• Celebrating the Civic Holiday in the capital

    Jul 29, 2014

    With the Civic Holiday fast approaching, Timbercreek has pulled together a few fun and family-friendly activities in the Ottawa area. The Civic Holiday is celebrated in most of Canada on the first Monday in August. Ottawa is rocking with festivals and events during this long weekend, so let’s take a look at some of your options.

    International Busker Festival
    Ottawa’s annual International Busker Festival descends on the Sparks Street Mall in downtown Ottawa for all three days of the Civic Holiday Weekend. This Busker Festival features daily performances by acrobats, contortionists, musicians, comedians, magicians, jugglers, and other exciting acts from across Canada and worldwide. The International Busker Festival is a free festival where families can enjoy exciting performances by amazing performers. Buskerfest runs from July 31st until August 4th from 11am until 11pm. Timbercreek’s Ottawa community at 135 York Street is only a ten-minute transit ride from the Sparks Street Mall where the Busker Festival is taking place.

    Lumiere Festival
    The Lumiere Festival has been showcasing art, magic and light for over ten-years in the Ottawa area. The festival takes place from July 31st until August 16th in New Edinburgh Park, only a 20-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 145 York Street community in Ottawa. You can enjoy live performances, film installations, face painting, food vendors, lantern-making workshops and more. This is the perfect family-friendly event for the Civic Holiday as there is something for everyone.

    Be a Tourist
    Spend your Civic Holiday Long Weekend being a tourist in your own city. Ottawa is full of amazing scenes, sights and sounds that deserve to be explored. Parliament Hill is the seat of Canada’s federal government and the setting for national celebrations. This historic site is the most visited Ottawa attraction and is a must-see. There are a variety of cultural attractions, museums and galleries located in the heart of Ottawa. Whether it’s the stunning National Gallery of Canada, or the dramatic and historic Canadian War Museum, these are fantastic places to explore during your long weekend.

    After taking in some Canadian culture at local galleries and museums, take a walk through ByWard Market and enjoy the farmers market, artisan vendors, delicious surrounding restaurants and bustling atmosphere. ByWard market is only a ten-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 146 Stewart Street community in Ottawa. Finally, end your tourist tour of your city at the stunning Rideau Canal, a historic waterway filled with activity.

    Enjoy your Civic Holiday in Ottawa with the activities and events mentioned in this article. Whether you are taking in a local festival or exploring the sights and sounds of your city, Timbercreek Communities has got you covered!

  • Get to know Lower Sackville's parks

    Jul 24, 2014

    Explore your local parks this summer with Timbercreek’s guide to parks in the Lower Sackville area. The following options are great places to get some fresh air, exercise and enjoy quality family time. Timbercreek Communities has apartments throughout Lower Sackville including our 70 Cobequid Road, 30 Touchstone Court and 38 Quinella Court communities.

    Hemlock Ravine Park
    Hemlock Ravine Park is a 15-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 70 Cobequid Road community in Lower Sackville. The park provides a tranquil location for some outdoor relaxation, complete with a (naturally) heart-shaped pond known as ‘Julie’s Pond.’ Hemlock Ravine Park offers quiet trails and an off-leash dog area for man’s best friend. In the wintertime, Julie’s Pond is a great place to enjoy a small family skate and some delicious hot chocolate.

    Sandy Lake Park
    Sandy Lake Park is a 12-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 38 Quinella Court  community. This park offers beautiful woodland trails perfect for hiking and walking. In the summer, the park offers a number of picnic tables overlooking the lake. Sandy Lake Park is the perfect scenic place for a picnic, so grab some snacks, refreshing drinks and a few activities for the kids (such as a Frisbee or soccer ball) and head to the park! For picnic recipe inspiration check out ‘Country Living’s’ article on 57 Summer Picnic Recipes.

    DeWolf Park
    DeWolf Park is a 15-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 70 Cobequid Road community in Lower Sackville. The park is located on the shores of the beautiful Bedford Basin. This public park features a one-mile walking path along the water and roadside, perfect for taking your pooch for a walk. There is also an elaborate play area and playground for the little ones.

