• Pet-friendly Things To Do This Winter

    Feb 27, 2019

    Have you been getting outside this winter? Just because winter can be cold doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to enjoy it -- especially with your pet by your side. Timbercreek Communities has some suggestions for pet-friendly things to do this winter.

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    Dog-Friendly Cafes

    Dog-friendly cafes are great places to enjoy a treat with your furry friend. While you sip on your latte, your dog can enjoy some dog treats and water too. Some cafes allow pets inside, while others have a special hang out area for your pooch -- so you can keep a close eye on them while you’re inside.

    Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
    Another way to spend quality time with your dogs is to bring them along when you’re cross country skiing or snowshoeing. The Toronto Island is the perfect place for these activities. You can explore all the trails in snowshoes with your dog by your side, and they will love it. Just make sure your pup is dressed for the cold and has the stamina to run through snow, as this can be pretty demanding for any dog. If you don’t have your own equipment, look into renting from Mountain Equipment Coop -- the island doesn’t offer rentals. If you prefer cross-country skiing, try something called Skijoring, which is a Norweigen form of skiing and dogsledding combined. Both you and your dog will need a harness and a rope (or a sturdy leash) to attach you to each other. As you cross country ski along the trails, your dog will pull you at the same time. While smaller dogs can handle it, it’s an activity that's better suited to larger dogs. Whichever activity you choose, make sure your dog is well trained, healthy and ready for your winter adventure.

    Visit A Conservatory or Museum

    If you’re planning on visiting a conservatory or museum, you can bring your dogs along. A place like Allan Gardens doesn’t allow them inside, but there is a designated dog area outside. So while you explore the botanical garden, your pooch can run around and play off-leash in the fenced park. Sheriden Nursuries Garden is another option where your pets are welcome to join you in the garden. If you’re interested in finding out about more dog-friendly activities like this, check out Bring Fido.

    Resort and Lodging

    It’s not always easy finding pet-friendly accommodations. Check out Deerhurst Resort, which allows pets for a small fee, and enjoy winter activities with your dog or on your own. Another great area to explore with your dog is Algonquin Park. At Killarney Lodge, you can enjoy designated cabins with your canine friends. Plus, there’s so much to do – you can hike, ski or just take it easy with your dog. Check out The Adventure Lodge for similar activities, plus horseback riding through the woods.

    There’s nothing like spending quality time with your pets. Timbercreek hopes these suggestions help you enjoy the rest of winter with your furry friend(s).
     
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  • How to show your pets you love them -- without spoiling them

    Feb 19, 2019

    We love our pets and our pets love us. Our furry friends enhance our lives and our well being and ask for so little in return. All they need is love. Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to show your pets you love them -- without spoiling them. Treats are great as a reward, but they shouldn’t be a substitute for love and affection.

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    Petting/Massage

    The simplest way to show your pets love is to pet them. Depending on your pet’s personality, they may even appreciate a massage every now and then. This should be done when they are already calm and relaxed. Begin petting as usual. Add some brisk strokes to your dog or cat’s hip and shoulder areas. Their reaction will let you know if they like the level of touch. Start off light and loving. Older pets may love a gentle, kneading motion around their joint areas.

    Long Walks

    This one is mostly for dogs, but some cats can learn to like going for walks on a leash, too. If you’re pal has been particularly good, it’s time to break out of their regular walk routine and head somewhere special. Maybe that’s a river, a field or a forest. Let them get out there and sniff some new stuff!

    Grooming

    This can be as simple as brushing away their excess fur. Why wait for your kitty to cough up their own hairballs? A good brushing is a great way to bond. Every once in a while, a trip to the groomer may be required. Your pet probably won’t like the process itself, but most pets like the feeling of being clean afterwards.

    Play Time

    Make time to play with your pet everyday. They need the exercise and the one-on-one attention. You will love this time as much as they do. This is the good stuff.

    Praise Time

    Praise is essential to keeping your pup happy. Cats probably like it too, they just don’t always like to give us the satisfaction of showing it. Tell them they're good, in the tone of voice they know is reserved for praise. You can even throw in a treat or two.

    Timbercreek hopes these pet care tips help you and your pets feel the love.

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  • The best places to ski and snowboard in Canada

    Feb 14, 2019

    While some may dread the long Canadian winter, many of us have learned to embrace the snowy season as the best time of year. If you’ve been waiting to get out and carve up some fresh powder, Timbercreek Communities wants to help point you in the right direction. Here are some of the best places to snowboard and ski in Canada.

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    Nakiska Ski Resort, Kananaskis

    Nakiska Ski Resort in Kananaskis is only an hour from Calgary, so it’s perfect for quick day trips. The resort features Olympic grade runs. In fact, it was built for the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games. Nakiska features some of the best snowboarding conditions anywhere, thanks to mother nature and some of the best snow-making equipment anywhere. A trip to Nakiska should be on the bucket list of every Calgary snowboarder.

    Banff Norquay Resort

    Banff Norquay is located close to the Trans-Canada highway, about 90 minutes from downtown Calgary -- so it’s very easy to get to. Prices can be a little high, but so are the peaks, and you get what you pay for. Watch for “Toonie Days” discount days. They are usually held once a month, on a Tuesday. You can carve the runs all day long for just $2 with all proceeds going to charity. Additional donations are accepted and benefit Bow Valley and Calgary area charities. 

