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Must-Try: A Bespoke Eyewear Experience in Toronto and Urban Rappelling in Montreal

Our picks for can't-miss activities this May in Canada's biggest cities.

Toronto: Sunny Ways

What Guild Bespoke Experience
Where Guild eyewear
When By appointment: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost From $900 (ready-to-wear from $250)

Guild eyewear

Photo: Guild eyewear

Up the ante on sunnies with a pair of custom spectacles at the West End Toronto ­studio of Guild, where traditional ­eyeglass-creation techniques are infused with contemporary optical design to create handmade shades. Founder Rod Fitzsimmons Frey and partners Savi Pannu and Sarah Anne Friend developed the bespoke experience – by-appointment modification of their ready-to-wear models – for customers seeking one-of-a-kind eyewear. First, one of the ­partners will help you choose shapes and colours with specialized visual software and your photo. Candy-hued samples are on hand for your perusal too. (Guild favours Mazzucchelli cellulose acetate for frame construction.) Next, the design is perfected with a ­laser-cut cardboard prototype. Final frames are cut with a computer-controlled milling machine, ­programmed to work in concert with Guild’s ­software, then smoothed and custom-fitted to your face.
346 Westmoreland Ave., #105B,

Montreal: So Inclined

What Urban Rappelling
Where Conveyor Quay Tower
When Consult schedule on website
Cost $99 for 3 descents (gear included)

Conveyor Quay Tower

Take urban adventure to new heights with Décalade’s introduction to rappelling in the heart of the Old Port. The rappelling team has given the waterfront, ­industrial-era Conveyor Quay Tower, which formerly loaded container ships, a new life as a playground for thrill-seekers of all ages. You’ll begin by harnessing up while receiving instructions and ­safety training from friendly, experienced guides at the base. Then the high-adrenalin fun begins as you ascend, your heart beating a little quicker with each step up. Once you summit, catch your breath while taking in the lofty views over the St. Lawrence far below and the city skyline – now at eye level. With the rope attached, engage your spidey senses and go over the edge face down for a thrillingly bouncy, nearly 50-metre controlled ­vertical descent. You’ll be a habitué by the third round, but with seven ­levels of rappelling expertise – the ultimate: acrobatic freestyle and performance – it can only go up from here.
Promenade des Bouquinistes, 855-992-8333,



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