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Things to do in Markham

November 12, 2014

Located northeast of Toronto, Markham is a thriving, vibrant and multicultural community. Our Circa furnished apartments, located at Warden and Highway 7, are close to Unionville, Markham Centre, and the Markham Theatre. Here are a few more of our favourite things to do in Markham. For more information on special events, please check the City of Markham’s official website.

Things to do in MarkhamEat Delicious Chinese Food
There are a multitude of good quality Chinese and Dim Sum restaurants in the city. Some recommended restaurants include: Dayali Beijing Roast Duck, Din Tai Fung (a separate entitiy from teh popular Taiwanese chain), 369 Shanghai Dim Sum, Sun’s Kitchen, and Ten Ren’s Tea Time, Source: Globe and Mail

Rouge Park
This 40 square kilometer park extends from Scarborough and the Toronto Zoo all the way up to Markham. There are a variety of activities you can complete in the park from hiking, biking, and wildlife watching to canoeing and camping (in the southern part of the park). It is said that FH Varley, one of the painters in the Group of Seven, captured the beauty of the banks of the Rouge River in Markham on canvas.

Things to do in MarkhamPacific Mall
Known for its bargains and the chance to barter for knock-off items, Pacific Mall has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in Markham. With over 500 stores and a food court, hawking Asian street-food, this is a great way to spend the afternoon.

Explore Unionville
Unionville is one of the villages that encompasses the larger part of Markham. Stroll past the historic buildings, shops, old mills, and churches of Main Street. Many festivals take place here as well. For more information visit www.unionvilleinfo.com

Varley Art Gallery
The gallery honours one of Canada’s renowned Group of Seven Artists, Fred Varley, who lived in Unionville for many years. View historical and contemporary exhibitions at the acclaimed gallery. Explore new ways of appreciating art through dynamicThings to do in Markham hands-on activities, designed for audiences of all ages and interests.

Markham is a great alternative city to Toronto but close enough via car or GO Train. If you are living in furnished housing and here for short term, enjoy your stay and try out these fun things to do in Markham!

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Visit the Beach throughout Your Stay in Toronto

May 8, 2013

At the Beach!While Toronto may not seem like your typical beach destination, as the temperature rises, there’s definitely no shortage of sun, sand and surf. Situated on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s shoreline is peppered with a variety of sandy beaches, each with their own unique atmosphere. In fact, the city even boasts a community that’s fondly known as The Beaches. So whether you’re living in the downtown Toronto core or a suburban area in your furnished apartment, pack your sunscreen, towel and swimsuit and check out one of these must-see destinations.

Bluffer’s Park (1 Brimley Road South, Scarborough)
Featuring a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario against the rugged backdrop of the Scarborough Bluffs, Bluffer’s Park Beach is a natural haven for picnicking with family and friends or enjoying a quite dinner at Bluffer’s Restaurant. Remember to bring your hiking shoes if you’re up to exploring this geographical diverse area.
HOW TO GET THERE: Travel South on Brimley Road.  The area is pedestrian friendly but public parking is available.

Kew & Balmy Beach (2075 Queen Street East)
One warm weekends, this eastern beach location is heavily populated with a mix of locals and suburbanites who descend on Toronto’s infamous community known as The Beaches. From swimming and beach volleyball to picnicking and playgrounds, this kid-friendly location is ideal for young families. Want a break from the sun and sand? Take a stroll up Lee or Kenilworth Avenue and browse the local shops or tuck into a local eatery for a quick bite.
Beach VolleyballHOT TO GET THERE: Street parking is at a premium, making streetcar transit the way to go (501 Queen Street) to Kenilworth and walk south towards the beach.

Lake Front Promenade (800 Lakefront Promenade Mississauga)
Combining beach and parkland the Lakefront Promenade is a summertime retreat that’s got plenty of activity. From playgrounds that feature splash pads to recreational sailing and boating, this area is also home to an abundance of wildlife.
HOW TO GET THERE: Traveling along the Lakeshore where public parking is available.2012624-Kew-Balmy-Beach-9351

Even if you’re stay in your furnished suite in Toronto isn’t a vacation, you can still make the weekends feel like a getaway by getting out and exploring your local beach community. Who knew that summer in the city offered all the fun of a beach destination? Well, we did and now so do you!

