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There’s no doubt about it, Canadian winters are long, but with summer just around the corner, there’s plenty to be excited about, especially in North York. The city and surrounding neighbourhoods are brimming with inviting outdoor activities whether you’re looking to enjoy the warm weather on a patio, take part in cultural festivals, or start a game of golf. Here, we’ve compiled a small list of fun summertime adventures to consider for the balmy months ahead.

Have Fun With Kids

Summertime means school’s out, making it the perfect time of year to have some fun with the little ones. Pioneer Village is in full swing during the summer, with extended hours so you can take advantage of the sun while wandering back in time through Canada in the 1800s. This historical and educational village has a number of family friendly activities to take part in like music making and fiddle dancing, with special events like ‘Rastafest’ throughout the summer months. If you’re feeling a little wilder, the Reptilia Reptile Zoo has over 250 reptiles to spark the interest of budding zoologists. Check out their feeding schedule to get a chance to see live reptile feedings happening everyday!

 

Summer Festivals

The long awaited festival season is finally here and the city has a celebration for every occasion from music and art, to food and culture. North York’s Mel Lastman Square is the place to be this summer to take part in an array of events including the 2018 Canada Music Festival, the largest multicultural festival in the country. While other events like Taste of Global and Taste of Africa will have your tastebuds singing, the 20,000 square foot park itself is a summer oasis boasting gardens, an outdoor theatre, fountains, and a relaxing reflection pool. Go for the events, stay for the atmosphere.

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Toronto is an ideal shopping destination offering a number of options from high-end delights to vintage treasures. This major style destination has something for everyone on almost any corner and if you plan on taking advantage, Mary-am Hotel is the perfect hub to see it all. Whether you’re planning a leisurely trip to the bustling city, or hope to put some time aside on your business trip to browse the racks, you’ll have easy access to the following shopping hotspots.

Yonge-Sheppard Shopping Centre

What’s better than having a shopping centre just a short walk from your suite? The Yonge-Sheppard Shopping Centre rewards guests at Mary-am Hotel with both convenience and a select number of shopping options to choose from. This shopping centre is great for getting those last minute items that you may have forgotten (and a few extras) with stores like Winners, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Dollarama just a stone’s throw away. You’ll also be granted direct access to the TTC Subway line, easily connecting you to the rest of the city. Too busy to go out to eat or prepare your own meal? There’s an on-site food court with a variety of cuisine options so you can grab a meal on the go.

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Travelling is meant to be fun and relaxing but quite often, we find ourselves stressing over certain aspects. Fortunately, we have created some great travel hacks to help your trip go by more smoothly.

  • It is rather difficult to fall asleep on an airplane; make sure to bring your eye masks and earplugs along with you in order to get a good night’s rest on your plane and/or your lodgings.
  • One of the most annoying things while on a trip is when you are trying to capture a good photo but there are just too many tourists wandering around in the background. Apparently there is a life hack to get rid of this problem. "Put your camera on a tripod; take about 15 pictures about every 10 seconds; open them all in Photoshop from File->Scripts->Statistics; choose median."

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Most people try to unplug while they are on vacation. But, there will come times where your phone and the apps on it will save you a load of hassles; update you on local haunts nearby, and sometimes even save you money! There are countless travel apps out there; however, based on the opinion of frequent travelers on Facebook and Twitter, these are the top six must have apps while travelling:

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Toronto is a hub for fine restaurants, greasy spoons and trendy eateries. There is no shortage of spots for a late night snack or lazy afternoon brunch. Toronto also offers options for every meal in between, and for the food adventurous, there are must-see places to stop at even if you're staying in a toronto hotel only for a day or two.  

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Summers in Toronto are filled with special events, festivals and happenings of all sorts. There are plenty of venues, both indoor and outdoor, that are host to a multitude of events year-round.

In this blog, we spotlight Toronto’s public squares that serve as a casual hangout place and a location for grand festivities. 

