• Living in Downtown Toronto

    Jan 23, 2018

    Recently voted one of the best cities in Canada to live in, Hogtown residents have long known that Toronto is a great city. A hub for business, tech, immigration, and culture, Toronto has high levels of safety, diversity, and quality of life. And there’s no cooler or more cultured part of town than downtown, particularly Yonge and Dundas. One of Toronto’s premiere neighbourhoods, Timbercreek brings you this list of the best spots to check out in the area.

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    Yonge Dundas Square

    A rare open space in the downtown core, Yonge Dundas Square has grown into a cultural hub. With free shows and innovative musical programming, YDS is a gem in the heart of the city. It’s also just a short walk from The Maitlands at Yonge and Wellesley.

    Eaton Center

    The Eaton Center is a Toronto landmark. With eye-catching architecture, multiple floors, a blinding array of stores and restaurants, and a herd of patrons, the Eaton Center is a social and shopping experience.

    Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas Theatre

    At the top of 3 floors of escalators, Cineplex’s Yonge Dundas Cinema location is massive, with 23 screens including IMAX, 3D, and 5 VIP rooms. Great for a night out, it’s got something for everyone.

    Massey Hall

    Massey Hall is a legendary venue for Canadian and international musicians. With a stunning and historic interior, cozy bar, and fantastic acoustics, it’s worth seeing just about anything at Massey Hall. Sherwood Apartments are within walking distance, and are even closer to The Phoenix Concert Theatre, another of Toronto’s premiere live music venues.

    Ed Mirvish Theatre

    Formerly Toronto's historic Royal Alexandra Theatre, the Ed Mirvish Theatre has a long history in the arts, producing original plays and musicals featuring Canadian and International acting and musical talent. A neighbourhood icon within easy reach of The Maitlands.

    3 Brewers

    An early and pioneering entry into the Canadian craft beer scene, 3 Brewers offers a delicious assortment of locally made beer. Known for their copper brewing gear visible to patrons, the 3 Brewers is a neighbourhood staple. See more.

    Salad King

    A groundbreaker in the Toronto Thai food community, Salad King is one of the city’s oldest and most outstanding Thai restaurants. From early days as a mock university cafeteria to its stunningly reno-ed 2nd floor current space, Salad King should be on your must-eat list.

    Old City Hall & Nathan Phillips

    Nathan Phillips Square is one of Toronto’s defining public spaces. With a Henry Moore sculpture, the famous pond (doubling as a skating rink in winter), massive outdoor space, old city hall architecture, and the famed PanAM games “Toronto” sign, it’s an iconic Toronto landmark.

    Sunset Grill

    At Queen and Yonge you'll find an amazing breakfast spot. Sunset Grill has it all: variety, bottomless coffee, and huge portions of breakfast fare -- the most important meal of the day. Close to Garden View Apartments, Sunset Grill and numerous other brunch hotspots are just a short walk or transit ride away.

    Transit Access

    Yonge and Dundas is a Toronto transit hub. From the College, Dundas, and Queen streetcars, to the Yonge subway line, it’s easy to get everywhere and anywhere in Toronto. Whether it’s from The Maitlands, Sherwood Apartments, or Garden View, all of Toronto is at your fingertips with the TTC.

    Timbercreek hopes this article shows just how great it is to live in downtown Toronto, especially near Yonge and Dundas. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Top Holiday Events in Canada

    Dec 18, 2017

    The holiday season is here again. It’s time to dust off the decorations, put up the stockings, and whip out your ugliest Christmas sweater.  From hot chocolate to festivals, mall Santas to apple cider, there’s no shortage of seasonal events to tuck into this year. To help you celebrate the holidays, Timbercreek has put together a shortlist of events happening in your area this fall.

    Distillery District: Toronto Christmas Market

    Perhaps the best holiday event of the season, The Distillery District has once again transformed into the luminous Toronto Christmas Market. The popular event is on now until December 23rd.  Don’t miss the glowing sights, the merry sounds, and the decadent tastes of this annual holiday market. A monstrous Christmas tree dots the center of the action, while kiosks selling everything from chocolate covered bacon to St. Nick knick knacks, litter the Distillery’s brick streets. The market is free during the week and just $6 on weekends. Get more info here.

    Blue Mountain: Christmas Gift Show

    Blue mountain comes alive this season with a Christmas Gift Show. This vibrant, fun marketplace celebrates the holiday season in style. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas with over 100 vendors including artisans, crafters, jewelry makers, décor vendors, body and wellness brands, tasty treat makers and more. Learn all about it here.

