Laval is without a doubt one of the smallest tourist regions of Quebec. Located next to the island of Montréal, Laval has 370,000 inhabitants. This island was once inhabited by First Nations, and when Europeans arrived, they named the island “Montmagny Island”, in honour of New Frances 2nd governor. In 1636, the island changed its name to become “Jesus Island”, since is was owned by the Jesuits. Monseigneur de Laval later became the owner of the island, which gave him the right to own a county, that of Laval. Over the years, the island kept its name, but was divided into a dozen cities including Sainte-Dorothée, Chomedey, Laval-des-Rapides are in the middle of the Laval island”>Sainte-Rose, Laval-des-Rapides, Auteuil, Saint-François and Saint-Vincent-de-Paul. In 1965, the cities were merged into only one: Laval. The former cities thus became districts.
Nowadays, only a few remnants of the past remain on the island, except for a few historic neighbourhoods. Laval is now mainly renowned for its scientific attractions with the Cosmodôme Space Science Centre, but also for its cultural, young and family activities. In Laval, families have the place of honour. There are numerous attractions and activities for children, especially in the Chomedey district. Families have the choice among the Recreatheque, the Armand Frappier Museum and Jungle Adventure, which is a huge maze on several levels.
Every district in Laval offers a large number of outdoor activities. In the Sainte-Dorothée district, you will discover flowers, a large amount of flowers. As for the Vieux-Laval-des-Rapides are in the middle of the Laval island”>Sainte-Rose, it specializes in popular festivals like the Symposium de peinture et de sculpture de Rose-Art and the Huge Island Bonfire. You will also find a few parks, including the popular parc de la Rivičre-des-Mille-Îles. It is impossible to remain indifferent at the Centre de la Nature in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul district, because of its 50 hectares (123 acres) of green spaces. It is so breautiful that it is now a member of the Association des grands jardins du Québec.
Even though the region of Laval offers many family activities, it has many activities in store for parents and adults. The Spa Orazio offers health and relaxing cares, while the Maison des arts de Laval promises you a great evening of entertainment. Why not end the evening in a bar or a good restaurant? Adults can also enjoy playgrounds!