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The COVE™ Guide to the  Best Coworking Spaces in Toronto

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Productivity is heavily influenced by your environment. Depending on where you get your work done, your surroundings can be essential in allowing you to become more focus-driven and strengthen your efforts. In Toronto, Canada’s hardest working city, there lies a cornucopia of offices to choose from, no matter what industry you work in.

 

Acme Works

 

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Nestled across from King West’s Stanley Park, this coworking space is the perfect hideaway for independent contractors and freelancers alike. Aside from its humble scenery and décor, Acme Works offers a simple and quiet environment that is also dog friendly.

Northspace

 

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Northspace is a brightly lit workspace that is spacious and fairly new to Toronto. It only opened its doors a couple of months ago and has received nothing but stellar reviews since. The space offers 24/7 access for all members and there are two locations in Toronto to choose from.

SPACES

 

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Spaces is a one of a kind workspace with sleek interior design and isolated desks. There are many locations in Toronto currently being built, in addition to the five in the downtown core already available.

Verkspace

 

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Bringing the warm spirit of your home into an office setting is achieved effortlessly by Verkspace. With two locations in the city, this workspace prides itself on preparing finely curated décor with spacious rooms built for inspiring and influencing productivity.

District 28

 

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District 28 is a full-length workspace that offers much more than desks and offices. The building houses multiple shooting studios, screening rooms, video editing suites, and more amenities built for creative professionals and creators alike.

Venture X

 

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Navigating Venture X’s locations is like walking through a detailed showroom at IKEA. Their spaces offer luxury furnishing, expansive rooms, and brightly lit areas with vibrant sunlight at your desk. There are currently two locations in the Mississauga region with another location opening in Oakville this year.

East Room

 

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East Room is a pioneer coworking space in Toronto. It’s over 60,000 square feet and cooperates out of an old industrial building in Toronto’s east end. Within this large building, East Room also hosts some enticing programs including their weekly Nike Run Club and the Room Service music performance series.

Create Signal Creative Space

 

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Create Signal is dedicated to delivering a productive space for artists and creative professionals. Their building offers both office space for independent working along with a recording studio and audio/video editing suites for creative projects.

IQ Offices

 

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IQ Offices have high ceilings and great views of the city. Their Toronto locations, situated in the core of downtown, all offer contemporary design with well-lit window seating.

 

An office should feel like home if you want to effectively get the job done. In a city like Toronto, the work never stops. With this guide, there’s no need to search far and wide. Be sure to follow our COVE™ blog for more updates and tips to uncover the voyages you seek.

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The COVE™ Guide to Outdoor Workouts

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Exercising outdoors is a great alternative to working out in a gym that can keep you motivated and focused on your fitness goals. There are elevated areas for finding scenic views, lush grasslands for meditation, and forests for exploring uncharted lands.


Spring

Gardening

While this might not be a traditional sport, gardening is a wellness activity that can help you burn a lot of calories. There are tough weeds to pull out or holes to dig, which makes it such a rigorous aerobic workout, but the payoff is being able to see a beautiful garden that you cultivated.

Jump Rope

Jump rope is an easy exercise that you can find an area anywhere outside to get started. The spring is also a great opportunity to mix and match jump rope with other flexible outdoor exercises like sprints, lunges, and more.

Sprints

Sprints are another exercise that does need any equipment and you can do them almost anywhere with open grassland. A football field or running track is the most logical area and gives you free rein during this season to push your body to accelerate even faster.

Summer

Kayaking

The summer season is much hotter and affords workouts that can keep you close to freshwater like kayaking. This sport is a great workout for upper body strength, and you can do it at your nearest lake.

Beach jogging

Jog along the shore with some water between your toes. This exercise is light and refreshing and can conclude with a quick dip in the water after you work up a sweat.

Basketball

Basketball is a  fundamental sport that enables you to use every part of your body. You can find a local court for a quick pick game or work on some drills that might make you a better athlete.

Fall

Hiking

The Fall season persists the warm weather but there are outdoor escapades that you can seek nearby. With some of Canada’s most beautiful natural landscapes, fall hiking is an ideal activity that comes with a scenic view. A mountain terrain, forest, or ravine are good places to get started and are perfect environments to immerse yourself in nature while you work up a sweat.

