• The best places to ski and snowboard in Canada

    Feb 14, 2019

    While some may dread the long Canadian winter, many of us have learned to embrace the snowy season as the best time of year. If you’ve been waiting to get out and carve up some fresh powder, Timbercreek Communities wants to help point you in the right direction. Here are some of the best places to snowboard and ski in Canada.

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    Nakiska Ski Resort, Kananaskis

    Nakiska Ski Resort in Kananaskis is only an hour from Calgary, so it’s perfect for quick day trips. The resort features Olympic grade runs. In fact, it was built for the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games. Nakiska features some of the best snowboarding conditions anywhere, thanks to mother nature and some of the best snow-making equipment anywhere. A trip to Nakiska should be on the bucket list of every Calgary snowboarder.

    Banff Norquay Resort

    Banff Norquay is located close to the Trans-Canada highway, about 90 minutes from downtown Calgary -- so it’s very easy to get to. Prices can be a little high, but so are the peaks, and you get what you pay for. Watch for “Toonie Days” discount days. They are usually held once a month, on a Tuesday. You can carve the runs all day long for just $2 with all proceeds going to charity. Additional donations are accepted and benefit Bow Valley and Calgary area charities. 

    Blue Mountain Resort

    Blue Mountain in Collingwood is the third most popular ski resort in the county, right behind Whistler Blackcomb and Mont Tremblant. There are 42 total runs, 16 chairlifts, and 3 freestyle terrains. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a double black diamond demon, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, it's only 90 minutes or so from Toronto.

    Mont Tremblant

    Mont Tremblant is a world-class ski and snowboard resort about an hour north of Montréal in the Laurentians. The conditions and runs at Mont Tremblant are among the best in the province and the apres ski life at Tremblant is extraordinary. The Village looks and feels like something straight out of a fairy tale. Enjoy live shows, great night life, try your luck at the casino, and get some world class runs in! What more could you want?

    Le Massif de Charlevoix

    Even if you’re not fluent in French, you can probably deduce that Le Massif de Charlevoix (1350 Principale St, Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec) is massive. It's one of the tallest peaks in Quebec and boasts one of the most incredible views over the St. Lawrence. There are runs for beginners and intermediates, but this is truly an advanced skiers paradise.

    These amazing runs may make you wish winter would last forever! We hope to see you out there this year!

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

  • Unique Winter Date Ideas

    Jan 29, 2019

    It’s easy to want to cozy up and stay home on cold winter days, but there are lots of fun activities to enjoy, too -- especially for couples. If you're ready for winter fun, Timbercreek Communities has some unique winter date ideas to enjoy.

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    Dog Sledding Near Toronto

    Mushing with a team of sled dogs might not be a typical date-night idea, but maybe it should be! Going dog sledding is an exciting and surprisingly comfortable way to enjoy a unique outdoor experience. You can learn to drive your own team of dogs or just ride along and enjoy the scenery. There are tours that provide round trip transportation from Toronto, dog sledding instruction, a trail ride, lunch, marshmallows around the campfire and more. You’ll feel like you’ve conquered the Great White North, together.

    Tour the Ice Castles of Edmonton

    Exploring the spectacular Ice Castles display in Edmonton is like spending the night in a winter wonderland! Bundle up and plan a date night to remember. The giant Ice Castles castle is made by hand using icicles and water and takes up an entire acre. There is a waterfall, throne room and even an ice maze to get (kind of) lost in. Don’t miss out on this romantic, enchanting, and incredibly Instagramable date night. You can explore the castle at Hawrelak Park (9330 Groat Road) from December 31st to March 10th. Don’t let the opportunity melt away!

    Plan A Fun Staycation at Travelodge in Saskatchewan to go water sliding

    You don’t have to get on a plane to experience a resort escape. Plan a fun overnight staycation date night at Travelodge by Wyndham Hotel & Conference Centre in Regina (4177 Albert Street South Regina, Saskatchewan). Make a splash at the Soaked! Waterpark that features two water slides, a pool, a hot tub, a spray pad and even a digital water curtain. In Saskatoon, head to Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West). Take a thrilling ride down their 250-foot water slide into one of two heated pools, then relax in one of the hot tubs.

