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People always talk about the vibrant communities and festivals found throughout Ottawa, but they don’t often mention all the incredible green space that exists here. In fact, our capital city offers so many exciting opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to relax and play outdoors. So if you’re looking for a stunning lookout point, family-friendly picnic area, or a nature trail to discover, check out these five nature trails and parks.

Wesley Clover Parks and Campground

This four-season outdoor recreational paradise is the perfect place to spend some time this spring. Only a 15-minute car ride from downtown, the Wesley Clover Parks and Campground is the perfect getaway featuring trails, campgrounds, RV hookups, and even cabins for glamping. There’s also a ton of activities to do here – go horseback riding, play a game of soccer on the sports fields, or send the kids off to a fun educational program.

Lauriault Trail

If you’ve never been across the border into Quebec’s Gatineau Park, you’re seriously missing out. This massive forested area offers a multitude of hiking trails for beginners and experts alike. If you’re looking to take a nice stroll, be sure to check out the Lauriault Trail, an exceptional beginner’s hike that loops throughout the forest and a winding stream, in addition to a waterfall and stunning lookout. This dog-friendly trail only takes 2 hours to complete.

Mud Lake Trail

Did you know that Ottawa has a lake right inside the city limits? Right beside the Britannia Yacht Club and in the conservation area lies Mud Lake and its surrounding trails. Here you can explore lush forested green space that will get you up close with the Ottawa River banks and the city’s mini lake. You can also expect to find turtles, foxes and many different species of birds in this area. Thousands of birdwatchers flock here to observe all the unique and rare species that call this forest their home.

Andrew Haydon Park

Another beautiful green space to explore in the city area is the Andrew Haydon Park in Nepean. Located right next to the Ottawa River, you can spend a day here relaxing under a tree with a book, enjoying a family BBQ at one of the charcoal fire pits, attending an outdoor concert at the bandshell, or watching your kids play on the playgrounds and water features. Need a brisk walk to get your heart pumping? The park also offers walking trails to explore the picturesque surroundings.

Rideau Trail

Considered one of the largest trail networks in Canada, the Rideau Trail travels from downtown Ottawa right to Kingston. This 387 km massive network winds through the Ottawa locks, Rideau canal, and the rugged Canadian shield. There’s also a range of campgrounds along the way if you want to stop off and camp for the night before trekking on.

Get ready for a wonderful start to your summer by getting outdoors and taking in all the amazing parks and trails that the Ottawa area has to offer. CLV Group has all the tips you need to get the most out of our capital city. Check out our recent blog posts that cover “all things Ottawa” here.

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The springtime is all about clearing out any dark corners, scrubbing away the winter grime, and finally feeling a sense of relief when you can hit the reset button after you’re done. And beyond the need of maintaining our homes, spring cleaning is also crucial for helping us retune our mental and physical health. Learn how to make the most of this time of cleansing and transition with these top 3 ways to harness the power of spring cleaning this year.

Make Room For Space

Taking on your home after the winter can take a serious amount of time and effort. But we also know that it’s an important and necessary part of our chores. And the same should be said for ourselves. When we need to clean our home, we never really struggle to clear off a day to tackle it. But when it comes to creating space and spare time for ourselves, it can be a serious challenge. Try to harness the power of spring cleaning by carving out more room for space in your own day-to-day schedule. Bring a book to the park, lounge at a local café, spend time catching up with friends – create time by scheduling it just like you would with your spring cleaning.

Minimize and Simplify

Chances are you’ve heard the term minimalism used quite a bit lately, but many people aren’t exactly sure what it means. The idea of minimalism simply refers to the practice of choosing more quality over quantity. It’s about dejunking your life so you can learn to appreciate more. There’s no reason to have a million mugs if you really only ever use a few of your favourites. So think of how you can simplify more throughout your home and your personal life by breaking tasks down into more manageable steps to help you simplify and accomplish more.

Keep Things That Excite You

Dejunking your home can be hard! It’s not easy making those tough decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of. To make it easier for both your household items and in life, remember to focus on what things get you excited or “spark joy,” as Marie Kondo declares in her popular series on Netflix. Whatever doesn’t – learn to let go of.

