• 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.

  • The Best Holiday Markets Across Canada

    Oct 24, 2019

    ’Tis the season for markets, twinkle lights and mulled wine by the fire. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you discover the top 5 fall and winter markets happening this November and Decemeber across Canada.

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    Holiday Street Market

    Get into the holiday spirit by checking out the Holiday Street Market in Mississauga and Milton. Check out its mulled wine garden, light tunnel and shop the wares of 250 vendors. Bring your friends, family and make a day out of it. The market is on in Mississauga on November 24th and on December 1st and 8th in Milton. The best part is that it’s free for everyone!

    Toronto Christmas Market

    The Toronto Christmas Market is back again starting November 14th! Enjoy artisan arts and crafts, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Santa and his elves, all kinds of entertainment and a stunningly romantic atmosphere. The market is located in the Distillery District and will be open every day except Monday until December 22nd. There is an entrance fee on weekends and Fridays after 5pm.

    Ottawa Christmas Market

    There’s a brand new market coming to Ottawa this year, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Ottawa Christmas Market will take place at Aberdeen Square from November 29th to December 22nd. It will feature a massive Christmas tree, magical twinkle lights and decorations and market cabins selling all kinds of goodies. It’s the perfect place to go with friends, on a date or even to pick up some Christmas gifts.

    Halifax Christmas At The Forum

    If you haven’t had the chance to check it out already, Christmas At The Forum is a must-see market in Halifax. It's the longest running market in Atlantic Canada. From November 1st to 3rd, you can check out local craft exhibitors, baked good and entertainment. It’s no wonder this market is a family and shopping tradition! There is a small entrance fee for adults, but kids under 12 are free!

    The Nutcracker Market

    Get ready to shop until you drop at The Nutcracker Market in Montreal. Enjoy locally-made home decor, accessories, toys, food and holiday vibes. You’ll also help to support the Les Grand Ballets Canediens de Montreal. The market is on from November 28th to December 8th.

    Timbercreek hopes learning about these fall and winter markets get you excited for the winter season! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Weekend Getaway in Halifax | Things To Do

    Oct 10, 2019

    Whether you live in Halifax or you're just visiting, there are some amazing weekend trips you can take to escape the city. Timbercreek Communities has four amazing getaway suggestions for you!

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    Hike and Explore the Cabot Trail

    Nature enthusiasts will love hiking the Cabot Trail. It's only 4 hours away from Halifax, making a trip to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail the perfect weekend getaway. You can check out the hiking trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park or simply drive along the scenic coastline and enjoy its breathtaking views. For the most spectacular sunset, hike the Franey Trail to the Skyline Trail. It’s definitely challenging, but totally worth it.

    History and Culture at Annapolis Royal

    Visit the quaint town of Annapolis Royal if you’re looking for a vacation with history and culture. This unique spot used to be inhabited by Mi’kmaq, an indigenous group who lived there thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. Start the day off by checking out Canada’s oldest National historic site, Fort Anne, and then head down to the waterfront for some shopping and lunch! You can also stop by the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens or the year-round Annapolis Royal Farmers’ and Traders’ Market -- which just happens to be Nova Scotia’s largest outdoor market.

    Relax at White Point Beach Resort

    Escape to White Point Beach Resort for the ultimate relaxing weekend! This iconic hotel is right on a sandy beach overlooking the ocean and it’s open year-round so you can plan your stay whenever! This is the perfect place to unwind, have bonfires on the beach, eat gourmet food and visit the spa. You’ll leave the resort feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

    Stay at a Cozy Bed and Breakfast

    For a super relaxing weekend, try escaping to a nearby bed and breakfast. This is a great way to slow down, recharge and enjoy the simple life. The Green Dragon Organic Farm and B&B is the perfect place to relax, eat organic produce and enjoy nature. It’s a Biodynamic and eco-friendly farm and it’s located in the village of Tatamagouche. You can also head to the east shore of Nova Scotia and stay at DesBarres Manor Inn. This is a wonderful place to have a romantic getaway, relax by the ocean and eat gourmet food.

