• The Tastiest Toronto Food Festivals This Summer

    Jul 30, 2019

    Toronto is an amazing place to be in the summer -- especially if you love food. To help you dig in, Timbercreek Communities has rounded up 5 of the tastiest food festivals happening in the city this summer. Don't miss these great events!

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    Pizza Fest Toronto

    Get ready for the biggest pizza party in the city! Pizza Fest Toronto takes over Toronto Island from July 19th to 21st. It’s the perfect place to try pizzas from some of the best restaurants in Toronto. Vendors will also serve pastas, meatball sandwiches, wine and cocktails (including Aperol Spritz and Limoncello). Plus, you can hang out and enjoy live music, bocce ball, pizza-making classes and more!

    The Rose Picnic

    This is one picnic you won’t want to miss! Spend your afternoon at the beautiful Stanley Barracks and sip on some of the best rosé from Ontario and beyond. There will be music all day long and gourmet chefs serving delicious food. The Rose Picnic is happening on August 11th rom 12 pm to 11 pm.

    Taste of the Middle East

    Celebrate food and culture at this year’s Taste of the Middle East! It’s your chance to sample authentic middle eastern food, experience traditional music and dance and purchase beautiful jewellery and art. There will be a giant Souk (a traditional market) in the middle of Dundas Square where you can take a coffee break, shop or have your fortune told. Attending the festival is also a great way to give back. Taste of the Middle East is partnering up with Second Harvest, the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Be sure to check it out on July 27th.

    Summerlicious

    Summerlicious is the perfect festival if you want to sample food from a variety of restaurants in Toronto. Each place will have a three-course lunch and dinner prix fixe menu ranging from $23-$53. Summerlicious is a good opportunity to try something new and discover your new favourite restaurants. Make sure to reserve a table ahead of time as most of the popular restaurants book up fast.

    Toronto Food Truck Festival

    Good food, cold beer and live music is what you should expect at the Toronto Food Truck Festival this year. Spend the day at Woodbine Park sampling anything from pizzas to perogies, listening to live music and watching eating challenges. The festival is on from August 2nd to 5th and it’s free!

    With all these amazing food festival options to explore, it’s going to be an incredible summer! Timbercreek hopes you have a chance to check out at least one.

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

  • Property Highlight - 930-15th Ave SW - Centennial House

    Jun 04, 2019

    Centennial House (930-15th Ave SW) is the ideal rental property for Calgary residents who are looking for comfort and convenience. Its location is perfect for anyone who enjoys bustling city life as well as well as peaceful nature.

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    Your Home

    Located in downtown Calgary, this neighbourhood has a bit of everything. You’ll love the newly refreshed exterior, as well as the floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies. You have access to a brand new fitness facility, which is only an elevator ride away, so there’s no need for a gym membership! And if you love entertaining, the modern lounge is the perfect place to host parties. Living at Centennial House, you also have access to laundry facilities and parking. Plus, it’s pet friendly!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Centennial House is located right in downtown Calgary, in a quiet, park-like setting. It's also a short walk away from the Retail and Entertainment District. The neighbourhood is considered one of the city’s hottest areas with trendy shops, gastro pubs and spas. In addition, it’s close to schools and a number of parks including Tompkins Park, Shaw Millenium Park, as well as the Beltline neighbourhood. Getting around town is easy as you'll be within short walking distance from public transit. If you’re looking for a good place to eat out, there is a great selection of sit-down and fast-food restaurants in the area. Check out Cibo for Italian, The Coup for Vegetarian or Kanpai Sushi on 8th for Japanese. There are also numerous independent cafes -- perfect for coffee lovers. From easy transportation access to parks and quality restaurants, you’ll love calling Centennial House your new home.

    Don’t wait any longer! Centennial House is waiting for you. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Top 5 Dog-Friendly Ideas for Apartment Balconies

    May 14, 2019

    Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to start enjoying your balcony with you pooch again. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for how you can make your apartment balcony a dog-friendly space.

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    Puppy Playpen

    Set up a puppy playpen on your balcony. You’ll be happy to see your dog enjoy the space and they will love it too. You can start by laying down some grass, which can be artificial or real. Fresh Patch is hydroponically-grown, dirt-free grass that’s a great option -- especially for training your dogs. Adding fencing is a good idea if you want a confined space where your puppy can relax, sleep and play with its toys.

