• Great date spots in Windsor

    Feb 27, 2014

    Have a fun date night out with the following great date spots in Windsor. Whether you are going out for a romantic dinner, testing lady luck at the casino, going for a romantic winter skate, or simply staying in and watching a movie, these date ideas are romantic, fun, and easy! Timbercreek has apartments throughout Canada, including our Windsor communities.

    Fun at the Casino
    Believe it or not, going to the casino for a date night can be an exhilarating, fun, and creative date idea. Caesar’s Windsor Casino has amazing food, exciting shows, great nightlife, and of course gambling. Other amenities of the casino include shopping, an indoor pool, spa, fitness centre, and much more. This is a great all-in-one date spot where you can grab dinner, test your luck at the casino (responsibly), and then head out to one of the casino’s 4 bars for a drink and dance. Caesar’s Windsor Casino is only a 5-minute drive away from Timbercreek’s 3905 Riverside Drive East apartments.

    Skating is a fun, active, and outdoor date idea perfect for beautiful winter days and nights. Charles Clark Square Rink is located less than a 5-minute drive away from Timbercreek’s 450 Victoria Avenue apartments. Rink amenities include a concessional snack stand, washrooms, and changing rooms. Skating is a great first date idea that allows you to spend an afternoon getting to know each other while being active and enjoying the great Canadian outdoors.

    Go for Dinner
    Grabbing a great meal is a classic date night option for good reason. Who doesn’t love great food, wine, and company? Franco’s Italian restaurant is only a 10-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 1175 Adair Court apartments. Franco’s has been in service since 1958, and features classic Italian comfort food. The restaurant offers a getaway for the night, with great food, a romantic atmosphere, and great service. If you and your date want to stay in, Franco’s also offers both take-out and delivery menus. House specialties include veal, chicken, steak, and oven roasted pizzas.

    Finally, there is always the option of having a quiet night in at your Timbercreek apartment in Windsor. Our Windsor community’s feature picturesque views of the river and local parks, a great family friendly community location, and close proximity to great dining, entertainment, shopping, and more. For more information on Timbercreek communities please click here.

  • Where to plan an indoor playdate in Whitby

    Feb 25, 2014

    With winter weather in full form, finding fun destinations for you and the family to explore and play can be more difficult. Timbercreek Communities has provided three great suggestions for places to play in Whitby that kids will love. Timbercreek’s Whitby apartments are located in a family friendly residential neighbourhood close to schools, parks, public transit, and much more.

    Kids Zone Family Fun Centre
    Kids Zone is Whitby’s premiere indoor playground and party centres for kids aged 12 months to 16 years old. The facility features a fun and healthy indoor recreational and active play centre that is safe, secure, and fun for the whole family. They also offer activities such as extreme laser tag and a teddy bear making workshop. The facility is open year round, and offers special rates for younger children and larger groups, making it the perfect place for play dates. Kids Zone is only a 5-minute drive away from our Whitby apartments at 211 Reedaire Court.

    Planet Gymnastics
    Planet Gymnastics is Whitby’s premier provider of recreational gymnastics for kids, teens, and even adults. Planet Gymnastics offers a high quality facility, fully certified staff, and amazing program selection for all needs and wants. It is a great way for kids to burn off extra energy while being active, healthy, and social. Programs include kinder gymnastics, parent and tot classes, recreational drop-in, advanced recreational, tumble and bounce, plus teen and adult classes. The parent and tot drop in class is perfect for group play dates, as both you and your child can socialize while having some active fun in the process. Planet Gymnastics is only a 5-minute drive away from our Whitby apartments at 215 Reedaire Court.

    Swim Time
    Swim Time is a fun water facility that offers both scheduled swimming lessons and recreational swimming programs for children, teens, and adults. Swim Time even offers a fun weekly class for parents and tots, making it a great playtime date that helps them learn an important and useful skill such as swimming. Introduce your children to the basics of swimming, while also indulging in some fun water playtime. There are swim teachers and instructors on duty at all times, to maintain the highest level of safety.  Swim Time is only a 10-minute drive away from Timbercreek’s Whitby community.

    If you are looking for fun, educational, and interesting playtime ideas, for the kids, try the above suggestions from Timbercreek Communities. For more information on our Whitby properties and other Timbercreek communities please click here.

  • Three tips for better apartment living

    Feb 20, 2014

    During a long and cold winter like this one, we bet you’re spending a lot more time at home in your Windsor apartment. Make the most of your time at home and improve your living space with these tips.

    Spruce up the place

    Tidying up and enhancing your home’s décor and atmosphere is a great place to begin. Start by getting rid of old clothing, toys, kitchen appliances, and other items that you no longer use. It’s a good idea to donate these items to your favourite local charity or thrift shop. Why not do some good while also improving your space? Once you have a nice clutter-free home to work with, decorating becomes not only easy but lots of fun. Let your creative juices flow.

