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Another amazing Great Canadian Trade Fair!

Wed, 12 Apr by Sonia Tarabay

If you ever need a reminder of how special Strathcona County or how inspirational its people, all you need to do is attend the Great Canadian Trade Fair and Sale, which was held last weekend at Millennium Place.

Walking through the Trade Fair, I got a sense of all of the incredible things that people are doing in Strathcona County. There are so many passionate people in this community doing what they love and all of that positive energy is invigorating.

This was my sixth year as an exhibitor at the Trade Fair and it’s a date I always circle on my calendar. One of the best things about the event is seeing all of the familiar faces, from clients who I have bought or sold houses for, to all the members of this tight-knit community that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the years.

It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet knew people and I had a blast making new friends over the weekend, and talking about why they call me Sherwood Park’s Real Estate Tiger. I also enjoyed connecting with my fellow Chamber of Commerce members and with the members of Strathcona County Council.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Chamber and all of its volunteers who once again did a fabulous job organizing the show. Also, thank you to the great restaurants, which brought their tastiest dishes to Taste of Strathcona and to the more than 300 exhibitors. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!

Warmest regards,

Seasonal Fun in Sherwood Park

Tue, 21 Oct by Sonia Tarabay

Family walking along path in autumnOnce again the days are getting shorter, the temperature is coming down, and autumn has definitely hit Sherwood Park. It’s time to pack away summer clothes, bring out our cozy sweaters, and get ready for the coming winter.

But don’t let those “winter blues” get you down! We are lucky to live in a place like Sherwood Park with such a wide range of recreational facilities, activities, and fabulous seasonal events that make winter a ton of fun for your family. There’s so much to do in Sherwood Park over the winter months that you’d have to try really hard to get bored!

It’s easy when winter comes to go into “hibernation-­mode” and seal ourselves in our homes until spring comes. But if you want to beat the winter blues, it’s important to stay active and stay involved in your community. If you meet winter with the same enthusiasm as we always greet the summer months, you may even find you get excited for winter! And remember, the more fun you have when the snow flies, the shorter the cold months feel. The best way to make spring come faster is to enjoy yourself all winter long.

Outdoor Winter Activities

There are so many great activities you can only enjoy in the winter months! As soon as the snow flies, it will be time to bundle-­up and jump back into your favourite winter sport. Or just take to your backyard with the family on a weekend and build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or try to construct the best snow fort on the block! Afterwards, there’s a lot to love about bundling under a blanket with your kids and a cup of cocoa or hot cider.

Tobagganing

There are some fantastic places to take the family sledding in Sherwood Park. Check out the Strathcona County Toboggan Hill list for a hill near you!

Cross-Country Skiing

All those great trail systems that run through Sherwood Park and Strathcona County are just as awesome in the winter as they are in the summer: They make fantastic cross-­country ski trails! If you’re into outdoor jogging and want to try something different – but just as good for your body – definitely give cross country skiing a try! Did you know you can sign up for cross­country skiing lessons at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre? Learn more about cross-­country skiing in Sherwood Park and Strathcona County.

Skating

First steps on the rinkMost of us probably have a set of skates, but how often have we strapped them on? There are great outdoor skating rinks scattered throughout Sherwood Park: There’s probably one within walking distance of your home! Learning to ice skate is something every Albertan does when we’re young, and maybe it’s your child’s first time skating! Pack a big thermos full of hot chocolate or warm soup, and take it with you for break times. Skating on outdoor rinks is a great, almost zero-­cost activity for your family in the winter. Find out which rink is closes to your house.

And if you’d rather skate indoors, check out both Millennium Place and the Glen Allan Rec Centre: Both facilities have great skating rinks, including leisure rinks perfect for the family on a weekend afternoon. Or, if you’re more of a spectator than a skater, you can always cheer on the Sherwood Park Crusaders at the Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre near Broadmoor Lake!

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Sunridge Ski Area is only a few minutes drive from Sherwood Park, making it a popular skiing and snowboarding location for local families. You can get day passes, or seasons passes for the hardcore members of your family, and there are lessons available for people interested in upping skiing or snowboarding skills. Learn more about Sunridge Ski Area.

Indoor Winter Activities

If going outside in the cold isn’t your thing (and, let’s face it, we live in Alberta and sometimes its WAY too cold to go outside for any reason) then don’t despair! There are great indoor recreation opportunities in Sherwood Park to keep you active during the winter months.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of my Hot Yoga class, and I think I love it even more in the winter, when the tropical temperatures are a welcome change from the cold outside. Sherwood Park is home to some first­-class recreational facilities, and there are many activities, classes, and clubs to choose from, including some great after school activities for your kids. (Check out my kids favourites in a previous blog post, and scroll down to see the huge list of possible after-­school programs located right here in the city!)

Millennium Place

Millennium Place is located up on Premier Way, close to the Broadmoor Boulevard and Lakeland Drive intersection. This brand new facility includes a wave pool, lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, water playground, multi-­sport gymnasium, indoor sport fields, two arenas and a leisure rink, and a fully­-equipped wellness centre and gym. Wow! There’s always something great going on at Millennium Place, and their drop-­in programming is excellent. Learn more about Millennium Place or check out their Drop­-In activities.

Glen Allan Recreation Complex

The Glen Allan Rec Centre is home to the Sherwood Park Curling Club, and if you’ve considered trying out curling before make this winter your year to give it a try! This facility is also home to racquet sports including squash, racquetball, handball and wallyball; a stocked wellness centre and gym; and an indoor recreational skating rink for those extra nippy days when you still want to pull on the skates. Learn more about the Glen Allan Rec Centre.

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

This great outdoor facility provides access to kilometres of well­-groomed winter trails, perfect for winter walking, snowshoeing, or cross-­country skiing. You can rent inexpensive equipment for the whole family here, and if you’re really keen a season’s pass is worth looking into. Learn more about the Strathcona Wilderness Centre.

