• Where to go back-to-school shopping in Calgary

    Aug 28, 2014

    It’s hard to believe, but summer is coming to a close and it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. For today’s post, the Timbercreek blog team wants to help you cross items off your back-to-school shopping list with a few suggestions for stores to visit that are located near our community.

    Update your wardrobe with the jeans you want and the shoes you need at The CORE (324 8th Avenue Southwest), Calgary’s only downtown shopping centre. Shopping hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can get to the hundreds of stores located here in less than ten minutes on foot from either of our Calgary communities

    The local Staples (1215 9th Avenue Southwest) sells all your practical back-to-school supplies, like paper, pens and pencils, and a calculator. To get to the closest Staples, drive only four minutes from First on Tenth (123 10th Avenue South West). This store is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the weekdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    Before you head back to the classroom, you may want to update your laptop or buy a new tablet. The Source (315 8 Avenue Southwest) is an eight-minute drive from our 1010 First Street South West property and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. This store has a variety of back-to-school sales on school tech, tech accessories, and even dorm essentials such as small appliances like microwaves.

     Don’t let your back-to-school shopping list overwhelm you. There are many stores near your Calgary apartment with great selection and enticing sales. Timbercreek Communities wishes you all the best as you gear up to head back to the classroom! For more information about our Calgary communities, visit our website today.

  • Healthy Food Stores in Montreal

    Aug 26, 2014

    Montreal is home to a variety of health food and specialty stores that focus on healthy, organic, gluten-free and vegan-friendly food, nutrition and skincare products. In the following article we will examine a few local places in the Greater Montreal area that pack a nutritional punch for a healthy and happy lifestyle.

    Rachelle-Bery first opened in 1984 at the corner of Rachel and Berri Streets in Montreal (hence the name) and has since grown into a health food store giant with several locations across the province. This health food emporium only sells organic and natural products, including fresh (and organic) produce, vitamins & supplements, natural beauty products, organic prepared meals, biodegradable cleaning products and more. All products in the store are organic, free of chemical preservatives, additives, colouring and artificial flavors.

    Ecollegey is Montreal’s only all organic grocery store and delivery service. This brick and mortar (as well as online store) carries the finest and freshest available produce, meats, poultry and seafood that are all certified organic. Ecollegey has relationships with many local organic farmers and has partnered with them to provide its customers with quality products from around the area. Free delivery is available to customers on the island of Montreal, with the full schedule available here. Many of Timbercreek’s Montreal communities are within the free delivery range for Ecollegey, including our 2085 Rue Guy community.  

    Marche Bleuet
    Marche Bleuet is a popular health food store in the Notre-Dame West area near the Atwater Market. This health hub features a large variety of natural and organic foods including fresh produce, healthy bulk items (i.e. grains and oats), supplements, biodegradable cleaning supplies, natural cosmetic items for face & body, herbal teas and more. They specialize in products that are gluten-free, organic, fair trade, local and even vegan-friendly. Marche Bleuet is only a nine-minute drive or 20-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 345 Rue De La Gauchetiere Ouest community in Montreal.

    Jean-Talon Market
    Jean-Talon Market is located in the bustling heart of Little Italy and is also one of the oldest public markets in the city of Montreal. The Jean-Talon Market is known for its large variety of local fruits and vegetables, organic and gluten-free products, large assortment of local meats & cheeses, as well as its fresh flowers, spices, herbs, oils and much more. It is one of the largest public markets in North America and is open both in the summer and winter months. The market is open seven days a week (year round) and more information about hours can be found here. Jean-Talon is located less than a 30-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 105 Rue Milton community in Montreal.

    Whether you have food allergies, dietary restrictions or are just looking to up your nutritional game, the health food stores mentioned in this article can help you get on the right track!

  • Make the most of Oakville's waterfront

    Aug 21, 2014

    Make the most of Oakville’s picturesque waterfront by experiencing the Waterfront Trail and Bronte Harbor. Timbercreek’s Oakville communities are located in the heart of Kerr Village, which offers scenic views of Lake Ontario.

    Bronte Village
    Explore Bronte Village in southwest Oakville, which is one of Ontario’s oldest and most scenically beautiful waterfront communities. Bronte Village has two open and publically accessible harbors- Inner and Outer as the town was a commercial shipping hub back in the 19th century. Stroll along Bronte Village’s stunning Heritage Waterfront Park which features access to the harbor, boardwalk and pier, lighthouse, beach, parklands, cycling and walking trails, picnic areas and children’s play areas. There are plenty of unique and interesting merchants, boutiques and restaurants to explore. Bronte Harbour is also a hub of activity for people who enjoy sailing and being on the water. National One Design Sailing Academy has a unique program for both children and adults alike, with either no, limited or advanced experience in sailing and it is only a ten-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 444 Kerr Street apartments in Oakville.

    Explore the Waterfront Trail
    The Waterfront Trail stretches over 1,400 kilometers along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, connecting over 68 communities including Oakville. The trail connects more than 400 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forest and beaches throughout these communities. The Oakville portion of the trail is accessible from Bronte Harbour and features tree-lined streets, an expansive trail network through wooded areas and meadows, two vibrant harbours, formal gardens and more. For an interactive map of the trail system visit the Waterfront Trail’s website.

    Enjoy Oakville’s stunning waterfront this summer by taking a stroll through Bronte Village and exploring the Waterfront Trail. 