    Keep your finances in check

    Having full control of your finances is a very liberating experience, but getting started can be daunting. Try setting a household budget and sticking to it. This is useful for singles, couples, and entire families. Creating a budget can allow you to get your savings in order, pay off debt and expenses, as well as allowing you and your family to make long-term monetary decisions. Other ways of achieving a more economical apartment include conducting an energy audit, going ‘green’ wherever possible, and eating in more often. Many of Timbercreek’s Windsor apartments, including our 1170 Lauzon Road and 450 Victoria Avenue residences offer a variety of easy payment choices such as pre-authorized, debit, online banking, cheque, and money order options.

    Utilize your apartment facilities

    Timbercreek’s Windsor apartments offer some great complimentary amenities for our residents so you don't have to brave the cold in order to get things done. Our 1400 Ouellette Avenue apartments offer laundry facilities, on-site building management, and even a social/party room. Every apartment renter can seriously benefit from understanding his or her apartment’s building policies and procedures, and Timbercreek’s on-site management team can help with any of your questions and inquiries.


  • Warm your space and feet with throw carpets

    Feb 19, 2014

    An area rug can be a great asset to any room in your Winnipeg apartment. They have many practical benefits while also adding a sense of style to a space. With so many different styles, patterns, and sizes available, Timbercreek Communities has pulled together a practical guide for selecting the perfect area carpet for your needs.

    Practical Uses

    Throw carpets have many practical purposes besides brightening up a room. The  main benefits of adding an area rug include adding warmth and insulation to a space, keeping kids safe (especially the little ones), reducing noise, and defining a large open concept space. Area rugs are a low commitment design option that can quickly and easily be moved from room to room in the home. Ikea is located less than a 10-minute drive away from our 15 Arden Avenue apartments, and offers a wide selection of affordable carpets in all sizes.

    Pick your pattern

    There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing the material and pattern of a throw carpet. For example, a rug with a central-medallion design works well in an open concept seating arrangement, while a rug with a large overall pattern works best in rooms with unusual proportions. Pattern and colour can create useful design illusions like using horizontal stripe patterns to make a narrow space look wider, or darker rugs to anchor a room’s furnishings and provide a focal point. Timbercreek’s 160 Smith Street apartments are less than 10 minutes away from Home Outfitters, a great place to find area rugs in a variety of patterns and materials.

    Choosing Size

    Area carpets come in all shapes and sizes. Modern day rugs range in size from smaller mats (starting at 2x3 foot) all the way to larger carpets (up to 10x14 foot). To calculate the largest size that will comfortably fit in a given room, subtract three feet from the room’s width and length. This will create a proportionate frame of flooring between the rug and walls. For a premium, you can also create a custom made carpet to your specific needs including size, pattern, and shape.

    Follow these tips and tricks to find the perfect area rug for your home. Timbercreek’s Winnipeg apartments feature maple hardwood floors perfect for adding a functional and fashionable throw carpet. For more information on Timbercreek’s properties, including our Winnipeg apartments click here.

  • Keep the kids nusy with these practical crafts

    Feb 13, 2014

    The following crafts for kids are simple, fun and creative. They don’t require a big budget and can keep kids occupied for hours. Timbercreek Communities offers family-friendly residences throughout Canada including our Ottawa apartments.

    Kids Business Cards

    This next project is incredibly easy, fun, and even a bit inspiring. Have your kids create their own business cards using blank business cards (or regular paper cut into the appropriate size), and some colourful pencils, markers, stickers, and stencils. Whether it’s a princess, pilot or astronaut, these cards allow kids to get creative and excited about their dreams. This project will keep kids busy for hours and requires very minimal supervision. For the full tutorial from ‘Artchoo’ please click hereMichaels craft store is located less than a 10-minute drive from our apartments at 1161 Wellington Street West, and has everything you will need for this and other crafts.

    Candy Necklace
    Your kids will really love this next craft, as it features the one thing they can’t get enough of: candy. This is the easiest way to get your kids to join you in a crafting project, even if it is technically a bit of a bribe. Besides being a tasty project, it is also easy to make and very customizable. For a healthier twist, try including items like dried apple rings or multigrain cheerios. Bulk Barn is located less than an 8-minute drive away from our 222 Maclaren Street apartments, and has all the ingredients you will need for this tasty craft. For this necklace (or bracelet) you will need flavoured candy rings (such as peach or apple), circle cereal (i.e. Apple Jacks or Cheerios), and multi-colored candy string or licorice. Simply lie out your string, candy rings and cereal and have your kids customize their necklace. The full tutorial is available here, from ‘She Knows Living’.

    Paper Plate Aquarium
    Let your kids’ imagination run wild as they create a miniature underwater world out of a paper plate and colourful paper. For this craft you will need two light blue paper plates (or just plain ones painted light blue), coloured paper in your kid’s favourite colours, googley eyes, a handful of colourful beads, colourful markets, and glue. With an adult’s assistance, cut fish and plant shapes from the colourful paper and glue to the plate. Add the googley eyes to the fish, and glue the beads to the plate for some added sparkle and texture. Grab the colourful markers and decorate the fish with stripes, dots, or whatever else you can think of! The full tutorial is available from ‘Kix Cereal’ hereDollar Giant is less than a five-minute drive away from our apartments at 2900 Carling Avenue, and has all of the craft supplies you will need for your beautiful paper plate aquarium.

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