• 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.

  • Winter Festivals Across Canada

    Dec 02, 2019

    There are so many reasons to be excited about winter! Timbercreek Communities wants you to love every season, so we've rounded up these awesome winter festivals happening across Canada for you to discover.

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    Winter Festival of Lights

    Enjoy holiday lights like never before! Every year, Niagara Falls hosts its Winter Festival of Lights where an 8km route is transformed into a winter wonderland. From the world’s largest Canadian-American flag to Noah’s Ark and huge Canadian wildlife displays, this is a spectacle not to be missed! The festival is on from November 16th, 2019 to January 12th, 2020.

    Winterlude

    Celebrate winter at this unique festival in Ottawa. Winterlude celebrates Canada’s culture and climate with curling competitions, singalongs, sleigh rides, sledding, ice sculptures and other awesome winter activities. You can enjoy delicious comfort food, skate along the Rideau Canal or check out Jacques Cartier Park -- which becomes one giant winter playground. The festival is on from January 30th to February 17th, 2019.

    Montréal en Lumière

    One of the most highly-anticipated festivals in Quebec is Montréal en Lumière. This annual event celebrates winter and everything it has to offer. There will be a ton of winter outdoor activities, performances, gastronomy and incredible light installations. The festival is also known for its fine dining program which attracts renowned wine producers and chefs from all over. Dress warmly and don’t miss all the fun from February 20th to March 1st, 2020.

    Carnaval de Québec

    Plan a visit to Québec City and check out Carnaval de Québec which runs from February 7th to February 16th, 2020. Bring your family and enjoy outdoor concerts, games, snow and ice sculptures and eat all the Beaver Tails! You can also explore the historic part of the city or watch athletes brave the ice in canoe races! Just make sure to bundle up -- it’s going to be chilly!

    Ice on Whyte

    If you live in Edmonton, you won’t want to miss Ice on Whyte. This annual, family-friendly festival has everything to keep both you and your kids entertained! Take ice carving lessons or sample yummy food. Have a cocktail at the Ice Bar or check out the ice carving competition. Whether it’s a girlfriend getaway, a family trip or a solo visit, there’s something for everyone. Ice on Whyte runs from January 23rd to February 2nd, 2020.

    Timbercreek hopes you will make the most of the winter season at these 5 festivals happening across Canada! 

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

  • How To Beat The Winter Blues At Work

    Nov 21, 2019

    As the weather gets colder, it’s hard for some of us to maintain a happy mindset. Timbercreek Communities has five suggestions for how to boost your mood at work this winter season and beat the winter blues.

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    Book Your Meetings In The Brightest Board Room Or Go To A Coffee Shop

    Spending an entire day in the office with very little light can be tough -- especially when days are already short. To boost your mood, try to book your meetings in board rooms that have natural light. If that’s not an option, choose the brightest room. Another little hack would be to go to a nearby cafe. It’s probably brighter and it’s a change of scenery.

    Invest in a sun lamp

    Not getting enough sunlight can impact your health in negative ways. In winter, one of the best things you can do is invest in a sun lamp. They are known to boost your mood, focus and overall health. You can purchase them online and in places like Walmart. Another tip would be to use the light in the mornings to mimick the sun’s natural cycle.

    Introduce plants to your desk

    When in doubt, buy some plants. They seem to be the answer to everything! Not only are they visually appealing, but plants help to freshen up the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. It’s also been proven that seeing greenery reminds us of nature, therefore making us feel more calm and at peace. So what are you waiting for? Grab a few plants for your office!

    Keep Your Desk Free Of Clutter And Add Pops Of Colour

    If you want to beat the winter blues, declutter your desk and personalize your space. A neat space will make you feel calm, instead of a messy space which can make you feel very anxious. Put up pictures of friends, a travel calendar or beautiful landscape photography. Images of nature, much like a plant at your desk, can be very soothing and boost your overall happiness.

    Warm Up With A Workout 

    Another great way to boost your mood is to incorporate mini workouts into your daily routine. This could mean that instead of sending an email to your coworker, you walk over to their desk instead. Take the stairs as often as you can, and go for a walk on your lunch break. Set an alarm to do a few stretching exercises every 30 minutes, or take a quick walk to the washroom just to stretch your legs.

