• Can't Miss Summer Festivals Across Canada

    Jun 18, 2019

    With so many festivals in almost every province, there’s something every Canadian can be excited about this summer. Timbercreek Communities has a list of the top 5 festivals across Canada that you should check out this season.

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    Edmonton Ribfest

    If you’re a meat lover who loves BBQ, Edmonton Ribfest is your paradise. Try some of the best slow cooked ribs, pulled pork and chicken as well as the beer and wine tap. Since the festival is all ages, you can enjoy the live entertainment while your kids have fun in the Kids Zone. Don’t forget to check out this year’s Best Rack Competition and the new Ribfest Olympics. The event is free and runs from July 12-14th, 2019.

    Beaches International Jazz Festival

    Are you ready for one of the most exciting festivals of the summer? The International Beaches Jazz Festival takes place in Toronto every year and features incredible emerging and established musicians. This year it takes place July 5th to 28th. Aside form the amazing music, you can also check out multi-arts exhibits, workshops and indulge at the gourmet food trucks. What more could you ask for in an event?

    Saskatoon Exhibition

    There’s so much to be excited about when it comes to the Saskatoon Exhibition. With over 20 rides, incredible shows and delicious food, this is one summer festival you won’t want to miss. This year, witness Terrance Bellinger hypnotize crowds or watch a magic show with dogs! If that’s not your thing, you can always explore the exhibitors or grab a bite at one of the new restaurants and finally try that charcoal ice cream that you’ve been thinking about for months! The festival runs from August 6th to 11th,  2019.

    Red River Exhibition

    Kick off your summer at the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg. This 10-day festival starts on June 14th and features all kinds of rides, music, buskers and competitions. Plus, there are a ton of attractions including the new Extinction Park where you can get the ultimate dinosaur experience or meet your child’s favourite princess or superhero at the Living Fairytale. Don’t forget to check out the shoppers market while you enjoy your favourite midway treats and be sure to stay for the fireworks!

    New France Festival

    If you haven’t checked out The New France Festival (Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France) yet, add it to your list! Transport yourself to the seventeenth century at this unique festival and witness thousands of colourful costumes from that time, musical performances and parades. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the arrival of the first Europeans in America, as well as Quebec’s rich cultural heritage. The New France Festival runs from August 1st to 4th in Quebec City.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoy your summer and visit at least one of these fabulous festivals. You won’t be dissappointed! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Turn Your Balcony Into An Urban Oasis

    May 29, 2019

    For those living the urban life, a balcony is the perfect place to carve out your own little piece of nature. It can serve as a cozy place to enjoy your morning coffee, or a stunning spot to sip a glass of wine after a long day’s work. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for transforming your balcony into an urban oasis.

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    Flooring

    A concrete floor is not very pretty or inviting, but it's easy to transform! Explore teak flooring from Ikea or Canadian Tire, which is affordable and easy to install. It also looks fabulous! You also don’t need to spend a fortune to makea big difference. Another option is an outdoor rug. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours, so you can pick one to match your style. Now you’ll actually want to spend time on your balcony!

    Plants

    Bring life to your balcony with living plants! By adding some greenery, you can instantly create a more welcoming and cozy space. Just make sure to observe the light on your balcony first to determine if you have partial shade or full sun. This will be a major factor when deciding what plants to purchase. And if taking care of them sounds like too much work, there are some beautiful artificial plants worth considering as well. Plus, plants are a great way to add some privacy on a balcony.

    Bamboo privacy screen

    To fully enjoy your urban oasis, you’ll want to create a bit of privacy. You can do so with a bamboo privacy screen. With just some rope, zip ties and bamboo poles, you can do it yourself! The end result is a beautiful screen that adds privacy and shade.

    Furniture

    Brighten up your space with interesting furniture. From wicker chairs and coffee tables to cozy and colourful floor cushions, your options are endless. Just keep weather-resistant pieces in mind so you don’t have to worry about anything being ruined on those rainy days. Look out for foldable furniture as well. It's always a good idea for really small and awkward spaces. You can bring out what you need when you need it or put it all away if it's not being used. To complete the look, throw on some blankets, cushions and other small details. Light candles or hang fairy lights to create an enchanting ambience.