    For an incredible weekend getaway, you don’t have to take a plane. Within a few hours of Halifax, you can visit some amazing places and have the best vacation.  

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these suggestions! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Fall Festivals Across Canada

    Oct 07, 2019

    There’s plenty of ways to celebrate fall in Canada! Timbercreek Communities has a list of some of the best and most unique  festivals happening across Canada this fall season.

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    Cranberry Harvest in Ontario 

    Nothing says fall like the taste of cranberries! For a unique experience, check out Cranberry Harvest in Muskoka from September 28th to October 31st. It's hosted on a massive property with 27 acres of land where you can hike, hunt for geocaches and go on wagon tours. Check out the Cranberry Cafe to enjoy a gourmet meal or sample their baked goods. You can even do a wine tasting tour or stop by the Cranberry Emporium to pick up a souvenir.

    Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

    To experience a bit of Bavarian culture, don’t miss the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest from October 11th to 19th. Not only is it a great party with lots of beer and traditional Bavarian clothing, but it’s also a great place to eat yummy food, listen to live music and even do a 5K run! This event has something for everyone, including kids and families. So, are you ready to celebrate Canada’s greatest Bavarian festival?

    Oyster Festival in Halifax

    If you want to experience a raw bar like never before, you have to check out Oyster Festival in Halifax. This two-day event kicks off on Friday, October 4th at the Halifax Waterfront. Over 50,000 oysters from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI will be devoured. This is a great place to learn about (and meet) oyster farmers and their families, eat great food and socialize. There will also be wine, spirits and beer for you to enjoy!

    Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

    Plan a trip to the Okanagan Valley this fall and experience one of the most incredible wine festivals in Canada. Aside from high-quality wines and food, the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is located in the most scenic place, surrounded by mountains and lakes. You can do a vineyard tour, dine on a waterfront patio and learn about food and wine pairings. The festival is on from October 3rd to 13th.

    Whether it’s food, wine or music, autumn features so many great events across Canada. Timbercreek hopes you take  the chance to experience at least one of these four festivals this fall season. 

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

  • Movember Contest - Grow Your Mo!

    Oct 29, 2018

    The Movember Foundation

    The Movember Foundation has one simple, yet profound mission. To stop men from dying before their time.

    Men are facing a health crisis that it isn’t being talked about nearly enough. The mustache serves as the foundation’s ribbon. It’s meant to start conversations, raise money, and ultimately, save lives. The Movember Foundation is the leading charity dedicated to tackling the biggest health issues that men face:

    Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer kills an average of 45 men every hour.  It’s one of the most common forms of cancer in men and rates are on the rise. It’s estimated that by 2030 there will be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer. Presently this disease takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of men each year, and survivors often live with serious side effects from treatment.

    Testicular Cancer

    Testicular cancer can feel particularly tragic as it often strikes young. Most cases are men between 15 and 40 years old. There is a 95% survival rate, but that still leaves 1 in 20 that won’t live through it.

    Mental Health

    All over the world, suicide rates are alarmingly high, yet there is still a stigma attached to talking about Mental Health. Three quarters of all suicides are men. That’s an average of one man a minute lost. That's every minute of every day. Far too many men are struggling in silence and isolation.

    The Movember Foundation aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by at least 25% by 2030.

    The Foundation does not take government funding, freeing it to challenge the status quo and invest time and money where it will work most effectively for men. In 15 years they have funded over 1,200 men’s health projects across the globe.

    You can join the Movember movement. Register to grow your mo, or donate directly, today.

  • Trick or treating safety tips

    Oct 25, 2018

    Halloween should feel scary, without actually being dangerous. To help you make sure your kids are safe, Timbercreek Communities wants to share some trick or treating safety tips.

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    Unmask the Danger

    A mask may add to the look of the costume, but it can really take away from your child’s ability to see what’s around them -- including traffic. Choose hypoallergenic, non-toxic makeup instead. Do a test a few days before to make sure they don’t have any skin reactions. Also be sure to wash it all off before they head to bed.

