• Warm up this winter with a sauna!

    Nov 26, 2014

    Warm up this winter with the help of Timbercreek Communities’ on-site sauna and whirlpool at our 99/101 Place Charles-LeMoyne Apartments in Longueuil. Sauna usage offers a number of health and wellness benefits that help with soothing muscles, relieving tension, getting rid of toxins and relaxing the mind and body. Today we will discuss proper sauna etiquette and the benefits of taking a sauna.

    Proper Sauna Etiquette

    Close the door

    When entering and exiting the sauna be sure to quickly close the door behind you. It TC Longueuil Sauna only takes seconds for the heat to spill out of the sauna, getting rid of all its benefits in the process. Make sure to firmly shut the door so both you and any others in the sauna can enjoy the heat.

    Sit on a towel


    Saunas are hot but not hot enough to kill germs. In a high-use area like a public sauna be sure to sit on a towel while inside. Bring a towel into the sauna that is large enough to make a barrier between your body and the wooden benches.

    Shower before using the sauna


    Make sure to rinse off before using the sauna if you are coming from an earlier workout. For example, do not come directly out of the pool and into the sauna as the chlorine on your body will evaporate and disperse throughout the area. This can then irritate the eyes and lungs of people who are sharing the sauna with you.

    Silence is golden

    Many people use the sauna as a place for relaxation and introspection. Unless you know everyone else in the sauna, try to refrain from talking.

    Sauna Benefits

    Timbercreek’s 99/101 Place Charles-LeMoyne Apartments offer the convenience of an on-site sauna and whirlpool. Sauna bathing has a number of health and wellness benefits that include:

    Stress Relief

    Stress reduction is commonly cited as one of the top benefits of sauna use. Bathing in a sauna provides stress relief in a number of different ways. It is a warm, quiet and distraction-free space. The heat from the sauna also relaxes the body’s muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins.

    Soothes Muscles and Joints

    Endorphins also have a mild and enjoyable ‘tranquilizing effect’ that has the ability to minimize the pain of arthritis and other muscle soreness. Body temperature also rises from the heat of the sauna, causing increased circulation which speeds up the body’s natural healing process via soothing aches and pains. The sauna also helps to reduce muscle tension and eliminate lactic acid buildup from sports or an intense workout.

    Skin Cleansing

    Deep sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts of our skin. This in turn cleanses your pores and improve capillary circulation, giving the skin a more soft and supple appearance.

    Improved Sleep

    Research has shown that a deeper and more relaxed sleep can result from regular sauna usage. Body temperatures, which become elevated through sauna usage fall at bedtime. This slow, relaxing decline in temperature and endorphins is key in facilitating a better night’s sleep.

    Enjoy the many benefits of sauna bathing from the comfort of your own home at Timbercreek Communities’ 99/101 Place Charles-LeMoyne Apartments. This community is also within walking distance of public transit, schools, shopping, great restaurants, entertainment and more.

  • Your guide to Alta Vista's parks

    Nov 25, 2014

    Spend the day exploring some of Alta Vista’s many parks and trails. Timbercreek Communities’ 2861 & 2851 Baycrest Apartments are located in the heart of Ottawa’s Alta Vista neighbourhood, within walking distance of a number of local parks. Today we will take a look at a few convenient nearby parks including Brewer Park, Applewood Park, Orlando Park and Canterbury Park.

    Applewood Park

    TC Ottawa ParksApplewood Park is located in the heart of Ottawa’s Alta Vista neighbourhood and serves as the heart of the community for many families in the area. This park is very family-friendly and you will often see parents socializing while the little ones are off playing in a safe environment. Applewood Park features a skating rink for the winter months, two play structures (one wood and one metal), picnic tables, benches and a short trail, which is perfect for walking or running. Applewood Park is a 30-minute walk from 2861 Baycrest Drive.

    Orlando Park

    Orlando Park is only a ten-minute walk from Baycrest Drive Apartments and features a beautiful piece of green parkland in the south end of the city. This Alta Vista Park features an off-leash dog area, soccer and baseball fields, a short trail, as well as a modern children’s playground. Over 300 new trees have been planted in the past two years, improving upon the park’s already lush green landscape. The Pinegrove Trail is only a 20-minute bike ride away from Orlando Park, and is perfect for people who want to experience a longer and slightly more challenging trail than the one at Orlando Park.

    Brewer Park

    Brewer Park is one of Ottawa’s largest and most popular parks, located on the north bank of the Rideau River at Bronson Avenue. While not directly located in the Alta Vista neighbourhood, Brewer Park is less than a 25-minute transit ride from  2851 Baycrest Drive. This large park features scenic green spaces, a world-class speed skating oval, two hockey rinks, Canada’s largest legal graffiti wall, three baseball diamonds, numerous soccer fields, winding biking and walking paths, multiple play structures and a mini waterpark. This park offers fun recreational activities for all seasons and all ages. The park is also home to a number of festivals and events, such as the internationally renowned Annual House of Paint Hip Hop Festival in the summer. 