    Grow Dog-Friendly Plants

    Some plants can be poisonous to pets, so be careful what you buy. To prevent serious accidents, stay away from plants such as daffodils, dieffenbachia, tulips, amaryllis and aloe. But don’t worry -- you can still make your balcony look lush and inviting with safer plants. A few safe plants and flowers for your dogs include Christmas cactus, boston fern, baby rubber plant, baby’s tears, prayer plant and spider plant.

    Dog-Friendly Furniture

    There’s nothing worse than having your favourite furniture ruined by your dog. That’s why investing in pet-friendly pieces is worth it. Joybird has fantastic outdoor furniture that uses fabrics that are safe for your dogs without sacrificing style. Just look for the ‘pet-friendly’ symbol. If you’re looking for dog-specific furniture, Ikea has a variety of dog beds and blankets to keep your furry friend comfy and cozy.

    Dog-proof Railings

    We don’t always feel safe having our dogs out on the balcony -- especially when you’re on a high floor. Installing dog-proof railings is sometimes necessary to protect them. To keep your dog from squeezing through any tight spaces, consider your dog’s size and personality. If they like to chew on everything, pick a fence that’s made of plexiglass or heavy duty netting. Otherwise, you can pick something with mesh which is a little more fragile but still sturdy enough.

    Portable Dog Pool

    On a hot summer’s day, your dog will love to cool off in a pool. Who wouldn’t? A portable pool is a great idea because it’s lightweight and travel-friendly. You can keep it on your balcony when it needs to be used and fold it up and put it away and out of sight when it’s not. Bring it with you to the park -- especially on those scorching hot days -- your dog will love you for it.  You can also use it as a tub to bathe your pet.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes these five tips help you create a pet-friendly balcony which you can enjoy together. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - The Northbank

    Feb 05, 2019

    The Northbank is a hidden gem in the heart of Edmonton’s River Valley. Located just east of the downtown core, the community consists of two beautifully designed high rise towers at 8532 Jasper Avenue and 8520 Jasper Avenue. Offering unparalleled views of the River Valley and downtown, there are few rental residences like this. Urban adventurers will fall for The Northbank’s exceptional natural setting that’s within easy reach of everything that downtown Edmonton has to offer. Welcome home, to The Northbank.

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    Your Home

    The Northbank is a truly unique and premium community. The two buildings are connected via a professionally-landscaped courtyard that was designed to create unity and serve as a tranquil common space shared by all Northbank residents. It's the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee, strike up an enlightening conversation, or play with your furry, four-legged friend in the fenced dog run. 

    Every detail of The Northbank is designed with you in mind. We know that life in the city can be hectic. Your home should be your sanctuary -- a peaceful place to retreat to, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Northbank is located only minutes west of the downtown core, but feels like a whole new world. It seamlessly intertwines the convenience of the city with the beauty of the forest.

    You'll never have to waste time parking your car, as dedicated resident parking and visitors’ parking is available on site. When you come home after a long day, you’ll love the on-site retail and restaurant options that the property boasts. Panini’s Italian Restaurant and 7 Ways Grocery Store are open and ready to serve you, with more retailers on the way. There’s even an on-site Doctor’s Office!

    Once you're inside, there's so much to enjoy before you even get to your suite. You can kick back and unwind in the Media Room, host your friends and family in style in the Party Room and work on your physique in our Fully Equipped Fitness Facilities. It’s all here, it’s all yours.

    Your Neighbourhood

    If you love to explore the great outdoors, you'll love it here. The Northbank is an urban outdoor adventurer's paradise. The entire North Saskatchewan River Valley Park system is at your doorstep, just waiting to be discovered. Explore the extensive parklands that surround you, hit the trails or relax and enjoy a picnic by the river.

    Your urban adventures don’t end when the sun goes down. The downtown core is just a 5-minute drive west. If you don’t drive, there is easy access to public transit here, too. All the amazing things that downtown Edmonton has to offer are at your fingertips -- restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping, farmers markets and more. Catch a concert at Commonwealth Stadium or Edmonton Expo Centre. See the Oilers hit the ice at Rogers Place Arena. Our neighbourhood is unparallelled. The possibilities are endless here.

    Timbercreek Communities can't wait to welcome you home to The Northbank. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.404.6844 to book your appointment to tour a suite.

