• The best winter coats in Canada

    Feb 03, 2020

    Canada is about as cold as it gets in the winter. To enjoy the season to the fullest, you'll need a great winter coat that can handle our extreme temperatures. To help you stay toasty warm, Timbercreek Communities has rounded up some fabulous Canadian coat brands for you. Shop from these Canadian brands to stay warm and stylish this season.

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    NOIZE

    We love this fashionable Montreal winter coat brand. Its fabulous coats are even PETA-approved because they don't use any feathers or fur and are cruelty-free. NOIZE is a vegan coat brand that specializes in puffer coats and parkas with sleek shapes. Their coats are available in fun prints, too. The price is right -- under $300.

    Norden

    Another conscious consumer darling, Norden is another great Canadian coat brand. It's also another Montreal-based brand. This innovative company uses post-consumer waste, transforming it into puffer jackets. It also repairs and restores used coats and donates them.

    Kanuk

    Kanuk is serious made-in-Canada winter wear. It makes luxurious puffer coats in beautiful colours. It boasts coats stuffed with synthetic insulation and Hutterite Down, which is made on free-range farms in Western Canada. 

    Arc’teryx 

    Arc’teryx makes serious winter wear, like its Thorsen Parka for men. Its exterior is GORE-TEX and its interior is 750 power fill goose down -- so you'll be able to handle anything winter throws at you in style. 

    Canada Goose

    Canada Goose makes coats designed for Canadian winters. Take their men’s Expedition Parka, for example, which was designed for scientists working in Antarctica. It features 625 fill down and Arctic-Tech fabric made to protect you against subzero conditions.

    Grab a coat from one of these fabulous brands and stay warm this winter! We hope these Canadian brand suggestions from Timbercreek help you find the perfect winter coat! 

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

  • Property Highlight: The Whitehall (1265 Richmond Street)

    Jan 28, 2020

    Looking for a new home in London? Consider The Whitehall (1265 Richmond Street) -- a premier Timbercreek community that is currently pre-leasing for May, 2020. It's perfect for students and professors as The Whitehall has direct access to Western University's campus via convenient paved walking paths. Don't miss your opportunity to live right outside the university's gates and cut your commute!

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    About the building 

    The Whitehall is a wonderful place to call home. The high-rise building boasts many desirable amenities such as a common area patio, a multi-sport court for the athletically inclined, convenient onsite laundry facilities, onsite parking, onsite management to address your needs and suite issues, convenient door-to-door mail service, and an elevator. The building is also pet-friendly -- we love your four-legged friends as much as you do!

    About the community

    The Whitehall is located in one of the city's hottest areas, right outside Western University's gates with easy access to the neighbourhood's abundant green spaces. There are specialty parks for skateboarding and off-leash dog parks for your pet to explore nearby. There is also an extensive and  beautiful trail system in the area. It runs along the Thames River, onto Western’s campus, right into your "backyard". You can use the trails at your leisure for walking, running, biking or inline skating -- perfect for outdoor adventures.

    Getting around London from here is easy as the building is located conveniently close to public transit. You'll never be bored as it's also close to great restaurants‚ fine pubs and entertainment.

    Your London, Ontario apartment search is over! The Whitehall is calling you home. 

    For more information, please visit our website or call 226.777.5142 to request a viewing appointment.

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  • Montreal events designed to help you get outside this winter

    Jan 23, 2020

    Good news, Montreal! You don't have to hibernate this winter. Timbercreek Communities wants you to love this incredible season as much as we do, so we've rounded up these awesome winter events happening in Montreal for you to discover. They're designed to get you out and to make the most of the season!

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    Luminotherapie 

    On now until January 26, 2020, Luminotherapie is a wonderful, interactive art event held in Place des Festivals. This event is designed to get Montrealers and tourists out and playing in the winter. It features bright and colourful artwork. Visit the area to reinvigorate your inner child as you interact with five colourful creatures and enjoy music and dancing!

    Igloofest

    Only Montreal would throw an outdoor electronic music festival in January! Igloofest is your winter excuse to get out and dance. Join thousands of Montrealers at the Old's Port's Jacques-Cartier pier. The event recurs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from January 16th through February 8th. Expect to groove to electronic music by top producers, DJs, hip hop artists and more. 

    Fete des Neiges de Montreal 

    It can be hard to get your kids excited about playing outside in the winter -- especially in subzero temperatures in Montreal. Thankfully, Fête des Neiges exists to lure you out. This recurring event is held on weekends in Parc Jean-Drapeau from January 18th through February 9th. It features a host of fun activities for you and your children to enjoy (most are free!) including ice slides, bouncy castles, snow tubing, live musical and theatrical performances, a Ferris wheel, dog sledding and more.

