Tourism in Laval - All this… and more!

Interesting, authentic and full of vitality, Laval holds a ton of appeal for any type of visitor. Whatever your interests, this municipality’s many charms are sure to win you over.

Only about twenty minutes from downtown Montreal, Laval is an especially accessible destination that’s easy to get to by car or metro (three metro stations along the orange line are located in Laval).

Once there, you’ll have no trouble discovering all the wonderful things the city has to offer, as visitors can choose from a profusion of activities combining nature, culture, gastronomy and other leisure and entertainment options. This wide array of offerings in one metropolitan regionis quite unique in Quebec. In fact, among its many tourist attractions, more than 20 are located within a radius of less than 20 km.

And to top it all off, you can hop aboard the 360 shuttle, a free public transit servicethat is a de facto extension of the metro’s orange line, connecting with the Montmorency station,which operates 7/7 in summer, providing a continuous link between the many hotels and tourist destinations.

A lush bayou

Believe it or not, there’s an honest-to-goodness bayou in Laval! Situated inthe Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles is one of the most beautiful and luxuriant natural settings in the region.Exploring the park’s labyrinth of water trails aboard a kayak at dusk is an absolutely not-to-be-missed magical experience.

Picture yourself at sunset, gliding silently over calm water on a soft-flowing river, snaking through marshes surrounded byhundreds of trees and luxurious vegetationinhabited by turtles and herons. There really is no other way to describe the experience than enchanting!

You don’t need any equipment, as everything is available for rent at the park.

For more information on the park and its activities, visit: parc-mille-iles.qc.ca

“Cape Canaveral” in Laval!

You don’t need to go to Florida to visit a space centre; just head to the Cosmodomein Laval!Located along Highway 15, this is Canada’s only interactive museum devoted entirely to astronautics and space exploration.

Blast off into space on one of three virtual space exploration missions. The special effects and training simulator are designed to make the experience realistic so that you can get a fairly accurate simulation of what astronauts do.

For more information on the many other activities offered at the Cosmodome, visit: cosmodome.org

Suppertime!

What better way to end a day of activities than sitting down to a good meal? There are plenty of excellent options to choose from in Laval, as several new establishments have sprung upthere in the past few months, including LOV, which offers vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Escondite, a Mexican brasserie, and the amazing À domicile resto-bar, that offers a whole a new dining experience.

Also worth mentioning is Centropolis, a popular gathering spot that features a shopping complex with pedestrian promenades and an illuminated fountain. Over the years, numerous eateries have opened their doors there, making it a real restaurant industry hub.

And just to make your mouth water, let us tell you about the celebrated restaurant Mitoyen, which, with its 4-Diamond Quebec (CAA-AAA) rating, 5 stars from Guide Voir and multiple-awarded chef Richard Bastien, is one of Quebec’s top restaurants. Everything is so extraordinarily good, it’s impossible to recommend one dish over another. If you’re a fish lover, you’ll swoon for their roasted cod with romesco sauce and braised chicory with saffron orange. Prefer something meatier? Try the duck supreme with red cabbage and figs, honey and spice sauce, or the milk-fed veal fillet, artichoke heart and ravioli with duck foie gras.

And as no gastronomic experience would be complete without dessert, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to end yours with an indulgent molten chocolate lava cake accompanied by a basil and coconut sorbet.

652 De la Place Publique Street (in the Sainte-Dorothée neighbourhood)

restaurantlemitoyen.com

For inspiration, visit Tourisme Laval’s website at tourismelaval.com