Canoeing

Canoeing is a great activity to do alone or with a partner. This paddling exercise is another workout for your upper body that comes with a bit of fun on a lake, especially during a trip to a remote cottage.

Trail running

Trail running is an on-foot experience that you want to bring a GoPro for. The elevation and cluttered forests make it a more challenging and fun workout that the woods.

Winter

Ice skating

Skating is a fun winter cardio activity you can do locally. Grab a pair of skates and head out to your nearest rink to join others in some skating events or a pick-up hockey game if you’re skilled enough.

Skiing

Heading down the slopes can be your next weekend workout venture. Skiing is fun and adventurous winter aerobics and you’ll learn to use a lot of leg power to jump, spin, and evade while moving fast. Canada has some of the most scenic winter landscapes, so this sport is great for calorie-burning with a view.

Snowshoeing

You can hike in the winter season if you choose to go snowshoeing. This activity allows you to enjoy the feeling of hiking in the woods with a bit of added difficulty. You start by grabbing a pair of snowshoes, trekking poles, and layers of clothing.

Pushing your body to new limits also means changing your habitat. With this guide, you can conquer any season and take your exercise to the great outdoors.

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COVE ™ Nomadic Guide to Staying on Track

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Whether you’re in a hot climate or the concrete jungle, business trips can be a test to keep your personal goals intact while work might consume most of your trip. To avoid losing sight of your health and fitness goals while you’re not home, we created a guide for the busy nomad looking to balance work and leisure all at once.


DISCOVERY

Citymapper

This app is an all-around navigation app that can help even the most confused tourists or newcomers. Citymapper provides multiple travel options within a city including bus and subway routes. It also includes biking and walking options along with calorie counts for every option, convenient if you’re looking to getting in a workout on your stay.

Google Maps

Over the years, Google Maps has solidified itself as the benchmark navigation app among its competition, but the app does a lot more than provide directions. If you can’t remember the name of a cafe you visited before the airport, Google Maps now includes new functionalities like the Timeline Feature, which gives you a step-by-step outline of all your locations throughout the day. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat but don’t want to kill time in a lineup, the Popular Times section gives you detailed information about restaurant wait times.

Food Tripping

Whenever you’re ready to put the laptop down and enjoy a lunch break, Food Tripping is a great app for when you’re hungry but don’t want the excess calories. The app connects you to all local restaurants and fast-food chains that offer healthier alternatives including, juice bars, farmers’ markets, and more.

RELAXATION

Timeshifter

Jet lag today is easily curable thanks to apps like Timeshifter. The app creates personalized recommendations, based on sleep patterns and neuroscience, that help avoid jet lag issues before your flight. By notifying you when to sleep, get sunlight and stay awake, Timeshifter getting on and off a flight an easier transition.

Calm

Productivity starts with a healthy sleep cycle and apps like Calm help facilitate that. Calm is a reliable sleep and meditation app that provides you with guided meditation sessions along with sleep and anxiety training programs that are installed. The app is very seamless in helping with mindfulness and relaxation in the palm of your hands.

FITNESS

Glo.com

Gyms aren’t always accessible and sometimes, keeping a workout regimen might seem difficult. Glo is a wellness website that helps you stay focused from the comfort of your room and provides yoga training from a wide network of highly skilled instructors. The website offers unlimited training programs and classes for yoga, Pilates and meditation and is available online and through their free mobile app as well.

Nike Run Club

The Nike Run Club app is a user-friendly running platform that connects you with runners across the globe. The app allows you to track your progress in your run, along with providing personalized coaching for your workouts Nike Run Club is a great travel accessory that can connect you with locals as well as the Share Your Run feature that allows you to share your route with other Nike+ members, which is great for making gym friends abroad.

PRODUCTIVITY

Any.do

Without loading your smartphone with confusing notifications, there are apps like any.do, which help keep you organized right after your flight lands. Any.do is an intuitive task-management tool that helps you organize your tasks, lists and reminders all in one. The app syncs with all of your devices to ensure you’re always notified and making sure you’re making a habit of checking your tasks throughout the day. Whether it be project deadlines or a surprise meeting, this app is great for boosting productivity.

Rescue Time

Rescue Time is a great online tool for keeping you aware of how you spend your time while working. It works in the background of any of your devices and records everything from the amount of time you take during breaks to what apps you use and the time you spend using them. Besides that, Rescue Time also provides detailed reports and breakdowns of how you spend your time while working and blocks websites and apps automatically for you so that you can focus.