Strathcona County – Your Home for Recreation!

Tue, 20 May by Sonia Tarabay

There are so many things I love about living in Sherwood Park! One of those is that whether you are a weekend warrior, part of an active family or a serious athlete, Strathcona County has just the recreational opportunity you are looking for!

Trails

sports race

The County has an extensive trail system throughout Sherwood Park and parts of the rural areas. These trails often link up and it is possible to go from one side of Sherwood Park to another, enjoying the park like setting.

The trail system continues to grow and Strathcona County is a member of the River Valley Alliance, an organization with a vision to create a continuous integrated river valley park system that will run through Devon, Parkland County, Leduc, Edmonton, Sturgeon and Strathcona County.

When complete, the 88 km river valley trail will be the longest metropolitan park in North America, encompassing 18,000 acres. Imagine what a beautiful bike ride or walk the trail will be!

Recreational Facilities

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The pool at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park

Not to be outdone by the wonderful trails, the recreational centres in Strathcona County are second to none.

Millennium Place offers a wave pool, hot tub and lap pool as well as an indoor track, two arenas, soccer field, a playground and even a great meeting spot complete with a coffee shop!

Ardrossan Recreation Complex is a beautiful facility with an incredible wellness centre, fitness track and drop in classes.

Moyer Recreation Centre is located in one of Strathcona County’s rural hamlets, Josephburg. Boasting the County’s largest kitchen facility, an arena and a wide variety of recreational opportunities, this centre will not be shown up by its urban relatives!

Kinsmen Leisure Centre offers swimming lessons, a waterslide, dive tank and hot tubs.

Strathcona Wilderness Centre has beautifully groomed cross-country trails in the winter and hiking, disc golf and geocaching in the warmer months. There are overnight accommodations and camping sites also available.

Golf Courses

Broadmoor Public Golf Course is located in Sherwood Park and was established in 1961.

Sherwood Golf & Country Club is a nine hole course located just outside Sherwood Park and is a nine-hole championship course.

Country Side Golf Club was opened in 1985 and they have 27 holes and a practice range that gives golfers plenty of challenge and reward.

Legends Golf & Country Club is just three miles north of Sherwood Park and is picturesque with ponds, rolling hills and wonderful views.

In addition to these great recreational opportunities, Strathcona County has also hosted the Tour of Alberta, the Seniors Games and many more prestigious events. Just another reason why Strathcona County is a great place to live!

So if you are ready to buy or sell a home in Sherwood Park or in Strathcona County, give me a call – I love helping people buy and sell in this beautiful place!

Family Fun @ Millennium Place

Fri, 11 Oct by Sonia Tarabay

Fun For The Whole Family!

As a mother of 3 I’m always looking for fun family events in and around Sherwood Park. Personally, I think kids should engage in a wide range of activities with balance between outdoor games, indoor games, virtual games, and artistic games. There are multiple activities for children to participate in at Millennium Place, so you can imagine how much I enjoy going there! It offers services for Sherwood Park residents of all ages and stages in life. Some of the things I love most out of Millennium Place include:

  1. Party Packages- Millennium Place has multiple birthday packages to choose from. They include full use of all the amenities (indoor playground, gym, climbing wall, swimming pool, ice rink, and youth lounge).
  2. Fun Factory- If you’re a recent parent, congratulations! Also, you too can visit Millennium Place without worrying about a sitter. The Fun Factory is a drop-in babysitting service for parents who are attending activities at Millennium. They have friendly staff to watch children from newborns to 5 year olds.
  3. Monthly Special Events- Millennium Place is having a Thanksgiving Charity Workout on October 14th! Admission is free with your Food Bank donation. Fitness classes include Zumba, and a Cycle & Bootcamp class. Click here for more information.
  4. Youth Activities- The Youth Lounge is open Fridays & Saturdays, they also have fitness activities for teenagers such as a teen fitness swim

 

The centre also has a Second Cup and Coyote Jacks! So if you’re looking for something to do with the family this weekend or during a long weekend, check out Sherwood Park’s Millennium Place- another great reason why Sherwood Park is the place to be!

For all your Sherwood Park Real Estate Needs, get a “Tiger” on your side!

Sherwood Park’s Heritage Trail System

Thu, 26 Sep by Sonia Tarabay

Explore the great outdoors in Sherwood Park!

Well I don’t like to say this to you…but Summer is over and Fall is upon us.

As much as I would love hot Summer weather year-round, there are some wonderful benefits about living in Sherwood Park during the Fall months:

  • Temperature. It’s warm enough to enjoy outdoor walks.
  • Positive Real Estate Market. House hunting in Autumn is not as bad as house hunting during the Winter.
  • Scenic Streets. Sherwood Park streets feature an array of beautiful leaves in shades of brown and gold.
  • Pumpkins. Yes, pumpkins are now in season. This includes: Pumpkin pies, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and (of course) pumpkins for carving!

So if you want to enjoy nature and soak in the Autumn air, I recommend exploring the Heritage Park Trail System. It’s an awesome off-road trail network in an around Sherwood Park that extends 42 km long! The trail system is dog-friendly and lets residents of all ages explore the meandering paths by foot, bike, roller-skates, or even in a wheelchair. In 2008, Sherwood Park developed a new river valley link inside the Heritage Parkway Trail System- which means even more opportunities for excitement for you and your family!

For those of you looking to buy a Sherwood Park home for sale, did you know many Sherwood Park Communities are situated near the Heritage Park Trail System. Get in touch with me and I would be more than happy to show you Sherwood Park homes for sale on the market.

For all your Sherwood Park Real Estate needs, get a “Tiger” on your side.

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