    Reflect on the Costume You Choose

    Light colours are easier for motorists to see. If your child’s costume is dark, add reflective tape to the front and back. Use a white bag or pillow case for trick or treating, and add reflectors to that, too. Also, be sure the costume fits well to avoid tripping. Try to ensure they have a full range of motion. Choose non-flammable fabrics for their costume as many Jack-o’-lanterns or home Halloween displays may use real flame candles. Use LED candles or battery powered tea lights in your own decorations.

    Safety in Numbers

    Younger children should, of course, be accompanied by an adult at all times. By the time they reach 10, some kids may be ready to go out with a group of friends. Make sure the group includes at least 4 or 5 age-appropriate children. Equip them with a flashlight and cell phone. Make it clear not to go near houses that are not well lit, and never go inside any house, apartment or vehicle. Make sure they know not to eat any treats until they get home.

    Route Planning

    If you’re child is heading out with a group of friends, make sure their route is pre-planned. Set boundaries and a curfew, and explain why it’s important to stick to it. It is safest and most efficient to work your way along one side of the street and down the other, rather than crisscrossing the road more than necessary.

    If you and your kids follow these simple safety tips, everyone should have a scary but safe Halloween!

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

  • DIY Halloween treats for your pet

    Oct 16, 2018

    Your pet may not know what Halloween is all about, but they’re sure to notice that you’re snacking on some tasty treats. Don’t leave your pal out of the fun! Timbercreek Communities wants to share some easy DIY Halloween treats for your pet.

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    Peanut Butter Doggy Bones

    Whip up a batch of Peanut Butter Doggy Bones by beating peanut butter, egg, honey, oats, whole wheat flour, vegetable oil and water into a dough. Cut the dough into the perfect shape with Dog Bone Cookie Cutters. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Make the icing by melting almond butter with oil and dipping the cooled biscuits in. They can be stored for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

    Kitty Treats

    These kitty treats are simply adorable. Make the dough with applesauce, grated carrots, canned pumpkin, oats and rice flour. Roll the dough into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake at 350°F for 7 minutes, flip and bake for another 5 minutes. This video will show you how!

    Pup Cakes

    Pup Cakes are peanut butter, applesauce and Greek yogurt based cupcakes for your dog. Complete them with a cream cheese, pumpkin, honey and yogurt frosting -- if your pooch has a sweet tooth.

    Cookies for Cats

    These Cookies for Cats are made with whole wheat flour, canned tuna in oil, and egg. Cut the dough into fish shapes, and score with a pizza cutter to make diamond shapes that look like scales. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

    Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

    These Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits will delight your dog with a canine take on the classic berries and cream dessert. They look so good, you might want to share them -- if they let you!

    Timbercreek hopes you love whipping up these Halloween treats for your pet as much as your pet will love wolfing them down!

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

  • Spooky Halloween Desserts Your Kids Will Love

    Oct 08, 2018

    The spooky season of Halloween is almost upon us! Timbercreek Communities wants to help you create sweet and spooky desserts for a scary soiree or fun Halloween hangout. Here are some devilish Halloween desserts your kids will love!

    Halloween treats

    Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake

    Shake up your Halloween with these spooky Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake milkshakes. Decorate the inside of the glass by dipping a toothpick in coloured candy melts. Draw on mouths, eyes and a few stitches and let it dry before adding the milkshake to the glasses. Top it off with crushed chocolate wafer cookie hair, and whipped cream for the bride.

    Vampire Lips

    These spooky Vampire Lips are simple enough for kids to make themselves, with a little supervision. It’s not exactly health food, but with apple slices, peanut butter, blanched almond ‘fangs’ and marshmallow teeth, it’s as close as Halloween treats get to healthy. 

    Strawberry Ghosts

    These Strawberry Ghosts are a freaky fresh fruit treat. Dip strawberries in a generous amount of melted white chocolate and let the kids easily decorate them with spooky ghost faces with just 3 chocolate chips -- 2 for the eyes and 1 for the mouth.

    Bloody Cups

    These gory, gluten-free, vegan Bloody Cups are super sweet and simple to make. You only need 3 ingredients to whip up a batch from scratch -- raspberries, maple syrup and vegan baking chocolate. Pour melted chocolate in paper-lined muffin tins. Heat the raspberries and syrup to make the bloody sauce. Sandwich the sauce between thick layers of chocolate and let it set in the fridge.

