• Montreal In September: Things To Do

    Sep 12, 2019

    Autumn is a great time in Montreal because there's always so much to do! From scenic hikes to exploring unique bars and restaurants, you won’t run out of activities. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for you to try this September.

    Ariel view of Montreal

    Hike up Mont Royal

    If you want to enjoy an incredible view and get some exercise, hike up Mont Royal! The locals love it just as much as the tourists. The walk is about 45 minutes (depending on how fast you walk), and you can start at McGill University’s Campus. There are a few decent lookouts along the way to the top, but when you reach the summit you’ll enjoy the best view of downtown Montreal there is! Before heading back down, take a break, have a snack and enjoy the views!

    Spa Getaway at Bota Bota

    Everyone loves a good spa day, but if you want a truly unique experience you must check out Bota Bota Spa. Escape the city and pamper yourself at this special spa facility located right on the water. You can enjoy a variety of spa treatments, massages, water circuits and the sauna -- all on a boat! Spoil yourself at the spa's top-notch restaurant, Les Traversée, while you're there. This is one experience you won’t want to miss!

    Walk St. Paul Street

    Step back in time when you walk along Rue St. Paul! This historic street attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and it’s no surprise why. You can check out unique art galleries and boutiques, picturesque cafes like Tommy Cafe, or have a fabulous meal at one of the restaurants along the cobblestone street. Rue St-Paul does get busy, so if you don’t like the crowds try to avoid it on weekends.

    Visit Unique Bars and Lounges

    Montreal is definitely the place for unique bars! It’s also home to Canada’s smallest bar, El Pequeño Bar, located in the heart of Old Montreal on Rue St-Vincent. The bar is hopping even though it's only 150 square feet and fits up to 11 people. It's known for its delicious Cuban sandwiches and classic cocktails, especially their mojitos. But if you’re feeling a bit too claustrophobic, head over to Canal Lounge. This floating bar is definitely more spacious! Float on the Lachine Canal as you enjoy a glass of wine, or enjoy a bite or two from their menu. Canal Lounge is only open until October, so be sure to check it out soon!

    Go Shopping

    Montreal has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. It really depends on what you’re looking for, but chances are you’ll be able to find it in this city. If you’re looking for big department stores and big-name brands, head over to St. Catherine’s Street. You’ll find anything from Zara and Simons to Apple. For high-end luxury stores, check out Sherbrooke Street. Visit Old Montreal and St.Laurent Street in Mile End for boutique shops carrying anything from trendy apparel to vintage items.

    Even though summer is slowly coming to an end, there’s so much to be excited about this September!

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

  • How To Repair and Store Your Seasonal Clothing

    Sep 09, 2019

    It's time to welcome fall into your closet! Unless you have a ton of storage space, most Canadians enjoy swapping summer clothes for fall and winter wear by mid-September. In the age of fast fashion, it's easy to forget about certain items that you've taken out of your rotation and throw away damaged ones altogether. Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to repair and store your seasonal clothing this year -- so you can get more use out of it for years to come.

    Girl putting away clothing

    Repair Your Clothes Before Storing

    When the time comes to put away your summer clothes, think about repairing items that are damaged or slightly worn out before you store them. If you fix them and they appear brand new again, you’ll be more likely to wear them when you pull them out of storage next year. It’s also a good idea to wash everything before storing -- especially if you want to get rid of any stains, odours or perfumes. When storing wool garments, use Woodlore’s Instant Cedar Chest which is filled with cedar shavings to keep the dreaded smell of mothballs away.

    Use Proper Storage Containers

    When it comes to choosing storage containers, it’s best to use plastic ones. They are affordable and work better than plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Check out Canadian Tire for different options and sizes. Try not to stuff the containers to the brim and leave some room for air circulation. This will also help prevent wrinkles.

    Don’t Hang Everything

    Some clothing items are delicate and should not be hung. Knit items, sweaters and other delicates should be folded and placed in a drawer because they tend to lose their shape after a while. You can hang items like jackets, pants, skirts and dresses and keep the rest in a drawer or on a shelf. When it comes to hangers, they are not all the same. Use slim hangers or padded hangers for better support and more space.

    Use Vacuum Seal Bags

    To save space, use vacuum seal bags. They are great for flattening big clothing items which is perfect if you don’t have a lot of storage space. However, you should be careful not to vacuum seal everything. Avoid wool, cashmere, silk and leather as it might take these items a while to come back to their regular shape -- especially after being stored away for a long time.

    Storing seasonal items doesn’t have to be a pain. Timbercreek Communities hopes you found these storage tips helpful!

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

  • Three Simple On-the-go Lunch Recipes

    Sep 04, 2019

    If you’re always on the move and never seem to have time to make your lunch, we have the solution you've been searching for! These three recipes are simple to make and perfect for you to make for lunch on busy days.