    Timbercreek hopes these suggestions help you get your balcony summer-ready in no time. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top Five Bike Trails Across Canada

    May 21, 2019

    Biking is a great low-impact way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re up for a leisurely bike ride or something more intense, there are numerous trails to explore in Canada. Timbercreek Communities has a list of the top 5 biking trails across Canada.

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    Toronto Waterfront Trail

    For a nice leisurely ride, the Toronto Waterfront Trail is amazing. The trail is mostly asphalt and it extends from Etobicoke all the way to Scarborough. If you’re feeling energetic, you can bike from one end to the other. The great thing about this trail is that it’s adjacent to the lake pretty much the entire time, making it one of the most scenic rides in the country. You can find parking along the way, too, which is nice if you are driving to the trail. And if you don’t own a bike, you can use Bixi, a bike share service with pick-up/drop-off points along the trail.

    Edmonton River Valley

    The River Valley is the largest urban park in Canada. It features numerous bike trails and is a beautiful place to be in the summer. It boasts gorgeous views of the North Saskatchewan River. The River Valley has over 150 km of trails scattered throughout the city, so don’t worry about getting bored! You can cycle on the paved roads or go off the beaten path if you’re looking for something more challenging.

    Saskatchewan's Battleford Trails

    If you’re a beginner or intermediate cyclist, the Saskatchewan Battleford Trails are for you! With over 40 km of grassy and paved trails, you can spend your entire summer here. Don’t forget to check out Finlayson Island, located between Battleford and North Battleford. Here you’ll find a variety of flora and fauna and a beautiful place to take a break.

    Corridor de la Rivière-Saint-Charles

    Enjoy gorgeous views of the Saint-Charles River as you bike along this beautiful path. Located in Quebec city, the trail extends from the Scott Bridge to the Samson Bridge and is about 9 km long. When you’re in need of a break, there are a few places to stop along the way including Cartier-Brébeuf Park and Victoria Park, as well as a few historical sites.

    Duck Mountain Provincial Park

    This stunning park is a wilderness lovers’ paradise. Duck Mountain Provincial Park is located approximately 450 km from Winnipeg near the Saskatchewan border. The park has well-groomed trails with some beautiful views and areas to take a break by the lake. It’s also good for kids as most of the trail is easy-to-moderate difficulty.

    Timbercreek Communities wants you to enjoy the great outdoors this summer by exploring one of these amazing Canadian bike trails. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Summer is still here - The Best Party Games for an Outdoor Get-Together

    Sep 04, 2018

    The recipe for a great summer get-together is simple. Combine food, refreshments and a few friends. Shake it up with a few games that can be learned quickly. Here are the best party games for an outdoor get-together, from Timbercreek Communities.

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    Giant Jenga

    Take a block from the bottom and put it on top. Repeat until it all comes tumbling down. Super size your Jega experience this summer. The stakes get higher as you build up. Get out of the way when it all comes crashing down! DIY your own version, or save some time and buy one.

    Yard Yahtzee

    Playing Yahtzee is a great way to spend a rainy day with your friends and family. It's even more fun when you play outside under the sun. Here are some simple step by step instructions to create your own Yard Yahtzee game.

    Cornhole

    Cornhole is a classic BBQ get-together game. All you need are some bean bags, and a few inclined wooden boards with a hole cut in them. You can DIY it with basic tools and skills, or buy one.

    Ladder Golf

    You probably don't have room to play a round of golf at your next summer get-together, but you probably have space for Ladder Golf. If you’re looking for a fun summer craft project you can build your own using PVC pipe, nylon rope and golf balls. Or just order a ready-to-use set online and enjoy.

    Bocce Ball

    Have you ever seen people playing Bocce Ball in the park? It's a lot of fun! It’s also an easy game to pick up, and a tough one to put down. All you need to get stared is a set of Bocce Balls and a flat patch of grass.

    KOOB: The Viking Game

    KOOB is destined to become the next classic get-together game. Check out this video to see how fun it looks! Order your set and prepare for battle!

     

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

  • Stress Free Camping Trip - What To Pack

    Aug 14, 2018

    Ah, summer! Time to throw the tent in the car, pack up a cooler, and hit the trail. Summer is the perfect time for camping, and with the season in full swing, it’s time to make your list. But from bedrolls to mosquito spray, what to take often spins out of control, or gets missed completely. To help you pack for a stress free camping trip, Timbercreek brings you this list of essentials to help make your summer trip easy breezy.