    Spooky Fingers

    Your kids will love the taste of these Spooky Fingers. You’ll love how simple they are to make -- they can practically do it themselves! All you need is melted white chocolate, thick pretzel rods, and pumpkin seeds. Coat the pretzels in melted chocolate, leaving some of one end uncovered. Press a pumpkin seed onto the tip of the coated end as a creepy finger nail. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes and you’re done!

    Timbercreek hopes these cute Halloween desserts will help make your holiday a spooktacular success!

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

  • Thanksgiving: Easy Ways to Become More Grateful

    Oct 02, 2018

    Thanksgiving is the official holiday of gratitude, by why should feeling grateful need a holiday? Science has proven gratitude is good for you. Timbercreek Communities wants to share a few ways to cultivate gratitude on an ongoing basis. Here are some easy ways to become more grateful, every day.

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    Keep a Gratitude Journal

    It helps to get our thoughts down on paper. Get into the habit of reminding yourself of all the good things in your life, big and small. Sometimes it’s the little things that we feel most grateful for. Write these things down every day. It could be something beautiful you saw, a personal attribute you have, a feeling, or the simple fact that you are alive and can feel anything at all.

    Visual Reminders

    The biggest obstacle to gratefulness is forgetfulness. It’s easy to forget what is good in our lives, especially when we are overwhelmed and stressed. Use visual reminders to trigger your gratitude. Seeing the people in your life that you are grateful for and love is a great place to start.

    Behave Gratefully

    Behaving as though you are already grateful can trigger feelings of genuine gratitude. These behaviors can include the simplest things, like saying thank you, smiling, or writing letters expressing your gratitude.

    Stick With It

    Consistency is the key. Keep reminding yourself of the good things in life. Posting sticky notes around your home about what you’re grateful for can help. You can modernize this tip by posting gratitude reminders on your phone for random times in the near future.

    Show the love

    Feeling gratitude is great, but the other side of it is expressing gratitude towards others. The thought may make you feel vulnerable, but chances are the other person would be grateful to hear it -- this can create a gratitude feedback loop that feels great!

    Timbercreek is grateful that you’ve found your home with us.

    For information on finding a new home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Elegant Fall decor to add to your home

    Sep 24, 2018

    Fall is the most naturally beautiful season of them all. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you bring a little of that autumn beauty into your apartment with some elegant fall decor to add to your home.

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    Foraged Fall Tableau

    Add some fall to your foyer with a foraged fall tableau. Look for autumn textures and colours. Colourful leaves, pumpkins and gourds in various colours and sizes, and pinecones are a good place to start. You can bleach the pinecones and arrange them in a basket for an elegant look. Whether you forage for them out in nature or online, it’s amazing how a well-chosen bell jar or glass vase can elevate anything from ‘simple’ to ‘elegant’. You can also hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a vase.

    Warm It Up

    A simple, effective, and inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room is by tossing in a throw blanket and pillows. Elegant autumn decor should feel warm, cozy and inviting. A plaid blanket in colourful fall hues of red, orange and gold will do the trick. Drape it across the foot of you bed for chilly fall nights, or brighten up your living room sofa.

    Wreath It Up

    Adding a simple Grapevine Wreath to a window, door or empty nook can be an easy and elegant way to celebrate the season. You can customize and enhance the look by adding real or faux gourds. Don’t overdo it -- understated and elegant is the way to go.

    Chalk It Up

    Give any space an air of country charm with Chalkboard Art. Inspire yourself with a quote, draw a picture, or do anything you like. All you need is a chalkboard, chalk, and a wooden frame to give it that down-home elegance. Or, you can print this chalkboard art from Lolly Jane and create your own woodland frame.

    Leaf Art

    Hold onto a little piece of autumn by creating some wall-worthy Leaf Art. No artistic ability is required! Simply glue brightly coloured leaves to card stock with a spray mount and arrange accordingly.

    Timbercreek hopes these decor ideas help you bring the beauty of autumn into your apartment.

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

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