• Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

    Dec 26, 2019

    We love pets! That's why we want to help you keep your pooch safe and warm this winter season. Here are five safety tips from Timbercreek Communities to keep your pets happy and comfortable all winter long.

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    Never leave your cat or dog alone in a cold car 

    To keep your pets safe, never leave them alone in a cold car. Winter conditions might not be as harsh as they are during the summer, but it’s still a good idea to take your pets with you. Leaving them unattended might leave them feeling cold and in panic. Plus, sometimes you might be away from the car for only a few minutes, but that could easily turn into an hour and that is bad news for your pets who are locked in the car!

    Wipe your pet’s paws and underside after being outside

    The next time you come back from a winter walk, be sure to wipe your pets’ paws. If you live in the city, the streets are usually covered in salt which can be extremely irritating for dogs. Not only does it burn their little paws, but it can make them sick if they ingest it. Remember to wipe their underside well, especially if they have long fur, since salt and ice can get in there too.

    Don’t let your dog off leash -- especially during a snowstorm

    Your dog probably loves to run off-leash, but during a snowstorm, keep them on a tight leash. You don’t want your dog to panic and get lost. Keep walks short and get back inside as soon as your pooch has finished their business.

    Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter

    Keep your dog's hair long during the winter months -- it’s their winter coat after all! Depending on the kind of breed you have, it might be necessary to brush them every day to get the knots out and get rid of the salt. Also, keep their paw pads clean by trimming the hair. This is where salt, ice and mud build up and create discomfort for your dog.

    Dress for the weather

    Keep your pets warm this winter season with a cozy sweater! If your dog has a short coat or very low body fat, they will need some clothes -- especially if you plan on taking them outside. There are many options out there, so make sure to get something your dog is comfortable in. Also, don’t forget to buy some booties to keep their paws warm. You can also use something as simple as balloons, which will protect their paws from salt.

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoy the winter with your pets. Stay warm! 

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - Loft on First

    Dec 19, 2019

    If you're on the hunt for a fabulous place to call home in Calgary, Lofts on First (1010 First Street SW) is calling your name. It's the perfect property for someone who wants to be located in a vibrant and lively neighbourhood and is ideal for anyone looking for a great community, pristine location and a little touch of luxury.

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    Your Home

    Located in the Beltline district, this brand new building has luxurious and loft style suites that you will love. Enjoy the chic and elegant decor, modern suites and a top notch fitness centre. The building also has a basketball and volleyball court, a multimedia party room and a billiards room!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Loft on First is located in downtown Calgary, in the Beltline district -- which is close to everything! You’re minutes away from shopping, dining, transit and all sorts of entertainment.

    If you enjoy being in the centre of the city,  this is the place for you. Just a few minutes away you can check out restaurants such as Koi, Sukiyaki House and Yellow Door Bistro. Additionally, you can get your caffeine fix at several great coffee shops in the area including Starbucks and Deville Coffee. If you need a grocery store, you can find several just a short walk away. You can also check out CORE Shopping Centre, or the Elbow Casino, for more fun and entertainment.

    Your Calgary apartment search stops here! Lofts on First is the place for you. 

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    For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Top Winter Jackets To Invest In ​

    Dec 17, 2019

    As temperatures drop across Canada, you’re going to need a serious winter jacket. Timbercreek Communities has rounded up some of the best and warmest winter coats to invest in this season.

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    Puffer Jackets

    Thank god puffer jackets are back in style! It's a miracle that one piece of clothing can be so warm, practical and in fashion. Whether you want to make a fashion statement or just be cozy and warm, the puffer jacket is for you. You have the option to choose from sustainable coats, down-filled and technical. Prices range wildly, depending on the brand and functionality. Everlane has amazing and sustainable puffer coats, so does Eddie Bauer -- the creator of the original.

    Shearling Coats

    A shearling coat is the perfect winter coat if style is important to you. Because they are made from sheepskin, or pelts, they are very warm and soft. They can be worn by men or women and if treated with proper care, they can last forever. Keep them away from direct sunlight and never store them away in plastic bags as they need to breathe.

    Sherpa Or Wool Coats

    Sherpa and wool coats are great for fall and winter. A sherpa coat is usually lightweight, fast-drying and often has a polyester lining. A great option for vegans! They are comfortable and cozy and if you layer up, you can be warm all winter long. When it comes to wool coats, there are so many options. Real wool will keep you super warm, but you don’t want to get it wet because it can take forever to dry. Check out Aritzia, Hudson’s Bay and Simon’s for a good selection.

