• Summer Grilling Recipes We Love

    Jul 19, 2018

    Summer is in full swing and it's time to fire up the grill! Whether it’s steak, sausage, veggies, or kabobs, there’s barely a food item on earth that doesn’t taste better grilled. For some sun-filled barbeque fun, Timbercreek brings you this list of great grilling recipes to help make the most of summer.

    Grilled Snapper

    Grilled and/or blackened red snapper is a succulent Cajun-style main. While often fried in a cast iron skillet, it grills even better. The recipe involves a basic pepper, salt, and cajun spice rub, and calls for the grill to be as hot as possible so the fish cooks quickly, and blackens on each side. Top with grilled veg, asparagus, or vinaigrette salad. Check out more.

    Perfect Steak

    There’s little better than a perfectly cooked steak in summer. While opinions vary on cooking methods, this approach makes it quick and easy. Allow the steak to rise to room temperature after you take it out of the fridge. Bring your grill to high heat, rub your meat with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and cook for 6 minutes (medium-rare) flipping every minute. Let it rest for 2 minutes. Read more.

    Grillable Veggie Burgers

    While homemade veggie burgers are always a lovely idea, getting them to be grillable is another story. With all the beans and chopped veg, there’s not a lot in there that can hold those suckers together. But with this base of rice, beans, and avocado oil, we have the perfect grillable answer.  Learn more.

    Grilled Portobello Burgers

    One of the easiest and most flavourful non-meat burger options is the classic portobello mushroom. The same as a burger in size, and absolutely decadent in flavour, portobello mushroom caps make the perfect grillable burger substitute. Learn more.

    Chicken Kabobs

    Whether it’s chicken, beef, or pure veggie, kabobs are an easy and delicious meal to grill in the summer. To make things even easier, opt for pre-cut or pre-marinated skewer-sized portions of meat available at most grocery stores and butchers. Learn more.

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    Timbercreek hopes these recipes inspire you to get grilling this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 10 Pet-Friendly Canadian Resorts and Lodges For Summer Vacationing

    Jul 18, 2018

    Pet Friendly Vacation Spots

    From ocean views, to gorgeous lakefront and more, there’s no shortage of pet friendly Canadian resorts for summer vacationing this year. To give you some ideas, here are a list of fantastic spots to get your summer on.

    The Briars

    Set on idyllic Lake Simcoe, just outside Toronto, The Briars is a resort, spa, and conference center with spectacular rooms, lodges, and cottages that are all pet friendly. Learn more.

    The Fox Hotel Banff

    Located in the heart of Banff, The Fox Hotel & Suites is a pet friendly hotel offering spacious rooms and suites with numerous amenities, as well as continental breakfast, wifi, a hot pool, and fitness room. Learn more.

    Wolseley Lodge

    The rustic Wolseley Lodge at the French River is just three hours north of Toronto. It offers sixteen cabins, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, all but two of which are pet friendly. Read more.

    Summerland Waterfront Resort

    Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is set on a secluded stretch of Lake Okanagan, between Penticton and Kelowna. The lakefront resort hotel features 115 pet-friendly condo-style suites with full kitchen, fireplace, and balcony. Learn more.

    Brennan Harbour Resort

    A fishing resort near Killarney Ontario, Brennan Harbour Resort offers a variety of well-appointed pet-friendly cabins and lodges, with a gorgeous view of Georgian bay. Read more.

    Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

    Elk Lake Wilderness Resort, in picturesque Northern Ontario, offers ten comfortable, well equipped waterfront cottages. Relax in their wood-fired sauna, or listen to the loons while watching the sunset. Check it out.

    Whitefish Bay Camp

    Located on Lake of the Woods, Whitefish Bay Camp is nestled on a private island in the middle of crystal-clear Whitefish Bay. The resort offers unparalleled fishing experiences, breathtaking scenery, and total relaxation. Learn more.

    Killarney Lodge in Algonquin

    On the peninsula surrounded by Lake of Two Rivers in the heart of Algonquin Park, Killarney Lodge offers comfortable, private waterside log and pine cabins decorated in a charming Canadian country style. Learn more.

    April Point Resort and Spa

    April Point Resort & Spa is located in a pocket of pristine British Columbia. This vacation resort with whale watching, spa, grizzly bear tour, and fishing, is set against the backdrop of the majestic Coastal Mountains. Learn more.

    Westwind Inn on the Lake

    Westwind Inn is an all inclusive vacation resort nestled in the Kawartha Lakes District near Peterborough, Ontario featuring tastefully decorated rooms, casual country dining, manicured lawns, and picturesque lakefront. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pick the perfect pet-friendly resort for summer vacationing this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Match Clothing Well: 5 Easy Tips For Matching Colours In Your Outfit

    Jun 26, 2018

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    Monochromes

    Monochrome technically means shades of the same colour: white-grey, light-grey, grey, dark-grey, charcoal, etc. But it can also mean dressing all in the same hue. While the latter tends to be trickier to pull off, it definitely works in an all-grey suit for example. Monochromes are both easy and chic, in style in 2018, and can be matched in practically any way. Check it out.

