Monthly Archives: November 2013

Waterloo: Stay active in Waterloo this winter

apartments for rent in Waterloo, local hotspots, outdoor activities, fitnessWith the winter season fast approaching, people will be on the lookout for ways to truly embrace this snow-filled season. Stunning light displays, holiday tours and activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are among what Waterloo has to offer this season. To ensure you enjoy the sights, the snow and the crisp weather in Waterloo this winter, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has put together some adventurous opportunities near the Pinegrove apartments that will help you stay active and entertained this season.

Festival of Lights

Started in 1994 by Bill Weiler, the Wonders of Winter: Festival of Lights has grown into a beloved holiday tradition and annual event in the region of Waterloo. Imagine over 100,000 lights and more than 100 displays that include Santa Claus, cartoon characters, animals and a hand carved nativity scene made from olive wood. The festival runs from November 30th to December 31st in Waterloo Park, which is located near Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. For residents of Williams and McDaniel’s Waterloo apartments, this stunning display is only a nine-minute drive and 37-minute walk away. If you happen to work up an appetite while in the park, the Park Inn Concession on the east side of Waterloo Park is a great place to grab a quick bite.

Laurel Creek Conservation Area

For those who are looking to get their heart pumping and their body moving, Waterloo’s Laurel Creek Conservation Area has some activities that will do the trick. Adults and kids can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing along the conservation area’s picturesque ski trails. On weekdays, Laurel Creek is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekend hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., so you can stay active seven days a week. To find out if winter activities at Laurel Creek are accessible, visit their Newsroom for live weather updates and information. For those who don’t have snowshoeing or skiing equipment, rental equipment is always available. To ensure that you get exactly what you need, it is best to call them at (519) 884-6620 one day in advance for weekday rentals and to ask about group discounts and rates. Located on Westmount Road North, the conservation area is less than 16 minutes from the Pinegrove apartments.


The City of Waterloo loves skating and that’s why they offer year-round skating opportunities at their arenas. While the fall skating schedule commences on September 3rd, there are a few facilities including Moses Springer that don’t start until November 2nd. For additional details, scheduling inquiries and admission rates, it is best to consult Waterloo’s skate schedule and their admissions and passes page. To ensure that all programs and activities are still running, the facility suggests visiting their cancellation and news update page to make sure everything is still a go. If you’d rather whirl and twirl outside, there are dozens of community and neighbourhood rinks available and accessible to everyone throughout the city.


This winter get outside and keep warm by taking part in some heart pumping and exhilarating activities. Located on 145 Lucan Avenue, Williams and McDaniel’s Pinegrove apartments in Waterloo offer tenants the highest quality and exceptional service.



Trick or Treat Safety Tips

apartments for rent in Waterloo, kids, Halloween With Halloween fast approaching and little ones planning out their costumes, it is important for parents to make sure their kids are comfortable and safe when they leave their Waterloo apartment to go collecting candy. This involves everything from making sure costumes are visible at night, determining a route in advance and choosing props that won’t cause injuries. To give you some peace of mind this Halloween, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has compiled some trick or treat safety tips to follow that will keep you and your kids out of harm’s way. 


Plan a route in advance

Trick or treating can often take you several streets away from your house, which can lead to both sore bodies and some frustration. The ‘ABCya!’ site features a Children’s Route-Planning activity that teaches children in a game scenario how to find the shortest path home. You can avoid long paths by mapping out a planned route before you leave the house, walking this route in advance and planning to walk in a group. This will help you avoid getting lost and will allow you to establish a route that has sidewalks, crosswalks and well-lit houses for safer travel on foot. Parents should also pre-plan a bathroom stop at a public facility or at a friend’s house to ensure that no accidents happen.


Wear comfy shoes

Make sure you and your children are wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes when you head out on candy collection. If your little girl decides to include a dress in her costume, it is best to avoid heels, as they can be uncomfortable. Also, make sure all shoelaces are double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark, sprained ankles or other types of injuries.


Stay Well Lit and Visible

To ensure you and your child stay visible to drivers and other people, apply reflective tape to costumes and on their candy bags. Visit Home Hardware located on 166 Park Street for a variety of reflective tape options. The Pinegrove apartments are a five-minute drive or 24-minute walk away from the store. Parents should also carry a flashlight so that they can light a path for the children and make sure that they don’t move farther than the light reaches. Tell kids to walk and not run across lawns, as obstacles that aren’t easily visible could be there.


Make sure all costumes are short

Long costumes that drag on the ground can be a safety issue, especially at night. After purchasing costumes, make sure they are an appropriate length and hem anything that’s too long to avoid tripping and even ripping. While you’re altering costumes, you should also make sure they are bathroom-friendly and easy to get on and off.  Keep in mind that masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe and it’s a good idea to stick to non-toxic makeup.


Use flexible props

It is best to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. However, if your child’s costume won’t be complete without a sword, make sure it’s made from plastic, rubber or cardboard. These props can sometimes cause unintentional injury to your child, their friends and even parents, so try something like these ‘Glued to My Crafts’s’ DIY Accessories.


Examine Treats

Be sure to examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them or letting little ones get hold of them. To keep tummies from getting sore, limit the amount of treats eaten. The ‘Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’ Halloween Health and Safety Tips article is a great resource if you have additional questions regarding food and safety tips.


Stay cool and keep hydrated

Plan costumes according to the weather and respond creatively. Choose light and breathable costumes for warmer conditions and thick and bundled costumes for those chilly nights. If extra warmth is required, creatively accessorize jackets, so that they also become part of the costume.


Keep track of time – don’t trick or treat after 9 pm

Trick or treating until 9:00 p.m. gives kids a lot of time to stock up on sweets. After having a few sweets and a long walk to collect their candy treats they’ll be all tired out and ready for bed.


Get your little ones all dressed up for this festive occasion and enjoy a night of sweets and scary costumes. Located at 145 Lucan Avenue on a quaint residential street complete with convenient access and scenic views, Williams and McDaniel’sPinegrove apartments are an ideal option for those looking to rent in the City of Waterloo.