Planning to relocate this season? At CLV Group, we can help you find the perfect apartment to suit your needs, budget and lifestyle. Get in touch today!

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These summer salads make for the perfect meal and are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. Indulge in your favourite flavours in a healthy way with these themed salads geared to satisfy your cravings!

1. Avocado Caprese Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spring mix salad topped with seared chicken breast, fresh basil, avocado, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and drizzled with a mouth-watering balsamic vinaigrette.

2. BBQ Chicken Salad

Romaine lettuce topped with thinly sliced chicken breast, roma tomatoes, red onion, corn, black beans, monterey jack cheese, crunchy tortilla chips, and drizzled with ranch dressing and BBQ sauce.

3. Cucumber Tomato Salad with Crispy Chickpeas & Feta

Crispy chickpeas, fresh parsley, mint leaves, roma tomatoes, cucumbers, topped with feta and lemony red wine vinaigrette.

4. Chicken Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Romaine lettuce topped with cilantro lime seasoned chicken, avocado, black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, drizzled with a creamy Baja Catalina dressing.

5. Candied Walnut and Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Fresh spinach topped with avocado, pear, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, lemon zest, feta cheese, and drizzled with a lemon poppyseed dressing.

6. Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

Romaine lettuce topped with grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, wonton strips, sliced almonds, fresh cilantro, and drizzled with a sesame vinaigrette.

7. Apple Pomegranate Harvest Salad

Mixed greens topped with sliced honey crisp apple, pomegranate seeds, chopped pecans, feta cheese, and drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette.

8. Peach & Bacon Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

Romaine lettuce topped with smoked bacon bits, fresh thyme, peach slices, cucumber, lemon zest, and drizzled with a lemon honey vinaigrette.

9. Classic Greek Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Romaine lettuce topped with cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and drizzled with a red wine vinaigrette.

10. Grilled Chicken Mango Salad with Mango Cilantro Dressing

Fresh lettuce topped with grilled chicken, avocado, bell pepper, cilantro, cucumbers, and drizzled with a mango cilantro dressing.

11. Roasted Sweet Potato, Spinach & Quinoa Salad

Spinach topped with diced chicken, avocado, fresh basil, red onion, sweet potato, dried cranberries, almonds, quinoa, and drizzled in a light lemony vinaigrette.

12. Berries & Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

Baby spinach topped with mandarin oranges, blackberries, raspberries, walnuts, feta cheese, and drizzled with a citrus balsamic vinaigrette.

Get creative and personalize your salad to how you like!

For more details on how to make these salads, check out our Pinterest Page!

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If you’re a coffee connoisseur, there’s a new java capital to add to your list! Montreal has become a coffee mecca over the years as a slew of new roasters, importers, and independent coffee shops have started sprouting up all across the city. This “third-wave” of coffee makers offer fair-trade, sustainably harvested and organic beans to locals – and they love it! Here’s your 2019 Montreal coffee crawl guide:

Saint-Henri Micro-Torréfacteur

As a farm to café roaster, Saint-Henri’s serves up some of the most ethically sourced coffee in the area. Here you can enjoy sustainably harvested, organic beans that are roasted right in the house. Every year they search for the highest quality beans and bring it right to the shop so you can enjoy the world’s best cup of joe every day. Their Montreal location also includes a mini-laboratory that offers training sessions so that you can learn how to make the best cup of coffee possible. Love their beans? You can order them right online! They’ll even deliver to your office or right to your front door. Check out all their subscriptions here.

Tommy

If you’re looking for a stunning spot to meet over coffee or get a little work done, pay a visit to Tommy. Tommy Café + Apero is a coffee shop in a bar that offers two stunning café locations in Old Town. Their Notre Dame location lets you enjoy sipping on your cup while lounging on mid-century furniture while taking in the old Victorian architecture. Their rue St-Paul spot features hanging ivy, warm wooden accents and a mixture of modern and vintage décor. They also serve up an eclectic menu of breakfast items, healthy sandwiches, salads, and of course delectable desserts and sweet treats. Stay for cinq à sept and enjoy a wine or aperitif during their happy hour.

