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The best Galentine's Day things to do in Toronto

Maybe you’re not into Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps you are, but instead of diving headlong into lovey-dovey couples stuff, all you really want to do this year is kick it with your pals, your besties, or maybe yourself, for once. If so, Galentine’s Day — or Palentine’s Day — is the holiday for you.

Celebrated on Feb. 13, think of it as the light-hearted sister of Valentine’s Day, but without all the loaded expectations. It’s a day where you celebrate platonic love, and pals of all kinds can get t

Ring in the Lunar New Year in Toronto with these amazing events

The Year of the Dragon will come blazing in on Feb. 10. With it comes the potential for power, prosperity, and opportunity. And to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year, you’ll want to check out these 17 festivities happening in and around Toronto.

From food to events and more, there are so many ways you can ring in the beginning of the 15-day festival in Toronto.

Hosted by Toronto’s Chinatown BIA, Lunar New Year festivities will be in full swing at the Dragon City Mall and Chinatown Centr

6 dreamy lofts for sale in Toronto right now

If you’re in the mood for fantasizing about living in the loft of your dreams, you’ve come to the right place. And for those of you on the lookout for your next dream home in the city, you’ll definitely want to see these six spectacular lofts for sale right now in Toronto.

Amidst the eclectic cool of Queen West and Trinity-Bellwoods Park, the Candy Factory Lofts at 993 Queen St. W. is the place to be. Originally a fabric mill built in 1907, this famous loft changed hands in the 1960s, becoming

The best places to buy a ski chalet in Ontario right now

With a fresh dusting of snow across the GTA comes the urge to hit the road and head for the hills. The ski hills, that is. And for those looking to buy a chalet, this might be the perfect opportunity to do so in Ontario. A recent report found that the ski town housing market in Ontario has seen the second highest price drop compared to ski areas across the country — similar to a price drop in cottage country homes earlier in the year. Interested in buying slopeside this year? We’ve consulted the

This rare floating home for sale in Toronto feels like a cottage in the city

A floating home near the Scarborough Bluffs was recently listed for sale in Toronto for $849,000. With just 25 floating homes in all of Toronto, residents who are after that waterfront life might want to jump on this rare opportunity. For float home converts, being part of the neighbourhood’s floating community is an unparalleled experience found nowhere else in the city.

“You can’t beat living right on the water,” says floating home owner and realtor Stefanie Castrilli Carmichael of Exp Realty

Winter cottages are taking up to 180 days to sell in Ontario

This past summer, parts of Ontario’s cottage country saw real estate prices drop significantly, including in popular places like Muskoka. But with the heady days of summer behind us, many cottage-goers might wonder how the winter cottage market is faring now that the summer cottage season is coming to a close.

Referring to data provided by the Lakelands Association of Realtors, Karen Willison, of Royal LePage Locations North, is noticing a more balanced market, with recreational properties in t

The best farmers' markets in Toronto from Monday to Sunday

It’s farmers’ market season again, and Toronto is bursting at the seams with beautiful farm-fresh produce. With markets open each day of the week and in practically every locale, now’s the time to grab a few reusable bags, your sunglasses and explore!

When: Open 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting in May

Head to Sorauren Park just off Roncesvalles Avenue, admire the community garden and explore the weekly farmers market. Running strong since 2008, you’ll find plenty of sustainable produce, plus local a

A massive bay in Lake Ontario is on the market for $60 million

A unique property just outside Toronto is currently for sale — and it includes a part of Lake Ontario! Travel to the foot of Pickering’s Liverpool Road on a warm day and encounter a lively spot flanked by neatly kept Queen Anne-inspired townhomes, restaurants and quaint shops. For locals and those in the know, Frenchman’s Bay has been a well-loved hangout since the turn of the 20th century. Now it’s up for sale.

Listed at $60 million, 600 Liverpool Rd. is possibly one of Canada’s most unique re

Four ways to celebrate Taylor Swift in Toronto this month

Whose fans’ cheering and dancing created activity equivalent to a a 2.3-magnitude earthquake? Whose music consistently dominates the charts? Who tripled the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs sales just by dating a player? It’s Taylor Swift, of course!

With the re-release of Swift’s album, 1989 (Taylor’s Version), hitting the airwaves on Oct. 27, and her anticipated next leg of The Eras Tour — which makes its way to Toronto in November 2024 — Swifties right across the GTA have lots to be excited about.

The intriguing, little-known history of Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works

Known for its many arts and cultural events, beautiful walking trails and nature-inspired playscape, tens of thousands of visitors pass through the Evergreen Brick Works (also known as the Don Valley Brick Works) in Toronto every year.