We want to create a bit of ease in your workday, regardless of location. With the COVETM Nomadic Guide to Staying on Track, you will have all the tools you’ll need to make the most out of your work trip.

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COVE™ Holiday Essentials Gift Guide

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Searching for the right gift during the holiday season can induce a lot of stress during a time meant for relaxing. While you’re swamped with duties and can’t make it out to the mall, we compiled our COVE TM Holiday Essentials Gift Guide to provide some of the most top-notch gift ideas that will take the edge off of your shopping anxieties.


Pax 3 Vaporizer

The Pax 3 Vaporizer is sleek and bold in its style while working exceptionally well with flower and concentrates. This model is a true upgrade from its original as it features a bright matte finish along with a new lip and motion sensor for even smoother use.

Haze Vaporizer Cleaning Kit

The Haze Vaporizer Cleaning Kit is a great solution to cleaning your portable vaporizer. From cleaning sticks to ISO packs, this kit is guaranteed to prolong the use of your vaporizer.
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Malin+Goetz Cannabis Candle

The Malin+Goetz candle carries luscious and earthy tones of cedarwood, patchouli, and sandalwood mixed with a hint of cannabis scents. This scented candle is the perfect aromatic addition to any highly trafficked living space.

Ursa Major Travel Kit

Ursa Major provides a wide array of hair, skin, and body care products that are completely plant-based. Their Topo Designs Travel Kit is an easy and practical solution to throw in your gym bag before you head out for your busy day. Find it on their main website here.

Smell Shield Travel Storage

This carbon-lined, smell proof bag, available on Amazon, is a great way to hide the odour of spices, herbs, and other potent smells.

Yeti Rambler 36 Vacuum Bottle

Worrying about your daily coffee spill is a thought of the past with this sturdy vacuum bottle from Yeti. The stainless-steel bottle holds over a litre of liquid and is optimal for keeping your drink warm, especially during that cold morning commute.

Uncommon Goods: Scratch Map

Keep an eye out for your next destination with this scratch map from Uncommon Goods. The global map is great for planning new trips as well as keeping track of all your past adventures. Find it on their website.

Aroma Om® Deluxe Stone Diffuser

Saje’s product lines are great for enveloping your space with some of the most luscious smells. By using natural plant extracts, the Aroma Om Diffuser transforms your indoor space into a tranquil garden of aromas.

Good Cheer Diffuser Blend Collection

The Good Cheer Diffuser Blend Collection is a great holiday addition. The collection is offered on Saje and includes the scents: Festive Friday, All the Feels, Peppermint Twist, Tree Scents, and Deep Forest Holiday Diffuser Blends.

UE MEGABOOM Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Add a bit of music to your home with the Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth speaker. This speaker is capable of producing 360-degree sound and contains a battery with up to 20 hours of power, enough to liven up your space. Find it today by Best Buy.

Toronto: The Monocle Travel Guide Series

Taking a trip to Toronto or already a local? This travel guide by Monocle is packed with local gems like Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. This is the perfect itinerary for your next trip, minus the hassle.

GoPro HERO 7

To truly capture the moment, shooting a video is the best policy. With the GroPro Hero 7, you can always relive your most exciting trips from your living room. Find this camera today on Best Buy’s website.

Uncover a variety of options while shopping this holiday. Getting the right gift shouldn’t be this hard and with our COVETM essentials gift guide, we’re bringing the mall to you.

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COVE™ City Guide: Calgary

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Nested between prairies and peaks, Calgary is Alberta is known as the gateway to the Rockies. The perfect springboard for mountain adventures, the energetic city has ample outdoor activities of its own. Its network of designated walking and biking paths form the most extensive urban pathway system in all North America.


Outdoors

Nose Hill Park, Calgary

Nose Hill Park is Calgary’s biggest city park located in Fish Creek is a provincial park, covering 11.27 square kilometres, the park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has a lush natural park with numerous hiking, biking and walking paths – many are dirt, but some are gravel or asphalt paths. This is a great location for wildlife spotting and retreat from Calgary’s bustle.

Edworthy Park, Calgary

Edworthy Park is a Calgary city park stretched along the south shore of the Bow River. Everything about this green space is big – big hills, big trees, big picnic areas, big playgrounds. The Bow River runs along the eastern edge of the park and guides the pedestrian trail. On hot days the river is a refuge for those looking to beat the heat.

Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village is a historical park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on over 100 acres of parkland on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir. As Canada’s second-largest living history museum, it is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions but it’s far from a tourist trap. The village’s exhibits span Western Canadian history from the 1860s.

Fun

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit organization that preserves and celebrates Calgary’s western heritage and community spirit. The annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos.

Calgary Tower

Originally named the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower was constructed as a joint venture between Marathon Realty and Husky Oil to commemorate Canada’s centennial and revive the downtown core as a part of a Calgary urban renewal program. Today the Tower is a major tourist destination and popular dining spot. Though it’s been eclipsed in size (cough, the CN Tower), the Tower is still a source of pride for many Calgarians.

Mt. Norquay Ski Resort

Mt. Norquay is a mountain and ski resort in Banff National Park, about 40 minutes outside of Calgary’s downtown. The ski season usually starts in early December and ends mid-April. Mount Norquay is one of three major ski resorts located in the Banff National Park and should be a winter destination for any ski lover. If skiing isn’t your thing, cozy chalets and hot toddies await as well.

Food

Juice Because

Juice Because has dozens of locations around the city and makes cold-pressed juices, nut milks and healthy snacks. They say that can cure hangover to exhaustion.

Rooftop Bar @ Simmons

Perched atop a roof the Rooftop Bar @ Simmons is a hidden gem in Calgary. Lovely panoramic views of the Bow River and delicious Mexican-inspired dishes will keep you warm if you’re visiting Calgary in the winter months. The restaurant owners promise good times to start at there – and we can’t argue with tequila.

Vintage Chop House and Tavern

No trip to Alberta would be complete without consuming a little Alberta beef. Situated in the heart of Calgary’s historic beltline neighbourhood of Victoria Park, Vintage Chophouse and Tavern has been consistently rated one of Calgary’s Best Steakhouses. Dine and indulge at this classic steakhouse however; if meat isn’t your thing, the vegetarian sides are also a mouth-watering choice.

Musts

  • Visit Inglewood, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, and a lovely area to explore as it’s lush with galleries and boutiques.
  • Take a trip up to Scotsman’s Hill, a lookout point offering pretty views of the skyscrapers and landmarks of downtown Calgary.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Calgary has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

 

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The COVE™ Guide to The Best Canadian Spas

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Canada hosts some of the most luxurious spas in the world. From the breathtaking views to the remarkable services, we compiled an extensive list of some of the best spas in the country.


British Columbia

Sante Spa – Victoria, BC

Its beautiful, mountainous sweeping views from the spas outdoor mineral pool is definitely enough to get you in relaxation mode. Featuring a Forest Lounge to unwind in before your treatments, the luxurious spa is at the top of our list for a weekend getaway. Bonus: their treatments like massages, facials, and body scrubs use locally sourced ingredients such as sea kelp, clay, and lavender.

Try this treatment: The Elements Mountain Massage. This massage integrates indigenous rituals for a full experience. It begins with traditional sage smudging, foot scrub and purifying foot bath. Jade stones are also integrated on your energy pathways ground your mind and spirit.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort – Fairmont Hot Springs, BC

Nestled in the British Columbia hot springs with an exquisite view of the Rockies, the Fairmont Resort is a luxurious experience everyone must try. You can soak in the hot springs and experience natures phenomena. The hot springs have been there since the early 1900’s and have been carefully preserved since then. All of the treatments at the spa are infused with the healing hot springs water to really take your treatment to the next level.

Try this treatment: Hot Springs. Mineral rich and naturally heated, the waters of the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort have acclaimed therapeutic effects. These can include increased metabolism, accelerated healing, soothed muscles, improved circulation and detoxification.

Alberta

Willow Stream Spa – Banff

The scenery alone at this relaxing spa is enough to take your breath away. The 38,000 square foot spa boasts geo-thermal mineral pools with healing properties and a list of awards just as long as their list of treatments. Offering everything from body scrubs, facials, and massages, the spa has 23 rooms to accommodate guests 365 days a year – and have been doing so for 125 years. It’s located at the Banff Fairmont Springs, also known as the Castle in the Rockies. With a luxury hotel and resort onsite, you can make a vacation out of it.

