• Start shopping early at these local holiday markets

    Oct 29, 2015

    Start your holiday shopping early this year with Timbercreek Communities’ top picks for local artisan markets in Calgary and the surrounding area. Timbercreek’s Calgary apartments are located in some of the most vibrant areas of the city, including the popular Beltline District and the lively Forest Lawn District of Calgary.

    The Alberta Dames Modern Vintage Market

    The Alberta Dames Modern Vintage Market is a two-day massive craft market that TC Calgary ChrismasMarketsshowcases the creative talents of 32 vendors. This is the perfect place to shop for all things vintage, repurposed, retro and antique. There will also be live demonstrations and swag bags given to the first 50 individuals at the market each day. This market runs on October 24th and October 25th in the BMO Centre in Calgary’s Stampede Park. Admission to the market is $14 per person. The BMO Centre is less than a 15-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 123 10 Avenue SW Apartments in Calgary.

    Millarville Christmas Market

    The Millarville Christmas Market offers a massive selection of vendors selling all things Christmas. This market is sure to put you in the festive spirit with handmade Christmas gifts, decorations, DIY Christmas craft sets, seasonal treats and much more. The little ones can also get their picture taken with Santa at the market. The Millarville Christmas Market runs from November 6th until November 8th at the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society and costs $5 for admission.

    Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

    Spruce Meadows will be in the holiday spirit during the three weekends of their annual International Christmas Market. Stop by for some holiday entertainment, to visit Reindeer Alley, or to pick up some gifts from the more than 250 vendors at the market. Admission to the market is $12 for adults, and includes a complimentary shuttle from the Somerset/Bridlewood LRT Station to Spruce Meadows. The market will be open from Friday through Sunday on the weekends of November 13, 20 and 29.

    Start getting in the holiday spirit with Timbercreek’s selections for festive craft markets in the Calgary area.
  • Savour squash this season

    Oct 27, 2015

    Enjoy fresh, nutritious and seasonal squash this fall with the following recipe ideas from Timbercreek Communities. Our Richmond Hill Community at 274-278 Cedar Avenue is located in a convenient and family-friendly location within minutes of all life’s amenities.

    Bacon, Squash and Corn Blender Soup

    Warm up this fall and winter with a bowl of delicious Bacon, Squash and Corn Blender TC RH SquashSoup. It’s easy to make and just as delicious as the name suggests. This recipe uses fresh ingredients that you can find at your local farmers’ market. For this recipe you will need butternut squash, shallots, corn, chicken stock, tomatoes, cooked bacon and feta cheese.

    Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

    Enjoy a classic fall side dish with this recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts. This is a healthy side dish that goes great with everything from leftover Thanksgiving turkey to morning eggs. It also makes for a fabulous vegetarian meal. This one delicious dish encompasses so many fall flavours with its butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, fresh cranberries and brown sugar.

    Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash

    This tongue twister of a recipe, Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash is a decadent butternut squash dish that will have your family begging for more. For this recipe you will need bacon, butternut squash, pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Pick up these ingredients at Richmond Hill’s Hillcrest Farmers’ Market, which runs until the end of October and sells fresh, seasonal and delicious produce. Hillcrest Farmers’ Market is only a 20-minute walk from Timbercreek’s Richmond Hill Community.

    Enjoy the amazing flavours of seasonal squash this fall with Timbercreek’s recipe inspiration.
  • Where to celebrate Halloween in Montreal

    Oct 22, 2015

    With Halloween just around the corner, Timbercreek Communities has put together our top selections for spooky local events and activities in the Greater Montreal Area. Our Downtown Montreal apartments are located in the best areas of the city including minutes from McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the historic Old Port of Montreal.

    Fright Fest

    Fright Fest is back for another terrifying year of thrills, chills and excitement. La Ronde Amusement Park will be transformed into a Halloween haven with haunted houses, spooky live creatures and a Little Pumpkin Patch for smaller kids. Every weekend from October 3rd until November 1st, La Ronde will be hosting its terrifying Fright Fest. Fright Fest is a family-friendly event that everyone will enjoy. La Ronde is a ten-minute drive (or 40-minute transit ride) from Timbercreek’s 450 Rue Sherbrooke apartments.

    Montreal Halloween Club Crawl

    For adults looking to have some Halloween fun, be sure to check out the annual Montreal Halloween Club Crawl. This event is one of the city’s bTC Montreal Halloweeniggest and best Halloween parties that hosts thousands of people from across both Montreal and Canada. This event is geared towards students (19+) and provides access to four of the city’s best Halloween parties at various bars and clubs around the downtown Montreal core. The Montreal Halloween Club Crawl starts at Gerts at McGill, which is only a 15-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 105 Rue Milton apartments.

