24 Hours of Family Fun in Laval, Quebec
Laval, Quebec is a city located north of Montreal with a long list of family-friendly things to do. It’s a perfect place to stop and enjoy while traveling from Ontario through to Montreal, Quebec City, or even make it your destination because there is SO much to do! We were lucky enough to spend 24 hours in Laval and had an absolute blast, though we only scratched the surface of things to do in Laval! In addition to our guide below, make sure to check out Tourisme Lavals’ fun, and easy to navigate website to find your Laval!
Highlights of our Trip
- Bouncing around at ISaute extreme trampoline park
- Learning through play at the Musee pour Enfants
- Canoeing at Parc de la Riviere-des-Mille-Iles
Where to Stay
- Quality Suites Laval is located in the heart of the city, near it’s main attractions. The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi, and is pet-friendly for families with four legged friends. With large suites there is plenty of room to settle in a get comfortable for everyone.
We arrived in Laval, checked into our hotel, and began our 24 hours of fun right away! Our first stop was to snag a few photos of our space-loving son in-front of the towering rocket ship outside of the Cosmodome (across the street from Quality Suites).
Our next stop was ISaute, a 20,000 square foot warehouse transformed into an extreme trampoline park. There is a section for classic jumping, basketball on trampolines as well as a dodgeball court on trampolines as well. Also, we have foam pits so that jumpers can attempt areal tricks and slacklining as well as a section reserved for our littlest jumpers. This was our first time playing at a trampoline park and smiles, laughs, and giggles were coming from our kids (and us) the entire time!
The next morning we went to the Musee Pour Enfants, a museum created to foster play and learning through hands on activities. The museum is themed around the professions and giving children the opportunity to learn about over 20 career choices like a veterinarian, construction worker, firefighter, performer, astronaut, and many more! We have been to several children’s museums as we travel Canada and this one is our favorite! You could certainly spend an entire day here if you wanted, or take a break in the middle and return with your receipt!
Following a little learning session at the museum, we switched it up for some outdoor play! We arrived at the Parc de la Riviere-des-Mille-Iles , a protected territory since 1998, made up of ten islands covering 26.2 hectares of private lands belonging to the cities of Laval and Rosemèrea, and managed by the Eco Nature Organization. The beautiful park is under expansion to include a Wildlife Refuge to help animals in the area that are at risk.
We arrived at the boat rental area, where the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful in getting us prepared for our adventure by sharing tips and suggestions on where to paddle. There are several islands you can paddle to, get out of your canoe or kayak, and explore. Our favorite part was taking the kids exploring on Ile Des Juifs, the turqouise coloured island on the map below, where we spotted a great Blue Heron. Next time we visit, we will certainly be packing a lunch and taking a much longer trip to explore many of the islands!
If you have more than 24 hours to spend in Laval, here are a few more suggestions for things to do with your family:
- Centre de la Nature (Nature Centre)
- Bois de l’Equerre (natural walking area)
- Labyrinthe de Mais Geant (a giant corn maze)
Disclosure: We were generously hosted by Tourisme Laval and their generous partners so that we could share this wonderful experience with you! As always, our opinions are entirely our own and the experiences we participated in align with our family lifestyle.
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Laval, connect with our friends at Tourisme Laval: