I’ve never walked on a frozen body of water of this size before. We were in Quebec over the holidays and managed to slip away from the city for a couple days to a cottage on the Missisqui Bay located on border of Quebec & Vermont. We wanted to check out the frozen bay and went for a quick walk that turned into a whiteout adventure within 5 minutes. Luckily we ended up timing our walk right around golden hour which wasn’t really visible due to the overcast weather. Within a few minutes the whole bay was engulfed with snow and wind. The overcast skies eventually shifted into this stunning warm peach cotton candy colours cascading over the snowy tundra which made for an incredible backdrop for photos. We eventually found our way back and warmed up at the cottage surrounding a blazing fireplace for dinner.
We had a chance to check out a well known boutique cafe/workshop in the Mile-End neighbourhood of Montreal. Pastel Rita is the headquarters for not only a restaurant/cafe but a super cool artisans’ workshops, and a boutique space where local designers can showcase their work. The space is curated very nicely with moody lighting and interesting products displayed all over the place, even where the dinning area is, which I found pretty cool to eat and drink alongside the items for sale. We made sure not to get too messy :)
We recently got a chance to go on another new coffee shop excursion last weekend in Montreal. This time it's this super cool, surf influenced coffee shop called September Surf Cafe. Besides sourcing their coffee from the east coast, which is an obvious preference for myself being from PEI, they also have this interesting surf lab (Shaper Studios) inside, that offers DIY surfboard workshops and shaping resources. Located in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood of downtown Montreal, it offers a very relaxed atmosphere with knowledgable staff. You can go in there to get some work done or just simply enjoy a quick coffee sesh. This spot is worth checking out next time your downtown.