    Canterbury Park

    Canterbury Park is a local Alta Vista park that is less than a 35-minute walk from 2851 Baycrest Drive. This park features a modern play area and playground, pool, tennis court, baseball diamond and ample manicured green space perfect for recreational soccer. Off-leash dogs are allowed in certain areas of the park and there is a designated space for them north of Canterbury Park’s baseball diamond. The Canterbury Recreation Complex is located less than a two-minute walk from the park’s main entrance and boasts an NHL sized ice rink, 25-metre swimming pool and a variety of aquatic and fitness programs.

    Ottawa’s Alta Vista neighbourhood is surrounded by lush green spaces and beautiful parks perfect for the whole family. Whether you are looking to go for a quiet bike ride, have a healthy play date with the kids or simply relax and enjoy nature, these parks are perfect for everyone.

  • Grab dinner on Bank Street

    Nov 21, 2014

    There are a number of great restaurants located along Ottawa’s bustling Bank Street. Today we will take a look at a few tasty options that are located close to Timbercreek Communities’ 2850 and 2870 Cedarwood Drive Apartments.

    Flying Piggy Bistro

    TC Bank Street DiningBesides having a great name, the Flying Piggy Bistro boasts a unique Italian dining experience in the heart of Ottawa, only a 15-minute walk from 2850 Cedarwood Drive. The restaurant offers an interesting combination of rustic Italian cooking combined with a cozy, casual atmosphere. The Flying Piggy Bistro offers warm lighting, great service, and soft music to enhance your dining experience. Menu standouts include their selection of homemade pasta, fine cuts of meat including rack of lamb, pork tenderloin and Black Angus Steak, along with a wide selection of tasty appetizers and desserts. The Flying Piggy Bistro was founded in 1999 and has been serving the local community with delicious food and a great atmosphere for 15 years.

    Pelican Fishery and Grill

    The Pelican Fishery and Grill is both a fish store and restaurant that is committed to fresh wild and responsibly farmed fish and seafood. This unique restaurant offers a fun and funky atmosphere that is casual yet still very cool. The restaurant has been open since 1978 and offers menu favourites such as fish tacos, freshly shucked oysters, PEI mussels, and wild halibut. The freshest seafood in the city is only a 15-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 2870 Cedarwood Drive Community. Whether it’s shrimp, crab, lobster, fish or oysters you are after, the Pelican Fishery and Grill is the place to find it.

    Caveau Mediterranean

    Caveau offers Mediterranean fusion cuisine that promotes a fresh, healthy and gourmet menu. Caveau offers a huge variety of their signature and homemade seasonings and marinades, which are prepared with only the freshest ingredients such as basil, thyme and cilantro. Menu standouts of this Mediterranean hotspot include calamari, fresh tilapia fish, pita wraps and a variety of kebob platters. Caveau has been serving the local community for over 30 years and offers a warm and friendly atmosphere perfect for a first date or a family outing. The restaurant has recently been renovated, with new stone work, lighting, fixtures and colours added to enhance your dining experience. Caveau Mediterranean is a 15-minute walk from Timbercreek’s Cedarwood Drive Apartments in Ottawa.

    Enjoy a great meal only steps from Timbercreek Communities’ Cedarwood Apartments in Ottawa. Whether you are in the mood for Italian, Mediterranean or fresh seafood, be sure to try these local options for a delicious meal.

  • Get to know the Halifax Mainland Common

    Nov 19, 2014

    Within Halifax’s bustling Clayton Park community is the Halifax Mainland Common. Here you will find a large recreational area full of parkland, trails, and various other facilities. Timbercreek Communities’ 16 Bently Drive Apartments are located in the Clayton Park West community, only a 20-minute walk from the heart of the Halifax Mainland Common. In the following article we will discuss some of the Mainland Common’s standout functions and features.

    Trails:

    Mainland Common Loop

    There are a number of walking, biking, and jogging trails that connect throughout TC Halifax CommonsClayton Park and through the Mainland Common. The Mainland Common Loop Trail is a two-loop trail that is located in the Mainland North Common Park. This family-friendly woodland trail is an easy way to get the family out and enjoying the many sights and sounds of Clayton Park West. The trail features different types of trail bed including wood chips and a natural woodland trail bed. There are a number of benches scattered throughout the trail where people can sit, enjoy the day or take a quick water break. Throughout your journey through the Mainland Common Loop you will also see a number of outdoor playing fields, perfect for a game of pick up soccer or baseball.