Café Falco

This industrial style building is a coffee drinker’s dream. Lofty features, high ceilings, decorative pieces, bikes hanging from the ceilings, lots of light – it’s the perfect place to hang out on a lazy Sunday afternoon. They offer siphon coffee, a process that dates back to the 1800s that uses filtering to prevent altering the taste when boiling. It’s worth the visit just to see how it’s done. You can also enjoy a tasty Japanese menu.

Caffe in Gamba

If you’re on the hunt for a more Italian vibe, Caffe in Gamba fits the bill. Red walls, cozy velvet couches, and a wonderful selection of sweet treats, biscotti, pizza and paninis are offered here. You can enjoy classic espresso making from one of the first third wave coffee shops in Montreal. Featuring 25 coffees from 7 artisan roasters, baristas will prepare yours tipped with latte art that you can enjoy outside on their quaint front patio.

Café Dispatch

Big on small scale farming, this Montreal gem offers high-quality coffee beans in house and delivered right to your doorstep. Located in Mile-Ex, they use light roasting to ensure there’s never any bitterness in your cuppa joe. Starting as a FB page delivering cold brew by bicycle and then from a mobile coffee truck, this brand has since turned into one of the most respected places for coffee in Montreal. You can also find them at McGill and at their recent location on Boulevard St-Laurent.

Looking for a place to call home close to the best coffee shops in Montreal? We can help find you the perfect apartment. Get in touch with us today at CLV Group!

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This past weekend, CLV Group attended the National Women’s Show in Ottawa at the Shaw Centre. The event took place April 27 & 28 with over 20,000 visitors. The show featured food and wine sampling, fashion shows, celebrity guests, complimentary makeovers, health, wellness & beauty secrets, cooking demos, home renovation and décor advice, travel ideas and much more!

With our location at the entrance of the show, we saw lots of traffic and interest in our booth. Visitors were able to stop by and take a photo in our photobooth with some awesome props, score some sweet swag, as well as enter to win an awesome prize. We were giving away a one night stay at LIV Extended Stay with a $50 gift card to Blended Café.

Thank you to all who entered the contest and congratulations to the winner!

See the photo booth photos on our Facebook page, here.

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On April 17th, CLV Group and InterRent REIT participated in the Tenant Landlord Spring Hope Food Drive in Ottawa to support the Ottawa Food Bank. Each year, resident and landlords work together to collect non-perishable food items to support those in need throughout the Ottawa area. This year, we had 10 properties participate including LIV Apartments, West 236, Forest Ridge, 235 Charlotte, 255 Stewart, 860 Blackthorne, 225 MacLaren, Artista Flats, 57 Bayswater and Avalon Park.

Thank you so much to all of our residents who graciously donated items to help those in need! Your support is greatly appreciated in helping to build better communities.

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If your idea of an exciting road trip includes plenty of hiking, biking, camping, and pretty much anything outdoorsy – we’ve got the hotspots you need to know about when travelling throughout Canada. Here are our top 5 Canadian cities to visit if you love nature and all that it has to offer.

Guelph

Thanks to its modest population of about 130,000 people, Guelph is where urban living meets small town lifestyle. Beyond the friendly community and vibrant downtown core, Guelph is home to more than 1,000 hectares of parks and 70km of cut trails.  So if you’re an avid nature lover, you’ll find an abundance of places to go hiking, jogging, cycling, kayaking and much more. With so many different conservation areas and bodies of water nearby, you’ll never get bored here.

Hamilton

Nestled between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, nature is very much entwined throughout this city. With more than 10 conservation areas in close proximity of Hamilton, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best hotspots for outdoor recreation. Lounge out on the beachfront, hike up the epic Bruce Trail, or try your hand at climbing the frozen Tiffany Falls if you dare in winter! Did we mention it’s also the waterfall capital of Canada? Discover more than 100 different waterfalls, including the historic Devil’s Punch Bowl right here.

Ottawa

Ottawa is another notable city with a keen connection to the outdoors. How can it not be when it’s literally surrounded by the Ottawa Greenbelt spanning over 20,000 hectares of green space? With over 90 miles of unique trails, parks, and cycling, in addition to the Rideau Canal and more, you can paddle in a canoe, try your hand at whitewater rafting, pitch a tent at the nearby campgrounds, or even take the sightseeing cycling routes to check out more of the surrounding landscape.

