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Tips to Conquer Your Holiday Shopping

The holidays are approaching us fast and furious as the year comes to an end! While this is an exciting time filled with lots of love and laughter, it can also be dreadful to prepare for. Shopping for you holiday gifts for your loved ones is not an easy feat. We’re here to make it that much easier with our best tips for making your holiday shopping easier.

 

Shop online

it’s 2018 and shopping from the comfort of your own bed has never been easier! Why bother going outside in the snow and standing in long lines at the cash register if you don’t need to? Do yourself a favour and do your shopping online this holiday season. Almost every retail store has an online website that you can order from, so you’re not missing out by staying at home. Amazon is our top pick for holiday shopping, because you can find gifts for everyone.

 

Order early

With so many people doing their shopping online, the post offices might be backed up. If you’re doing your shopping online, order your gifts in advance so you can be sure to receive them on time.

 

Use a coupon code finder

This one is probably our favourite tip, so we’ve saved the best for last! Use an internet browser add on feature that automatically searches the internet for coupon codes and applies them to your purchase at checkout. A great one to use is called Honey. You can download the add on to your browser of choice and let it do the work and save you valuable cash!

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6 Tips For Travelling

1. NEXUS

For people that frequently travel between Canada and the USA, NEXUS is an excellent way to speed up the process when travelling. Individuals must apply for a NEXUS pass with the government, who must approve each applicant. This pass will help you to save time at the border.

 

2. Bring snacks

Airport food tends to be very pricey, and often it isn’t very good. Pack yourself some snacks to keep you full while you wait to board the plane. We suggest you bring a sandwich for a meal, as these are easy to bring along in your carry-on bag.

 

3. Make sure your laptop is accessible

If you’re a business traveller then this tip is very important for you! Make sure that you don’t pack your laptop deep in your luggage. We suggest keeping your laptop in your carry-on bag where you can easily access it. Wait times for boarding the plane tend to be very long, so during this time you can productively get some work done on your laptop.

 

4. Portable battery

Outlets tend to be a hot commodity in airports, so to avoid running into the issue of having an uncharged cell phone bring a portable battery pack. This will also come in handy if you need a charge while you’re on the plane.

 

 5. Online Check-In

This is probably the most important tip on our list! Do your check-in online from home before you come to the airport. This will save you so much time once you get to the airport, as there tend to be very long lines to check-in. You can also print your ticket from home, since some cheaper airlines charge to print the tickets.

 

6. Follow the rules for baggage

Airlines tend to be very strict on what you can and cannot put in your luggage. Make sure to follow these rules while you’re packing to avoid any complications at the airport. For example, many airlines will only allow you to check a bag that is under 50 pounds in weight. As well, liquids stored in your carry-on bags must be 100ml or less.

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4 Activities To Do This Winter

The temperature has dropped, and a blanket of snow has been laid out across out cities. You might want to just cuddle up under a blanket next to your fireplace with a cup of coffee to stay warm. Or you can embrace the cold weather and do one of these fun winter activities.

 

1. Skating

Skating is a staple for a winter activity in Canada. It’s a cheap and easy activities for people of all athletic abilities. Many ice rinks offer free skating in Mississauga and Toronto. Our favourite skating rinks are at Celebration Square in Mississauga, Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, and the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own skates, often times rinks have skates available for rental.

 

2. Ski or Snowboard

Our personal favourite winter activity is skiing and snowboarding. Although this winter activities tends to be more expensive than the others, it is well worth it. Spend your day on the slopes at any of the several ski resorts location only a short drive outside of the GTA. Some of the most notable resorts include the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, and Mount St. Louis Moonstone just north of Barrie. You can rent your equipment at any resort.

 

3. Toronto Light Festival

The Distillery Historic District hosts their annual light festival from January 27th to March 12th. If you are a fan of unique art instillations, you might want to check out this event. This outdoor event boasts works by both international and local artists, illuminating the city with their popular pieces.

 

4. Winter at Ontario Place

Ontario Place will be hosting a winter festival, which will transform Toronto’s waterfront into a beautiful sight. There will be winter activities, a light exhibition, and illuminated art displays. This event is free to all, and is open 7 days a week and is open until March 18th. Skate around on the ice rink, and then warm up next to the bonfire. As an added bonus, there will even be film screenings.

 

5. Icefest

In Toronto, at the popular Bloor-Yorkville village, there will be an annual, enchanted event called Icefest. Icefest will run for two days, starting on February 24th. Here you will find attractions for the whole family, including food vendors, an ice carving competition, and a DJ playing live music.

 

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Holiday Gift From Us To You

Have you stayed with us in the past? Do you have a friend or family member looking for a short-term rental in Mississauga or the GTA? If you answer yes, then we have a proposition for you!

 

With the holiday season upon us, we want to give you a gift! If you refer your friend to us and they book a stay in our suite, then we will be happy to give you a $50 MasterCard gift card in return.* We will give you the choice of picking the reward that suits you the best. With hundreds of retailers, restaurants, hotels and attractions in downtown Mississauga to choose from, you are bound to find something that you like. The choice is yours!