  • Property HIghlight -- 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest

    Nov 15, 2018

    Montréal is not only one of the most vibrant, beautiful and exciting cities in Canada -- but anywhere. We dare you to find a more dynamic area than the downtown core. Timbercreek Communities wants to give you a taste of life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest.

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    Your Building

    Beyond the controlled-access lobby doors of 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, you’ll find the concierge, as well as some of the most sought-after amenities anywhere. Take advantage of the fully-equipped fitness centre. Indoor parking is available and professional building management is on site to handle any questions or concerns you may have. There are stores and restaurants conveniently located on the street level of the building -- perfect for cold winter nights when you don’t want to stray far from home.

    Inside Your Suite

    The condo-style rental suites at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest are loaded with high end features and fixtures. You’ll know that you’ve arrived somewhere special as soon as you set foot on the gleaming hardwood floors or the sparkling ceramic tile of the well-appointed kitchen. The contemporary granite countertops and stainless steel appliances provide a luxurious, stylish yet practical space to create your favourite meal. The luxury continues as you step into updated bathrooms. Ensuite laundry is also included. Relax in comfort and style in your climate-controlled suite as you enjoy the panoramic views of your city.

    Outside Your Home

    Located near the intersection of Viger Avenue West and Bleury Street, 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest is the definition of “in the heart of it all”. Step outside the peaceful sanctuary of your front door and you’re right in the middle of the action. The complex is located near Victoria Square, Old Port, Chinatown, Concordia University, McGill University and much more. All of the shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife Montréal has to offer is easily available to you. When you don’t want to walk, Place-d'Armes metro station is minutes away, connecting you to all parts of the city.

    Why settle for an ordinary apartment when you can live the upscale life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest?

     

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - 8520 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

    Oct 15, 2018

    Welcome to Edgewater at 8520 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton. Located just east of the downtown core, you’re close to everything you want in this fabulous city  Even though you're in the heart of it all, you'll find your home here is an oasis, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. With exceptional amenities, unparalleled views and easy access to the beautiful River Valley Park system, Edgewater is perhaps the perfect place to come home to.

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    Life at Edgewater

    The professionally landscaped central courtyards welcome you home to Edgewater. They create a social space to meet with your fellow neighbours and invite you to feel engaged, connected and welcomed into your community.

    Your furry four-legged family members are welcome at 8520 Jasper as well! This pet-friendly community is comprised of two high rise buildings in the vibrant Edgewater neighbourhood.

    Your home offers an on-site restaurant that's perfect for those days when you get home and just aren’t in the mood to make a meal.

    Timbercreek Communities takes your health as seriously as you do. Enjoy the convenience of the fully equipped gym and an on-site doctor’s office!

    The Neighbourhood

    The Edgewater neighbourhood overlooks the beauty of the North Saskatchewan River as well as the River Valley Park system. This is an urban nature lover’s dream come true. Explore its walking and cycling trails, and ample parkland and picnic areas only steps from your door. Golfers will love the convenience of the adjacent golf courses.

    With all the surrounding green space, it may be easy to forget that you’re only a 5 minute drive from all the urban treasures of downtown Edmonton. Public transit is close by, so you may not even need a car! It's easy to shop for everything you could need or want nearby.

    You can pick up fresh produce from the farmers markets, grab a bite in a cafe, enjoy a cold beverage or a night on the town. Catch a show at Commonwealth Stadium or see the Oilers take to the ice at Rogers Place Arena. It’s all here!

    If you're a student or professor, Edgewater is a quick and easy public transit commute to the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University.

    Timbercreek invites you to make Edgewater at 8520 Jasper Avenue your new home. Call 587.404.6844 to book your appointment to tour a suite today.

    To find your dream home in another Timbercreek Community in Canada, please visit our website.

  • 11 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Dreads Their Morning Commute

    May 30, 2018

    Having to get up, hop on a train, bus, or subway, or drive for an hour just to get work isn’t on most people’s fun-things-to-do list. Commuting is never ideal, but there are ways to make it more enjoyable. To help you take back your morning, Timbercreek has list of ways to make your commute a little better.

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    Podcasts

    Make a habit of downloading a few podcasts every week. By listening to them while you are in transit, you can transform your commute into something to look forward to. Best part is, you can listen to them offline or underground in the subway. Learn more.

