• Make the most of summer in Mississauga

    May 30, 2014

    Warm weather is finally here and Timbercreek Communities wants to help you get out of your Mississauga apartment and make the most of it. With its prime waterfront location, great public spaces and busy city calendar, you’ll find plenty to do right here in Mississauga this summer.

    Keep your eye on Celebration Square
    Located just a few minutes from The Omeath (30 Central Parkway West), you’ll find something for everyone at Celebration Square. The summer program includes regular fitness classes to help you get in shape, movie nights and live music for a night out with the whole family, and some delicious food festivals that you won’t want to miss.

    Get active with Mississauga Recreation & Parks
    The City of Mississauga has plenty to offer if you want to get active this summer. There are over ten recreation centres around the city, and Burnhamthorpe Community Centre is just around the corner from our Bridgewood Place apartments (1867 Bloor Street) and our Dixie Square Apartments (1750 Bloor Street and 3315 Fieldgate Drive). To join a team or drop in for a friendly scrimmage, check out this guide to Mississauga’s sports leagues and drop-in programs.  If you’d prefer a more structured environment, sign up for one of the city’s many active recreation programs (but act quickly, the summer registration deadline is June 30).

    Head down to the water
    Kick off the summer with the Mississauga Waterfront Festival on June 13 and 14 at Port Credit Memorial Park. Bring your whole family down to the lake for a vintage car show, an artisan market, lots of delicious dining and festival programming on a number of live stages.

    This is just a taste of everything happening in Mississauga this summer. For more local festivals, check out this comprehensive list on Found Locally or this roundup of festivals in and around Toronto organized by month.

  • Winner of 1231 Richmond Street’s Photo Contest Chosen!

    May 27, 2014

    Our 1231 Richmond Street community in London called on all residents to show off their artistic talents.  The community held a friendly contest asking residents to submit original photography that conveys what life in London is all about.  Entries included photographs showing student living and campus life, scenic views and landscapes, cultures, communities, sports and architecture.  Winning photographs are now showcased in the common areas of 1231 Richmond Street.

    We were thrilled by the response to the contest and the 48 impressive photo entries.  We are very excited to congratulate Ami Ng, Judy Man and Natalia Kondratieva as the winners of the Photo Contest.

    A big thank you to all of our residents for supporting the contest by submitting your photos and sharing your artistic talents with us.  We appreciate your participation.

  • Beautiful B&Bs in Winnipeg

    May 22, 2014

    Keep your family, friends and guests happy with the following options for local bed and breakfasts that offer great services, beautiful facilities and gorgeous scenery all within close range of Timbercreek’s Winnipeg communities.

    The Columns Bed and Breakfast
    The Columns Bed and Breakfast is less than a 20-minute transit ride or six-minute drive from our 45 Hargrave Street residence. The Columns is a heritage mansion that was built in 1906 on a stunning tree lined riverside property. The estate features beautiful gardens, a convenient bicycle/walking path and easy access to bustling downtown Winnipeg. The house itself has been renovated and restored by its current owners and contains luxurious guest rooms, enclosed porches, stunning living and dining rooms, a library and onsite laundry facilities. All guest bedrooms contain an en suite bathroom and air conditioning. More information on The Columns Bed and Breakfast including rates, additional amenities and more can be found here.

    Beechmount Bed and Breakfast
    Beechmount Bed and Breakfast is only a 15-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 160 Smith Street community in Winnipeg. This unique and distinctive bed and breakfast is tucked away under a scenic canopy of towering trees just minutes from downtown. The facility features three spacious and air-conditioned suites with views of the expansive park-like grounds and landscaping. A full gourmet breakfast is provided daily featuring fresh baking and unique homemade dishes made on site. Service is available in English, French and Italian.

    West Gate Manor Bed and Breakfast
    West Gate Manor is only a 20-minute walk or five-minute drive from our 45 Hargrave Street community in Winnipeg. This beautiful and historic B&B is situated in Armstrong’s Point and offers a quiet country oasis in the heart of the city. The property offers incredible antique furniture, a variety of guest rooms and scenic views. A full breakfast is included with the room and is served daily at 7:45 AM (on weekdays) and at 8:30 AM (on weekends). For additional information on rates, availability and more, click here.

    Banner Bed and Breakfast
    Banner Bed and Breakfast is an eight-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 160 Smith Street community. This stately property was once home to the co-founders of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and features stunning grounds, delicious breakfast, and spacious guest rooms. This B&B is open year round. Banner Bed and Breakfast is within minutes of Winnipeg’s active business district and close to museums, entertainment, great restaurants, shopping and more.

    Your guests will enjoy the very best Winnipeg has to offer with these convenient, beautiful and historic bed and breakfasts.

