Rise & Grind at Crew

Old Port, Montréal

What was once the tallest landmark in Canada, used as offices for RBC, is now one of the coolest coffee shops in the Old Port of Montreal. Crew collective and café occupies the main floor of the old Royal Bank Tower. This wonderfully historic café features 50 foot-high ceilings and 12000 square feet of space. As you walk through the front doors, it almost feels like you have entered the Vatican museum with the ceilings being so high out of reach and decorated so regally. Once inside, and climbing the stairs up to the coffee shop, you see that this is more than just a stop for a cup of joe; you have arrived among a crew of professionals and coffee enthusiasts.

Crew collective and café has only been open since 2016. A lot of the original décor has been used in the design of this coffee shop. For example, where you once lined up to do your banking with a teller is now the same counter you line up to order your coffee or pastry of choice. There are a ton of seats to choose from, as well as private study rooms for those who wish to be undisturbed. While making yourself comfortable on a couch with a book, or at a table with your laptop, it is hard to ignore the beauty of the crystal chandeliers, brass light fixtures and marble floors. Spending time in this extravagant space has you wondering just how many people have walked these halls before you.

Drinking a cup of coffee, to me, is like a big warm hug at the start of my days. Going out and finding different and unique coffee shops is one of my favourite past times. I am so happy to have discovered Crew, and would highly recommend any coffee lover to check this place out!

❤ S


Coasting through Canada Day

La Ronde, Montréal. Parliament, Ottawa.

Canada 150, what a party! I spent my July 1st in Ottawa this year in order to be a part of the big celebration. The city was packed with people from all over Canada and despite the rain showers you could not dampen the Canadian spirit.

The next day, we were back in Montreal to go to La Ronde, which is a must during the summer months. La Ronde provides a little something for everyone with more than 40 rides and attractions. There are family rides; intermediate and then the high thrill roller coasters (those are my favourite).

The one ritual I have every time I go is to ride the wooden roller coaster first, The Monster. Fun fact: It is the largest wooden roller coaster in Canada. It offers you two different tracks to try and it is also the largest two-track roller coaster in the world. It is very fast at 96km/h after the first drop and a ton of fun!

The second roller coaster we went on was Ednor. This one is named after a monster of the sea, which is very fitting as the coaster loops near the lake. The coaster goes very fast, turning you upside down and taking you through spirals all while your legs are dangling at a maximum height of 33 metres above the water.

The third and final coaster we went on was The Vampire. Again your feet are dangling at 32 metres and you are traveling at speeds upwards of 80km/h while being turned upside down five times. Make sure not to eat before going on this ride, it is heart stopping to say the least.

I suggest arriving early to the park as the lines become outrageously long as the day goes on. It is easily accessible by car or metro, and is guaranteed to be an entertaining day.

❤ S