• Back to School Shopping Tips

    Aug 29, 2013

    With kids heading back to school in just a few short days (parents rejoice!), Timbercreek Communities has some back to school shopping tips to make the trip easier and more budget friendly for the whole family. Timbercreek’s Toronto apartments are located in some of the most bustling areas of the city, perfect for all of your back to school shopping needs (and maybe a few wants too).

    Tip # 1) Shop at home first
    Before heading out to the shops for new back to school items, make sure you double-check your home for automatic savings. Scan your bedrooms, kitchen, office, garage, and the rest of the house for miscellaneous supplies your kids can use. For clothing, figure out what still fits and is in good condition. Take inventory and compare to your shopping list.

    Tip # 2) Prepare a list and budget
    Before preparing your budget, make a list of items separating the needs from wants. Shop for necessities first before moving on to (a couple) wants. Once you have developed the list, look at your finances and determine the maximum amount you can spend and how you’ll spend it (queue the list).

    Tip # 3) Shop online
    Avoid the crowds and shop from the comfort of your own home with online deals. Look for online back to school specials with sites like Canadian Daily Deals and Hot Canada Deals. Keep an eye out for retailers who offer free shipping for extra savings, as well as searching online for free coupons and promotional codes.

    Tip # 4) Check out the end of summer sales (if you dare)
    Look out for end of summer sales at all your favourite retailers. For the heaviest savings, check out big box retailers such as Old Navy, Gap, Target, and Walmart for great deals both in store and online. For extra savings stock up on summer clearance items (such as tank tops and t-shirts), which can still be easily transitioned into fall outfits. Why not check out Fairview Mall mall for your back to school deals located only minutes away from Parkway Forest Towers at 100 & 110 Parkway Forest Drive.

    Tip # 5) Get social
    Use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to get exclusive deals for those retailers you “follow” or “like”. Be the first to know about special offers, and listen up for back to school discount codes and coupons. Get social with us by following Timbercreek Communities on twitter.

    Tip # 6) Try to relax
    Getting the kids back to school can be a stressful time, but with the use of our tips you’ll be able to keep both your family and finances happy.

    The back to school season may be quickly creeping up on us but thanks to these back to school shopping tips you will be ready for action. Timbercreek Communities’ Parkway Forest Towers in Toronto are the perfect family friendly location, close to schools, parks, and of course shopping. For more information on Timbercreek Communities, please click here.

  • Labour Day in the Capital

    Aug 27, 2013

    The Labour Day Long weekend is a bittersweet occasion. On the one hand, you get an extra day off from work. On the other, it signals the last days of the summer season. Here are some ways to make the most of your long weekend in Ottawa. The Timbercreek Communities team has a roundup of the best events throughout the city.

    Mosaika Sound & Light Show (Parliament Hill)
    Mosaika tells the story of Canada with sound and light using Parliament Hill as a background. The evening show explores Canada’s physical, historical and cultural landscapes. The show is told in three acts: act one is an exploration of Canadian landscapes; act two presents Canadian milestones including the building of the railroad as well as achievements in sports, arts and culture; the final act is a segment on Canadian values in which visitors will hear the words of Canadians from across the country discussing the land, achievements and values. The show wraps up September 7th, so set some time aside on the long weekend to see a free performance.  Mosaika start at 9 p.m. so grab a chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the show. 
For more information visit: Mosaika - Visitor Info

    Sunday Bikedays

    Go out for a spin on the last Sunday Bikeday of the season. Every summer the National Capital Commission opens its parkways to cyclists in both Ottawa and Gatineau Parks for Sunday morning (9 am – 1pm).  Over 50 kilometers of parkways are reserved for active transportation. Cyclists, runners and walkers can enjoy the parkways in a car-free environment.  Bike rentals are available from various BIXI stations around Ottawa. The Cycling Capital map notes all of the parkways that are part of the Sunday Bikedays program. Ottawa Pathways include:

    • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (5.5 kilometres) (Gowlings)
    • Colonel By Drive (7.6 kilometres) (KPMG)
    • Rockcliffe Parkway (7.5 kilometres) (Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Mental Health Association)

    For more information visit: Alactel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays

    Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

    For its 26th anniversary, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival unfolds throughout Labour Day weekend. This year, the festivities include an amusement park, live music, buskers, and of course, hot air balloon shows and rides. The festival starts Friday, August 30 and runs until Labour Day (Monday, September 2nd). This year, highlights include musical performances by Daniel Lavoie, Sean Paul and Mia Martina. A four-day wristband passport costs $25 or you can include a hot air balloon ride with your pass for $200.

    For more information visit: Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

    After the Long Weekend
    Extend the summer goodness by participating in some of Ottawa’s great fall events. In late September, check out Ottawa’s secret picnic, vintage fashion and DJ Dance Party. Yes, you read that right. Harvest Noir, a picnic feast, celebrates with food grown in the Ottawa Region. Participants dress in black formal wear while they picnic, parade and party to the music of world-class musicians. The location remains secret until just before the event, which is planned for September 30th. Organizers expect more than a thousand participants as Harvest Noir is modeled after similar popular events in Europe.