Toronto

For such a bustling major city, Toronto is still an impressively green city, boasting one of the world’s most prominent urban forests. With about a fifth of the city covered by a thriving green canopy, there are many great spots to check out if you’re looking to embrace some time in nature here. Head to High Park – Toronto’s largest public park which spans over 160 hectares. You’ll find cherry blossoms, sporting facilities, lush gardens, a waterfront, pools, wildlife, trails and even a zoo.  There’s also the Humber River, Rouge Park, Asbridge’s Bay, and Evergreen Brickworks which was listed as a geotourism hotspot by National Geographic. You can find a year-round farmer’s market here along with 40 acres of wilderness – and of course, the best cider when you’re ready for a cold one.

Montreal

Many people know that Montreal is infamous for its mouth-watering food, Euro-style old-world charm, and vibrant culture. But what many don’t know is that it’s also a city with plenty to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. Urban adventurers can bike along the St. Lawrence riverfront, spend the day on the trails at Parc Maisonneuve, or enjoy the unique Biodome which recreates four of the world’s exotic environments.  

The options are truly endless when it comes to these top Canadian cities to visit if you love nature. No matter what your preference is, you can find exactly what you’re looking for throughout the diverse landscapes of Canada.  If you’re searching for apartments across Ontario or Quebec that are close to green spaces and are rich with nature attractions, give us a call at CLV Group!

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Beyond the Euro-style food, old cobblestones, gothic architecture, and enveloping romance that this city is renowned for, Montreal is home to some pretty unique things. It’s a dynamic and vibrant city with residents who love to celebrate, while also embracing the finer things in life like enjoying smoked meat, diving into the best poutines, and indulging in a lively arts and culture scene.  But the truth is there’s so much more to this city than meets the eye, which is why it’s always worth a visit. Learn more about this bustling cosmopolitan and what it has to offer!

It’s a City That Loves to Have Fun

We can’t deny that the French are better at having fun, and Montreal is no exception. In this city, you can usually find a festival happening almost every day! So there’s literally always something to see and do here whether you are into music, dance, theatre, or the circus. Boredom isn’t an option.

RESO, the Largest Underground City

Have you heard about RESO, Montreal’s ‘sub’ city? Tucked away beneath the busy city streets is where you’ll find over 30km of tunnels that interconnect to various hotels, shops, metro stations, universities, shopping malls that make up this infamous underground city. The best part is it’s the perfect way to cool down during those blistering hot summer days!

It’s a City that Bikes

Montreal boasts over 600km of bike paths that wind and connect throughout the city. You can also hop on Bixi – the public bike sharing system – whenever you want to skip the traffic and get somewhere fast. With such an avid bike culture here, Montreal has become one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. No excuse to ditch the exercise now when you are surrounded by beautiful urban landscapes anywhere you look!

It Has the Tastiest Poutines & Smoked Meat All Around

There are a few things that Montrealers take pretty seriously, and that includes their incredibly tasty smoked meat and poutines. After all, it is the birthplace of that glorious combination of fries, cheese curds and gravy! Beyond those, you can dive into so many delicious and diverse culinary experiences here that will blow your taste buds away.

It’s an Affordable City

While the rest of Canada’s major cities endure a massive surge in housing and general costs of living, Montreal has still managed to remain fairly affordable in comparison to Vancouver or Toronto. This is another big reason why it’s one of the best cities in Canada.

Enjoy Nature in The City

From Mont-Royal park to Parc La Fontaine, to the Biodome,  to the Laurentian Mountains – with green spaces dotted throughout the city, residents can enjoy spending time lounging in nature while still being in the heart of the city.

Now that you know what makes people rave so much about this great city be sure to get out and explore Montreal this season to see for yourself ! And if you’re looking for an apartment here, give us a call at CLV Group!