    Camping Packing

    Water

    Most important for any wilderness trip of any kind is your water source. Get a good ceramic filter, or purification tablets, and pre-fill a quality plastic or metal water bottle for each member of the trip. Learn more.

    Tent

    A good tent can make the difference between a sad and soggy trip, or a fabulous, dry, idyllic experience. Tent rentals are available, but whether you buy, rent, or borrow, don’t skimp on this essential. Check out more.

    Sleeping Bags and Pads

    A close second to tents in importance is sleeping bags. Pick something that works for 3 seasons -- that’ll allow for autumn type night temperatures that can readily occur in the bush, even in summer. Similarly, a sleeping pad can mean the difference between having a root in your back all night, and a sweet, dreamy night’s sleep. Read more.

    Knife, utensils, dishware

    From food to rope, to digging to firewood, a good knife makes a big difference on a camping trip. Also make sure you have a cooking stove and fuel, a plastic “spork” (spoon + fork) and a plate for eating, as well as a mug for coffee, tea, and water. Learn more.

    Camp Food

    Camp food has to be thought of in terms of weight, cooking time, and difficulty of cooking. Another major factor to consider is each item’s ability to last without refrigeration. Cheeses, pita bread, oats/grains, refried beans and canned goods, crackers and nuts are all good options. Learn more.

    Weather-appropriate Clothing

    For men and women alike, clothes for camping share similar requirements. Pack and think in layers. Don’t bring too much cotton as cotton soaks up sweat, gets wet, and takes a long time to dry. Aim for one pair of multipurpose pants, a few poly blend t-shirts, a long sleeve, a light sweater, a water-resistant jacket, a bathing suit, 2-3 undies, at least one pair of good socks, sturdy shoes, and potentially a toque. Check it out.

    Hygiene and Medical Essentials

    Take travel size hygiene essentials, and don’t go anywhere without a first aid kit. They’re not super expensive and can be very helpful. Always be aware of bears and other animals if camping in their habitat. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pack perfectly for a stress free summer camping trip! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Summer Bucket List for Couples

    Aug 08, 2018

    Summer Bucket List for Couple Outings

    Summer is the perfect season for romance. With the sun and heat in full force, it’s the perfect time to make the most of the season with your loved one. It’s also ideal for ticking off a few of your shared bucket list items. From road trips to drive-ins, there’s something for everyone. To inspire you to enjoy summer to the fullest, Timbercreek brings you this list of fun summer outing ideas for couples.

    All Day City Roam

    Pick a Saturday or Sunday and grab your better half for a whimsical walk around your city (or another one for that matter). Fly by the seat of your pants, or make a loose plan based on meals and drinks at various stops along the way.

    Couples Mani Pedi

    Don’t laugh, guys. This is an absolute underdog when it comes to awesome activities. Sit in a massage chair with your sweetheart, sip a glass of wine, and get pampered for under 40 bucks. Learn more.

    Spontaneous Road Trip

    Hop in the car, or get on the train and go somewhere. Be spontaneous. Pick a place on the map close-ish to you, or just drive and see where the wind takes you.

    Go to the Drive In

    While drive-ins are becoming more scarce, they do still exist. And they rock. Go old school, get a milkshake, take your own popcorn and an adult beverage, then kick back, and enjoy. Learn more.

    Go Camping

    Camping

    There’s a camping style for everyone -- from hippie to princess. Rent an RV, hop in the car, or go primal with a canoe and a survival knife. Either way, you get to experience the glory of nature with the one you love. Learn more.

    Winery/Brewery Tour

    A tour of local (or non local) wineries and breweries can make for a fantastic day or weekend getaway. In Ontario’s Niagara region, there’s a wealth of options that can keep a couple busy for weekends on end. Learn more.

    Learn to Dance

    Often times the Tango is the single dance blogs and magazines alike regard as most romantic for couples. But everything from foxtrot to breakdancing can be super fun as a couple’s activity. Learn more.

    Couples Outdoor Yoga

    Yoga is an undeniably restorative, empowering, and invigorating art. It’s also one that’s fun to do together, especially outside. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of couple's activities gives you some ideas for your bucket list. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

    Aug 08, 2018

    The miracle of the ice cream maker has made it possible to bring the magic of ice cream to your own kitchen. Without much work, you can whip up an awesome ice cream recipe! And even if you don’t have one, there are deceptively simple ways to make ice cream with nothing but a few ingredients.

