• Where to spend Easter weekend in Toronto

    Mar 31, 2015

    Looking for some fun ways to spend Easter weekend in Toronto this year? In the following article Timbercreek Communities offers up a few family-friendly ideas that are perfect for the Easter weekend.

    Easter Hunt at Colborne Lodge

    Nothing says Easter like a classic egg hunt. Toronto’s historic Colborne Lodge location TC Toronto Easterpresents a family-friendly celebration of Eastern traditions along with their annual Easter egg hunt. Children can hunt for eggs in the Regency-style lodge’s restored rooms and even dye their own eggs using 19th-century methods. All Easter activities are included with general museum admission. Colborne Lodge is a city-run museum located within beautiful High Park. Colborne Lodge is a 20-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 100 Parkway Forest Apartments.

    North York Easter Egg Hunt

    Join in on the North York Easter Egg Hunt this April 3-5 at Gym-O-Gym.  There are a number of hunts happening throughout the weekend, including a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt for kids aged five and up. Admission to the event includes a slice of pizza, juice box, egg hunt, prizes and games for the little ones. Make sure to bring your own basket as eggs will be collected by kids and then traded in for chocolate and other prizes. The North York Easter Egg Hunt is a 45-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 100 Parkway Forest Community.

    Easter in the Kingsway

    During the Easter long weekend come down to the bustling Kingsway district where there will be plenty of Easter fun for the whole family. Easter bunnies will be giving away free chocolates, treats and eggs. There will also be a bouncy castle, crafts, live music, clowns, magicians, face painters and more. Bring your own camera and make sure to have your picture taken with the giant Easter bunny. This activity is free for all!

    Toronto Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade

    The annual Lions Club Easter Parade is back for another year in the Beaches neighbourhood. The parade will be taking over Queen Street East on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, inviting all local residents and visitors to come and watch displays by local companies and charities. You can expect to see musicians, cheerleaders, decorative floats, Toronto public figures and even the Easter bunny himself. The parade lasts for two hours and begins at Munro Park and Queen Street and proceeds west on Queen in the direction of Woodbine Avenue.

    Enjoy great local Easter activities in the Toronto area. Timbercreek wishes you and your family a fantastic Easter long weekend.
  • Start biking in Montreal this spring

    Mar 26, 2015

    There is no better way to see the beautiful city of Montreal than on a bike. There are plenty of gorgeous bike paths for cyclists of all skill levels to enjoy. Today Timbercreek Communities has a breakdown of cycling in Montreal, including popular paths, safety tips and bicycle tours and shops.

    Cycling in Montreal

    Montreal is one of the top bicycle-friendly cities in the world. There are hundreds of TC Montreal bikingkilometers of bike lanes, paths and trails. There is also the self-serve Bixi bike rental system with over 5,000 bikes available to people in Montreal. Timbercreek Communities’ 345 rue de la Gauchetiere Community is labeled as a Biker’s Paradise, Rider’s Paradise and Walker’s Paradise by walkscore.com. The area surrounding our apartment has great bike lanes and is generally flat, making it perfect for getting around on a bicycle.

    Best Bike Routes

    Great biking routes and paths around the city include:

    Parc du Mont-Royal: This path is great for both cyclists and walkers. Enjoy views of one of Montreal’s largest green spaces. You’ll also see stunning views of the downtown core. This route is perfect for beginner to intermediate cyclists and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

    The Islands: Ride from Old Montreal to Habitat 67 and then cruise historical bridges until you reach Notre-Dame and St. Helen’s Islands in the St. Lawrence River. This route takes approximately 1.5 hours.

    Lachine Canal: Enjoy one of the city’s oldest bike paths on the Lachine Canal route. This bike route starts near the Old Port of Montreal and takes you along the river and past the famous Lachine Canal. This trip will take you approximately two hours.

    Voie Maritime: For those looking for a half-day biking trip try the Voie Maritime route. Start on Nuns’ Island and take the St. Lawrence Seaway bike path until you reach Sainte-Catherine Park.

    Safety First:

    Safety should be a top priority when cycling around the city. It’s important for all riders to use their bicycle in a considerate way and follow the rules of the road. It’s essential that cyclists wear helmets at all times and respect and follow the road signs, traffic lights and rules of the road. For a complete guide to cyclist safety and laws in Montreal click here.

    Enjoy a number of great local bike shops close to Timbercreek’s 345 rue de la Gauchetiere Community in Montreal. Fox Cycles is a 20-minute walk from this Montreal property along with Bicycletterie J R Cyclery.
  • Start playing squash this spring

    Mar 24, 2015

    Interested in learning how to play squash? Look no further than our guide to playing squash in Montreal. Today we’ll look at the benefits of the sport, where to learn in the city, along with great resources for players of all levels. Best of all, our 2125 St. Marc Community in Montreal offers an on-site squash court for all residents to use and enjoy.

    Why play squash?

