The together archives

Take a look back at articles related to giving back, getting involved in your community and how you can change it for the better, and events and initiatives that bring us together.

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4 ways to make this a Thanksgiving to remember

Stunning colours, cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spiced everything aside, fall is the perfect time to take stock of what we have and count all our blessings with the celebration of Thanksgiving. We’ve put together a list of 4 ways to make this holiday one to remember – no harvest required [...]

How to show your support on Truth and Reconciliation Day

This September 30th is the first ever Truth and Reconciliation day in Canada – a day dedicated to the Survivors of residential schools and in honour of those who were lost. Read on to learn how you can show your support for Indigenous communities on this important day […]

19 patios to check out in Montréal this summer

Patios are open for business at long last – and if you’re planning to head to Montréal anytime soon you’ll find no shortage of cool terrasses to sit outside and catch some rays. Check out this list of 16 patios and terraces that are heating things up in Montréal this summer […]

Canada Day spotlight on Indigenous culture

This year, Canada Day brings with it an opportunity to pause and reflect on our country’s past, present, and future. It’s an opportunity to listen and learn, and to amplify and uplift the voices of our Indigenous communities [...]

Roundup of local farmers' markets

To market, to market! It’s one of the best times of the year – when vendors begin opening up their stalls at local farmers' markets across our cities. Fresh fruits and veggies, delicious farm fresh eggs, and more! Let’s reap the benefits of all the goodness our local farmers have to bring to the table this summer with this farmer's market roundup […]

6 ways to celebrate Father's Day safely this weekend

The reality is that even though it feels like we’re getting back to “normal”, being smart, cautious, and safe should still be a priority when celebrating certain momentous occasions. That’s why we’ve rounded up 7 Covid-friendly ways to celebrate the special men in your life this weekend [...]

Local businesses to support for Pride Month across Canada

Happy Pride month! If you’re out and about in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton or Montréal check out these LGBTQ2S+ businesses we know you’ll love […]

18 fun things to do as a family this long weekend

All that together time as a family can be a blast when you have a list of things to do. Turn boredom into fundom with these 15 activities you can do at home – from watching nature-inspired documentaries to painting birdhouses and camping in your own backyard. Check them out [...]

A list of sustainable and local businesses we love in Calgary

When you live in the city it’s easy to get caught up with the busyness of it all. But that doesn’t mean we can forget about our community and how to support them by shopping locally. We’ve pulled together a list of sustainable, local businesses that we’re loving in Calgary right now […]

Get to know the Yorkville neighbourhood

Living in Yorkville is kind of amazing. This is where you’ll find some of Toronto’s top shops, poshest hotels and finest restaurants, fancy grocery stores and most expensive real estate. We wanted to explore this charming neighbourhood and share some of our favourite spots. Read on […]

Things to do in Edmonton this spring

With the snow slowly starting to melt and the sun staying out to play for a little longer these days, you’re going to want to get out of the apartment for some much needed vitamin D. Check out this list of fun things to do in Edmonton this spring [...]

Virtual museums and exhibits to visit during Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a national recognition of black communities, culture and people in our country. Read on for some virtual black history museums and online resources that are educational and worth exploring [...]

10 fun things to do at home this family day

Family Day gives families the chance to connect and spend quality time together. This year most of us will be spending Family Day indoors, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of great options to choose from to keep the whole family entertained. Check out our list on how you can safely celebrate Family Day this year with your loved ones [...]

A guide to the Glebe in Ottawa

The Glebe, located just south of downtown Ottawa, is a historic, vibrant, charming neighbourhood with no shortage of things to see and do. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to the Glebe so you can explore everything it has to offer (and possibly live there, too) [...]

How to be your own Valentine while staying home

If you’re spending this Valentine’s Day solo, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t treat yourself and make it a special one. From at-home spa treatments to ordering your favourite takeout and video calling friends, we’ve pulled together a list of ideas that will make your February 14th the best one yet [...]

4 fun COVID-friendly winter activities

Canadian winters, eh? They’re infamously cold, snowy, icy, and everything in between. If there’s anything we know for sure, it’s that we Canadians can plough through anything. Here are 4 fun winter activities to get you outside and make the most of the last few weeks of this beautiful (albeit chilly) season [...]

Local businesses across Canada to support this season

To encourage shopping local this holiday season, we’ve put together a starter list of small businesses in major cities that Minto Apartments operates in across Canada. There are way too many good ones to mention, so here are some ideas to remind us all to look local when searching for gifts […]

7 best Netflix holiday movies to binge-watch right now

It’s getting cold outside and it’s around this time of year that people hunker down to binge-watch all the holiday movies available on Netflix. There are a lot of options to choose from, including festive classics and a ton of brand new Netflix Originals films – and we’ve rounded up 7 of our favourites that are streaming right now [...]

5 ways to give back right now

The minute we put away the Halloween goblins and ghouls, that urge to decorate for the holidays kicks right in. And while we’re looking forward to the celebrations ahead, this pandemic still has a firm grip on us – and this season of giving takes on new meaning for those who could use a little more support. Read on to find ways to give back when and where you can, and spread joy and generosity right now […]

Fun things to do in London this fall

Looking for some fun fall-related activities in London this fall? Whether it’s taking a walk through your local market or launching corn from a cannon (for real), we’ve got you covered [...]

