• Canadian Wine and Food Expos to discover this Fall Season

    Sep 20, 2019

    There’s so much to be excited for this fall season -- especially if you’re passionate about food and wine. We've found the top four wine and food expos across Canada for you to check out this fall!

    Friends drinking wine

    Gourmet Food & Wine Expo (Ontario)

    If you live in Ontario, you have to check out the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. This is your chance to interact with some of the best Canadian chefs, winemakers, brewmasters and mixologists. You can watch live cooking demonstrations on the main stage, sample gourmet food and socialize with friends and fellow foodies. The event is on from November 21st to 24th and tickets start at just $20.

    Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Calgary

    This epic event is not to be missed! On October 18th and 19th, be sure to check out the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival in Calgary. Taste a wide range of wines, beers, savoury food items and delicious desserts. It’s the perfect weekend outing with friends or a date! The event will be held at Stampede Park BMO Centre. Get your tickets now!

    Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Edmonton

    If you’re in Edmonton, block off your calendar from November 8th to 9th because the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is coming your way! This is your chance to taste premium spirits, dynamic wines and amazing beers from around the world. Be sure to come hungry because the food is going to be to die for! Come alone, with friends or mingle with other professionals. The festival will be held at the Edmonton Convention Centre!

    Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

    Ottawa's Wine and Food Festival is back! This year, the event will be held at The Ottawa Convention Centre from November 1st to 3rd. The festival will feature some of the best beer, wine and spirits from Canada and the world, so don’t miss this exciting event. Indulge in gourmet food, yummy snacks and meet industry experts. We hope to see you there!

    Cheers from Timbercreek Communities! We hope to see you at one of these fabulous wine and food expos happening across Canada this fall season!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website
  • Dog-friendly Parks and Beaches in Toronto

    Sep 17, 2019

    There’s nothing worse than exploring the city and coming across a park that doesn’t allow dogs. It sucks to have to leave your furry friends at home! Fortunately for you, we've found 5 parks and beaches in Toronto that are dog-friendly!

    Woman on beach with dog

    Cherry Beach

    Head over to Cherry Beach where you can enjoy the view and your dogs can run around in a huge off-leash area. You can get there by car, bus or subway. It’s located in the Port Lands, just south of Lakeshore and Don Roadway Street. Cherry Beach is a great place to spend the day with your dog without any worries. Just sit back, relax and let them roam free!

    Silver Birch Park

    Silver Birch Park is another popular park for dog owners. It is beautiful and spacious, with lots of land for your dogs to enjoy and discover -- especially on a gorgeous summer day. It’s located in the east end of the city, just south of Queen Street and Nursewood Street. There’s parking in the area, too. You can get there easily by car or public transportation.

    Earl Bales leash free dog park

    Earl Bales is a large park located in North York. There is a large off-leash area for dogs as well as playgrounds, splashpads, walking trails and picnic sites. The off-leash area is fenced off -- so you don’t have to worry about your canine friend running away. Earl Bales Park is a great place to spend the day with friends, family and your dogs!

    Trinity Bellwoods Park

    Trinity Bellwoods is a local favourite. Located just east of Ossington Street, between Dundas and Queen, this park is the best hang out spot in the city. Head over to the park on a weekend and spend the day lounging, playing games or let your dog run wild in the dog pit. If they need a drink, they get one at the dog fountain. Maybe they’ll meet a few furry friends along the way, too!

    Monarch Park

    If you’re looking for a park near the Danforth, check out Monarch Park. This beautiful and clean 12-acre community park is easily accessible by subway and offers an off-leash area. You can get some exercise with your dog by exploring the rolling hills and going for a hike. Once your pooch gets tired of running around, head over to Black Lab Brewing. It's a brewery that allows dogs! Enjoy your favourite ale alongside your dog, but make sure they are on a leash at all times.

    It’s time to go on an adventure with your pooch! We hope you found these five suggestions for dog-friendly parks and beaches helpful. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Montreal In September: Things To Do

    Sep 12, 2019

    Autumn is a great time in Montreal because there's always so much to do! From scenic hikes to exploring unique bars and restaurants, you won’t run out of activities. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for you to try this September.

    Ariel view of Montreal

    Hike up Mont Royal

    If you want to enjoy an incredible view and get some exercise, hike up Mont Royal! The locals love it just as much as the tourists. The walk is about 45 minutes (depending on how fast you walk), and you can start at McGill University’s Campus. There are a few decent lookouts along the way to the top, but when you reach the summit you’ll enjoy the best view of downtown Montreal there is! Before heading back down, take a break, have a snack and enjoy the views!

    Spa Getaway at Bota Bota

    Everyone loves a good spa day, but if you want a truly unique experience you must check out Bota Bota Spa. Escape the city and pamper yourself at this special spa facility located right on the water. You can enjoy a variety of spa treatments, massages, water circuits and the sauna -- all on a boat! Spoil yourself at the spa's top-notch restaurant, Les Traversée, while you're there. This is one experience you won’t want to miss!