    Flipboard

    A dull commute is the perfect time to get up to speed on what’s happening around the globe. While known for business, Flipboard is a fantastic all-round news and information resource. With everything from politics to market reports, technology, food and art, it’s got something for everyone. Check it out.

    Meditate

    Regularly practicing meditation is a great way to combat stress set a positive tone for your day. All you need to do is focus your mind for as little or as long as you like. To do so, pay close attention to your breathing, make it steady and deep, close your eyes, and try to let your many thoughts slip into the background. If that sounds difficult, there are many tools out there to help. Find out more.

    Duolingo language learning

    Duolingo is a popular language learning app. It’s perfect for maximizing your productivity on your commute. Tackle French or Italian, or brush up on your Spanish. Learn more.

    Free audiobooks from the Public LIbrary

    Libraries are an incredible free resource worth every penny of public tax dollars. City libraries offer a variety of free services, including free audiobook downloads, as well as free online courses.

    Walk, ride, or otherwise be active

    Incorporating exercise into your commute can make for a substantially happier work life. In Montreal, for example, the most satisfied commuters are walkers. If you are close enough to your workplace to walk, ride or run, give it a go. If you’re not, try to take the stairs along the way.

    Bring a paperback book

    As a society we are reading more than ever, but that reading is almost entirely confined to the internet. An analog paperback book slows down the mind, increases attention span, stimulates visual areas of the brain, and helps pass the time wonderfully.

    Brain games

    Luminosity and other “brain gym” apps offer ways to exercise and strengthen your mind. While they require some concentration, they offer a great way to spend your commute.

    Work

    It’s often hard to work on a full size laptop while you commute, but phone apps like Notes, Evernote, Google Drive, and Google Docs can let you get work done while you commute.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas help take the edge off your commute. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Off-Leash Petiquette: The Unwritten Rules Of Off-Leash Dog Parks

    Apr 24, 2018

    A haven for dogs big and small, off-leash parks give our canines much needed freedom and socialization. They also give owners a way to release the hound in a semi-controlled environment. They aren’t, however, a free-for-all. Off-leash parks come with unwritten rules; ones that make the experience better, safer, and more fun for humans and canines alike.  For a rundown of how not to act when off the leash, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to keep your pet in check at the park.

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    Don’t Bully

    Dogs are pretty good at policing themselves. But little ones can have a tougher time stopping bigger ones from romping all over them. And sometimes, it’s the little ones that get in the face of bigger dogs. Be aware that while the alpha order works itself out a lot of times, owners need to take responsibility for their dogs not bullying others. Learn more.

    Watch the Jumping

    Dogs get excited. It’s what they do. And when they do, they either bite, hump, or jump. And while they all can be kind of cute, when it comes to other dogs - and worse - other people (even at an off-leash park) jumping isn’t cool. It can mean little dogs get hurt, your dog might lose an eye, or some random owner might get a German Shepherd in her face. Learn more.

    Watch the Humping

    While sometimes comical or cute to watch, its best to keep your dog off the backs of others at the park. Learn more.

    It’s Not All About You

    Remember: off-leash parks or areas are just a part of a shared social zone. You and your dog don’t own it. Others use it. Just because it’s designated off-leash doesn’t mean non-pet people won’t use it or walk through it. Keep an eye on passersby, share the space, and watch that your hound doesn’t make a snack of them.

    Bags are a must

    Bring a bag people. While everywhere is a potential toilet for a dog, just because it’s outside, and an off-leash area, doesn’t mean it’s a free poo zone. Remember to stoop and scoop!

    Be Cool

    At an off-leash park, you’ve gotta relax and let go. Dogs get rowdy. They run. They jostle. They steal each others’ toys. Don’t get too uptight about it all. Trust that you’ll get your frisbee or throw-thingy back and sip your latte. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you navigate off-leash dog parks. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Practice Yoga, On A Budget

    Apr 23, 2018

    Yoga is a close second behind cats as the most searched topic on the internet. And while yoga may be a simple, modest practice at heart, it can come with a steep price; one that many average practitioners can’t afford. To help you get your OM on without burning through your cash or karma, Timbercreek has a few tips that will help you keep up your practice on a budget.