How to celebrate Thanksgiving during COVID-19

Fall has arrived and so has one of our favourite holidays – but it may look different this year. Thanksgiving is a time for us to gather together to celebrate, be thankful, and of course, eat! But with limitations in place, many of us have decided to stay home to keep everyone safe. If your plans have been cancelled, we’ve got lots of ways to make this a Thanksgiving to remember […]

The best patios to visit in Ottawa this fall

Just because summer has come to an end doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy patios well into the fall season. Check out this guide to the best patios to visit in Ottawa this fall [...]

Neighbourhood Guide: Yonge & Eglinton

Spent any time exploring Toronto’s Yonge & Eglinton lately? Whether you’re from the area or are planning your next visit, you won’t want to miss out on the best hot spots this midtown neighbourhood has to offer [...]

Date night ideas for small space isolation

Do you miss going out for date night? The great thing is, there are ways to have just as much fun while you’re staying home (even in a small apartment). Check out these date night ideas that will have you feeling like you’re at your favourite spot with your favourite person in no time. After all, it’s who you’re with, not where you are that counts […]

20 small space creative projects for kids

Self-isolation can be tough – especially in small spaces with kids. If you’re an apartment dweller, you may not have an art room to paint in or driveway to colour on. Here are 20 creative isolation projects for small spaces that are sure to keep kids entertained all day long […]

7 ways to stay connected while staying home

It's been a while since social distancing and isolating have become the new norm. Starting to go a bit stir crazy? If so, we have a solution: connect yourself to others who are isolating too. Here are 7 fun ways to stay connected while staying home […]

4 creative ways to celebrate your birthday while self-isolating

Are you a Taurus, Gemini or Cancer? Celebrating a birthday in self-quarantine doesn’t sound like much fun, but with a little imagination, some creativity, and a positive attitude, it can still be a memorable affair. Here’s a list of four creative ways to celebrate your birthday while in self-isolation [...]

This is why living in downtown Calgary is so amazing

One of the great things about living in the downtown core of a dynamic city like Calgary is having access to all the good things in life – like restaurants, shopping, business and pretty much every convenience and experience you can think of. Check out all the reasons why we think living connected to the core is where it’s at […]

These are the top 6 things happening in Ottawa in August

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to. Ottawa is filled with lots of recreational activities, and August is jam-packed with incredible diversions – from night markets, food festivals and concerts to world-class museums with special exhibitions. Check out our list of the top six events happening in the city to help end your summer with a bang […]

Top 20 restaurants in and around downtown Calgary

Calgary is bustling with a diverse restaurant culture that’s difficult to ignore. Comparable to other major metropolitan areas, Calgary’s culinary industry has foodies flocking to the city for unique and innovative dishes filled with spice and lots of flavour. Whether you’re craving a big ol’ juicy burger or some yummy ravioli with herbed ricotta and white wine, our list will help navigate your way around Calgary’s scrumptious food scene […]

10 tips to throw the best summer party

You don’t need a civic holiday to throw the perfect summer party, longer days and sunny skies are reason enough to celebrate! Whether impromptu or planned, here's a list of 10 tips for hosting a summer bash to remember – from budget-friendly ideas to fun, festive food and drinks. No backyard required […]

Rounding-up of Canada Day events near you

As Canadians, one of our proudest days is fast approaching – Canada’s 152nd birthday – and there are so many ways to celebrate! No matter what city you’re in, there are tons of things happening. Read on for a round-up of family-friendly Canada Day 2019 events in your city […]

Spring clean your community

Spring is the season of new beginnings, but as snow melts it uncovers garbage and debris. Why not step into the sunshine and help spring clean your neighbourhood? Here’s a few ideas to get you going […]

5 winter activities to get you outside

Canadian winters, eh? They’re infamously cold, snowy, icy, and can be just plain blah. If there’s anything we know for sure, it’s that we Canadians can plough through it. Here are 5 fun winter activities to get you outside and make the most of this beautiful (albeit chilly) season [...]

A holly jolly holiday event roundup

Tis’ the season for holly jolly-days filled with food, family and never-ending holiday festivities! Celebrations this time of year are all month long and everyone has their own way of rejoicing [...]

Labour Day weekend events in Ontario

Labour Day – a federal statutory holiday on the first Monday of September in both Canada and the US – officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement (AKA the last long weekend of the summer). Canadians everywhere will be BBQing, pool partying, or simply just relaxing. If you have yet to make plans, our list of long weekend happenings in Ontario might come in handy […]

How to make a co-worker’s day

Sometimes the smallest gesture can have the biggest impact. Surprise someone at work with a random act of kindness and we bet you’ll make their day! Read on for a few fun random acts of kindness […]

Help change a community for the better

For many people, living better is about giving back and knowing you’ve done your part to help make the world a better place. When was the last time you did something to help change a community for the better? We’ve put together a few ideas to help guide you on your philanthropic journey – take a look […]

Random acts of kindness

‘Tis the season to be kind to others, and what better way to do that than through small gestures that cost little to no money. It’s an easy way to make your day – and a stranger’s spirits brighter, too. Even better, being nice is quite contagious and there’s a good chance your random act of kindness will be paid forward [...]

Giving back to your community

Feeling generous? This time of year is the perfect time to give back to the community. Whether volunteering time at a shelter or collecting cans to donate to a local food bank, here are some feel good ideas on how to spread the love this season [...]