    Walk St. Paul Street

    Step back in time when you walk along Rue St. Paul! This historic street attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and it’s no surprise why. You can check out unique art galleries and boutiques, picturesque cafes like Tommy Cafe, or have a fabulous meal at one of the restaurants along the cobblestone street. Rue St-Paul does get busy, so if you don’t like the crowds try to avoid it on weekends.

    Visit Unique Bars and Lounges

    Montreal is definitely the place for unique bars! It’s also home to Canada’s smallest bar, El Pequeño Bar, located in the heart of Old Montreal on Rue St-Vincent. The bar is hopping even though it's only 150 square feet and fits up to 11 people. It's known for its delicious Cuban sandwiches and classic cocktails, especially their mojitos. But if you’re feeling a bit too claustrophobic, head over to Canal Lounge. This floating bar is definitely more spacious! Float on the Lachine Canal as you enjoy a glass of wine, or enjoy a bite or two from their menu. Canal Lounge is only open until October, so be sure to check it out soon!

    Go Shopping

    Montreal has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. It really depends on what you’re looking for, but chances are you’ll be able to find it in this city. If you’re looking for big department stores and big-name brands, head over to St. Catherine’s Street. You’ll find anything from Zara and Simons to Apple. For high-end luxury stores, check out Sherbrooke Street. Visit Old Montreal and St.Laurent Street in Mile End for boutique shops carrying anything from trendy apparel to vintage items.

    Even though summer is slowly coming to an end, there’s so much to be excited about this September!

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoyed these fun Montreal suggestions. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How To Repair and Store Your Seasonal Clothing

    Sep 09, 2019

    It's time to welcome fall into your closet! Unless you have a ton of storage space, most Canadians enjoy swapping summer clothes for fall and winter wear by mid-September. In the age of fast fashion, it's easy to forget about certain items that you've taken out of your rotation and throw away damaged ones altogether. Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to repair and store your seasonal clothing this year -- so you can get more use out of it for years to come.

    Girl putting away clothing

    Repair Your Clothes Before Storing

    When the time comes to put away your summer clothes, think about repairing items that are damaged or slightly worn out before you store them. If you fix them and they appear brand new again, you’ll be more likely to wear them when you pull them out of storage next year. It’s also a good idea to wash everything before storing -- especially if you want to get rid of any stains, odours or perfumes. When storing wool garments, use Woodlore’s Instant Cedar Chest which is filled with cedar shavings to keep the dreaded smell of mothballs away.

    Use Proper Storage Containers

    When it comes to choosing storage containers, it’s best to use plastic ones. They are affordable and work better than plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Check out Canadian Tire for different options and sizes. Try not to stuff the containers to the brim and leave some room for air circulation. This will also help prevent wrinkles.

    Don’t Hang Everything

    Some clothing items are delicate and should not be hung. Knit items, sweaters and other delicates should be folded and placed in a drawer because they tend to lose their shape after a while. You can hang items like jackets, pants, skirts and dresses and keep the rest in a drawer or on a shelf. When it comes to hangers, they are not all the same. Use slim hangers or padded hangers for better support and more space.

    Use Vacuum Seal Bags

    To save space, use vacuum seal bags. They are great for flattening big clothing items which is perfect if you don’t have a lot of storage space. However, you should be careful not to vacuum seal everything. Avoid wool, cashmere, silk and leather as it might take these items a while to come back to their regular shape -- especially after being stored away for a long time.

    Storing seasonal items doesn’t have to be a pain. Timbercreek Communities hopes you found these storage tips helpful!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Three Simple On-the-go Lunch Recipes

    Sep 04, 2019

    If you’re always on the move and never seem to have time to make your lunch, we have the solution you've been searching for! These three recipes are simple to make and perfect for you to make for lunch on busy days.

    Salad in to go container

    Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

    This Tomato Feta Pasta Salad is a really easy recipe that requires no reheating. Make it on the weekend and enjoy it for lunch all week! Start by cooking some fusilli pasta in a large pot. Bring the water to a boil and add some salt and olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking. Let the pasta boil for 12 minutes, then set aside. To make the dressing, add sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, capers, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor and mix until smooth. Pour it over the pasta then toss in all the other salad ingredients including chopped tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese and sundried tomatoes. Pack it up into reusable containers and you’re ready to go!

    Crisp Tuna Cabbage Salad

    If you love sandwiches, this Crisp Tuna Cabbage Salad is going to be your new favourite. Begin by draining 1 can of tuna in a medium bowl, then shred it with a fork. Add chopped cabbage, mayo, chives, and Greek yogurt and a little bit of salt and pepper if needed. Grab two slices of your favourite bread and assemble your tuna sandwich. This is super quick and perfect if you’re tight on time.

    Quinoa Fruit Salad

    You’re going to fall in love with this refreshing and protein-packed Quinoa Fruit Salad! First, you’re going to have to cook 2 cups of quinoa and set it aside to cool. While you wait, prepare the vinaigrette by mixing olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a small bowl. In a large bowl mix blueberries, strawberries, mango and quinoa and pour the vinaigrette all over. Garnish it with fresh mint leaves and serve, or pack it up for lunch. Yummy!

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you give these quick and delicious recipes a try! You can take them with you no matter where you go.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website

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