    Yoga at Home

    Doing yoga at home is kind of the best solution when you're on a budget. It’s free and you can progress at your own pace without judgement or pressure from handstand-happy instructors. However, like going to the gym, doing it yourself can be tricky. Not everyone has space for yoga. And while you don’t need tons of gear, you can’t really do it on a bare floor. Plus there’s the whole motivation thing. Half of the entire reason people go to gyms is they won’t workout when left to their own devices. It takes getting out sometimes, and also other people for support. So, while yoga at home is a great option, be aware of the pitfalls. You can also turn to YouTube yogis for free classes, programs and motivation -- check out Tara Stiles or Yoga with Adrienne. Read more.

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    Yoga in the Park

    In the late spring and summer months (even into the fall), park yoga can be a hit. Next to yoga at home, park yoga is perfect. Its cheap, easy, has low gear needs (grass is soft), and there's tons of space for your flying crow pose. Keep in mind that there’ll be people gawking. Learn more.

    Community Centre

    Your local community centre might offer yoga classes and drop in sessions for little to no cost. They generally offer classes and memberships at a fraction of the cost of your local gym or studio.

    Friends and Favours

    Yoga teachers are everywhere in 2018. With this comes the potential for low-cost private classes. Or invites to group classes taught by newly minted instructors looking for experience. You can even comb Craigslist for teachers. Try bartering. Or offer an instructor something in return for a class or two. See more.

    Group Practice

    One of the best motivators and ways to practice on a budget is to set up a group. Find like-minded folks, or see if you can convince your friends to start a yoga day at someone’s house. Meetups and other online communities are also great resources. Learn more.

    Volunteer

    Volunteering has long been a way to get a foot in the door where you want to work. Poll the myriad studios close to you and see if you can offer to help them out in exchange for free classes. All the better if you have a specialty skill they can make use of.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you get your asanas in without breaking the bank. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Plant Your Apartment Herb Garden

    Apr 16, 2018

    An herb garden is a perfect edible DIY project. It's amazing that it needs just a sliver of space to exist but will offer you months of fresh herbs to enhance your recipes. With both constant temperatures and consistent light (hopefully), indoor gardens have less to contend with than their outdoor counterparts, and can produce year-round results. To help you plant your own DIY herb garden, Timbercreek has a few tips.

    Start out Safe

    Where you locate your garden isn’t just a sun-question. Make sure it’s in a place people (including yourself) won’t bump into it, knock it over, or just take up valuable counter space. Outfit your garden in a spot that’ll be protected, so as not to get annihilated by a grocery bag, backpack, cat paw, or dish.

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    Structure

    The simplest option is loading up a number of individual pots with herbs. A better approach is the rectangular plastic or tin trough-type containers that hold a number of different plants together. With this, the soil benefits from the combined species and they can all be watered at once. Another possibility is a bookshelf-style garden with multiple levels holding different pots. They all work. The key here is being creative with your particular space.  

    Good Sun

    You’ll need to know how much sun your plants will need, and what they’ll get based on your windows and orientation. Most vegetables do best in 6+ hours of full sun. Some greens and herbs are happy with less. Surrounding buildings or trees can block the sun, and your orientation usually means there are very specific sun-soaked hours. Check to make sure you hit the minimum for the type of plants you want before you buy seedlings.

    Gearing Up

    You'll need the basic garden essentials:

    1. Pots: The size can vary depending on what you're growing, but make sure there's enough depth for roots to fully develop. Shoot for 8" in diameter.

    2. Soil: Generally easy to find at garden centers or hardware stores. Pick up a mix that's formulated for containers, not the garden soil variety.

    3. Plants: Farmers markets are a great local source for herb and vegetable seedlings. Again, hardware and garden stores normally have a decent selection as well.

    4. Extras: A trowel, watering can, mister (old windex bottle), and fertilizer. Learn more.

    Start with Seedlings

    No matter what you're growing, buy your herbs as seedlings, not seeds. Growing plants from scratch is actually way harder, especially with a small space and the average person’s time constraints. Go for established toddler herbs and veg from a farmers market or nursery. You'll get edible results much sooner and with less work. Learn more.

    Best for Beginners

    Basil is a great starter herb. It grows well, smells great, and tastes even better. It also lets you know right away if you’re watering enough - a good tell-tale for the rest of the garden. Other excellent starter herbs are chives, scallions, cilantro, mint (which grows like crazy, so be aware), as well as leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, arugula). Small tomatoes and hot peppers are good options too. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you plant a killer indoor herb garden. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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