    Edmonton: Singing Christmas Tree

    Running from December 14th through 17th, don’t miss the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder. With dancing Santas, stunning ballerinas, amazing acrobats, and 150 phenomenal singers accompanied by a live orchestra, this performance is a seasonal sensation.  Get more info here.

    Quebec: German Christmas Market

    Celebrating 10 years of magic, Quebec’s German Christmas Market is “Exquisitely European” and “Exquisitely FREE”!  On now until December 23rd, 2017, this magical holiday wonderland never ceases to amaze. Featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, the market has a festive atmosphere with wooden kiosks and scintillating lights.

    Ottawa: Vintage Christmas Village of Lights

    Come out to the Cumberland Heritage Museum for some holiday celebration this Christmas. Make an ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, or take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through the illuminated village (lit by 5pm every evening). None other than Santa Claus himself will be there! Find out more here.

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    Timbercreek hopes this list of the best holiday events in Canada inspires you to get out there and celebrate the holiday season in style this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Canada's 150 Celebrations

    Jun 21, 2017

    150 years ago, Canada became a Nation. 2017 marks a major milestone in our country’s history. And while celebrations have been under way since January, this summer is when the real parties will kick off. You don’t need to go far to find something happening -- almost every city in the country has put together a range of events to celebrate. From appreciating Canada’s vast natural landscape, to music and the arts, there’s something for everyone. Check out these great ways to celebrate our country’s 150th from Timbercreek.

    shutterstock_108091436Go to a National Park

    Parks Canada has stepped up to help ring in our 150th by offering free admission to National Parks across the country.  From BC to Newfoundland, our Nation’s vast landscape is free to explore for one year only. Check out the Parks Canada website for availability and regulations as the Discovery Pass covers park entrance, but not all fees like camping and guided tours. Learn more here.

    Get Active

    Challenge yourself with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List. It was created from the results of over 465,000 votes from people across Canada and includes 150 physical activities that make us uniquely Canadian. The Play List is a challenge to Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces, and even abroad to see how many different activities they can complete in 2017. Learn more here.

    The Maritimes

    Confederation happened in three stages starting in 1864. While it was initiated by the potential union of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI, those provinces actually waited to join the rest of Canada until the third leaders’ meeting in 1867. As such the maritimes has a rich past and important role in the country’s history.  The east coast is also just a sensational part of the country, both in terms of natural beauty and cultural heritage. From New Brunswick’s flowerpot rocks to the Bay of Fundy, Halifax, and PEI’s red sand beaches, there’s a lot to do and see.  And, like across the rest of the country, there are no shortage of events and celebrations to make the most of our 150th in the Maritimes. Learn more here.

    Stay In Town

    There are fun activities to enjoy right in your own hometown this year if you want to celebrate Canada’s 150th close to home. Check out your city’s website for events and ideas. Most cities coast to coast are offering a wealth of spectacles all year long.

    Get out, enjoy and celebrate the great white north for its 150th!

    For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.  

  • Top 5 Spas in Ontario to Visit

    May 02, 2017

    When life leaves you feeling wound up, nothing is as relaxing as a spa day. A little indulgence can go a long way for your health. You deserve to take it easy. Timbercreek Communities has put together this list of the top 5 spas in Ontario to visit when you need a break or can be a great Mother’s Day gift!

    Ste. Anne’s Spa

    Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario is located about 90 minutes east of Toronto. This adults-only, all-inclusive resort offers guests day or over-night accommodations in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere that promotes a feeling of genuine calm. Guests can select their own personal spa experience with a full line of services and wellness classes. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a healthy and wholesome meal in their full service dining room.

    iStock-514170196The Spa at White Oaks

    The Spa at White Oaks in Niagara-on-the-Lake features 17 treatment rooms where guests can treat themselves to the very best. Choose from aromatherapy facials, body wraps, microdermabrasion treatments and more.

    Body Blitz Spa

    Body Blitz Spa is a water spa that caters to women in their two downtown Toronto locations. Both locations feature identical services. Guests can bathe in the spa’s therapeutic waters and indulge in premium services from the spa menu to create their own ultimate unwinding experience.