    Winters can be long, dark and a bit depressing, but these hacks from Timbercreek are very helpful when it comes to beating the winter blues. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top Tips For Decorating On A Student Budget

    Nov 14, 2019

    Buying decor for your apartment can be expensive and less than ideal for someone on a student budget. Before you start shopping, check out these tips from Timbercreek Communities on how you can decorate your place without breaking the bank.

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    Can’t Go Wrong With Ikea Furniture

    When it comes to stylish furniture and décor at affordable prices, you can always count on Ikea. You can find everything you need there -- from bathroom and kitchen supplies to bed frames and wall décor. It’s a great one-stop shop and you don’t have to spend a fortune. You can get a new couch for $429 or a bed frame for $129. Also, if you’re stuck and not sure how you want to decorate your place, you can also get a lot of inspiration just by walking through Ikea.

    Repurpose Furniture

    Whether you’re on a super tight budget or just feeling creative, repurposing hand-me-down furniture is always a good idea. A simple but great project to try is painting an old piece of furniture. By choosing a new colour to match your existing décor you can transform the piece. You'll also give that piece of furniture a second life. For example, you can take an old dresser and make it into a beautiful kitchen island with lots of space for plates and utensils, or make the dresser into a chic, new-and-improved entertainment centre where you can put your TV and speakers.

    Get Creative And Organized 

    Save yourself the stress of living in a mess by organizing your apartment and getting rid of stuff you don’t use or need. For wardrobe storage, get drawer dividers to organize your stuff. Add a hook board to your door where you can hang your favourite jackets and hats. Don’t forget to use the space under your bed, or consider purchasing a bed frame with drawers

    Temporary Wallpaper and Flooring

    Instead of expensive hardwood flooring, look into temporary solutions like vinyl flooring.

    You can get also get really creative with wallpaper, which is affordable and looks great! It’s a really simple way to give any room in your apartment a mini-makeover without having to spend too much money. 

     

    With these awesome decorating and budget-saving tips, your apartment decor will be ready in no time, thanks to Timbercreek! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How To Make Your Apartment More Dog-Friendly

    Nov 12, 2019

    Most dogs can do just fine in a small apartment -- especially if they get enough exercise. But making your place dog-friendly will make both of your lives easier. Timbercreek Communities has a list of helpful suggestions for making your apartment an oasis for you and your pooch.

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    Doggy Nook

    Set up a special corner for your dog in your apartment. This will be their place to sleep, rest and chew on their favourite bone. Make it extra cozy with a soft dog bed and a few plush toys. You can also use this nook to store your dog’s toys. Find a nice basket or two that matches your home decor and use them for storage as well as a decorative piece.

    Leave Something For Them While You’re Away

    Our puppies can get attached to us and sometimes leaving them in the house can make them anxious. This can lead to chewed up furniture and a big mess. You can avoid this by leaving them with a bone to chew on. It will keep them entertained for some time. Leaving the radio on can help as well. This will trick them into thinking someone is at home and generally help with loneliness.

    Consistent Bathroom Schedule

    Another important thing to consider is having a consistent potty schedule. They will know exactly when they get to go outside, preventing them from having an accident indoors -- especially on your new rug. Walk time is the perfect opportunity for your pup to run around, burn off energy and relax when you get home.

    Choose Machine-Washable Furniture

    The truth is, when you have a dog you can’t afford to have expensive furniture. Avoid leather, high quality wood and white or light colours -- unless, you want to invest in sofa covers. There are some nice options available which are machine-washable. This is key since you might need to wash them often. You might also want to consider machine-washable pillows, blankets and easy-to-wash rugs.

    Get A Good Vacuum Cleaner

    A good vacuum cleaner can be a lifesaver -- especially if you have a dog that sheds. Cleaning will be much easier and less stressful, which means you probably won’t mind vacuuming more frequently. Your place will be sparkling clean and perfect for you and your dog to enjoy.

    We hope you can create a perfect, pet-friendly apartment with these suggestions from Timbercreek! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - Les Tours d'Auteuil

    Nov 07, 2019

    Les Tours d'Auteuil (2166 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest) is the ideal property for anyone looking to be in the centre of Montreal. It's perfect for those in search of convenience, comfort and a great location.

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    Your Home

    Located in Shaughnessy Village, this beautiful high-rise building has something for everyone. Enjoy spacious suites with large living areas, bedrooms, baths and plenty of storage. The building offers on-site management, parking, laundry facilities and it’s pet friendly!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Les Tours d'Auteuil is located in downtown Montreal, in Shaughnessy Village, which is part of the Ville-Marie borough. Here you’ll find Concordia University, Dawson and Lasalle Colleges and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. 