    Sackville Lakes Provincial Park
    Sackville Lakes Provincial Park is a ten-minute bicycle ride from Timbercreek’s 30 Touchstone Court community. The park offers a stunning forest setting in a near-urban environment perfect for walking, hiking, picnicking and even canoeing or kayaking. Off Cobequid road (near Sackville) this provincial park features trails filled with dogs both on and off leash, bicycle riders and families enjoying the great outdoors. The park is home to over 200 species of wild flowers and plants, adding to the park’s natural beauty.

    Sir Sanford Fleming Park
    Sir Sanford Fleming Park is a 20-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Lower Sackville community at 108 Cobequid Road. The park features 95 acres of land perfect for a quick bike ride, jog or long stroll. The paths are very well maintained and connect to an area known as Frog Pond (at the Northwest Arm of the park) and also to the Dingle Tower. The Dingle Tower is a national historic monument that features fabulous views of the city. Other park standouts include a large playground for the kids, a sizable picnic area and of course the much beloved ice cream stand.

    Enjoy the great outdoors this summer at these local parks. Whether you are exploring the trails, walking the dog, going for a paddle or simply enjoying a family picnic, Timbercreek Communities has got you covered.

  • Make the most of the Grand River

    Jul 22, 2014

    The Grand River Watershed is the largest in Southern Ontario and the stretch of the Grand River from Paris to Brantford is full of opportunities to hike, kayak, canoe, raft and fish. Make the most out of the Grand River with the following riverside activities. Timbercreek’s Brantford communities offer rental apartments in some of the most convenient, central and scenic parts of the city.

    The Grand River is covered with fantastic hiking, walking and biking trails. The trails wander through a combination of woods, fields and urban areas, and are rich with diverse animal and plant life. The Hamilton to Brantford Rail-Trail is Ontario’s first entirely off-road, interurban hiking and biking trail. Trail users can enjoy over 20 miles of completely resurfaced trail that begins on the west side of Hamilton and links to Brantford’s Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway. Remember to bring plenty of water on your hike or bike ride, as there are no stores along most of the route.

    Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafting
    Canoeing, kayaking and even rafting are popular activities along the Paris-to-Brantford stretch of the Grand River. This stretch of river is known for its gentle currents and beautiful views. Rental canoes and kayaks are available at Brant Conservation Area, as well as a number of companies in Brantford that rent equipment, offer guided trips and transportation services. One of these companies is Heritage River, which offers lessons, rentals and full-service trips. Rafting on the Grand River is another popular activity. Rafting can be guided or self-guided, with a guided raft trips offering a great way to learn more about the nature and history of the area. For rafting beginners, try the route at Bean Park, only a 15-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Brantford community at 150 Darling Street.

    The Grand River is known for its large selection of smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, rainbow trout and brown trout. There are three main access points to give boaters and anglers the best access to the river. They include:

    • Bean Park, Paris
    • Brant Conservation Area, Brantford
    • Cockshutt Bridge, Brantford

    Canadian Tire is just a ten-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Brantford community at 28 Helen Avenue and is the perfect place to get all of your fishing gear including lures, rods, reels, hooks, apparel and more.

    Make the most of the Grand River this summer with Timbercreek’s suggestions for fun and active ideas in the great outdoors that include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing.

  • Fun for the whole family in Ottawa

    Jul 17, 2014

    Enjoy a local, affordable and fun play date with the following suggestions for great places to plan a family adventure in Ottawa.

    Midway Family Fun Park
    Midway Family Fun Park is one of Ottawa’s favourite destinations for family fun and adventure. This children’s play haven includes an arcade, mini golf area, kiddie train, bumper cars, jungle gym, rock climbing and more. Midway Family Fun Park started as a corner arcade in 1979 and has evolved throughout the past 35 years to become the city’s premier destination for family adventure. The facility itself is 50,000 square feet (yes, 50,000!) full of activities for everyone (even Mom and Dad). Midway Family Fun Park also features an onsite Bistro filled with great food options including healthy snacks, pizzas, wraps, burgers and more. For more information on the Midway’s fees and admission packages please visit their website available here. Midway Family Fun Park is only a five-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Ottawa apartments at 2920 Fairlea Crescent.

