• Laval Nature Center & Festi-weekends

    For 2017, the Festi-Weekends run (on weekends) from July 8 through August 13. Consult the program for details.

    Yes, it’s a bit of a slog to get to for Montrealers, and public transit isn’t exactly “door to door”, so you might be wondering if hauling the family out to visit the Laval Nature Center, or to take part in the Center’s Festi-weekends is worth the trouble. Read on, and decide for yourself.

    The Laval Nature Center is more than 50 hectares of natural beauty and outdoor family entertainment opened in 1970 on the site of an old stone quarry. The free-access site boasts a farm animal barn and petting area, an expansive modern playground, an artificial lake with boat rentals (summer) and skate rentals (winter), a small stage for performances, a children’s village, two snack bars and many picnic areas, as well as 12 tended gardens including a greenhouse and a sculpture garden.

    During the Festi-weekends season, which in run each Saturday and Sunday from the beginning of July to the middle of August, visitors to the Nature Center are treated to live entertainment including theater, music, shows, animations and activities. At other times of the year, the Center hosts a Family Festival (Sept. 1, 2013), Halloween and Christmas Parties and a fishing festival.

    All in all, a family can easily spend an entire day exploring the grounds, visiting the animals, enjoying a picnic and a paddle on the lake (boat rental fees are very reasonable). Is it worth the trip out? At least once each season of the year, in our estimation!

    The Laval Nature Center is at 901 du Parc in Laval, Québec.

    By public transit from Montreal, ride to Cartier Metro, then board Laval Transit bus #58 for a 20 minute ride to the park, (Montreal transit passes are not accepted in Laval)