    If you enjoy being close to transit, you’ll be happy to know that the building is close to Atwater and Guy-Concordia Metro stations. 

    If you enjoy a vibrant neighbourhood,  look no further. There’s a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants nearby including Café Shaughnessy, Restaurany Mon Ami and Cock N’ Bull Pub. No matter where you want to go, Les Tours d'Auteuil is a great, eclectic neighbourhood that’s close to everything. If you’re looking for a nearby grocery store there are several located within a 5-minute walk from home including Supermarché PA du Fort. You’re also less than a 15-minute drive from Mont-Royal and a few other parks, such as Cabot Square and Summit Woods.

    So what are you waiting for? Be sure to check out Les Tours d'Auteuil! For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Budget-Friendly Closet Staples For Young Professionals

    Nov 04, 2019

    When it comes to looking fashionable and professional, all you really need is a few great staple pieces in your closet. Timbercreek Communities has four budget-friendly closet staples that every young professional should own.

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    Black Suit

    A black suit will never go out of style and that’s something to look for when it comes to staple items. Because it’s a classic piece and you're less likely to get tired of it quickly, you should consider a black suit that’s higher quality. It will last longer and it usually sits better on the body. The nice thing about a black suit is that you can wear the two pieces as separates and make your outfit look more casual without the jacket.

    White Or Cream blouse

    A simple but well-made blouse should be in everyone’s closet. It looks good with anything including trousers, jeans or skirts. Looking professional and chic is effortless with a white or cream blouse. You can change up your look by simply adding a piece of jewellery, a scarf or even just by tucking the blouse in or out.

    A Striped Shirt

    If you don’t already own one, buy yourself a striped shirt. It’s a nice change from a solid-colour top and it can be dressed up or down. Wear it with black dress pants underneath a denim or leather jacket, or tucked into a pencil skirt. No matter which way you go, it always looks great. If you’re worried about wearing horizontal stripes, pick a darker colour or thinner stripes.

    Black Pumps And Professional Flats

    When it comes to shoes, there are two things that should be in your closet: black pumps and flats. Why? Black heels go with everything and you never know when you’ll need them. Whether it’s for a formal event or an interview, they are good to have. Plus you don’t have to spend a fortune to own some. Professional flats are amazing because you can dress them up or down. They are appropriate for any occasion and they are comfortable enough to wear every day, all day.

    Large Structured Handbag

    If you could only own one purse to meet all your needs, it should be a well-structured handbag. They are stylish, versatile and perfect if you have to transition from the office to a dinner party. They also never really go out of style -- which is perfect when it comes to staple fashion items. You can tote your iPad, laptop and makeup bag in one bag without having to worry about squeezing everything in it.

    Happy shopping from Timbercreek! We hope you put together a killer wardrobe with these fashion staples! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Fall weekend getaways in Ontario

    Nov 01, 2019

    Before winter truly sets in, escape the city for a quick weekend getaway to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Here are our top picks for amazing weekend getaways in Ontario.

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    Fall Foliage Tours by Rail 

    Take in Ontario's beautiful autumn colours by taking a scenic train ride. This is a great family-friendly activity that’s stress-free and relaxing for everyone. You can take a Via Rail train to Montreal or Ottawa and enjoy the captivating fall colours. You can also take the York- Durham Heritage Rail, which takes you through beautiful forests or Oakridges Moraine in a 1950’s train car!

    Prince Edward County or Niagara-on-the-lake

    For a fantastic weekend away, visit Niagara-on-Lake. You’ll love this area -- not only because of its wineries and restaurants, but also because of its scenic location and beautiful architecture. It’s only 1.5 hours from Toronto, making it the perfect day or weekend trip. If you’re looking for something different, with smaller crowds, consider Prince Edward County. The laid back vibe is what brings people here from all over. You can winery hop on a bicycle, eat an incredible meal right on the water at Drake Devonshire or enjoy a wood oven pizza at one of the area's many restaurants.