    Salad in to go container

    Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

    This Tomato Feta Pasta Salad is a really easy recipe that requires no reheating. Make it on the weekend and enjoy it for lunch all week! Start by cooking some fusilli pasta in a large pot. Bring the water to a boil and add some salt and olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking. Let the pasta boil for 12 minutes, then set aside. To make the dressing, add sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, capers, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor and mix until smooth. Pour it over the pasta then toss in all the other salad ingredients including chopped tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese and sundried tomatoes. Pack it up into reusable containers and you’re ready to go!

    Crisp Tuna Cabbage Salad

    If you love sandwiches, this Crisp Tuna Cabbage Salad is going to be your new favourite. Begin by draining 1 can of tuna in a medium bowl, then shred it with a fork. Add chopped cabbage, mayo, chives, and Greek yogurt and a little bit of salt and pepper if needed. Grab two slices of your favourite bread and assemble your tuna sandwich. This is super quick and perfect if you’re tight on time.

    Quinoa Fruit Salad

    You’re going to fall in love with this refreshing and protein-packed Quinoa Fruit Salad! First, you’re going to have to cook 2 cups of quinoa and set it aside to cool. While you wait, prepare the vinaigrette by mixing olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a small bowl. In a large bowl mix blueberries, strawberries, mango and quinoa and pour the vinaigrette all over. Garnish it with fresh mint leaves and serve, or pack it up for lunch. Yummy!

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you give these quick and delicious recipes a try! You can take them with you no matter where you go.

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

  • Property Highlight - 1420 rue Crescent - Le 1420 Crescent

    Aug 26, 2019

    Look no further! Le 1420 Crescent (1420 rue Crescent) is the ideal rental property for anyone looking for a place in the center of downtown Montreal. The location is perfect if you like to be where the action is and close to the metro. 

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    Your Home

    Le 1420 Crescent is located in the trendy downtown Montreal on Crescent Street between St-Catherine Street and De Maisonneuve West. The suites are bright, renovated with new appliances and have a truly relaxing feel. You’ll love coming home after a long day at work! Each apartment has its own balcony with beautiful views of the city, making it the perfect spot to unwind in the summer. There is also free WIFI in the common areas, as well as shared laundry facilities and indoor parking.

    Your Neighbourhood

    Le 1420 Crescent is located in downtown Montreal, walking distance from Mount-Royal Mountain, McGill and Concordia Universities. There are many nearby restaurants and cafes to dine in including Warehouse, Kinton Ramen, Starbucks and many more. The building is also steps away from some of the best shopping and nightlife in the city. You can find stores such as Apple, Forever 21 and Structube, right around the corner! In addition, you can easily walk to art galleries and museums including The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Le 1420 Crescent is also near Guy-Concordia and Peel metro stations, so you can get across the city in no time. But one of the best reasons to live here is that you don’t need to drive or take the metro to get around. You can do everything on foot! This neighbourhood is so exciting, you’ll fall in love with it instantly!

    Does this sound like the place for you? Be sure to check out Le 1420 Crescent. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Top Pet Accessories For Apartment Dwellers

    Aug 20, 2019

    Living with pets often means having a bunch of accessories and toys laying around. Some items work well with your home decor and others do not. To help you strike a balance of practical and stylish, Timbercreek Communities has narrowed down this list of the top pet accessories for every apartment dweller.

    Couple with small dog

    Get Creative And Create A Comfortable Space

    Your home should be a comfortable space for you and your pet. By incorporating some of your pet’s accessories into your furniture, you can achieve that comfort. You can create a pet bed underneath your coffee table or side table, which works perfectly because it doesn’t take up any extra room. Another great idea is to incorporate a bed underneath your kitchen island. This would also work well if you have a bigger dog. When it comes to food and water bowls, consider creating a water bowl planter. This is a nice way to add some greenery to your space and also make your cat happy!

    A Lint Roller

    No one wants to find pet hair all over the house. To make your life a little easier, invest in a good lint roller. They are great for removing hair from clothes and furniture and should be a staple item in every pet owners’ home. Try the Evercare Pet Extreme Stick  or the Evercare Mega Cleaning Roller which is perfect for large surfaces.

    Furniture Protectant

    If you have pets, try to avoid any light-coloured furniture. Stains will show up easily and will likely be a pain to clean. If you can’t part with your beige sofa, consider buying a sofa cover. This way, you don’t have to worry about scratches, hair and spills because you can wash it in the machine anytime. Go a step further and buy a furniture spray! This will help block stains and works on most fabrics.

    Food and toy storage

    One of the best ways to store your pet’s food and toys is to get a bin or basket that works well with your home decor. If you’re style is laid-back and rustic, a wooden basket will fit in perfectly. For a more modern look, a fabric basket or a metallic bin are great options. They tend to be relatively inexpensive and available almost anywhere.

    Having these items in your home will not only make your life easier, but it will make both you and your pets happy! Timbercreek hopes you found these suggestions helpful.

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

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