  • DIY projects to bring nature into your apartment

    Aug 19, 2014

    Bring a piece of the great outdoors inside with the following DIY home décor projects that incorporate nature into your apartment design. Nature inspired décor is a classic way to add texture and a graphic punch to any space, at very little cost. Timbercreek’s Kitchener communities at 50, 66 & 80 Mooregate Crescent offer the perfect space to display your DIY Nature projects.

    Nature Container
    A walk through the woods or along the beach can yield an amazing array of home accessories including our first DIY suggestion, a simple nature container. This project is about as easy as they come as you only need a glass container (mason jars look great), ‘nature filler’ and some twine or yarn. The ‘nature filler’ can include items like stones, shells, sea glass, rocks and more. Simply fill your glass container with these items and wrap some decorative twine around the top for a rustic feel. You can even turn the nature container into a beautiful candle by nestling a tea light among the rocks, shells or sea glass. Timbercreek’s 66 Mooregate Crescent community is only a four-minute drive to Dollarama which is a great place to pick up inexpensive supplies for this craft. 

    DIY Terrarium
    Looking for a stunning and au natural piece of décor for the home? A terrarium makes for a great conversation piece and is easy to make. For this project you will need a glass globe to house the terrarium (or a repurposed glass jar or bowl), sand, potting soil, various mosses, small sticks & bark, stones and your choice of succulent plants. This project not only looks great but is also perfect for hanging or displaying next to a desk, bed or by the kitchen window. They really capture the essence of nature and are customizable based on everyone’s individual preferences. The full tutorial is available here from ‘Instructables’.

    Mason Jar Herb Garden
    This next nature DIY is both practical and pretty. This indoor herb display instantly lightens and brightens your kitchen area and is simple to make, not to mention low-maintenance. For this project you will need an old wooden board, mason jars, pipe clamps, hanging wire, chalkboard paint & chalk, your choice of herbs and a hammer (plus nails). This full tutorial is available courtesy of ‘Camile Styles’ and is available here.

    Framed Branches
    Our final DIY nature project is perfect for all seasons, but especially in the fall. For this easy do-it-yourself project you will need a few branches from outside, a frame and a staple gun…that’s really it! The full tutorial including picture instruction is available here from ‘Curbly’. Michaels craft store is only a ten-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 80 Mooregate Crescent apartments and has all the craft supplies and materials you could ever dream of, perfect for all of the projects mentioned in this article.

    Get inspired by nature with the easy and affordable DIY projects mentioned in this article. Whether you are making a simple and elegant nature container, a modern terrarium, practical herb garden or framed branch art, Timbercreek has options for everyone!

  • Get to know the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton

    Aug 14, 2014

    The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is a 2,700-acre natural paradise situated at the head of Lake Ontario between Burlington and Hamilton. The RBG is comprised of stunning gardens, winding pathways and trails, gorgeous waterfront views, and a variety of wildlife and nature sights. In the following post we will outline some of the highlights of this oasis within the city limits. Timbercreek’s Hamilton community is located close to multiple access points of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

    Cootes Paradise
    Cootes Paradise is a premier destination of the Royal Botanical Gardens with its beautiful wetlands and stunning views. Located at the extreme Western tip of Lake Ontario (at the western end of the Hamilton Harbour), this 1,631 acre property contains 790 acres of coastal wetlands. This area is flush with flourishing fish and bird species including bald eagles, herons and hawks. There is also a pedestrian walkway linking Cootes Paradise to Pier 4 Park in Hamilton, a convenient point of entrance and exit. Timbercreek’s 205 Hunter Street community in Hamilton is only a 20-minute transit ride to Pier 4 Park.

    Hendrie Park & Valley
    Hendrie Park is most well known for its beautiful collection of pristinely manicured rose gardens. This section of the RBG also features a Tea House, the Turner Pavilion, beautiful water fountains and more. Hendrie Valley is a 100-hectare sanctuary centered on the Grindstone Creek Valley that features forested slopes, towering trees, four creeks and a collection of rare species of plants and animals including mink, beaver, muskrat, ospreys, bufflehead ducks and more. This location is perfect for wildlife viewing and fishing.

    Laking & Rock Garden
    Laking Garden offers a beautiful collection of various manicured formal gardens featuring the RBG’s largest herbaceous perennials collection. Here you will find a wide assortment of peonies, irises, daylilies, hostas and more. The Laking Garden area also features a wooded hosta walk, a large display of ornamental grasses and a shaded gazebo for your viewing pleasure. The Rock Garden is located near the Tea House in Hendrie Park and is comprised of magnificent walkways and water views set amongst the gardens. In the Rock Garden you will find thousands of tulips, a flowering cherry collection and a variety of summer annuals. Sunscreen and sun protection are a must when at the RBG and luckily Shoppers Drug Mart is less than a four-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 2000 Main Street West community in Hamilton.

    The RBG Centre
    The RBG Centre is the headquarters of the Royal Botanical Gardens that features gorgeous indoor and outdoor displays. The Mediterranean Garden is located within a greenhouse inside the centre and features many plants that grow in the world’s Mediterranean climate zone. The RBG Centre also features an indoor bulb room, cactus display, orchid & geranium collection and two courtyards with various flowering displays. In the RBG Centre you will also find visitor information, including the Royal Botanical Gardens admission rates and fees.

    Enjoy a few of Timbercreek’s suggestions for Royal Botanical Gardens highlights that should not be missed. The RBG is also home to a variety of annual events and festivals including the Ontario Garden Show, Canada’s second largest gardening show. More information on this event and others can be found on the RBG’s website.

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