Try this treatment: Majestic Blue. Named after the hue of the glaciers and the beautiful Banff sky, the colour blue represents peace and tranquility. It is a full body rejuvenating scrub using organic mountain lavender (also known as “blue magic”). From your scalp to your feet, your body will feel completely revitalized.

Ontario

St. Anne’s Spa – Grafton

Located not far from Toronto, St. Anne’s Spa is Canada’s largest destination spa. Sitting on over 400 acres of farmland, it is a quaint, 15-room inn with separate spa cottages to make your visit intimate and tranquil. With a long list of services, you can take advantage of the reiki healing, reflexology, and facials for every need. Unlike most spas, being quiet is not required – and noise is encouraged. You can even get your treatments done outdoors depending on the weather. There are horse stables, walking trails and an outdoor pool to name a few. This spa can be a day trip or a complete weekend escape from the city.

Try this treatment: Botanical Waterfall. A gentle introduction into hydrotherapy, you begin with a rejuvenating body scrub and wrapped in warm linen accompanied with a massage. Afterwards, enjoy the sensation of being under a waterfall as the Vichy shower rinses the products away. The service finishes off with a handmade balm of rose or lemongrass.

Quebec

Nordik Spa – Chelsea

The Nordik Spa in Chelsea, Quebec is a relaxation and healing-focused center with Scandinavian roots. It’s nestled in the village of Old Chelsea located outside Gatineau Park, and is the largest spa in North America. It has 10 exterior baths, 9 saunas, 4 restaurants, a panoramic pool, saltwater pool, and many, many more. Due to the sheer volume of things to do at Nordik, they offer great spa packages to make sure you get to experience as much as you can. Nordik is truly picturesque, and is also a wonderful destination in the winter.

Try this treatment: Massage in Nature. Featured in one of their cabins nestled in the forest, your massage will take place in a serene location with the sounds, smells, and sights of nature. Best part? This is available year-round. They recommend receiving the service in the winter – as you watch the snow gently fall.

Nova Scotia

Fox Harb’r Golf Resort and Spa – Wallace

This spa and resort is a secluded coastal retreat in the Northumberland Strait. It’s an oceanfront resort enjoyed by those who love the great outdoors. Not only does the resort boast an amazing Inn, but it has a long list of recreational activities (from horseback riding to fly fishing) to keep your weekend full of adventure. It is one of the most popular and exclusive spas in Canada, boasting a long list of celebrity clients.

Try this treatment: Experience Everything. This treatment package allows you to pay a flat rate to experience all the treatments you can fit in a 5-hour long pampering experience. Each treatment is customizable.

 

We’ve hoped you enjoyed this guide and look forward to a weekend full of relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Best Hiking Trails Across Canada

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It’s always hiking season and as adventure seekers ourselves, we complied a list of the best hikes across Canada to conquer before the summer is over. From easy to intense, there’s a trail here for everyone. What are you waiting for? Grab a bottle of water, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.


Alberta – Banff National Park

With one of the largest provincial parks in the country, there are over 1,600 km of trails varying intensities throughout the park – and the views are spectacular. It’s a popular tourist spot in Alberta, boasting beautiful mountain peaks, turquoise waters, and breathtaking scenery at every turn. Because there are quite a few trails, we’ve found two in varying levels of difficulty:

Easy: Lake Agnes Teahouse/Big Beehive
Time Required: 3-4 hours
Distance: 7.2 km return trip

Challenging: Cory Pass – Mt. Edith Circuit
Time Required: 5-6 hours
Distance: 13 km loop

British Columbia – The West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in all of Canada. While it’s 75 km path weaves through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, you can take a 6-day trek or a quick hike. The trail was originally carved out to help shipwreck survivors escape from the wilderness. The trail itself offers camping if you’re looking to do the entire trek, or just enjoy an escape in the middle of the forest.