    Blue Mountain Resort

    Blue Mountain in Collingwood is the third most popular ski resort in the county, right behind Whistler Blackcomb and Mont Tremblant. There are 42 total runs, 16 chairlifts, and 3 freestyle terrains. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a double black diamond demon, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, it's only 90 minutes or so from Toronto.

    Mont Tremblant

    Mont Tremblant is a world-class ski and snowboard resort about an hour north of Montréal in the Laurentians. The conditions and runs at Mont Tremblant are among the best in the province and the apres ski life at Tremblant is extraordinary. The Village looks and feels like something straight out of a fairy tale. Enjoy live shows, great night life, try your luck at the casino, and get some world class runs in! What more could you want?

    Le Massif de Charlevoix

    Even if you’re not fluent in French, you can probably deduce that Le Massif de Charlevoix (1350 Principale St, Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec) is massive. It's one of the tallest peaks in Quebec and boasts one of the most incredible views over the St. Lawrence. There are runs for beginners and intermediates, but this is truly an advanced skiers paradise.

    These amazing runs may make you wish winter would last forever! We hope to see you out there this year!

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  • Valentine's Day desserts for two

    Feb 12, 2019

    No matter what your Valentine’s Day plans are, plan on coming home for dessert this year. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you set the mood with some sweet and sinful Valentine’s Day desserts for two.

    Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

    These rich and gooey Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes make a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. Combine coarsely-chopped bittersweet chocolate with butter in a small saucepan. Heat on low until the chocolate and butter melt together. With an electric mixer, beat eggs with granulated sugar and vanilla for about 10 minutes. Fold one third of the chocolate/butter mixture into the beaten eggs. Spoon this batter into greased ramekins and bake on a baking pan at 425 F for about 12 minutes. When they have cooled, loosen them from the sides of the ramekin with a knife and invert them onto a plate. Served with a generous dusting of sifted powdered sugar on top, garnished with fresh berries and mint leaves.

    Pavlova

    An elegant Pavlova is sure to get your mouth watering this Valentine’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the classic dessert, it’s a crisp white cloud of meringue, layered with fresh fruit and whipped cream. It’s elegant and the perfect finish for a romantic evening. To make it, begin by beating egg whites until stiff but not dry. Do not overbeat your egg whites. Add in your sugar, one spoonful at a time. When the mixture is thick and glossy, gently fold in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9-inch circle on the parchment and spoon the mixture inside the circle, working from the centre out. Build the outside edge of the circle a little higher than the centre. Bake at 300 F for about an hour. As the meringues cool, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fill the meringues with the whipped cream and top with fresh berries. You’ll totally impress your date with this one!

    Dulce de Leche Mousse

    The rich caramel flavour of this Dulce de Leche Mousse is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s dessert. Sprinkle shredded coconut on rimmed baking sheet. Toast it at 350 F for 6 to 8 minutes, until golden. Beat heavy cream and kosher salt together with an electric mixer. When stiff peaks form, fold in your dulce de leche. Chill it in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve topped with the toasted coconut. It’s a light but satisfying dessert that anyone will love.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Timbercreek!

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  • Comfy but stylish winter fashion staples we love

    Feb 07, 2019

    Say what you will about Canadian winters, they come with pretty amazing winter fashion! Timbercreek Communities wants to help you look great and stay warm with these comfy but stylish winter fashion staples we love.          

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    Bomber Jackets

    The warm and rugged look of a classic Bomber Jacket is timeless. These short, waist-length coats feature a fitted waist, zippered front, and often a fleece or pile collar. They can be designed with or without hoods and come in styles for both men and women. These cool and classic coats pair perfectly with t-shirts, sweaters, or collared shirts and look great with jeans or chinos. If you choose to make a statement with your bomber, go for a bold colour, then tone it down with neutral color pieces to complete your chic winter look.

    Cozy Knit Sweaters

    There may be nothing more cozy and satisfying than layering up for a chilly winter day with a cozy knit sweater. They’re warm, they’re roomy, and wearing one is almost like giving yourself a big warm hug all day long. Whether you choose a pullover or cozy cardigan, the right knit sweater makes winter worth it! No matter what style you choose, this is the time of year to hunt for the sweater of your dreams.

    Oversized Scarves

    Big Oversized Scarves are your best winter accessory. Choose bold, colourful patterns that will brighten your mood on dreary days, or go for more subtle and subdued solids that will compliment your coat. Wrap yourself in warmth this winter.

    Chic Wool Capes

    Capes aren’t just for superheroes and magicians. A Chic Wool Cape will make you feel protected this winter, without sacrificing style. A good cape will keep you warm, cozy and dry. What could be more perfect?

    Trendy Parkas

    Simply put, Parkas are perfect. They’re long, warm and ready for anything winter can throw at you. We wouldn’t want to have a snowball fight or take a long winter walk in anything else.

    The Timbercreek blog team hopes you love these comfy and stylish winter fashion staples as much as we do. Bring it on, winter!

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