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What do you have planned for this spring? Are you ready to get active, find new hobbies, and spend time exploring everything that Burlington has to offer? With better weather finally upon us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the neighbourhood. This year, there are plenty of events and festivities lined up, so get ready to choose your adventure! Here are just a few of our favourite things to do in Burlington this spring.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the RBC

If you love jazz, you’ll be thrilled to hear that the RBC is planning another jazz concert series this year. It’s the perfect way to enjoy incredible talent while also dining on a delicious brunch. Be sure to mark off the dates on your calendar, so you don’t miss out.  Happening Sundays until April 28th from 11am to 1pm.

Music and Dance at the Performing Arts Center

You’ll never run out of exciting things to watch this spring. There are several shows being held at The Burlington Performing Arts Center, including the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Jesse Cook, Elton John’s greatest hits live, and Teasing Gravity performed by the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Take a look at their brochure to find a great list of shows for the entire family to enjoy.

Watch a Train Show with Your Kids

The Burlington Model Railway Club will feature a Spring Open House on June 1st at the Centre at Hidden Valley Park, as well as a number of viewing sessions on Sunday, June 30th, July 28th, August 25th and September 29th from 11am to 3pm. Kids will love watching train shows and looking at the different trains throughout the years at this club!

Indulge Your Inner Fan

Is your family a fan of Harry Potter? The Burling Performing Arts Centre not only has music and dance but also fascinating theatre shows like the one happening on April 3, 2019 — “The H. Phactor – Everything Potter”. Visit the world of witchcraft and wizardry with the whole family or friends!

Break Free at the Kite Festival

Get ready to build a kite or bring your own and join in to fill up the sky with stunning colours. The Burlington Kite festival is back this June 2nd from 11am to 4pm at the Brant Hills Community Centre and Brant Hills Park. Join in the fun to play, eat and celebrate diversity!

Burlington is the place to be during the springtime. From jazz concerts to unique musicals, there are so many events to choose from. If you’re looking to move here to get in on all the action, contact us at CLV Group. We’ll help you find the perfect Burlington apartment close to all the amenities that this great city offers. Contact us today!

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Are you curious as to why people are going so eco-friendly these days? It’s because saving energy is not only beneficial for the environment, but it also saves you money — a lot of it. So how do you go about turning your place into a sustainable oasis without breaking the bank? Let us show you some easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly.  

Learn How to Conserve Energy

One of the primary reasons to go eco-friendly is to conserve energy. If you can save on the amount of electricity you use, you will see a significant reduction in your energy bills. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to conserve is to purchase energy efficient light bulbs. Of course, they cost more than regular ones; however, they will save you more money in the long term and offset any initial costs. Remember to turn off your lights when you are not in the room and when you leave the house

Change Your Habits

Another way to conserve more energy is to change your daily habits, such as how and when you use water.  For instance, you should always aim to use your water at off-peak times set by your local utility company, especially when using the laundry machine or dishwasher. You should also consider installing a low-flow showerhead that can save up to 40% in water consumption, which can equate to big savings.

Start a Zero Waste Lifestyle

You’ve likely already seen the YouTube videos of people trying to cut out plastic bottles, plastic wrap and plastic bags, but those are only a few of the ways that you can start living a zero waste lifestyle. Other ways to reduce the amount of waste you produce is to make your own compost out of leftover food scraps, use a travel mug wherever you go, and to use Tupperware instead of plastic packaging.

Insulate Your Apartment or Home

To save as much energy as possible, you should ensure that your home has the proper insulation in place. This will help prevent any air leaks that can cause your HVAC system to work in overdrive. If your apartment is not properly insulated, it may be time to move to a safer, more sustainable home. Inquire with your landlord about your home’s insulation and if your apartment is not insulated, start thinking about where to move to.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats can learn your habits to ensure that you use energy efficiently. It will turn down your heat when you’re not at home and put it back on so when you arrive home, your place will be as you like it. Some systems can even be accessed through your phone via an app so that you can control the temperature when not at home. This is especially useful in the event you forget to turn your air-conditioning down or heat off.

Going eco-friendly is easier than you think, but if your budget doesn’t allow for upgrading your appliances, water fixtures or installing eco-friendly products, it might be time to move to an apartment or home that already has these items in place. At CLV Group, we will find you the perfect eco-friendly place to fit your budget, that is 100% safe and properly insulated. Contact us today to learn more!

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