    Ice Cream

    Salted Pretzel Ice Cream with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

    Wow, if the title doesn’t say enough, the taste sure will. A salted pretzel-flavored ice cream base studded with dark chocolate and peanut butter. It requires an ice cream maker, but it's worth the effort. Check out more here.

    Earl Grey and Lavender Ice Cream

    With a slight Asian influence, nodding to green tea ice cream, this variation makes use of the wonderfully subtle flavours of Earl Grey Tea and Lavender, which gives the ice cream a slightly purplish hue, with a phenomenal aroma.  Find out more and get the recipe.

    Mason Jar Ice Cream

    Here’s a 4-ingredient stunner that doesn’t even need an ice cream maker. Pour cream, sugar, vanilla and salt into a mason jar, secure tightly with a lid, shake until the cream thickens and almost doubles in size (4 to 5 minutes). Freeze for 3 hours, or until hardened. Learn more.

    One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

    This is an almost unbelievable recipe requiring just bananas and a blender or food processor. Cut bananas into slices, freeze solid, transfer to a blender or food processor and begin pulsing on lower then higher settings, until, magically, it turns from chunky ice bits to smooth ice cream. Best of all, it's airy and gluten free. Learn more.

    “Lemonsicle” Ice Cream

    This is another super simple variation requiring only cream, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sugar. Mix all the ingredients together and either pour into your ice cream maker, or refer to the Mason Jar trick for a handmade version. Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes these delicious ice cream recipes help you cool off in style this summer with some deluxe homemade ice cream. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • The Best Music Festivals in Canada This Month

    Jul 31, 2018

    Each summer, Canada comes alive with music festivals. There's really something for everyone - everything from EDM to Indie Rock, with world class festivals littered across the country. To help you find a festival near you that will make your summer more memorable, Timbercreek brings you this list of sizzling summer music festivals in Canada this season.

    Music Festivals

    Shambhala

    Shambhala Music Festival is an annual, cutting edge electronic music festival that attracts upwards of 15,000 guests, artists, and crew.  Cutting edge in its production, and with a firm stance on not accepting any corporate sponsorship, the festival is committed to retaining a true reflection of the people on the dance floor and their vision of community. With 6 unique stages, Shambhala 2018 will see the likes of Z-trip, Mix Master Mike, Scratch Bastid, Alix Perez, Aphrodite, Black Tiger Sex Machine, and many more. Learn more.

    Veld

    The 7th annual Veld Music Festival heats up the summer on August 4th and 5th at Downsview Park, Toronto. Spanning two days with over 30 internationally acclaimed Dance Music and Hip-Hop acts, this year’s Festival showcases some of the most revered names in music: DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Migos, and more. Find out.

    Osheaga

    Osheaga is a renowned annual multi-day music and arts festival in Montreal, Quebec. With six stages and an array of food, visual arts, and activities, it’s become a Canadian staple on the festival circuit. This year see artists such as The Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chromeo, Anderson Paak, and The National.  Learn more.

    Motion Notion

    Located in the heart of the beautiful Canadian Cascade mountain range near Merritt, BC, Motion Notion is a now 19 year old festival of music and art. Presenting a mix of funk and electronic music, Motion Notion 2018 presents artists such as Abstrakt Sonance, Defunk, Culture Shock, AU5, Cheshire, Average Gypsy, and Emok. It’s a nature meets music extravaganza.  See more.

    Chasing Summer

    An electronic music festival running August 4 and 5, 2018, Chasing Summer comes to life at the Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds in Calgary. This year’s lineup features many artists from other cross Canada festivals this summer, such as Martin Garrix, Black Tiger Sex Machine, DJ Snake, and Dillon Francis. Learn more.

    Meme

    The Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition is an annual (free) event in that it offers a wealth of high calibre local and international electronic musicians. MEME presents refined, cutting edge electronic music, performed using the latest in new creative technologies, with an array of musical styles spanning house, techno, deep dub, psychedelic, world, nu-jazz, ambient and experimental sounds. Learn more.