    Olympic Park Watercourse in Montreal

    You’ll feel like a kid again when you plan a daytime date at Olympic Park Sports Centre in Montréal during Wibit Sundays. The Olympic pool is transformed into an aquatic obstacle course with inflatable tracks!

    Glamping

    If you've never heard of glamping, it's a portmanteau of “glamour” and “camping”. Why rough it when you can glamp it? From luxurious yurts to posh tree houses, spend the day in nature and spend the night in a king sized bed by candlelight.

    Timbercreek hopes these unique winter date night ideas bring a little whimsy and romance into your life this season.

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

  • The top five places to go snowshoeing

    Jan 10, 2019

    Winter in Canada is what you make of it. There's no doubt about it, it’s cold. The secret to beating the cold is to keep moving. When the snow is too deep to walk in, it’s time to strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek on! Timbercreek Communities has rounded up the top five places to go snowshoeing in Canada.     

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    Alberta

    There's no shortage of snowshoe hotspots in Alberta. In Edmonton, you can head to Terwillegar Park, if you don’t have much time to travel. Just outside of the city, at Elk Island National Park, you can explore some world-class space and tons of fresh snow. The Amisk Wuche and Lakeview trails are not to be missed.

    In Calgary, in addition to city parks and golf courses, you can head to Bow Habitat Station in the southeast area of the city. Explore the Pearce Estate Park’s Interpretive Wetlands on site. Best of all, they offer snowshoe rentals, so it’s a great way to get into the sport, without spending a bundle.

    Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan is home to some great snowshoeing. In Saskatoon, there are several spots along the banks of the Meewasin, and most golf courses provide a convenient and open space as well. If you’re willing to travel a little outside of the city, your options open up even more. Little Red River Park in Prince Albert offers some beautiful scenery, including aspen and jackpine woods, in its 1200 acres. There are designated snowshoe trails which are also dog-friendly.

    Manitoba

    There are lots of great trails to explore in Manitoba. There are over 850 public parks in Winnipeg alone! A short drive north of Winnipeg will lead you to Birds Hill Provincial Park. This is one of the few spots in the province that provides designated snowshoe trails -- no more competing with cross-country skiers!

    Québec

    The Québec City Area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true! There are hundreds of kilometres of marked trails to enjoy and explore. Vallée Bras-du-Nord, alone, offers over 80 kilometres of marked trails, including some with cozy cabins and yurts to camp in.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you enjoy every step you take this winter.

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

  • Life goals: staying active this winter

    Dec 27, 2018

    It can be easy to just want to curl up and get cozy once the cold weather arrives. In order to stay healthy, it’s essential that we keep moving and remain active, even when the heavy snow begins to fall. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you curb your hibernation habit this winter. These tips that will help you stay happy, healthy and active all winter long.

    Staying Active in the Winter

    Find Something You Love to Do

    Finding a fun outdoor activity to enjoy will make you look forward to getting outside this winter. Start by thinking about the things you used to love doing in winter, but haven’t made the time for in recent years. It’s also a good idea to try something completely new-to-you like cross country skiing or snowshoeing. What you choose to do is up to you. Seta goal of trying something new every week until you find the right fit. Keep showing up. Keep getting out there.

    Take it Easy, but Don’t be Sedentary

    Exercise in winter doesn’t have to be vigorous to be effective. Try joining a walking group, or start your own with family and friends.

    Workout Inside

    If you can’t brave the outdoors for too long, try signing up for indoor fitness classes or clubs at a local community centre this winter. Walking to and from the class will add to your workout, too.

    Insulate with Layers

    The best defense against frigid temperatures is dressing efficiently in layers. Layering is the most effective way to stay warm, dry and comfy. If you get too hot, remove a layer. Your outer layer should be both wind and water resistant. It’s important to stay dry in cold weather. The layer closest to your skin should be made of a moisture wicking material. Avoid cotton as it stays wet when it gets wet.

    Hydrate

    Proper hydration is essential in all seasons. You may not feel as thirsty, but make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after any outdoor exercise. It never hurts to carry a thermos of herbal tea to help keep you warm and hydrated.

    Embrace the Light

    The short days and long nights of winter can make it harder to get enough sunlight. If you can, plan your outdoor activities during daylight hours. If you’re exercising outdoors at night, be sure to wear bright, reflective clothing.