    For more information visit: www.harvestnoir.com

    The Timbercreek Communities team wishes you a safe and happy Labour Day long weekend!  Timbercreek Communities offers a variety of professionally managed rental apartments in Ottawa in neighbourhoods like Brittania, Sandy Hill and the trendy Byward Market area.

  • London Pride Festival 2013

    Aug 22, 2013

    From July 26th  to 28th,2013 the Timbercreek Communities London Team participated in the London Pride Festival 2013.  Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate cultural, artistic and educational events that promote unity, inclusion and awareness of sexual and gender diversity. The London Pride Festival featured a dance, an outdoor festival in Victoria Park, and a Pride Parade.

    This year was the biggest and best Pride yet.   Check out some of our photos from this year's event:

    As the only property management company to participate, The London Team had a great time handing out Pixie Sticks and Disco lights in preparation for the Pride Parade, and were excited to give away free photography sessions and a trip to Canada’s Wonderland to the lucky winner.

    Thank you to the London Pride Festival, for letting us be part of such a great event.  We look forward to next year!


  • Top 3 Spots for Summer Salads

    Aug 20, 2013

    Freshly grown produce is one of the best parts of summertime. Timbercreek Communities has compiled a few great places to find summer salad around the Kerr Village neighbourhood in Oakville. Best of all, most or our selections are located within blocks of The Anchorage apartment community at 444 Kerr Street.

    Stoney’s Bread Company (325 Kerr Street)

    Enjoy some salmon with salad menu offerings such as maple glazed green salad or the quinoa and spinach combination. Other seafood salad offerings include a twist on the traditional Caesar that is topped with shrimp and scallops. A favourite of Stoney’s customers is the spinach salad topped with poached pears, cambozola, asiago, spiced pecans, apricots and champagne vinaigrette. All of the delicious dressings, including Stoney’s famous champagne dressing, are made in house.

    Gingerman Social Eatery (335 Kerr Street)

    The amazing spinach salad here includes tons of toppings such as feta, avocado, macadamia nuts and is topped with sweet Dijon dressing. Diners can also build their own salads by choosing Caesar, quinoa or green salad as a base and adding toppings. Add-ons include proteins such as blackened tilapia, grilled chicken breasts or shrimp. For an interesting twist on the traditional salad, try the lettuce wraps. The wraps have lots of flavour and provide a nice light option in the midst of a heat wave.

    Salad Thai Restaurant (398 Kerr Street)

    With salad in the restaurant’s name, this spot takes its salad offerings seriously. Order in advance and take your food to go. The Thai mango salad is a dish that’s beautiful to behold and even better to eat. Gorgeous mango complimented by sliced red pepper and just a bit of heat makes this an excellent summer salad. The papaya salad is also a delicious option, or try the eggplant salad for something a bit different. This dish is made with fried eggplant, lettuce, mixed onions, carrots, tofu and coriander topped with a house made sauce. Salads come with a choice between peanut or sweet and sour dressing. 

    DIY Salad

    Prefer to dine in? Try one of Chef Michael Smith’s simple but flavourful salads. If you’d like to make your own personalized salad dressings, his guide to dressings including the basic ratio of sour, sweet and oil that is easy to modify to your taste. Walk to the nearby Food Basics to pick up the essentials.

    Ideally situated in a quiet community, The Anchorage is the perfect place to call home. Enjoy this peaceful community that is within walking distance to all of life's necessities including restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, public parks and Lake Ontario.

  • Tips for Making a Home Office/Guest Room

    Aug 15, 2013

    Making the most of an apartment’s square footage can seem overwhelming. At first thought, it may seem like it can’t work. Too often spare space goes towards the ‘extras’ in a home such as winter clothes, laundry and storage but you can make the most of your space with a home office-guest room combination.

    Many of the residents of Kitchener-Waterloo have compressed workweeks or telecommute. Sometimes it’s great to let work into the home, yet other moments it can feel like work takes over other elements of life. Combine a relaxing space for guests with a home office to balance the look and feel of an apartment.

    A dedicated work surface is a necessity for any apartment but be sure to consider the size required. For more casual tablet or laptop users, a mobile workstation, tray or cart will work. For those with a full tower and desktop computer, a larger desk set-up may make more sense. With larger desks, have a dedicated drawer that can be used by guests for storage of small items.

    For those that do a lot of hosting or have overnight guests, a daybed is a comfortable set-up that doesn’t take up too much space. With the proper cushions, this can double as a comfortable couch/workspace that lets users get away from the desk. For smaller spaces or larger offices, consider creating a guest nook with a small twin bed tucked away in the corner.

    When decorating, keep a cool palette in mind. This creates an airy and cottagey retreat-like space. Use colours such as blues, silvers, greens and whites. Calming tones provide a relaxing environment both for work and guests. Cork or bulletin boards can be a great option for a spot to compile notes from work, inspiration and materials. Before guests arrive, clear off the board and display some pictures or vintage postcards.

    Here’s a link round-up for some inspiration and guides to creating a home office and guest room space:

    Local Kitchener shopping options for guest room decor and office supplies:

    Work and play in Kitchener with a home base in one of Timbercreek’s bachelor, one, two and three bedroom apartment. Timbercreek Communities offers rentals in one of the most sought-out areas of Kitchener including the beautiful neighbourhood of Victoria Hills, just west of Kitchener’s lively downtown core. 

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