    Montreal En Lumiere

    Montreal En Lumiere is Montréal's biggest winter festival. It seamlessly combines gourmet food and drink events with arts, culture and fun outdoor activities in Place des Festivals. Foodies can expect delicious restaurant meals and workshops by great chefs. If you're ready to reclaim the outdoors, you can enjoy live music performances, ride a Ferris wheel and ice slides, watch video projections and warm up as you enjoy scrumptious food and drink. On February 29th, you can also take back the night as you enjoy Nuit Blanche à Montréal.

    Timbercreek hopes you will make the most of winter in Montreal at these amazing events. Maybe we'll see you there!

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

  • 5 Food swaps for a healthy New Year

    Jan 21, 2020

    Happy New Year! If you resolved to eat better in 2020, Timbercreek Communities wants to help.  We've found 5 amazing food swaps that you can make in your diet to easily meet your nutritional goals.

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    Lentils for ground meat

    Do you eat a lot of ground meat? It's such a versatile ingredient that shows up in so many dishes from around the world. It's also not too great for your health as it's loaded with cholesterol and is prone to spoilage. It's also not a great food choice for the environment as the meat industry is a major driver of climate change. If you're ready to replace the ground meat in your life, we've got an affordable and healthy swap for you! The next time you make tacos or lasagna, try using canned brown lentils instead of ground beef. They are delicious, have a very similar look and feel to ground beef, have no cholesterol, virtually no fat and are high in protein and fiber. Try this lentil taco recipe or this lentil bolognese sauce!

    Avocado for butter

    So to be fully transparent, you will notice when you swap avocado for butter. They don't look alike or taste alike. But they are both buttery, creamy and rich and you can use them interchangeably in a lot of the same contexts. For example, a simple swap would be on toast. The next time you feel like buttered toast, try avocado toast instead. It's really delicious and way healthier for you. Avocado has no cholesterol, is high in fiber and is loaded with heart-healthy fats. It's much more satiating than butter and will be kinder to your waistline. It's also great for glowing skin! You can also swap pureed avocado for butter in many baking recipes.

    Bean pasta for pasta

    If you're trying to eat more protein in the New Year, an easy swap to make is bean or legume pasta (chickpea, lentil, black bean, green pea etc.) for regular pasta. Using legume pasta will instantly bump up the protein in your dish and reduce the carbohydrates, helping you meet your goals effortlessly. It tastes great, too!

    Cauliflower for white potatoes, cream and flour

    Cauliflower is becoming a bit of a super vegetable lately. We're seeing it in so many dishes and products and we're not mad about it. It's low-calorie and low-carb, nutrient-dense and relatively neutral tasting, making it a great swap for many foods. A great use for it is cauliflower mash -- a delicious substitute for mashed potatoes. All you need to do is boil and puree it to make a mashed potato like side dish. You can incorporate it into mashed potatoes to lighten up a recipe with a more authentic outcome as well. There are a ton of recipes online for cauliflower pizza crust where cauliflower is used to reduce or eliminate white flour in a recipe. If you want to enjoy a lightened up creamy alfredo sauce, try cauliflower alfredo instead.

    Quinoa for couscous

    If you love couscous (who doesn't?), quinoa is an easy and delicious healthier alternative that's packed with nutrients. Use cooked quinoa as a 1 to 1 substitute for any couscous dish. It's loaded with protein and fiber, is low in fat, gluten-free and grain-free (quinoa is a seed!). Try this authentic-tasting quinoa couscous dish next time the craving strikes.

    We hope 2020 is your best year yet! Timbercreek hopes that these food swaps help you meet your health goals.

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

  • The best places to toboggan in Calgary

    Jan 16, 2020

    Calgary is a city that knows how to do winter right! To help you enjoy this magical season to the fullest, Timbercreek Communities has a list of the best places to toboggan in Calgary this winter. Maybe we'll see you there!

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    St. Andrew's Heights

    St. Andrew's Heights is by far one of the best tobogganing spots in Calgary. Teens, tweens and adults love its long and steep hill, and there is a smaller hill near the Community Centre that's just right for your little ones. 

    Confederation Park

    Confederation Park is a great place to toboggan with the whole family this winter. It has multiple hills and is a simply beautiful area to visit and enjoy. The park also features an outdoor ice rink and recreational pathways that are perfect for winter walks and cross country skiing. 