But if you look beyond its modern reputation as a well-loved and highly celebrated community space, the Toronto Brick Works has a fascinating history.

The most Instagrammable lighthouses in Ontario to add to your road trip

One might think that you need to travel many miles east to enjoy the rustic charm of lighthouses, but they’d be wrong. With over 100 lighthouses dotted across Ontario, there’s plenty to see right here — and these nine are perfect for getting started. These lighthouses can be the destinations or just stops along the way on your next road trip, but one thing’s for sure – you won’t be able to resist taking a whole bunch of photos!

A guide to navigating the ferry to the Toronto Islands this summer

The Toronto Islands may only be a few kilometers from downtown, but for those seeking an easy day trip, they can feel a world away. From ferry details to attractions and everything in between, here’s all you need to know to make your next visit exceptional.

The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal is located at 9 Queens Quay W. at the foot of Bay Street and offers year-round access to Hanlan’s Point, Ward’s Island and Centre Island.

Since parking can be nightmarish and expensive, it’s best to take publi

Let your inner animal run wild in Ontario

Have you ever considered sleeping in a tree house surrounded by lovable rescue animals? How about spending a night floating atop a peaceful lake in your own little abode? Is photographing animals in the wild or (safely) watching wolves at play in the moonlight on your bucket list? If so, explore these extraordinary immersive experiences that let you get in touch with Ontario’s flora and fauna first-hand — and in style.

13 Facts About Lady Jane Grey, England’s Unlucky Nine Days’ Queen

Nearly 500 years ago, a petite 17-year-old girl with freckles and auburn hair briefly ascended the throne of England and Ireland in what would be Britain’s shortest reign.

Named after her notorious great uncle Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, Lady Jane Grey—otherwise known as the Nine Days’ Queen—would find herself in an impossible situation. She’s seen as an innocent victim of Tudor Dynasty politics, and her rightfulness to the crown is debated to this day. Here are 13 facts about her tr

A new campaign is making clean energy the ultimate green flag

Have you ever met someone that seemed like they might be a great match? At first glance, they checked all the right boxes, so you decide to give it a chance and go on a date.

But as the date wears on, that first impression unravels and reveals some major red flags — like how they angrily cut people off in the bike lane en route to your destination, or laughed and called it a hoax when you mentioned climate change.

Second date? Not a chance! After those red flags, you wish you’d swiped left. Yo

Ontario cottage country sees home price drops in the double digits

With early 2023 reports suggesting a year-over-year decline in cottage property prices, there seemed to be few exceptions. In Haliburton, prices fell by 26 per cent, whereas places like Kenora reported a decline of nearly 60 per cent. Even popular locations like Muskoka saw a double-digit slide. But what may have prompted this once red-hot market to cool?

John Fincham of Re/Max Parry Sound Muskoka Realty believes several reasons prompted the cooldown, including COVID-era purchasers re-thinking

Discover the charm of Mount Pleasant Village this spring

With spring finally in the air, Toronto’s many vibrant neighbourhoods, including the Mount Pleasant Village BIA, are full of life and ready for exploration. From art crawls and patios to boutique shopping and family fun, this part of midtown has a little bit of everything for everyone. Conveniently located between Davisville and Eglinton, Mount Pleasant Rd. is a delight!

See and do:

Stroll through Mount Pleasant Village on a sunny day and admire the many public art projects that dot the area,

Flower power: The best places near Toronto to enjoy summer blooms

With the warm weather and all kinds of nature coming to life around us, now’s the perfect time for flower lovers and garden worshippers to get out and explore. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the beauty of summer flowers in and around Toronto.

The ever-popular Toronto Flower Market has been selling top-quality blooms and garden-related items for the past nine years with roaring success. Inspired by the bustling flower markets of the U.K., this market brings old-world charm with a touc

The best places to buy a lakefront cottage in Ontario right now

From long summer days idling lakeside to admiring the reflection of colourful fall foliage on glassy water, most can agree that life on the lake is a blessing. For those hoping to get a cottage of your very own, the allure of having access to a beautiful lakefront is likely high on your list of must-haves. But before you venture off and snap up your dream cottage, you’ll want to research your options first.

You’ll want to ensure you know exactly what you’re getting when it comes to shoreline ow

Ireland’s Great Hunger: 13 Facts About the 19th-Century Potato Famine that Devastated the Emerald Isle

Ireland’s rugged and beautiful landscape has captivated people’s imagination for generations. As picturesque as it may be, however, the North Atlantic island can be an unforgiving environment.

Before gaining independence in 1922, Ireland had been colonized for nearly 1000 years. The people had their ancient culture repressed and torn to shambles multiple times, and experienced severe poverty and famines—the longest and most devastating being the potato famine of the 1840s.
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