    Go Up North and Experience the Fall Colours 

    There’s no better place to relax and enjoy the fall than up North. Pamper yourself and stay at a nice resort where you can relax and enjoy the surrounding nature. There are many great resorts to stay at including Deerhurst Resort, which offers a special fall package that includes a day pass to Algonquin Park. You can go for a long (or short) hike or spend the day at the spa. Another good option is The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain. This beautiful 4-star resort offers a ton of activities for the whole family, including a tour of the Apple Pie Trail, Georgian Hill vineyards and so much more!

    Go Glamping

    You can experience nature without the hassle. Go glamping! It’s what you get when you mix glamour and camping! Instead of sleeping in a sleeping bag, stay in a luxurious tent that comes equipped with a comfortable bed and washroom. This is the perfect solution for those who want to do something outdoorsy without sacrificing comfort. For a really great experience, check out Whispering Springs and Elements Luxury Tented Camp

    Timbercreek hopes you have fun planning your fall weekend getaways! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight |Your home awaits you at First On Tenth

    Oct 29, 2019

    First On Tenth (123 10th Avenue South West) is the ultimate downtown rental community in Calgary. Are you ready to start your new life here? 

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    Your Home

    Located in the Beltline district, First on Tenth has a bit of everything. It's ideal for those who appreciate everything Calgary has to offer as well as spectacular views. The units face The Calgary Tower and the Rocky Mountains! 

    Everything you need is at your fingertips here. There is underground and outdoor parking, on-site security, and restaurants and shops on the lower floor of the building. We also have a fully equipped fitness facility, a fun games room, a basketball court, a rooftop lounge and a BBQ patio! First On Tenth has absolutely everything you need, so be sure to take advantage of our current fall deals -- for a limited time only!

    Your Neighbourhood

    First On Tenth is located in downtown Calgary. If you’re looking for easy access to transit, entertainment and shopping, this is the place you’ve been searching for! The LRT is just a short walk away, as is Stephen Avenue, City Hall and Glenbow Museum. For a great place to eat out, check out Koi and Foreign Concept. Both restaurants are less than a 2-minute walk away. You’re also close to the University and numerous parks and trails, including Macleod Trail and Beltline Park. There are a ton of cafes and bars around too, so you’ll never run out of things to do!

    Don’t wait! Check out First On Tenth before it’s too late. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • DIY Living Room Upgrades On A Budget ​

    Oct 24, 2019

    Giving your living room a makeover doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips for how you can upgrade your living room on a budget.

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    Update your couch cushions

    New cushions will give your living room an instant makeover. This is a simple and inexpensive way to switch things up. Depending on the look you're going for, choose from different colours, patterns and textures. For a fresh and sophisticated look, try pairing navy blues with different shades of grey or geometric patterns and textured cushions for a more eclectic and chic vibe. Check out Ikea or Structube for some great options!

    Create a gallery wall

    Creating a gallery wall is another fantastic way to upgrade your living room. There are so many ways to do it. You can make a mini gallery wall and just put up a handful of pictures, or dedicate an entire wall to your favourite art. Before you put anything up, make sure to figure out the layout. Place your artwork on the floor and arrange everything in the order you want. Are you going to have a centerpiece? How much space do you want between each piece? Once you have this figured out, it’s time to hang everything up!

    Add lots of greenery with house plants

    When in doubt, add plants! Not only can they lift your mood, but they make beautiful decor and they don’t have to be expensive. A majesty palm or a yucca tree look great in a corner because they are often very big. You can also add smaller plants on shelves and stands including succulents, cacti and ivy.

    Paint your furniture

    If you’re tempted to replace your furniture, think again. Instead of getting rid of your old desks and dressers why not paint them to make them look brand new? You can do the same for mirror frames, shelves and pretty much anything else. Just make sure to clean and sand your furniture beforehand to create an even surface. This will help the paint stay on longer and look better. Latex or oil-based paint works best in most cases, but if you’re going for the distressed look, the best option is water-based paint.

    Invest in a new rug

    Since rugs take up a lot of space, they are often seen as a centerpiece in your living room. Changing your rug might just be the mini makeover you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re looking to add a splash of colour or change the pattern, you can do so very easily. Pick a vibrant colour with interesting patterns to make your rug really stand out. This is great if you want it to be the focal point of the room. Alternatively you can pick a colour that blends in with your couch or other elements to make the space feel more cohesive.  Another option is to choose a rug in a different shape or one with a lot of texture. This will make your space feel more cozy and warm!

    Timbercreek hopes you use these tips to transform your living your living room on a budget. 

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

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