 

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Create Personal Space in Your DelSuites Furnished Apartment

April 12, 2013

Whether you’re traveling for work or leisure, sometimes you could use a touch of home. Even if you’re not staying at a hotel, no matter how finely appointed your short-term rental is in downtown Toronto,  it’s the personal touches that turn a house into a home aren’t a part of the design. But while renting means that you can’t paint the walls your favourite shade of purple, here are five simple (and practically instant) solutions for adding a little character into virtually any living space.

Design A Photo Gallery

While short or long term residential living means you probably don’t have your children, partner or pet waiting for you at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean they can’t greet you when you walk through the door. By using your favourite photos, you can create an instant gallery as a focal point in your living room, along a hallway or at the front entrance.  Although a collection of inexpensive frames work well for a table top gallery, if you’re short on surface space, consider using a collection of bright coloured peel-and-stick wall frames.

Awaken  Your Senses

You may not realize it, but familiar smells and sounds can make you feel at home in your downtown Toronto furnished rental, even when you’re not. By incorporating a few scented candles into your space,  you can enjoy the aroHome Suite Homema of freshly baked cookies without turning on the oven. For many of us, music is an integral part of our lives which means that by simply loading your iPod into one of the docking stations in your suite, you can listen to your favourite tunes, should you decide to actually bake those cookies.

Prepare to be Floored

For practical purposes, hardwood flooring adds instant appeal in rental properties but sometimes your toes need something to sink into. Whether it’s a simple mat in front of the kitchen sink or a throw rug at the foot of your bed, accessorizing with small or medium-sized floor coverings in your DelSuites apartment rental space is an easy and low-cost way to add comfort.

Positive Reflection

You don’t have to be an interior designer to realize that reflective surfaces will brighten a room. Whether you choose glass frames or add a mirror in your entrance, the reflective nature of these surfaces means that you’ll instantly add more light to your space, which instantly makes it more inviting. Even if the main living space in your apartment isn’t well illuminated, you can maximize what you do have, by adding accessories that reflect the natural light.

Relax & RechargeSleep Well

When you need to rest your weary head, there’s nothing like having the comfort of your own pillow. Even better, having your own pillow-top mattress pad to cushion your whole body. Although you may not be able to travel with your own pillows and linens from home, it may be worth investing if you’re going to be traveling on a frequent basis.

While the changes may be small, it’s often the little things that add the most impact in your day to day. After all, no matter where you go, having a few familiar comforts of home can bring new life and energy to both you and your space.

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Safe Living at DelSuites Furnished Rentals in Markham

April 5, 2013

Let’s be honest, you’re probably have never given a second thought to how the air conditioning or heating system functions in your suite; until it doesn’t. How about the carpets through-out the building; ever wonder how it stays so fresh and clean? In reality, unless the building conditions are sub-par, it’s unlikely that you’re taking notice of how your home away from home is maintained. But clean carpets and cool suites are all an integral part of a property manager’s role.

At Markham’s Circa location, Property Manager Caroline Li is responsible for ensuring that the building is always in tip-top shape. Through bilingual notices posted in central spots within the building, guests are advised of upcoming maintenance work. With spring in the air, throughout the months of April, May and June you can expect that Circa’s exterior windows, parking garage and carpets will be polished, scoured and scrubbed. While you will want to keep curtains and blinds closed during the annual window cleaning in June, for the most part, you probably won’t even be aware that the cleaning is happening. But whether you’re renting a fully furnished apartment in Markham for yourself or the whole family, thanks to this seasonal cleaning, what you will notice is a totally refreshed environment.

Hispanic air conditioning technicianAlong with seasonal cleaning, Caroline says that heating and cooling checks are conducted for each suite. According to Caroline, staff will personally contact each guest to explain what will be inspected along with providing their scheduled inspection date. It’s all part of keeping your suite at a comfortable temperature while preventing system leakages and any environmental problems from occurring.