Ontario – Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to Canada’s oldest and longest footpath spanning 750 km, running from Tobermory to Niagara Falls. The Niagara Escarpment is the backbone of the Bruce Peninsula, creating an amazing, unique landscape – it’s even part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. There are many hiking trails within the park, varying in all levels of difficulty and distances:

Easy: Cyprus Lake Trail
Time Required: 2.5 hours
Distance: 5km

Challenging (varies from low difficulty to moderate when approaching Grotto): Marr Lake Trail to Indian Head Cove and the Grotto
Time Required: 3 hours
Distance: 3km

Ontario – Algonquin National Park

Algonquin National Park is located approximately 3 hours from Toronto and is one and a half times the size of Prince Edward Island. By saying that there is something for everyone is quite an understatement. You can take a weekend-long camping trip or hike one of the day trails within the park. If you adventure rural enough, you can spot moose grazing, bald eagle sightings, and many more. The park includes guided walks, canoeing, and birdwatching.

Newfoundland – Gros Morne National Park

Another UNESCO World Heritage site in Canada, this park offers some of the most astounding views in the country. With soaring fjords, topography and mountains, you’ll feel like you’re in Lord of The Rings – it’s Tablelands area is one of the few places in the world where you can see the Earth’s mantle. There are countless trails that are fairly easy to hike, but those seeking adventure and amazing views will take the more challenging routes in.

Quebec – Parc National de Mont-Tremblant

Canadian’s and tourists alike flock to this place during the autumn months and it boasts some of the most beautiful colours you’ll ever see. Open year round (and just as breathtaking), the park has everything from an overnight hike to short excursions. The vast park has 6 rivers, over 400 lakes and streams and is home to 40 mammal species including the wolf.

Yukon – Grizzly Lake Trail

If you’ve got a real taste for adventure, you’ll venture north of, well, everything. Hike through the Yukon’s Tombstone Mountains, also known as “Patagonia of the North”. While the trail is more on the difficult side and can also be an overnight destination, there are shorter loops throughout that vary in difficulty depending on the type of adventure you’re looking for. This world-class mountain scenery is sure to impress even the most experienced of hikers. It’s quiet, desolate landscape is truly memorable.

We hope you’ve found a trail on this list that’s to your liking! For more information on camping, hiking trails, parking, and directions visit the Parks Canada website: https://www.pc.gc.ca

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COVE™ CITY GUIDE: TORONTO

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Canada’s most populous urban centre, Toronto is a unique, multicultural city of neighbourhoods. Thanks to Drake, the city is experiencing a renaissance of increased tourism. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Toronto.


Outdoors

High Park, Toronto

In the west end sits High Park, Toronto’s largest public park featuring many hiking trails, diverse vegetation, a beautiful lakefront, convenient parking, easy public transit access, a zoo, a couple of cafes, greenhouses, picnic areas, and events throughout the year. Come here during the short-lived cherry blossom season for the perfect Instagram.

Toronto Island, Toronto

The Toronto Islands – locals call it “the Island” – is located on Lake Ontario and is quick 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. The Island is actually 15 small islands inter-connected by pathways and bridges. Check out Hanlan’s Point and Centre Island in the summer, you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just make sure to catch the last ferry back to the mainland.

Crothers Woods Trail, Toronto

With around 10km of natural trails, Crothers Woods is home to a diverse bird population and viewpoints offering impressive views of the Toronto skyline. Its proximity to downtown  Crothers Woods is a popular weekend hike, offering an escape into nature within Toronto.

The Beaches Boardwalk

The east end of Toronto is home to a neighbourhood called The Beaches. A long boardwalk covers the sandy beach lining the stunning Lake Ontario waterfront, making it a destination for anyone visiting the city. The views and relaxed small-town vibe of The Beaches will make stresses of the city fade far away.

Fun

No trip to Toronto would be complete without a trek to Casa Loma. The Gothic Revival style mansion and garden, which is now a historic house museum and landmark, was constructed from 1911 to 1914 as a residence for Sir Henry Pellatt, a Canadian financier and soldier. What was once a tourist attraction has become a place locals hit up for nights out and an imaginative escape room.

AGO

Situated in Toronto’s Chinatown is the Art Gallery of Ontario. With a collection of more than 90,000 works, the AGO is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. Taking in a special exhibit or the gallery’s permanent collection is a wonderful way to spend a few hours in Toronto. Enjoy getting lost in the dynamic space and go for dim sum afterwards.

Food

Assembly Chef’s Hall

Assembly Chef’s Hall is a relatively new venture and concept for Toronto. The sprawling venue features a diverse range of food choices in a stall-come-market setup. Seventeen of Toronto’s premier chefs have booths, making it a perfect place to sample the variety of cuisine TO has to offer.