    Mutek

    MUTEK Montréal bursts into action this summer, with its 19th edition, running August 22 to 26. Mutek presents live electronic music and audiovisual performances “underlining the immediacy and ingenuity of contemporary artistic practices that intersect with technology.” Artists include Analog Tara, Acid Pauli, Algobabez, Canhota, Chagall, and more.  Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of summer music festivals helps you find the perfect festival in your area this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Office-Friendly Summer Fashion

    Jul 24, 2018

    Without serious AC, traditional office wear can feel suffocating. And while office dress codes are slowly loosening, there are thankfully many fashion trends that work well in the summer office setting. If you want to look chic and stay cool at work this season, Timbercreek has some on-trend suggestions for your summer wardrobe.

    Summer Office Attire

    Billowy Blouses

    White is in, light, reflective, and airy, white helps hide sweat, and keep you cool. Billowy blouses with puff-sleeve trim are a hip and practical option, while classic button downs are cooling and look killer. Going big helps allow for plenty of airflow on humid summer days. Learn more.

    Wide Leg Pants

    Cropped wide-leg pants are an easy, trendy, and practical answer to both looking sophisticated and professional in summer. Go for whites, tans, and neutrals to stave off sun and heat. Read more.

    Pastels and Neutrals

    From pencil skirts to capris, blouses, and button-ups -- neutrals are big this summer. Look for lightweight cotton and polyester, tans, light blues, mustards, and seafoams -- they all have cooling qualities. Learn more.

    Short Sleeves

    For men a women alike, short sleeve button ups are priceless in summer. Both patterned and plain variants are popular, and offer much needed cooling qualities in the heat of summer at work. See more.

    Chinos and Paratroopers

    For men we're seeing all kinds of chino and paratrooper styles for pants this summer.  From standard cuffs to stretchy ankle bands, and a swath of colors from tan to mustard and beyond. Chinos offer a cool alternative to jeans and standard suit pants. Check it out.

    Linen suits

    This summer is seeing an explosion of lightweight linen suits and pant and jacket ensembles for men. Potentially the perfect mix of fashion and function, linen is lightweight and breathes well in heat. It also looks and feels formal yet relaxed,and making it the perfect fabric for a hot summer. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you build a fashionable, yet functional, work wardrobe for summer! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Saving on Utilities During The Hottest Days Of Summer

    Jul 23, 2018

    Utilities Savings

    With the increasing extremity of weather and temperatures due to climate change, we’re being forced to rely more heavily on energy. This comes at a great cost for us as individuals, and the planet at large. By reducing our reliance on utilities, we can all do our part to work towards a more sustainable future. To help you cut back comfortably, Timbercreek brings you this list of eco-friendly tips to help you save on utilities this summer.

    No-Cook Meals

    In summer, the heat from cooking can mean both an unwanted bump in room temperatures, and the subsequent need for AC. Try making meals that require little to no cooking. Think salads, raw vegan meals, wraps, precooked chicken and charcuterie meats, nut and seed snacks, etc. Check out more.

    Reduce AC Use

    Air conditioning is one of the biggest drains on the power grid in summer. It's hard on both the environment and the wallet. With a bit of discipline, you can hold off on using AC and reduce your impact. Try to use fans -- while still requiring energy, they use much less than a standard AC unit. Open windows and doors for maximum natural airflow. Close window shades to reflect solar heat. And if you do use AC (if it’s central air), close the vents in rooms that aren’t in use. Read more.

    Air-dry laundry

    Hanging your laundry to dry is a great way to save power and money. String an outdoor laundry line on your balcony, make use of all your apartment’s doors and hanging areas, or pick up a drying rack that can accommodate many layers of items. Learn more.

    Less Lighting

    With the sun setting as late as 9 o’clock, there’s plenty of natural light to take advantage of in the summer. Try using less interior lighting, open curtains, and make the most of your space’s natural lighting. See more.

    Unplug Devices

    Many devices will still draw power when plugged in -- even if they’re not turned on. When not in use, unplug TVs, phone and device chargers, fans, toasters, hair dryers, etc. Learn more.

    Water Conservation

    The high heat of summer puts pressure on our community's water supplies. Needs spike in the hottest season of the year, so it’s wise to conserve as much as possible. Don’t run the tap when washing dishes, run the dishwasher only when full, wash clothes in cold water and only full loads, and take shorter showers. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these eco-friendly tips help you reduce your utility costs and live more sustainably this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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