 

City Gate Suites provides exceptional fully furnished rentals in the heart of Mississauga, equipped with the best quality and brand new appliances, furniture, and other household equipment, all for less than the cost of a hotel stay. Our goal is to provide our guests with the most suitable package that lets them enjoy a home away from home feeling.

 

Referring a friend is easy. Click here and fill out the quick form with your friends contact information.

 

* Offer applies to first time customers only. If the referee has previously stayed with City Gate Suites, no referral benefit will apply.

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Mississauga’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Guide

Once again, the year has gone by in a flash. December is coming to an end, and that means we get to celebrate the most rowdy holiday of the year, New Year’s Eve! Are you wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve in Mississauga? Ring in the New Year in style at one of these festive events in Mississauga.

 

Celebration Square’s New Year’s Eve bash

Location: Celebration Square

Time: 8pm-12:15am

Cost: FREE!

This is probably going to be the biggest event in the city on New Year’s Eve, in the heart of Mississauga. Enjoy performances by acts like Trevor Guthrie and GRANDTHEFT, while you awake the big countdown to an array of fireworks at midnight.

 

New Year’s Eve Gala 2017

Location: Mississauga Grand Banquet & Event Centre

Time: 6pm

Cost: $125 adult, $80 youth

This formal event is perfect for those looking for an upscale evening to celebrate the holiday. Feel like royalty in this beautiful venue while enjoying a culinary feast like no other. Feast at the gourmet antipasto bar, or load your plate at any of the pasta, seafood, or dessert stations. There will also be live musical for entertainment.

 

Resolutions New Year’s Eve 2018

Location: Habitual Fitness

Time: 9pm

Cost: $50

Looking for a unique experience? This event is hosted by a fitness and lifestyle centre! This gym gets turned into a semi-formal event in honour of New Year’s Eve. There will be an open bar, snacks and refreshments, a live DJ and games like Beer Pong, Twister, and Smash Brothers.

 

Skating

Location: Celebration Square

Time: 10am-11:30pm

Cost: FREE!

If you’re interested in something that is more lowkey, try going skating at the Celebration Square skating rink. This skating rink is a favourite all season long, so this holiday should be no different. You can skate while watching the live entertainment happening at the venue’s New Year’s Eve bash.

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Why Choose Short Term Rentals for Medical Stays

Receiving medical treatment is a difficult and scary task in and of itself, but having to relocate to get your treatment makes it even harder. The last thing you want to do is have to leave the comfort of your own home when faced with this situation. Sometimes relocating is unavoidable, in order to receive the best medical care you can get.

 

Short term rentals for medical stays can help ease the strain of relocating for medical care. With short term rentals, guest can enjoy almost all the same comforts of home. At City Gate Suites, we like to think of our medical housing as a home away from home. Short term rentals come fully furnished, and equipped with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, bedding, and television. Eat dinner without having to order delivery, wash your laundry without going to the laundromat, and relax in front of the television as if you were at your own home. City Gate Suites will even allow you to bring along your pet, if you have one, to comfort you during your stay.

 

Choose short term rentals over hotels for your medical stay. Not only do hotels not provide the same features and amenities that short term rentals offer, but they do so at a higher price. Most often, rates for short term rentals are much more favourable than hotels, as hotels expect shorter stays. When planning a stay of a few weeks to a few months, short term rentals tend to be more affordable.

If you are travelling to Mississauga for medical stay, there are some highly acclaimed hospitals in the area. All of City Gate Suites’ buildings are within a short drive from each of the three excellent hospitals. To learn more about the hospitals in and around Mississauga, click here.

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Everything you need to know about the Toronto Christmas Market

I know it’s still only the beginning of November, but it’s time to start getting into the holiday spirit. The holidays are approaching fast and furious! Toronto’s Distillery District will be hosting their annual Christmas Market, and you do not want to miss out this year. The market opens on November 16th, and runs Tuesday through Sunday up until December 23rd.

 

This magical month long event celebrates all that Christmas has to offer, the sights, the smells and the sounds. Here you will find local musicians, carollers, artisan food, and festive crafts. The gorgeous cobblestone streets of the historic Distillery District will help to set the mood.

 

Beer Gardens

During the cold winter season, you are going to want to keep warm at the Christmas Market. Grab a beer, wine or European cocktail at the beer gardens and stay warm next to one of their heated lounges and bonfires.

 

Photo Ops

If you’re looking for some scenic places to take some photos for your Instagram account or this year’s Christmas cards, the Christmas Market has plenty. The popular giant red “Heart of Christmas” will be decorated with mistletoe, Santa Claus will be posing for photos, and there will be a new large “Joy” sign, and Christmas tree, both of which will be lit up brightly.

 

Light Tunnel

This year for the first time, the Christmas Market will feature a 100-foot long tunnel, lit up by thousands of tiny Christmas lights. This beautiful attraction was inspired by the Christmas market that takes place in Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss market’s light tunnel boasts a cheese fondue option, as will the Toronto market.

