• Public Skating Rinks - Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec

    Dec 21, 2017

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    Whether you’ve got weak ankles, wobbly knees, or used to be a pro, winter skating can be a lot of fun. While ice hockey requires a ton of protective gear (and other players), you only need a pair of skates to enjoy a leisurely afternoon glide on the ice. Across Canada, most cities have at least one easy-access public skating rink where families, loved ones, and friends can enjoy a winter afternoon or evening. To get you back on the ice this winter, Timbercreek brings you this list of public skating rinks in Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City.

    Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink

    While Nathan Phillips is without question the most popular skating rink option in Toronto, the rink at Harbourfront is an unsung hero. It’s nothing less than magical. With views of Lake Ontario, the Harbourfront bandshell, and the open starry sky, Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink is a stunner. It’s also got Boxcar Social just a hop away for a post (or pre, or both) skate libation. Learn more here.

    Rideau Canal Skateway

    Each winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway -- the world’s largest skating rink. At 7.8 kilometres long, it stretches from downtown Ottawa to Dows Lake. Skating season typically runs from January until late February, with many activities taking place in February during Winterlude. Skating is available in the open sections of the Skateway until 10 pm or 11pm daily, and skates can be rented at select locations. Learn more here.

    Quebec: Place D'Youville skating rink

     

    Open from mid-October to mid-March, Place D’Youville let’s you skate in style in the heart of the city. Glide across a refrigerated rink amid the ambiance of Old Québec, just across from Porte Saint-Jean and Capitole de Québec. With free admission and skate rentals available onsite, this gem of a rink ticks all the boxes. You can also warm up after your skate at Café-boulangerie Paillard. Learn more.


    Timbercreek hopes that this list of the best public skating rinks in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City gets you out for a skate this winter season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Fun & Cheap Summer Date Ideas

    Jul 10, 2017

    Whether you’re meeting someone new or celebrating an anniversary, great date ideas are always useful. Dating can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. Timbercreek has some fun and cheap summer date ideas for you to enjoy with someone you love or someone new.

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    A stroll in the park is possibly the easiest and cheapest of all date ideas.  If the weather is working in your favour it can be a beautiful way to spend the day. Best of all, if you’re nervous you don’t have to look at each other constantly. Up the romance factor by bringing a blanket, some cups and something to drink. Sunset is a great time for your stroll.

    Wine Tasting Event

    In Ontario, the LCBO offers an affordable range of wine tasting events that range from $30 to $100. They also have beer and scotch tastings, as well as longer term 4 week courses. A wine or beer tasting is social, public, and gives you something to talk about with your date. The events are often held in the nice LCBO buildings (like Toronto’s Summerhill location).

    Brunch

    Meeting at night for the first time is often ill advised. A classic brunch out is a cheap and delicious date option not to be overlooked. Brunch is really popular in Canada so you’ll have no shortage of restaurant options to choose from. Check out the best places in Toronto for brunch here

    Happy Hour Drink(S)

    It’s hard to beat happy hour -- another inexpensive daytime date option to consider. Most pubs offer it and more and more craft beer bars are adding it to their rosters. Grab a seat and enjoy a $5 beer or a half price glass of wine with your date. Worst case scenario, you get a cheap drink out of it.

    Street Festival

    In summer, festivals and street events are great options for cheap dates. Many of these events in big cities are free and allow you to walk through a number of big city blocks that are closed to traffic. These fun events usually come with a ton of cheap or free food, beverages, and entertainment. There’s always lots to do and you won’t be locked into a full restaurant meal or long event.

    Jazz Show

    Live jazz, while not for everyone, is sophisticated, interesting, and fun to listen to and watch. Because it’s improvised you’ll get to hear something unique with every show. Going to a concert is a great date idea and takes the pressure off of making witty conversation. If the music is bad it also gives you something to commiserate over. Normally less than $20, a jazz show is a great way to spend a date.

    Coffee

    Who doesn’t like coffee? A coffee date is almost guaranteed to be cheap --  even at Starbucks where it’s only $4 for a latte. Best of all it gives you the option to sit and talk, or walk and talk. Coffee dates can be short and sweet, or be a starting point for a longer date. The best thing about them is their flexibility and low cost.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of cheap date ideas has inspired you to get out there. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website

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