    Zombie Walk

    The Montreal Zombie Walk is back for another year of post-apocalyptic zombie fun. This event started as a grassroots flash mob featuring a handful of people dressed as zombies walking the streets of Montreal and is now a huge annual event. On October 31st be sure to join the Montreal Zombie Walk by showing up at the Place des Festivals in your best zombie attire and makeup.

    The Great Pumpkin Ball

    Every year, Esmerelda the friendly Witch appears at the Montreal Botanical Gardens for the city’s largest pumpkin decorating competition and friendly costume contest. There will be kid-friendly activities running at the Montreal Botanical Gardens from October 2nd until November 1st, the day of the Great Pumpkin Ball.

    Get into the Halloween Spirit this October with fun Halloween events for every age group in Downtown Montreal.
  • Food and Wine Festival

    Oct 20, 2015

    If you are a foodie or wine lover, then you need to check out the upcoming Ottawa Food and Wine Festival. In today’s post, Timbercreek Communities gives you a breakdown of the festival, including our top picks for can’t-miss events. Our Ottawa communities are located in some of the brightest and most bustling areas of the city, including the scenic Britannia area, the prestigious Sandy Hill neighbourhood and in the trendy ByWard Market district.

    The Ottawa Food and Wine Festival

    The Ottawa Food and Wine Festival has been providing both locals and tourists with an TC Ottawa FoodWineamazing festival celebrating all things food and wine since 1985. This 30-year-old festival is back for another year of food, drink and fun from October 30th until November 1st at Ottawa’s Shaw Centre. There will be live demonstrations, samples from various vendors, contests, cooking lessons, wine tastings and much more. You can purchase special event tickets, which give you VIP access or a Tasting Floor Pass which is your standard daily pass for the event. The Shaw Centre is only a ten-minute walk from Ottawa’s 135 York Street apartment in Ottawa.

    Best Bets:

    Anna Olson

    Anna Olson is a celebrity chef and host of the Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson. She has also authored seven bestselling cookbooks including her most recent, Back to Baking. Watch Anna talk about her culinary philosophy in a live demonstration along with some techniques and helpful tips for baking. You’ll even get to sample some of her amazing baking creations!

    Host for the Holidays

    Choose from a variety of one-hour seminars that will help you be the host with the most this holiday season. Topics range from spices and upscale comfort food baking to brining a turkey and setting the table. Come learn, taste and take away some delicious recipes that the whole family will love. This event is free with the purchase of a regular day pass.

    Tasting Floor at the Ottawa Convention Centre

    The can’t-miss event of the festival is of course the Tasting Floor at the Shaw Centre. There will be hundreds of exhibitors offering samples of the finest wines, beers, spirits and food. Come and discover flavours you’ve never tried before and meet and learn from the creators of these products.

    Make the most out of the Ottawa Food and Wine Festival with Timbercreek Communities’ guide to the festival and its main attraction.

  • Where to pick your own fall produce around Mississauga

    Oct 16, 2015

    Looking for places to pick delicious and festive fall produce? Today on the blog Timbercreek Communities has a few of our top picks for farms around Mississauga that offer pick-your-own produce.

    Whittamore’s Farm

    Whittamore’s Farm is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the City of Mississauga in TC Produce MIssissaugaMarkham. This popular local farm has a pick-your-own season that lasts from June until the end of October (weather permitting). Whittamore’s farm offers a wide variety of fresh produce to choose from, including squash, pumpkins, sugar snap peas, snow peas and more. Whittamore’s Farm is less than a 30-minute drive from Timbercreek Communities’ 1750 Bloor Street West Apartments.

    Barrie Hill Farms

    Barrie Hill Farms is less than a one-hour drive outside the city and is a great place to pick your own affordable and seasonal produce. Enjoy a delicious range of autumn vegetables including squash, pumpkin and other root vegetables. A trip to your local farm is a great way to support local business and families, along with treating yourself to some fresh homegrown goodness.

    Springridge Farm

    Springridge Farm is located just outside of Mississauga in the City of Milton. Each weekend at Springridge Farm from September 19th onwards, the farm will be hosting their Harvest Festival. This autumn-inspired weekly event will allow guests to pick pumpkins, enjoy rustic wagon rides, visit the Fun Farm Yard and much more. Besides being able to pick your own pumpkins, Springridge Farm also offers an onsite farmers’ market and bakery.

    Downey’s Farm

    Downey’s Farm is a 215-acre farm located in North Brampton, just a 20-minute drive from Timbercreek’s 30 Central Parkway West Community. This family-owned facility is a fully operational farm that also runs a farmers’ market, in-house bakery and winery. Downey’s offers pick-your-own pumpkins and apples in time for the autumn season. There are 13 delicious varieties of apples to choose from, so there is something for everyone in the family.

    Take an afternoon trip to one of the GTA’s nearby farms where you can pick your own autumn produce.

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