    Earthtones

    A solid, tried and true colour approach, especially for men, is matching a variety of earth tones, or “neutrals”. While this can include a big range of colours, it generally encompasses tans and browns, dark greens and olives, greys, blacks, and water tones. They all go well together making for a quick, easy, and fashionable outfit.  Find out more.

    Analogous vs. Complementary

    Most people think complementary colours “complement” one another. In art, where the term originates, it means opposite. Complementary colours are directly opposite one another on the colour wheel. Red → Green. Blue → Orange, etc. Analogous colours are beside each other; red → orange → yellow. In clothing, analogous tends to mix better because you get shades of similar colours. Complementaries are highly contrasting and can quickly get circus-like in a single outfit.

    One colour accent

    A great style approach is to wear an outfit of similar, monochromatic shades, and add a single pop of colour. A tie, a blazer, or a killer pair of bright Vans against a muted backdrop makes an outfit really sing without needing to put in a lot of effort.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you match your outfit colours and define your own personal style. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Plan Your JFL Experience Now

    Jun 25, 2018

    From July 11th to 29th, Montreal comes alive for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. While Montreal is known worldwide for its summer Jazz Festival, JFL is doing its part to put the city on the comedy map, too.  An entertainment landmark, JFL is recognized for the quality of its content and the professionalism of its staff. Timbercreek wants to help you plan you JFL experience now/ Read on for a rundown of the festival at large, and highlights for this year.

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    Mission

    “At Just for Laughs, our mission is very simple, it’s three little words: make people happy.” As a core operating principle, the Just For Laughs team shoots for nothing less than happiness for the public, their customers, partners, media, and sponsors. That’s a pretty good business model, and a pretty great product.

    The Festival

    Every summer, Montreal plays host to the world’s top comedians for close to two weeks of gut busting laughter. With artists like Kathy Griffin, Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart and a pantheon of others, it’s no laughing matter how much laughing will be happening. 

    JFL Comedy Pro

    Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a four-day event running during the peak of the Just For Laughs Festival. It explores all facets of comedy. Participants at the 2017 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO event included Kevin Hart, Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah, Danny MacBride, Kaitlin Olson, Jay Baruchel, Ari Graynor, the casts and creators of Vice Principals (HBO), I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime), The Mick (FOX), The History of Comedy (CNN) and much more. JFL Pro runs July 25th to 28th, 2018. Learn more.

    Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Tour

    The first concert announcement for JFL 2018 is none other than comedic rockstar, Kevin Hart. After spending consecutive weeks in the number one box office spot for his film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Kevin is bringing his highly successful U.S. concert tour to Montreal on July 27th. Get tickets.

    Tickets and info

    For tickets, schedule, and more information on the Just For Laughs Festival, check our their website.

    Timbercreek hopes you will add some laughter to your life this summer at the Montreal JFL festival. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Teach Your Dog To Swim

    Jun 19, 2018

    It’s summer and that means it’s time to swim. For dog owners, it’s the season to either watch your dog splash around like a pup, or deal with their water phobia. While some breeds love water, others avoid it like the plague. What owners don’t always realize is that dogs aren’t born knowing how to swim: they need to learn. Before you head to the beach, it’s important to give your dog a bit of swimming experience in a safe environment. To help your canine get his or her feet wet, Timbercreek brings you this list of tips and tricks for teaching your dog how to swim this summer.

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    Start early

    Like humans, dogs adapt better to training, skills, and circumstances the younger they’re exposed. Start early. Frequent baths for puppies is a great place to start. You can gradually increase water depth, and graduate slowly to using a baby pool, or the shallow end of a full outdoor pool if you have access to one. Check it out.

    Take it Slow

    Take it slow with water training. Introduce your pet to water early and often. Use the bathtub or a plastic baby pool, and make the water luke warm. Hold your dog under the belly, speak in a calm tone, and be supportive. Be overt, and praise frequently.  Aim to make the whole thing a positive experience and your dog will respond better. Find out more.

    Be Safe

    Make sure your dog is safe and protected. Before they swim, make sure that the body of water is known and obstacle free. If your dog is frightened of water or not a natural swimmer, use a flotation device. You can also get an extension leash with a body harness to offer extra support. Dogs tend to naturally stay within a short distance from both shore/exits and their owners, but keep an eye on where they roam.

    Know your dog, know the breed

    Some breeds love water and take to it instantly. Others hate it, and will avoid it unless submerged. Even the most water-phobic of dogs should be exposed to water, if only to survive in an emergency. In these situations, it’s key to follow the previous points and make the experience as positive and supportive as possible. Read more.

    Getting out and proper praise

    A lot of dogs will naturally find their way out of a body of water. But pools and lakes with larger areas can be harder for them to navigate on their own. With guidance, they’ll learn their way to shore, or to the pool stairs, but when starting, guide them yourself. Dogs will follow your voice and your direction of movement, so make yourself clear and visible. And once your dog finds the exit and gets out safely, praise them thoroughly, adding treats as well for positive reinforcement.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you teach your pup how to swim this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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