    Down-Filled Parka

    If you’re someone who’s always cold, a down-filled park is probably for you. They come in a variety of lengths, prices and fills. For example, a lightweight, down-filled jacket is great if you like to layer. It’s a great option for frequent travellers because they fold up into a small bag. Many stores sell them -- Uniqlo, Lululemon and Eddie Bauer sell them, just to name a few. For a more heavy-duty jacket, look for coats that have 500-900 fill power, since they will be the warmest and use the best quality down. As a result, they tend to be more expensive. 

    Bundle up and stay warm this winter! We hope these suggestions from Timbercreek help you find the perfect winter jacket for you! 

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Decorating For The Holidays ​

    Dec 12, 2019

    The Holidays are just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Get into the holiday spirit with Timbercreek Communities and deck out your apartment in festive decor -- no matter which holiday you celebrate.

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    Choose A Few Larger Pieces

    If you’re not someone who likes to go all out on decorations, consider picking a few large items to display in your home. You could have a big snowman or a large Christmas tree in a corner, or a beautiful centerpiece on your table. This is a great way to create a point of focus in a room and also avoid clutter.

    Decorate For The Season

    If you’re not sure where to start, don’t focus too much on holiday-specific decor. Think about the winter season and you will have more options to work with. For example, twinkle lights always look great on a wall -- whether it’s a holiday or not. Pinecones, a wintery wreath, white winter signs and ribbons are a great way to decorate without putting too much focus on the holidays.

    Anchor Smaller Decor Items

    If you have a bunch of small decor items to display, find a placemat or tray to put them on. This is a great way to have everything anchored in one place and a good way to keep things organized. A beautiful gold tray with several festive decor pieces will look better on a table than random items scattered on the table. With a tray, basket or placemat, all the pieces will look like they belong together.

    Pick An Area To Decorate

    Designate an area of your apartment that you want to decorate -- preferably a spot that’s very visible. Whether you decide to go with your front hallway, living room or dining table, selecting one area will be easier to manage. Plus, you won’t have to worry about spending extra money on decorating another area of your home.

    When it comes to holiday season decorating, we’ve got you covered! We hope these tips from Timbercreek help you set the perfect mood for the holidays in your home! 

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Unique Winter Activities in Ontario

    Dec 05, 2019

    It never hurts to try to make the most out of winter -- even if it’s not your favourite season. Timbercreek Communities has a list of fun and unique activities in Ontario that you should try this winter.

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    Niagara Helicopter Tour

    Have you dreamed of going on a helicopter ride? Well, in Niagara Falls you can do just that! Take a 20 minute ride to take in all the incredible natural beauty of the area from above. Observe the majestic falls, historic landmarks and vineyards. You can also take a private romantic tour or a honeymoon flight. Prices start at $225 per person with National Helicopter Inc.

    Arrowhead Skating Trail

    You won’t find a skating experience like this anywhere else! At Arrowhead Provincial Park, you can actually skate through a forest. And if that’s not fun enough, check out their Fire and Ice Nights which happen on select Saturdays throughout the winter. Tiki torches are placed along the 1.3km trail to light the way as you skate.

    Algonquin Dogsledding

    This winter, enjoy the snowy landscape like never before! About 3 hours north of Toronto, you can go dogsledding. It's a very unique experience. There are many trails in the area and quite a few service providers. With Algonquin Eco Lodge, you can have an interactive experience where you get to harness the dogs and learn how to issue commands. If you’ve never done it before, this is the winter to try!

    Snowkites at Rice Lake 

    Snowkiting is becoming more popular every year, and this is your chance to try it out. From January 18th 20th, 2020, you can check out the Kiteboarding Snowkite Weekend where you can take lessons and check out demos. Day passes are available for $20 and include access to all events and facilities. For more info, check out Kiteboarding Snowkite Weekend.

    Winter in Elora Gorge

    Who said ziplining was only a summer activity? Check out Elora Gorge this winter for some zip-lining and ice climbing fun! Just 90 minutes from Toronto, you can try this awesome activity without having to travel to Costa Rica or Mount Everest. You can ice climb, hack waterfalls and reach the top of a waterfall. How cool is that? To book your adventure, check out One Axe Pursuits.

    Beat the winter blues this year by trying at least one of these unique winter activities from Timbercreek

     

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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