    Prairie Winds

    Prairie Winds Park is a great place to toboggan as it has a variety of hills suitable for kids of all ages (and kids at heart). It's known for its impressive long and steep slope, but there are plenty of smaller slopes perfect for young kids, too.

    Big Marlborough Park

    Big Marlborough Park is a great place to go on a weekend with the whole family. It's a cozy spot thanks to its warming fire pits set up along its outdoor ice rink. Bring skates to fully enjoy your visit.

    We hope to see you on one these amazing toboggan hills in Calgary this winter! Happy sledding from Timbercreek

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

  • The coziest accessories for your home

    Jan 09, 2020

    With winter in full swing, it's time to get cozy in your apartment. To help you create a warm and inviting home, here are the coziest accessories to incorporate into your apartment. 

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    Velvet, chunky knit and faux fur throw blankets

    If you really want to ramp up the coziness factor in your apartment, stock up on cozy throw blankets. Our favourite varieties include flannel velvet, chunky knit and faux fur. Drape them on your bed, couch, chairs -- wherever! They're perfect for snuggling under on chilly evenings and they look great, too. Pick some up at Walmart, Homesense or Winners

    Furry pillows

    Another cozy favourite, furry pillows can make a couch, chair or bed feel and look extra cozy. Keep things cruelty-free by buying faux fur. Pick some up at Walmart, Homesense or Winners.  

    Faux fur rugs

    If you have wood or vinyl floors, winter can be a little less than kind to your feet. Cozy up your floors with a faux fur rug or two. It will look luxurious and inviting and keep your toes feeling toasty on a cold day. 

    String lights

    Coziness isn't always tangible in the way a blanket is cozy. Lighting can be cozy, too! Nothing says cozy mood lighting better than a good set of string lights. They cast an inviting and warm glow just about anywhere you can think to hang them. They're also very affordable, so go wild and use them in more than one room.

    Candles

    Much like string lights, the right candles can create an undeniably cozy atmosphere in any space. We love the look of chunky stand alone candles in variable heights arranged on a coffee table or window sill. If you're worried about open flames, look for flameless candles instead.

    We hope these cozy home accessory suggestions from Timbercreek Communities help you create an inviting atmosphere in your home.

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

  • The best winter gear for your dog

    Jan 07, 2020

    With winter in full swing, it's time to think about your dog. Are they as safe and warm as they could be? If you're not sure, read on to learn about our favourite winter gear picks for your pooch.

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    A great coat 

    Your dog gets cold on winter walks just like you, so investing in a great coat for your pooch, like The Alpine Extreme Weather Puffer Coat, is a good plan. This coat is perfect for all your dog's outdoor adventures. It's affordable and well made with a waterproof exterior, thick fleece lining and fiber insulation. This coat comes in many sizes to ensure a perfect fit for your pooch.

    Ear protection

    Your dog's ears are highly sensitive to cold and often exposed to the elements in the winter. Luckily for your pup, the Snood Winter Ear Protector exists. It's the ultimate winter accessory for your dog as it will add warmth to any winter coat. The Snood protects your dog's ears from wind chill and cold. It's basically an adorable and warm fleece hood. It will keep your dog's ears from getting cold or frostbitten.  Best of all, it's adjustable thanks to its two elastic drawstrings.

    Good dog boots

    Your dog doesn't like walking barefoot in winter any more than you do. Protect your pet's tender tootsies with a good pair of booties, like these QUMY Dog Boots, this winter. These boots are waterproof with a well-made and rugged sole that will keep your dog warm and dry when the weather is anything but.

    A warm and cozy bed

    Many pet owners overlook the need for a warm and cozy bed for their dog in their home. Your pup can get cold on your bare floor, so a dedicated cozy dog bed is a must in the winter months. There are a lot of great options out there. We recommend a self-heating dog bed like the Aspen Pet Self-Warming Bed which is designed to keep your pet warm thanks to a hidden layer of heat-reflective material inside its mattress.

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoy this winter with your pup. Stay warm! 

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

  • Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

    Dec 26, 2019

    We love pets! That's why we want to help you keep your pooch safe and warm this winter season. Here are five safety tips from Timbercreek Communities to keep your pets happy and comfortable all winter long.

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    Never leave your cat or dog alone in a cold car 

    To keep your pets safe, never leave them alone in a cold car. Winter conditions might not be as harsh as they are during the summer, but it’s still a good idea to take your pets with you. Leaving them unattended might leave them feeling cold and in panic. Plus, sometimes you might be away from the car for only a few minutes, but that could easily turn into an hour and that is bad news for your pets who are locked in the car!

