Getting Around the City is Easy with Car Share!

Everyday, millions of Torontonians are on the move, many city dwellers prefer commuting with the TTC, carpooling, and ride hailing. But when you need to go the distance, car sharing can be the most cost effective and the least time consuming.

Car sharing in the city is an evolving industry that has a vast market full of options for riders to choose from. Most car share companies are subscription based, enabling the consumer to pay one fee, and drive wherever they need to go, in or out of the city. Toronto is home to a wide variety of car sharing companies. Below are the top three companies in the city, which have the added bonus of gas and insurance included in their subscription.

 

Maven:

With recent entrance into the Canadian market, General Motors’ Maven is a new and alternative approach to ride sharing. With no membership fee, and hourly rates starting at $9 per hour, Maven is a simplified and seamless car sharing service with state-of-the-art vehicles loaded with all the latest technology.

 

Maven is completely app based and keyless, with every step of the rental process taking place on your smart phone. Pick up and drop off locations are all over the city, making it easy to find a car while on the go.

 

Zipcar:

Zipcar has had a long-lasting presence in Toronto with a large fleet of vehicles to choose from. With membership fees starting a seven dollars per month, and hourly rates from $8 – $10, Zipcar is a traditional car sharing company that created this market space with the city dweller in mind.

 

With an easy “tap” from the ZipCard, you have access to their fleet of vehicles and the freedom to drive wherever, whenever you please. Rentals can range from 1 hour to up to a week in length, as many times you need in a month!

 

Enterprise:

Enterprise CarShare is an automated way to rent a vehicle by the hour, the day, or overnight. A variety of makes and models are parked in your community – where you live, and where you work – and are accessible 24/7. Residents of the Greenrock communities get a special join offer. A resident can join for $10 (regularly $29 +$45 membership fee) and receive $55 in credit towards their membership or driving credits!

 

Check out www.enterprisecarshare.ca/gtahome for more info! With hourly rates from $6, including fuel, you can get around the city in style, Enterprise CarShare has small cars up to full size cargo vans. Minimum reservation of 45 minutes that can be extended in 15 minute increments.

 

Getting around the city shouldn’t be hard, with car share, you save money, time and most importantly, you can drive around in a pretty sweet ride! Instead of grinding through crowds on the TTC and lengthy GO delays, car share will get you get you to your holiday destination, on time and in style.

Moving During the Canadian Winter

Moving has been universally acknowledged as one of the hardest things to do. Moving during the winter is considerably much tougher. With Canadian winters being wildly unpredictable, there are a few things you’ll want to consider long before moving day.

 

Pack for Extreme Temperatures

 

Did you know you should pack your possessions differently in the winter months than you would if you were moving in the summer? The reason for this is, of course, temperature. Items such as plates, glasses and even wood furniture are susceptible to breaking when exposed to freezing temperatures. Just as we double up on the layers, be sure to double pack your possessions to keep your belongings protected! Using thick blankets can help ease the transition from the extreme temperatures outdoors to the warmth of your new apartment. Electronics are also sensitive to moisture and extreme temperatures. Be sure to pack these last and transport them in your car.

 

 

Hire Professionals

 

Moving in the winter is no easy chore, but you can make it less stressful. By hiring a moving company to load, transport and unload your possessions, you’ll greatly reduce the hassle and frustration of trying to do it all yourself. Moving companies are trained to handle wintery conditions, they’ll know how best to wrap your items to protect them from the cold and they are equipped to deal with any challenges that may come up.

 

 

Weather Conditions

 

While it may sound like common sense, sometimes when you’re tasked with an all-mighty to-do list, it’s the little things that often get overlooked. Be sure to check the weather network to keep up-to-date regarding any storms or weather conditions. Expect road closures, allow yourself longer travel times and most importantly, be flexible!

 

 

Get an Early Start

 

When the weather is cold and bleak, it can be hard to get motivated. By getting an early start, you can take advantage of the daytime hours, which will reduce the risk of getting hurt when it’s slippery or dark. It also provides more time to iron out any hiccups, should something not go quite as planned. You can also call it an early night before it gets too dark – or too cold!

 

Remembrance Day in Toronto

Remembrance Day is an annual memorial day celebrated in commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to honour the members of their armed forces that have died in the line of duty. Show your respect and support for Remembrance Day by wearing your red poppy proudly. There are multiple ceremonies taking place throughout Toronto that allow you to commemorate the sacrifices made by these heroic men and women, so look for the ceremony closest to your Greenrock community at Davisville VillageVillage Green, and Wingreen Court.

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