    Mainland North Linear Parkway

    The Mainland Common Loop connects to the larger Mainland North Linear Parkway for those looking for a longer and more challenging trail. The Mainland North Linear Parkway is a multi-use trail that stretches from Kearney Lake to Main Street in Fairvew, running parallel to Dunbrack Street in Clayton Park. This is one of Halifax’s most popular recreational trails as its wide pathway accommodates many different activities, such as jogging, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. In total the trail is 4.5 kilometres long with a crusher dust trail and several gradual slopes that are winter-maintained. The Clayton Park West entrance to the Mainland North Linear Parkway is a 25-minute walk from 16 Bently Drive.

    Canada Games Centre

    The Canada Games Centre was built for the 2011 Winter Canada Games and is located in the heart of the Halifax Mainland Commons. This community recreation centre is open to the public and promotes fitness and wellness in the local community through a number of recreation programs, camps, clinics and fitness classes. Some of the centre’s features include:

    Aquatics:

    The Halifax Mainland Commons features three swimming pools, including a 25-metre competition pool, leisure pool and shallow toddler pool. There are four diving boards with one meter and three meter platforms. There is also a therapeutic hot tub, sauna, and two waterslides.

    Field House:

    The field house is 52,000 square feet and features a variety of amenities for indoor sporting events such as basketball, volleyball, badminton and more. There are three FIBA sized basketball courts, four mini basketball courts, five FIVA sized volleyball courts and eight badminton courts.

    Track:

    The Canada Games Centre features a 200-metre, six-lane indoor track. The track features both a natural and synthetic rubber compound surface to increase shock absorption and reduce muscle fatigue. There is also a long jump pit.

    Fitness Centre

    The state-of-the-art fitness centre is 11,500 square feet and features more than 75 pieces of cardio equipment, a weight circuit, 25-bike cycle studio and a variety of other studios and rooms for fitness classes. There are fitness programs for all ages and child-minding services are available.

    There are plenty of interesting and active things to experience in the Halifax Mainland Common. Between exploring the many trails that weave throughout the area and the Canada Games Centre that is located in the heart of the Mainland Common, there is always something to keep you engaged and entertained here.
  • Get your entertainment from the cloud

    Nov 17, 2014

    With a reliable Internet connection, Cloud computing gives people almost instantaneous access to content in the form of music, video and more. Today we are looking at a few applications and devices for streaming content. Timbercreek Communities’ 222 Rue Woodstock Apartments are located in the heart of trendy Saint-Lambert, only minutes away from downtown Montreal.

    Cloud StreamingStLambert Cloud

    Online streaming through Cloud services is a great, cost-effective and simple way to discover new music, television and games. Streaming services are available both on your computer and smartphone device through a variety of downloadable applications and devices. Let’s take a look at some streaming options for music and video content.

    Music

    Thanks to cloud computing you can easily access your entertainment from anywhere online. There are a variety of online services that offer on-demand music streaming of full length content over the Internet. Many of these options allow the listener to stream the music without having to purchase a file for download. Sometimes known as Internet radio, many of these websites and apps have advertising and offer non-free options in the style of an online music store. Popular free music streaming services include Spotify and Songza.

    Spotify

    Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services worldwide and has recently come to Canada. It offers a catalogue of 20 million tracks that are accessible in a number of ways. Browsing for music can be done by mood, genre, new releases, what’s trending or just a basic search of your favourite artist or song. Streaming options range from a web browser, desktop app or free mobile application for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

    Songza

    Songza is another free web-based music streaming service that curates playlists made by music experts for its users. The service recommends various playlists based on time of day, mood or activity. There are no audible commercial ads or interruptions, however the site does have a six-song skip limit. Songza offers both a web based player and an easy-to-use application for iOS and Android devices.

    Video Content

    There are also a variety of choices in streaming devices for your television that allow you to stream entertainment from remote servers and the cloud in a matter of seconds including the Roku 3, Playstation 3 and Apple TV. Future Shop is less than a 30-minute transit ride from Timbercreek Communities’ 222 Rue Woodstock Apartments and is a great place to pick up the following streaming devices.

    Roku 3

    The Roku 3 is a streaming device that supports more than 750 channels in an intuitive cross-platform device no bigger than the size of a hockey puck. The available catalog is massive, with popular services such as Netflix, HBO, Disney and Vudu available.

    Playstation 3

    Besides being a state-of-the-art video game console, the Playstation 3 (PS3) packs a strong punch in its lineup of quality programming and content available. Standouts include the ability to stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, Youtube, DirecTV and more.

    Apple TV

    Apple TV is a digital media player and streaming device that connects to your television and streams your content from Netflix, YouTube, iTunes and other popular services. It’s the perfect pairing for your home if you already have a large iTunes library full of video, music and photo content.


    Get access to a diverse assortment of music and video with modern technology’s streaming services and devices. Whether you are listening to a playlist customized for you on an Internet radio service or streaming Netflix in order to watch old episodes of Gilmore Girls, Cloud computing has made it possible and easier than ever to do so.

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