    Wipe your pet’s paws and underside after being outside

    The next time you come back from a winter walk, be sure to wipe your pets’ paws. If you live in the city, the streets are usually covered in salt which can be extremely irritating for dogs. Not only does it burn their little paws, but it can make them sick if they ingest it. Remember to wipe their underside well, especially if they have long fur, since salt and ice can get in there too.

    Don’t let your dog off leash -- especially during a snowstorm

    Your dog probably loves to run off-leash, but during a snowstorm, keep them on a tight leash. You don’t want your dog to panic and get lost. Keep walks short and get back inside as soon as your pooch has finished their business.

    Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter

    Keep your dog's hair long during the winter months -- it’s their winter coat after all! Depending on the kind of breed you have, it might be necessary to brush them every day to get the knots out and get rid of the salt. Also, keep their paw pads clean by trimming the hair. This is where salt, ice and mud build up and create discomfort for your dog.

    Dress for the weather

    Keep your pets warm this winter season with a cozy sweater! If your dog has a short coat or very low body fat, they will need some clothes -- especially if you plan on taking them outside. There are many options out there, so make sure to get something your dog is comfortable in. Also, don’t forget to buy some booties to keep their paws warm. You can also use something as simple as balloons, which will protect their paws from salt.

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoy the winter with your pets. Stay warm! 

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

  • Property Highlight - Loft on First

    Dec 19, 2019

    If you're on the hunt for a fabulous place to call home in Calgary, Lofts on First (1010 First Street SW) is calling your name. It's the perfect property for someone who wants to be located in a vibrant and lively neighbourhood and is ideal for anyone looking for a great community, pristine location and a little touch of luxury.

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    Your Home

    Located in the Beltline district, this brand new building has luxurious and loft style suites that you will love. Enjoy the chic and elegant decor, modern suites and a top notch fitness centre. The building also has a basketball and volleyball court, a multimedia party room and a billiards room!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Loft on First is located in downtown Calgary, in the Beltline district -- which is close to everything! You’re minutes away from shopping, dining, transit and all sorts of entertainment.

    If you enjoy being in the centre of the city,  this is the place for you. Just a few minutes away you can check out restaurants such as Koi, Sukiyaki House and Yellow Door Bistro. Additionally, you can get your caffeine fix at several great coffee shops in the area including Starbucks and Deville Coffee. If you need a grocery store, you can find several just a short walk away. You can also check out CORE Shopping Centre, or the Elbow Casino, for more fun and entertainment.

    Your Calgary apartment search stops here! Lofts on First is the place for you. 

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    For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Top Winter Jackets To Invest In ​

    Dec 17, 2019

    As temperatures drop across Canada, you’re going to need a serious winter jacket. Timbercreek Communities has rounded up some of the best and warmest winter coats to invest in this season.

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    Puffer Jackets

    Thank god puffer jackets are back in style! It's a miracle that one piece of clothing can be so warm, practical and in fashion. Whether you want to make a fashion statement or just be cozy and warm, the puffer jacket is for you. You have the option to choose from sustainable coats, down-filled and technical. Prices range wildly, depending on the brand and functionality. Everlane has amazing and sustainable puffer coats, so does Eddie Bauer -- the creator of the original.

    Shearling Coats

    A shearling coat is the perfect winter coat if style is important to you. Because they are made from sheepskin, or pelts, they are very warm and soft. They can be worn by men or women and if treated with proper care, they can last forever. Keep them away from direct sunlight and never store them away in plastic bags as they need to breathe.

    Sherpa Or Wool Coats

    Sherpa and wool coats are great for fall and winter. A sherpa coat is usually lightweight, fast-drying and often has a polyester lining. A great option for vegans! They are comfortable and cozy and if you layer up, you can be warm all winter long. When it comes to wool coats, there are so many options. Real wool will keep you super warm, but you don’t want to get it wet because it can take forever to dry. Check out Aritzia, Hudson’s Bay and Simon’s for a good selection.

    Down-Filled Parka

    If you’re someone who’s always cold, a down-filled park is probably for you. They come in a variety of lengths, prices and fills. For example, a lightweight, down-filled jacket is great if you like to layer. It’s a great option for frequent travellers because they fold up into a small bag. Many stores sell them -- Uniqlo, Lululemon and Eddie Bauer sell them, just to name a few. For a more heavy-duty jacket, look for coats that have 500-900 fill power, since they will be the warmest and use the best quality down. As a result, they tend to be more expensive. 

    Bundle up and stay warm this winter! We hope these suggestions from Timbercreek help you find the perfect winter jacket for you! 

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

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