    Scandinave Spa

    Collingwood is about two hours north of Toronto and home to The Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain. Here guests experience a unique Nordic-inspired, outdoor spa. Visit to indulge in body warming steam baths, hot baths and Finnish sauna, before taking the plunge into the cold bath. Finish off your visit with a Swedish or hot stone massage.

    Miraj Hammam Spa at Shangri La

    Envelop yourself in luxury at Shangri La’s Miraj Hammam Spa, an oasis within the city of Toronto. This Moroccan-themed spa features “hammams” where steam and exfoliation are used to detoxify and rejuvenate. But that is only the beginning. Stay for a massage, facial or body care treatment -- like a honey and wine body wrap.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes this list of the top 5 spas in Ontario inspires you to take some time for yourself or with your mom as a nice getaway. Relax, unwind and shrug off some stress at one of these amazing spas.

    To learn more about with Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, please visit our website.
  • Our Guide to Liberty Village

    Apr 04, 2017

    Liberty Village is located in Toronto’s west end, in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. The fascinating blend of old-world charm and modern, urban living is something that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. To help you get a feel for the neighbourhood, Timbercreek Communities created this guide to Liberty Village.

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    Bars and Restaurants

    Liberty Village is a great neighbourhood for food and drink. There are many excellent restaurants and bars to discover. The interior of Les 3 Brasseurs (3 Brewers) feels lofty, yet cozy. The beams, brickwork and the brewery itself, are all exposed, in fact every step of the brewing process in on display. The menu outlines helpful pairing suggestions for those looking to have their beverage compliment their meal. For example, when you choose your Pulled Pork Poutine ($13), you’ll know to order the Amber or Brown to wash it down. If you’re looking for something cozy, LOCAL Public Eatery is an amazingly comforting option. This restaurant compares itself to a living room with better food and drink. LOCAL Public Eatery is obsessed with craft beer and constantly rotates new selections. The menu is loaded with affordable international fare, offering everything from Chicken Quesadillas ($7.50) to Perogies with bacon and fried onions ($8). Their drinks menu is incredible and features local craft beers (like Collective Arts) and more familiar offerings from around the world (like Sapporo). They also have some seriously delicious cocktails, comically served in a boot and not in a boot like their Lucky Lemonade in a boot ($9) -- a delightful mix of JD, lemonade and guava juice.

    Concerts, Sports and More!

    Liberty Village is home to BMO Field, a huge stadium located in Exhibition Place. It’s an incredible venue for soccer and football games (featuring the Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts), not to mention major concerts and theater performances. Get your tickets for upcoming events here.

    Coffee Shops and Cafes

    Ciao Europe Cafe (80 Western Battery Road) is a cafe by day and a wine bar by night. Enjoy their fresh panini, stone-baked pizzas, and house-baked pastries. Other options when you’re on the hunt for caffeine in Liberty Village include Balzac’s Coffee (43 Hanna Avenue) and Louie Craft Coffee (1187 King St. West). Click here for a full list of local cafes to visit.

    Convenient Transit

    True Torontonians are always on the move. We love how accessible Liberty Village is thanks to streetcars, buses, Go Train access, not to mention the Gardiner and Lakeshore. Residents are located close to streetcar lines on Queen and King street that run East and West, and are within walking distance of Go Transit's Exhibition Station. Drivers can access downtown Toronto in minutes thanks to the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard, which are connected to highways leading out of the downtown core.

    Design

    If you’re looking for interior design and furnishings for your Liberty Village apartment, there’s no need to leave the neighbourhood. Everything you need is within easy reach. West Elm (109 Atlantic Ave) is a great nearby option that is full of contemporary furniture and more for your entire home.

    A pet’s playground

    Dog owners will love Liberty Village thanks to the outstanding off-leash area in Stanley Park. Owners of timid pups can alternatively stick to the main park paths or surrounding neighbourhood streets. The neighbourhood also boasts a few great pet shops, like Global Pet Foods, Pet Valu and Timmie Doggie Outfitters which features pet clothing, accessories, designer toys, treats, gourmet foods and grooming for posh-pooches and cats.

    Groceries

    Liberty Village may be ultra-modern but it can still feel like a good, old fashioned neighbourhood. You can step outside your front door and take a trip to the local butcher, baker, cheese shop, chocolate shop or health food store, or enjoy the convenience of a one-stop-shop at Metro Supermarket (100 Lynn Williams St.).

    Timbercreek Communities hopes our guide to Liberty Village has left you wanting more. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, or in near Liberty Village at  200 Dufferin Street, please visit our website.

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