    Squash is a high-energy and fun indoor racquet sport that is played by two or four TC Montreal Squashplayers in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. This fast-moving sport provides an excellent cardio workout and is available at most indoor fitness centres and gyms. Health benefits of playing squash include improving your cardio health, increasing strength and fitness, promotion of good coordination and flexibility and improving hand-eye coordination.

    Getting Started

    Before starting to play squash you’ll need a few pieces of equipment. These include a racquet, which can either be bought or rented from a squash/fitness centre, ball, activewear clothing and protective eyewear. The objective of the game is for players to take turns hitting the ball against the front wall, above the tin and below the out line. Each game is played to 11 points and the first player who scores 11 wins the game. For more detailed information about the game visit the World Squash website.

    Where to play in Montreal

    Club Atwater:

    Club Atwater offers seven international squash courts for both singles and doubles. Club Atwater has a squash pro on site, along with a number of adult and junior programs where members can make new friends and improve their skills. Club Attwater is less than a ten-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 2125 St. Marc Community.

    Midtown Athletic Club

    Montreal’s Midtown Athletic Club offers a premier sports complex with six squash courts, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, an indoor pool and outdoor whirlpool. Squash lessons are available for both adults and youth.

    Downtown YMCA

    Montreal’s downtown YMCA offers ultra-modern facilities including new gym equipment, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, four squash courts, a gymnasium for team sports, a sauna, a cycling studio, a jogging track and more. The YMCA is a ten-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 2125 Marc Street Community.

     

    Timbercreek’s own 2125 Marc Street Community is located in the heart of Montreal and features an amazing assortment of on-site amenities. We offer a fully equipped gym, sauna, pool and squash court to help you practice and improve your game.

  • Your guide to the Ha!ifax ComedyFest

    Mar 17, 2015

    Don’t miss one of the funniest events of the season during the Ha!lifax ComedyFest. Today Timbercreek Communities takes a look at this hilarious festival including an overview, best bets and how to buy tickets. Our 15/16 Bently Community is located close to many of the festival’s comedy venues.

    About the Festival

    The Ha!ifax ComedyFest has been celebratingTC Halifax Comedy laughter since 1995. This festival runs from April 22nd until April 25th and features four days of non-stop comedy fun. Watch performances by comedians from all over North America over 14 stages throughout the city. This comedy fest is one of only three major festivals broadcast nationally during primetime hours on CBC television. There will also be a number of special events, workshops and industry events taking place throughout the festival, open to both well-known and aspiring performers.

    Best Bets

    Nikki Payne

    Nikki Payne’s sharp tongue, engaging charm and trademark lisp have won her multiple Canadian Comedy Awards and Gemini nominations. She has travelled the world with her unique sense of humour, performing at major comedy festivals around the world. She has also been featured on the hit television show Last Comic Standing, making it to the semi finals.

    Mark Critch

    Mark Critch is head anchor and roving reporter for the long-running Gemini award-winning “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” television show on CBC. Mark has performed all over the world, representing Canadians and our humour wherever he travels.

    Sterling Scott

    Sterling Scott is a high-energy performer and a crowd favourite. He is one of comedy’s rising stars and has had notable performances at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He is also a writer for satirical news show “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”.

    Tickets

    Tickets are available both online and at the door for certain events. Venues include:

    • The Seahorse
    • Casino Nova Scotia
    • Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club
    • Halifax Central Library
    • Spatz Theatre
    • The Carleton
    • The Lower Deck

    Don’t miss out on big laughs this April at the Ha!ifax ComedyFest. All of the venues for the festival are within a ten-minute drive of Timbercreek’s 15/16 Bently Drive Community in Halifax. 

  • Get to know the Longueuil Library

    Mar 17, 2015

    The Longueuil Library is an amazing local resource for great books, community outreach, family programs, special collections, classes and programs, online resources and more.  Your local branch, Georges-Dor is less than a 25-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 99-101 Place Charles Lemoyne Community.

    About

    The public libraries in Longueuil makes a huge collection available to citizens of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll find nearly 500,000 printed documents, 30,000 audiovisual and multimedia documents, free Internet and computer access, community programs, special events and more. The Longueuil Libraries offer materials in both French and English wherever possible.

    How to get a library card

    Any citizen of the City of Longueuil can register for one of the network’s libraries and receive a free library card. Visit any branch with both a valid source of identification and proof of residency and you’ll easily be able to get your library card.

    Online Resources

    There are a number of convenient onlineTC Longueuil Library resources available locally in most libraries and remotely from the comfort of your own home. These resources are used to help identify articles, encyclopedias, educational tutorials and more. Online resources made available by the Longueuil Library include dictionaries and the Encyclopedia of the World State, Online Training, Genealogy records, newspapers, magazines and music.

    Upcoming Events

    Upcoming events include:

    Timbercreek Communities’ 99-101 Place Charley Lemoyne Apartments are located in the beautiful Montreal South-Shore neighborhood, only 15 minutes from the downtown core of the city. Enjoy easy access to public transit, schools, shopping, entertainment and more.

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