    Plan a Picnic
    Take advantage of the many parks and trails located near Timbercreek’s Ottawa communities and have a fun family picnic and play date. There are three local parks within a ten-minute walk of our Fairlea Apartments including Sandalwood Park, Heatherington Park and Sharel Park. Pack a portable basket with all of the necessary items for your picnic including:

    • Healthy snacks
    • Drinks and extra water
    • Sunblock
    • Utensils and paper products
    • Blankets or portable chairs to sit on
    • Activities for the kids (and a book for Mom or Dad)

    Picnics are also the perfect opportunity to get in some fun physical activity (and have your kids burn some energy). Bring along some games, music, sports gear (i.e. a Frisbee) and some simple crafts for hours of effortless and inexpensive entertaining.

    The Canadian Children’s Museum
    The Canadian Children’s Museum aims to enrich children’s lives, broaden their cultural experiences and provide them with a creative space in which to learn about the world and experience adventure. The museum features over 30 permanent exhibit spaces filled with a rich assortment of materials including hands-on artifacts, props, art, costumes and more. The museum is the national leader among children’s museums in Canada and is a great place to take the whole family for an educational and fun play date. The Canadian Children’s Museum is a 15-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 2920 Fairlea Crescent community.

    Whether you are visiting the kid-oasis at Midway Family Fun Park, enjoying the great outdoors with a local picnic or taking in some kid-friendly culture at the Children’s Museum, your family is bound to have an amazing day of adventure and fun in Ottawa.

    To enjoy some quality family time from the comfort of your own home, why not stay in and enjoy the on-site facilities that Timbercreek’s Fairlea Apartments have to offer? Take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool and serene picnic area for your next play date.

  • Where to swim this summer in Brampton

    Jul 16, 2014

    Grab your bathing suit, goggles and towel and get ready for a day of fun at the pool. Whether you intend on doing laps, water aerobics or simply want to splash around in the pool with your family, try the following local pools in your Brampton neighborhood.

    South Fletcher’s Sportsplex
    South Fletcher’s Sportsplex community centre features an indoor public swimming pool complete with a sauna, slide, hot tub, lane pool and family change room.  The South Fletcher’s Sportsplex pool has a variety of different programs available to the public including family swim time, adult swim, fitness swim, parent & child swim, females only swim, public swim, therapeutic swim and a youth swim. For the full swimming schedule and rates, visit their website. South Fletcher’s Sportsplex is a 15-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s Brampton community at 25 Rambler Drive.

    GoodLife at Bramalea City Centre
    GoodLife Fitness at Bramalea City Centre features a chlorine-free indoor pool perfect for lap swimming, water exercise, swimming school and private swim lessons. The facility also offers showers, a Jacuzzi, sauna, locker rooms and a steam room.  Swimming is a great, low impact way to work out your whole body and to keep your energy high. GoodLife offers a variety of aqua classes including WaterInMotion, Energy H20, H20 Sculpt and traditional Aqua Fit. There is also an open swim class available daily, perfect for laps and exercise at your own pace. The full pool schedule is available here. GoodLife is less than a ten-minute drive from Timbercreek’s Brampton community.

    Eldorado Park
    Eldorado Park offers the city’s only outdoor pool, just a ten-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 25 Rambler Drive community. Surrounded by lush forest on the banks of the Credit River, the park features both an outdoor pool and wading pool perfect for families of all ages. The Eldorado Pool is the perfect place to spend a hot summer day.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the natural scenic beauty of the park’s surroundings. It is open daily until September 3rd. For more information about the pool, rates and rules visit the Eldorado Park website.

    Balmoral Recreation Centre
    The Balmoral Recreation Centre offers an indoor swimming pool complete with a diving board for public use. The centre also offers an outdoor wading pool which remains openuntil Labour Day. The indoor facility features a sauna, viewing area, hot tub, 25-metre lane pool and diving board.  A variety of programs are available at the pool including adult swim, youth swim, fitness swim and public swim. The Balmoral Recreation Centre is a 30-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s Brampton community.

    Keep cool, active and have some fun this summer at these swimming pools in your Brampton neighbourhood.

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