    Use Your Amenities

    If your Timbercreek Community has a fitness centre or pool, make the time to use it. If you would rather workout in your suite, you can create a space to do some bodyweight workouts that require no equipment.

    Whatever you choose to do to stay active this winter, stick with it. Getting started is the hardest part. Timbercreek hopes these tips help you stay healthy, happy and warm this winter.

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

  • The best holiday markets in Canada

    Dec 07, 2018

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Timbercreek Communities wants to help you get into the holiday spirit, while helping you get your holiday shopping out of the way. Here are some of the best holiday markets in Canada to visit this year.

    Toronto Christmas Market

    Calgary: Calgary Expo Holiday Market

    ‘Tis the season to geek-out! The Calgary Expo Holiday Market is part pop-culture comic show and part holiday market. The result is an incredibly festive shopping extravaganza. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed nerd looking to treat yourself to the best comics and collectibles, or you’ve got some self-proclaimed geeks on your shopping list, the Expo Holiday Market is where to go to shop for the geek who has everything.

    Edmonton: St Albert Indoor Christmas Market

    The Indoor Christmas Market is a fun and festive way to find gifts for everyone on your list this year. It takes place every Saturday from November 24th to December 15th, from 10 am to 3 pm, at St. Albert Place (71 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert). Find everything from crafts and clothes, to artwork, home décor and more!

    Toronto: Toronto Christmas Market

    The Toronto Christmas Market is back from November 15th to December 23rd. It's a great way to fill yourself with the warmth of the holidays while getting your shopping done. There will be daily carolers and entertainment, great food vendors selling holiday delicacies like enormous smoked turkey legs, warm lounge areas and firepits, luminous light displays and much more along the quaint and beautiful cobblestone streets of the Distillery Historic District (1 Mill Street). Admission is free on weekdays and $6 on weekends.

    Ottawa: Christmas Craft Market

    Get crafty this Christmas at the Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Market. It's on from December 6th to 16th at the EY Centre. You’ll find one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from over 200 of the most talented artists and artisans in the nation. Perfect for those one-of-a-kind, but hard-to-shop-for folks on your list.

    Montréal: Le Grand Marche de Noel

    Le Grand Marche de Noel is a must-see event in Montréal. The magical setting is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Shop for gifts and treats in traditional log cabins. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a magical little village tucked away in the heart of bustling Montréal.

    Halifax: Halifax Lights Festival

    Your heart will light up at the Halifax Lights Festival and holiday market. Find gifts for everyone on your list, enjoy warm drinks and tasty treats while you soak up the warm glow of the holiday season and the stunning display of lights.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Ways to give back this holiday season

    Nov 30, 2018

    ‘Tis the season for giving. As much as the holidays are about giving and sharing your time with family and friends, it’s also a time to give back to your community and to those who are having a more difficult time at this time of year. Timbercreek Communities wants to share some simple ways to give back this holiday season.

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    Give your time

    Check out local food banks and shelters in your area. Chances are they are hungry for help in their efforts to feed the hungry. Carve out some time from your busy schedule to give to those less fortunate than yourself. This could mean washing dishes, serving meals, or anything else that is most needed. It’s not easy work, but it’s a simple way to feel good and do some good. 

    Positive change

    It may be sitting in drawer, on top of the fridge, or even taking up space on your table -- the spare change jar. Convert that heavy jar of coins into cash and donate it to a local community charity to help lighten someone’s load this holiday season.

    Text your help

    Maybe you don’t have any time or change to spare. Modern technology makes is easier than ever to make a difference. Many charities have set up text-to-donate programs. You simply send a text to a certain number and send some holiday help to someone who needs it while you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop.

    Stock up to give

    In the weeks leading up to the holidays, whenever you go grocery shopping, purchase a few extra non-perishable food items. There are always food drives looking for canned goods at this time of year. There may even be a donation box set up at the store you’re shopping at.

    Think beyond food

    Beyond the need for food, homeless shelters are in need of simple, everyday items. New socks, shampoo, toiletries and toilet paper are actually highly-sought-after commodities. Grab some extra containers and rolls the next time you’re shopping for supplies.

    Timbercreek wishes you and your family a happy holiday season.

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

     

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