Cosmodome, Space Camp Canada, Laval © Alarie Photo

Laval

Laval is a family destination like no other. In this vast playground, visitors can make surprising discoveries from one attraction to the next. Laval is also a mosaic of cultural activities, trendy restaurants and green spaces, and boasts a wide selection of inviting hotels.

Location and access

Laval, a city that covers the entire surface area of Île Jésus (240 km2), is adjacent to Montréal and accessible by metro.

 

Centropolis © C. Minielly
Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles © S. Poliquin
AeroSim Experience © Tourisme Laval
SkyVenture Laval-Montréal © SkyVenture Laval-Montréal
Maeva Surf © Tourisme Laval

Awe-inspiring activities

Are you looking for activities that are truly out of the ordinary? Look no further! Laval abounds with exciting experiences. To start, the Cosmodome—Canada’s only attraction dedicated to astronautics—offers three interactive space missions. And speaking of one‑of‑a‑kind attractions, you can feel what it’s like to free fall when parachuting at SkyVenture, try flowboarding (surfing on artificial waves) at Maeva Surf, reach new heights at Escalade Clip ‘n climb Laval, and take the controls of a Boeing 737 or an F‑16 Fighting Falcon fighter plane at the AeroSim Experience flight simulation centre.

You can also transform your urban adventure into outdoor one. Beautiful natural surroundings are just a short distance away at the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles or the Centre de la nature, both of which are fantastic green spaces where you can enjoy a variety of sports and outdoor activities.

Laval has 20 attractions concentrated in a 20‑km (12-mi.) radius! These tourist destinations are easily accessible and offer unique activities that are sure to please visitors who are looking to have fun, at any time of year.

Family life

Rain or shine, there’s always someplace fun to go in Laval. Your family has a vast selection of high-energy activities to choose from. Little kids will be enchanted by the Musée pour enfants de Laval children’s museum, where they’ll explore a multitude of trades and professions. They can also burn off some excess energy at the ISaute trampoline centre, or the Funtropolis and Jungle Adventure amusement centres.

Older kids can reach new heights at Escalade Clip ‘n climb, ride the waves at Maeva Surf, practise their putting at Putting Edge glow‑in‑the‑dark indoor mini golf, experience an adrenaline rush at Action 500 Karting & Paintball, get into the action at the new Maze N’ Games amusement centre, twirl in the air at SkyVenture, and experience the flying trapeze at Trapèze le Voltigeur. They can even become space explorers at the Cosmodome or airplane pilots at AeroSim Experience.

Laval is a recognized “Municipalité amie des enfants” (Child Friendly City). This accreditation, granted by the Carrefour action municipal et famille (CAMF), in partnership with Unicef Canada, honours a city that is greatly improving the quality of living environments for its families.

Cultural riches

Culture is alive in Laval, in all its forms. Numerous performances are presented on the city’s major stages, at the Théâtre Marcellin-Champagnat, the Maison des arts de Laval’s Salle Alfred-Pellan, and the Salle André-Mathieu. The latter also hosts the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, led by Alain Trudel. Laval is also home to the Armand-Frappier Museum, which has a new exhibition on one of the human body’s most fascinating organs: the brain.

In summer, Laval celebrates culture in fine fashion with a host of events, including the Laval Beer Festival held at Centre de la nature. Centropolis is transformed into a popular gathering place for large family celebrations. The same is true of the Vieux‑Sainte‑Rose heritage district, which is the site of rural and artistic events, such as the Festival musical indépendant Diapason, which takes place in early fall.

Laval has created a mobile app about its history and heritage. The Parcourir Laval app for iPhone or iPad allows you to discover the region’s heritage treasures by choosing among four geotagged routes to explore various points of interest and historic buildings.

Equipped for winter

There is no shortage of ways to experience the joys of winter in Laval. The Centre de la nature and Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles both offer a slew of winter activities, such as sliding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating. The Park even has all the equipment you need to try ice fishing. For its part, the Coureurs de boisés cross-country ski club boasts 25 km (15 mi.) of trails and organizes a variety of activities such as torch-lit walks. Visit the Bois de l'Équerre to discover a wondrous natural site for snowshoeing or hiking.

The Ferme L’Auteuilloise equestrian farm offers a highly original activity: pony sledding, which is similar to dogsledding, except the sleigh is pulled by a horse. For a more urban winter activity, go to the city’s only refrigerated outdoor skating rink at Centropolis.

You can go snowmobiling in Laval! The Club de Motoneige Laval’s 60 km (37 mi.) of groomed and marked trails allow snowmobiling enthusiasts to discover the region under a blanket of snow, before taking trails that directly lead to the Laurentides and Lanaudière regions.

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