Sam James Coffee Bar

A hip Toronto staple, Sam James Coffee Bar has some of the best coffee in Toronto. With locations across the city, it’s hard to miss the coffee shops minimal black-and-white branding along with the incredible smell of baked goods and fresh espresso. The shop across from Trinity Bellwood’s Park is our favourite to check out and people watch.

Le Swan

This quaint restaurant is a French-style diner offering comfort food classics like roast chicken sandwiches and cakey onion rings along with an impressive wine and cocktail list. A chic and dimly lit bistro, Le Swan is the perfect place to start off an evening out in the Six.

Musts

  • If it’s cold or windy in Toronto, hop into the free botanical oasis that is Allan Garden. This humid and floral paradise will give you life.
  • Trinity Bellwood’s Park on a sunny day in Toronto is the place to lounge with friends. Enjoy snacks and discreet libations al fresco. Linger until the sun sets.
  • Wander in Kensington Market. This walkable bohemian neighbourhood with patios, shops, and vintage boutiques and is bliss on sunny weekends.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Toronto has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery™.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

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COVE™ City Guide: Halifax

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A picture-perfect coastal destination, Halifax is an east coast capital that feels like a small town. Warm sea breezes, leafy parks, and gardens nestled between heritage buildings, are just a few reasons why you should visit. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Halifax.


Outdoors

Herring Cove Bluffs, Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve

Just south of Halifax, The Herring Cove Bluffs is a scenic day trip. This coastal trail is 1.5km return, making it an easy hike to try when in the Halifax region. Nestled among coastal bushes and trees, these bluffs offer perfect sunset views.

Pennant Point Trail, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

This coastal provincial park features three white-sand crescent beaches along the mouth of the Halifax Harbour. Long boardwalks line the park but come prepared to do some mild bushwhacking if you want to explore the more unkempt parts of the trail. The beaches even look pretty during the off-season.

Martinique Beach Provincial Park, East Petpeswick

Martinique Beach Provincial Park is the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia. The 5-km crescent white-sand beach has open and wooded picnic areas, sand dunes, and quiet swimming areas. The beach is close to the Halifax Surf School if you’re feeling adventurous.

The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail, Timberlea

This trail is located just north of Halifax and is lush with thick woodlands, with a variety of trees like red maple, spruce and oak. The wooded trail has several high peaks, allowing for stunning vistas and photos, of course.

Fun

Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove

No trip to Halifax would be complete without an excursion to Peggy’s Cove. Quintessential and picturesque, Peggy’s Cove is a major tourist attraction, but local inhabitants still fish for lobster and the tiny community has a rustic look and feel. Get lost in downtown Peggy’s Cove and chat with friendly locals, make sure to grab ice cream at Dee Dee’s before you head back to the city.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Downtown Halifax

Get your pop culture fix at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The expansive art collection is home to over 17,000 classic and modern works from native artists and showcases pieces by Maud Lewis, Nova Scotia’s beloved folk artist. It’s easy to spend a rainy afternoon here.

Food

Two if by Sea

A scenic ferry trip across the harbour sits Two if by Sea. This downtown Dartmouth café serves up massive croissants, which are well-known among Haligonians. Cozy up to locals at the communal table, and drink espresso-based beverages made with direct-trade beans roasted at neighbouring Anchored Coffee.

The Coastal Café

Buzzy brunch café, The Coastal Café, dishes out creative menu items, from bacon cheeseburger eggs Benny to the signature “Elvis”: slices of Montreal bacon, banana, and peanut butter between two buttermilk waffles. Sunday morning wait times are to be expected, as this tiny restaurant only has 20 seats – we promise the pancakes will be worth it.

Highwayman

Spanish-inspired restaurant Highwayman features an impressive menu of tapas with a focus on local seafood. Named after the Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes, the space’s is washed in weathered, blue-grey tones. There are no reservations, so arrive early to grab a table.

Musts

  • Hike up Citadel Hill, an iconic Halifax landmark, where a cannon goes off every day at noon. This hilltop location has an incredible view of the Halifax Harbour and was chosen in 1749 as a fort location to protect the city.
  • Explore the abandoned ruin that was once the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Beaver Bank Station an hour outside of Halifax.
  • Wander in the Hydrostone Set along quaint cobblestone streets, this area is home to markets and local stores.

 

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Halifax has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

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