Beyond Circa’s regular maintenance and repair, Caroline is also responsible for the safety of each guest. It’s one of the reasons that she encourages participation in fire drills. Anyone who participates in the fire drill is expected to evacuate their suite, taking the appropriate staircase to the lobby. As an essential emergency procedure, regular fire drills not only ensure that all equipment is functioning but also that every guest knows exactly how to respond and stay safe, should a real emergency occur.bigstock-Workers-washing-the-windows-fa-30667373

From soft, fresh carpets underfoot to a clean and shiny view, it’s these small yet essential details that ensure a satisfying stay for every guest.

While you may not know how the building lobby stays so fresh or how you’re able to keep your suite at exactly the right temperature, it’s always nice to know that your property manager is keeping you safe and sound.

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Furnished Apartments Markham featuring Artistic Diversity :: DelSuites

September 14, 2012

With a vibrant heritage, the City of Markham has grown from its agricultural roots and developed into to a culturally rich city that’s at the hub of today’s business technology. Situated north east of downtown Toronto, Markham now joins together a collection of hamlets and villages including Buttonville, Unionville and Thornhill.

Even though you’re not in Toronto’s downtown, finding short term rentals in Markham are still an option. Situated at 23 Cox Blvd, Markham ON, L3R 7Z9, at Highway 7 and Warden, Circa features the comforts and conveniences synonymous with the DelSuites experience. From its first settlement, Markham’s picturesque landscape inspired numerous Canadian artists and artisans and these days, the City continues to focus on cultivating it’s artistic heritage through a commitment to annual events, such as the International Festival of Authors (October 23, 2012).

With so much to explore, if you have the extra vacation time, you’ll want to extend your stay in Markham’s historic area. But if the thought of spending another night in a hotel room isn’t that appealing, you’ll be happy to know you do have another option. With 24-hour in-lobby security service along with an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and games room, at Circa, you and your family can experience the luxuries of a hotel stay combined with the comforts of home.

Whether you need a one, two or three bedroom suite, after a day spent exploring Markham, a fully furnished apartment in Markham is a welcoming haven in which to relax and recharge for the next day’s adventures.

When it comes to experiencing the culture of this dynamic community, creative expression takes on multiple forms from live theatre and dance to spoken word and visual arts. With Circa’s central location, you’ll be in close proximity to Markham’s top cultural venues, including these top three artistic destinations which offer plenty of opportunities for self-expression.

Markham Museum

Maxwell House at the Markham Museum

Connecting with the past while looking towards the future, is part of the experience at the Markham Museum. This 25-acre site features historic exhibits along with programs for children, youth and adults. With the 2011 opening of a new collection and exhibition hall, the museum now houses permanent installations including the popular Discover Our Evolving Community. By offering visitors an insider’s perspective on the settlement and impeding changes to the city, the museum has also established a unique way of connecting with the community.

Flato Markham Theatre

Flato Markham Theatre

With more than 300 live performances each year, the Flato Markham Theatre is one of Canada’s premier theatre houses. From live theatre and family entertainment to concerts and comedy shows, the venue continues to draw artists including dance performances Swan Lake (September 28, 2012),  musicians Matt Dusk (November 24, 2012) and comedians Brent Butt (January 19, @012). While season tickets guarantee you’re seats to the most popular shows, individual performances passes are also available.

Varley Art Gallery

Varley Art Gallery

With two exhibition areas featuring work by regional and national artists, the Varley Art Gallery pays special tribute to the art of Fredrick Horsman Varley, a member of the 20th Century Canadian landscape painters, Group of Seven.

In addition, frequently changing exhibitions display art from the permanent collection, as well as historical and contemporary exhibitions in a variety of media drawn from local, national and international sources. In addition to the Gallery, Unionville’s main street also combines trendy shops, architecturally significant historic homes and welcoming parks, for a truly culturally-rich experience.