  • How to make the most of the Bow River this summer

    May 20, 2014

    Alberta’s Bow River flows right through downtown Calgary. The river provides a life-sustaining water source to millions of people and land throughout the province. It is also a hub of recreational activity including fishing, hiking, rafting and bird watching. Timbercreek’s Calgary communities are conveniently located near the Bow River, close to great recreational facilities and activities.

    The Bow River is one of Canada’s premier fishing destinations and one of the top three trout streams in the world. The fishing season typically goes from March to November, with most of the fishing activity taking place in May until the end of September. The Bow River is a pristine and practically untouched fishery with clear and cold fast-moving water. It is a breathtaking place to walk, boat and even wade for Bull, Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat varieties of Trout. For more information on Fishing in the Bow River check out the Alberta Fishing Guide for fishing regulations, zones, location maps, weather reports and more.

    The Bow River is also one of the preeminent rivers of Western Canada for both whitewater rafting and kayaking. The section of the Bow River above Banff is also a popular spot for canoeing and flat-water kayakers in case big waves and rapids aren’t for you. The rafting season on the Bow River runs from May until September, with optimal rafting times in the late spring/early summer. For safety tips and general information on rafting in the Bow River, check out the Calgary Outdoor Centre’s guide on Rafting 101.

    The Bow River Pathway
    The Bow River Pathway is a trail system developed along the banks of the river in Calgary. The pathway consists of both pedestrian and bicycle paths that connect to parks on both sides of the river. Common uses of the Bow River Pathway include cycling, hiking, jogging, rollerblading and skateboarding. The Pathway is only a 15-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Calgary communities. The trail is almost completely flat making it perfect for small kids and young children learning to bike for the first time. The Calgary Zoo is also connected to the path and only a ten-minute bicycle ride from our 1010 First Street South West community.

    Wildlife Watching
    The Bow River and surrounding area is home to a wide range of animal wildlife. There are over 50 species of mammals in the area including porcupine, elk, deer, coyotes, rabbits, bears, beavers and more. The river is also a popular bird watching spot with over 260 species of birds within the region. Bird species to look out for include Pygmy Owls, Cassin’s Finches, Mountain Chickadees, Bald Eagles, Harlequin Ducks and more. Enjoy downtown Calgary living while still being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of nature.

  • Easy ways to manage your recycling

    May 15, 2014

    Do your part for the environment and engage in a responsible yet efficient recycling program this year. Recycling is important as it helps reduce the waste going into landfills, helps the global warming reduction effort and reduces air pollution. The following tips and tricks will get you in the habit of recycling without creating a mess or hassle. Timbercreek’s Ottawa communities encourage our residents to engage in eco-friendly practices like recycling.

    Recycling is important, but first and foremost it is important to try and use less whenever possible. For example, recycling just a single aluminum can save the amount of energy required to run a television for three hours. Going digital is another practical and eco-friendly way of cutting down your paper trail.

    What to Recycle
    Your recyclable containers will include glass bottles, jars, pop cans, food cans (make sure they are empty and rinsed), aerosol cans, empty paint cans, plastic bottles, clean aluminum foil and other paper products. If you aren’t 100% clear whether an item is recyclable or not, check the label for the standard recycling symbol on the packaging. Keep in mind that some products have only specific parts or components that can be recycled. Once collected, recyclables can be brought down to the apartment’s recycling cart in a carry bin that does not include plastic bags, as these can contaminate the recyclables. For more information on Ottawa’s recycling procedures check out the City of Ottawa's online recycling guide.

    Keeping Recycling Organized
    Keeping recycling organized in the apartment can sometimes be a challenging task. The following ideas will help you set up a recycling area that is both visually pleasing and effective. Remember to keep your storage containers where you generate the most waste, which is often the kitchen and pantry area. Try these ideas for clever recycling storage:

    • Hang it

    Make sorting cans, bottles, and other recyclables less of a hassle by placing them in a pre-assigned container or bag. For quick and space saving access, hang the bag from a pair of hooks and add a simple label to make it clear what items can be returned for a deposit and what items can be immediately sent to the recycling cart.

    • Stack it

    Save precious space in your apartment by purchasing stackable plastic bins for your recyclables. Label each section to keep things neat and organized. To avoid content spilling out, choose containers with tall barriers that are comfortable to lift even when full.

    • Hide it

    Keep your recycling bins out of sight by concealing them in stylish storage options. For example, try placing a garbage bag within a modern wicker basket for contemporary yet practical solutions. Make sure you designate one for plastics, glass and paper products to keep things organized. Target is located less than ten minutes away from our community at 2850 and 2870 Cedarwood Drive, and has a fantastic selection of modern containers and storage vessels.

    Do your part to help the environment by engaging in regular recycling. The above tips will help you kick start your own recycling program easy and efficiently.

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