Laval, Quebec, Canada
Specs: 17,000-square-foot facility will feature 10,000 square feet of bouldering terrain. Other amenities will include a gear shop and a training area with weights, campus boards, two hydraulic walls (Kilter and Tension), and other accoutrements. The floorplan will also include workspace, according to the gym’s co-propriétaire, Jean-François M. Carrier: “There will be a lot of students nearby, so we’re going to have a student or professional area with coffee and bistro snacks, tables and work spaces with Wi-Fi. It will be for students and professionals who want to come in, get some coffee, finish their work, and then go climb.”
The gym in Laval (which is the third largest city in Quebec province) will be the second Le Crux facility. The first Le Crux is located in the Boisbriand region of Montreal; it was a revamped version of a gym that originally opened in 1998 called Action Directe. The Le Crux climbing team based out of the Boisbriand gym is one of the most decorated in Quebec, having been cited as the best provincial team (and more recently the best youth team) for several years in a row. The new Le Crux location in Laval will continue to have a competition and team training focus, while also appealing to the casual and student base.
In Their Words: “The new gym will be in the center of Laval’s downtown. It will be a 10-minute walk from one of the biggest metro stations connecting to Montreal. It will be close to a popular college called Collège Montmorency, and the University of Montreal has a campus [in Laval] too. It is going to be well-placed. So we’ll have two gyms—the biggest bouldering gym on the North Shore of Montreal at Laval, and the only all-around rock climbing center on the North Shore of Montreal [with the Boisbriand location].”
—Jean-François M. Carrier, Co-Propriétaire
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