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Heading to Toronto for a family visit, short stay or business trip? There are plenty of ways to spend leisure time in the bustling city. Our guide for spending a day in Toronto is filled with prime options for entertainment, dining and shopping.  

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Toronto has plenty to offer in terms of its waterfront and many beaches - despite the city’s waters being too frigid to swim in at times, there are still a myriad of fun things to do on the water. Cherry Beach, Woodbine Beaches and Kew-Balmy Beach are popular Toronto beaches, perfect for setting up a picnic, playing a game of volleyball or simply enjoying the sun. If you’re looking to take in sights of Toronto’s skyline instead, you can set sail on one of many Lake Ontario cruise ships. Whether you take a tour during the day or at night, you can be sure to enjoy the amazing view of the city. Here’s our picks for Toronto’s best waterfront activities for families and people of all ages.

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School’s out for the summer in just a few short weeks, which means kids will be keen on getting their fill of fun during their two-month long break.

Luckily, there are a myriad of places to take kids in the GTA, and we’ve compiled a few spots that are a must to visit this summer!

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For travelers who prefer to use their own products instead of those provided by the hotel, it’s a must to pack toiletries along with clothes, shoes and accessories. But there is one major problem: how do you store them in your bag and not worry about the them opening or getting damaged while your suitcase is loaded onto the plane?

We’ve got a few dos and don’ts to help your items arrive to your destination intact.

Packing Toiletries

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If you’re planning on doing a lot of travelling over the summer, it’s to your benefit to be savvy about hotel, airline, and transportation upgrades. There are many deals and special offers to take advantage of, many of which may not be clearly advertised.

We’ve listed our best tips to secure an upgrade at any hotel - whether it’s at a boutique establishment or part of a large hotel chain.

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While staying in a hotel, it is very tempting to give up on healthy and cost-efficient eating choices in favour of convenience. Eating at restaurants can be a nice treat when travelling, but can become costly if staying several nights. If you’re staying at a hotel with a kitchenette, like Mary-am Hotel, you can prepare your own meals, saving you money and allowing you to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Read on for a meal plan that can easily be made in your hotel room.

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When it comes to packing up from your hotel stay, you may be too fatigued and worn out to get your belongings together. Between regular excursions and day-to-day affairs, your room can quickly get in disarray. To help with the process of packing it all up, we’ve outlined easy to follow tips:

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Fast forward to your first day in booming and exciting North York! You’ve checked in at Mary-am Hotel and are now beginning to settle in. Continue reading to learn how to carry out this process efficiently:

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While popular hotels may have an excellent reputation and offer attractive amenities, it’s still important to be mindful of your surroundings during your stay. Since you’ll likely be busy and occupied, whether you are staying for business or leisure, it’s important to take steps for added safety. Read on to learn about these recommended precautions:

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Do you have free time during your stay at Mary-am Hotel and want to enjoy some leisure activities? Don’t want to commute far or spend money in the process? We’ve compiled basic and local activities for you to enjoy, whether you are alone or traveling with others. All these activities are less than a 20 minute walk from the hotel and are ideal for the approaching spring weather.

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Choosing a hotel in an important consideration when visiting any area. Amongst other considerations, it’s important that the hotel is both homey and comfortable. Mary-am Hotel offers an exceptional guest experience that will surpass your expectations. Read on to learn about some of the hotel’s exciting benefits.

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Comfort food is a must during the winter season! Like most people, you are likely craving a delicious and warm meal indoors to battle the cold. For all you foodies, we present you with prime dining spots to hit in North York to satisfy your food cravings. Whether you prefer a filet mignon, an assortment of sushi rolls or a classic burger, we’ve covered it all! Read on for the juicy details:

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For guests looking for a places to relax North York, there are plenty of options close to Mary-am Hotel North York. Whether you are interested in leisure activities, entertainment or dining, North York has something for you. We’ve compiled various spots to visit this winter season.