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Short Term Rentals Vs. Airbnb

There is no denying that Airbnb’s are convenient and have been exponentially growing in popularity in recent years, but let’s not forget about short term rentals. There are several differences between short term rentals and Airbnb that are worth considering for your next trip.

 

1. Length of Stay

The average length of stay for an Airbnb customer is approximately 6 days, versus an average of 1 to 2 months for short term rental customers. For people travelling for longer than a week, Airbnb tends to become rather expensive. On the other hand, short term rental providers often offer discounts for customers that stay for extended periods of time.

 

2. Type of Accommodation

Airbnb’s are typically popular for people looking for a variety of living options, from apartments, to detached homes, boats, or RV’s. Short term rentals are most often located in condominiums, and give you access to a host of amenities offered in the building, such as a swimming pool, sauna, gym, business centre, and more.

 

3. Amenities

Not only do short term rental providers give their customers access to the amenities offered by the building, but they also maintain beautifully furnished suites. Short term rental suites always come fully equipped with bedding, linens, and toiletries to offer you the same comfort you feel at your own home. Because Airbnb suites are managed by the owner of the property, sometimes you will come across owners that won’t provide such amenities to their guests.

 

4. Property Management

In short term housing, all requests are managed through a head office so providers are able to maintain a uniform approach to bookings and customer service. Suites are managed in a professional manner, and specific processes are put in place to ensure customers have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Airbnb hosts manage their own properties, leaving a lot of room for error. There are limited processes put into place to standardize the care of the guests or the cleanliness of the suite during the duration of the stay.

 

At City Gate Suites, we put your care first so that you feel at home while you stay with us! Our affordable price and beautifully furnished suites will put you at ease during the stressful travelling process.

 

If you’re not yet convinced that short term rentals are the best move for you, then give us a call at 1-800-954-9188 and we’ll tell you why they should be!

 

For information on our suites and pricing, take a look at our website.

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Where to Enjoy the Fall Colours in Mississauga

Fall is arguably one of the most beautiful seasons in Mississauga. Yes, we are sad that summer has come to an end, but it is time to embrace all the wonderful things that the fall season has to offer us. Sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and thanksgiving are among us! But best of all, the leaves are changing falls and it is quite the sight to see!

 

Your commute to work or school will be that much more enjoyable, and long drives up north won’t seem like a drag. There are so many places that you can go to take in the beauty, but we’ve put together this list of three of the top places to enjoy the fall foliage in Mississauga.

 

Jack Darling Memorial Park

This park is a beautiful space to stroll through all year round, but once the leaves start to change colour it is magnificent. The park is surrounded by hundreds of trees and is located right on the shore of Lake Ontario, so you can enjoy a peaceful and scenic stroll down the waterfront. It is truly a unique scenery.

 

Kariya Park

This Japanese inspired park is gorgeous once the leaves start to change colour. It is centred right in the heart of downtown Mississauga and is a hot spot for the residents of the city. The quant park has a stream running through it, Japanese statues, and beautiful backgrounds for taking photos.

 

Erindale Park

This park is the largest in Mississauga. Here you’ll find trails that are perfect for hiking or leasurely walking. These trails run along the Credit River and are encompassed by trees, boasting outstanding views of the foliage changing colours.

 

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The Best Health and Fitness Apps

The App Store and the Google Play store can be somewhat overwhelming with the influx of apps being introduced in recent years. There are over 2 million apps available for download, so navigating amongst them can be difficult.

 

If you’re a fitness fanatic or just looking to get more in shape, there are plenty of apps that can help you stay on track. From calorie counters to workout apps, everything you need can be found in your phone’s store.

 

We’ve searched through the store to find the apps that we believe to be the best for monitoring your health and fitness.

 

My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker

This calorie counting app lets you input all the food you eat throughout the day, calculating all the number of calories you’ve consumed. You can then input your daily exercise, and the app will subtract your calories burned during your workout from the calories you’ve consumed through food. This will open your eyes to the calories deficit or surplus that you have at the end of your day. My Fitness Pal holds you accountable for the food you’re eating and puts you on the right track to a healthy diet.

 

Nike+ Training Club

This Nike app is perfect for those of you that need some guidance during your workouts. Nike lets you choose from 15, 30 and 45 minute long workouts, which you can choose based on your skill level and desired type of exercise. The best part is that the app gives you how-to videos, demonstrating how to complete each exercise.

 

 

Sleepbot

Getting a good sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle, so using a sleep tracker to make sure that you’re getting a lot of z’s is important. Sleepbot uses your phone to track how long it takes you to fall asleep, how restless you are and how many hours you’re sleeping for. A cool feature this app has, is the alarm that goes off when you’re in your lightest sleep cycle.

 

10% Happier

Meditation is important for a healthy mind and for positive mental health. This meditation app gives you access to courses and videos that teach you how to meditate. 10% Happier makes meditation easy with coaching from real humans, not bots!

 

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