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Each season brings its pleasures and winter is no exception. And what is the best way to get the most out of the white season? Get ready to enjoy it! Why hibernate when there are so many things we can do outside?
Are you shivering from the cold? Well, the weather is not the one to blame. You have to dress properly for winter. When the cold weather comes, wear your tuque, mitts, scarf, wool socks, snowsuit, and your winter boots. There, you’re ready to thumb your nose at freezing temperature, go play outside and have fun.
Yes, it’s possible to practice many activities in the Laval region even when a blanket of snow covers the ground. And many of those activities are free!
Our Winter Favourite Spots
While experienced snowshoers would probably prefer the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles or the Bois de l’Équerre, the Parc Bernard-Landry is perfect for a family snowshoeing outing with young children or even to play disc golf. Do you know this sport? It is accessible to everyone during the whole winter at parc Bernard-Landry. It’s wide enough so you don’t feel like going around in circles, yet small enough so the kids won’t get tired or discouraged.
For those looking for a site where to practice several winter activities, the Centre de la nature is a destination of choice, and definitely a park to visit.
Winter is the season to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, fill your lungs with fresh air, and have rosy nose and cheeks. Promise, you won’t regret it.
Winter activities for the whole family
In winter, Laval is quite a unique playground for the entire family. Enjoy an outdoor family outing at one of the city’s skating rinks or go sledding. Go snowshoeing in a beautiful natural setting or cross-country skiing on amazing trails through wooded areas and farmland. And why not combine fun with adventure and enjoy a snowmobile ride? Yes, a snowmobile ride! The Club de Motoneige Laval maintains some 60 kilometres of marked trails.
Another great activity for the whole family is ice fishing. Head for the river bank of the Rivière des Mille Îles to catch a fish for dinner!
Illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights: the flagship activity in Laval
Illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights by Cavalia that attracted 500,000 visitors in its first year is back.
This activity offers the perfect opportunity to get out of the house with our loved ones, have fun and marvels at this one-of-a-kind and magical nocturnal adventure.
The site has been installed around a gigantic tree of lights. The new 3-kilometre path is comprised of 18 amazing scenes, including 10 new universes. In total, 20 million LED bulbs bring to life more than 30,000 dazzling light structures.
Winter Activities in Laval
Snow Sliding: Centre de la nature, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, parc Bernard- Landry
Outdoor Fitness Equipment: 6 parcs à Laval
Skating: Centre de la nature, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles.
Skating on Refrigerated Rinks: Centropolis, parc Émile (patinoire Bleu Blanc Bouge)
Ici Fishing : Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Aventure Mille-Îles
Hiking: Bois de Laval , Centre de la nature, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, parc Bernard-Landry
Snowshoeing: Bois de Laval Berge de l’Orée-des-Bois, Centre de la nature, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, parc Bernard-Landry
Downhill Skiing: Centre de la nature (pour les 5 à 8 ans)
Cross-country Skiing: Centre de la nature, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, parc Berthiaume-Du-Tremblay, parc Bernard-Landry