Toronto is that the short term is going to feel more like home. But what makes it feel more like a home? Well, space is certainly a factor, and having separate rooms definitely helps. That being said, what really helps make short term rentals feel more like a home is all of the little details that they have. Wherever you stay, the amenities you have help to define your experience. It isn't just about having more amenities, either, it’s about the little things. If you are trying to choose between an extended stay in Toronto or alternatively a short term rental, then you should keep amenities in mind.

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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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For those who are going to be staying in furnished apartments in Toronto and who really want to be in the thick of things, James Cooper Mansion is the best choice when it comes to a places to stay. Located at the very heart of downtown Toronto, this luxurious furnished apartment complex offers a comfortable, home like feel while still being near all the action that downtown has to offer. 

Compared to other furnished apartments in Toronto, the suites at James Cooper Mansion are much more comfortable, more spacious, and more reasonably priced, especially for an apartment in the middle of downtown. Each unit has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi, and various other home-like amenities, allowing you to really settle in.

On top of all of this, James Cooper Mansion is ideally located for those who are looking to experience the culturally diverse, fast paced life of downtown Toronto. Here are a few of the things that you can see and do while staying there:

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Chris Bateman / JULY 23, 2012

In an editorial published on Sunday, the Globe and Mail declared separated bike lanes the way forward for Toronto's long-suffering cycling community, pointing to Montreal's dedicated lanes as an avenue this city should be readily exploring. The 514 has a network of relatively quiet secondary streets with bike-only lanes that encourage and protect people who chose to ride to work or play. Toronto, on the other hand, does not.

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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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170 Willowdale Ave Toronto, ON M2N 4Y6
Phone: 416-221-7236