So many possibilities to have fun: go on a space mission, defy gravity in a free-fall simulator, play glow‐in‐the‐dark golf, try indoor surfing, take a kayak trip to enjoy nature’s charms and even pick strawberries and tulips. All that in a single day... or two. It’s up to you!
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Between going on a space mission at the Cosmodome and a special patio in the Centropolis, you can go kayaking in Laval’s bayous.
Explore space at the Cosmodome
This is the building at the foot of the replica of the Ariane shuttle, which you can easily see from the highway. It’s the only museum institution in Canada that is fully devoted to space sciences and exploration. The Cosmodome museum has themed exhibition rooms. You should definitely make time to see the museum’s actual lunar rock as well as the room that reproduces the solar system and its planets. During your visit, you’ll be able to take part in a space mission (three to choose from!), with virtual components and interactive games.
Even though the Cosmodome isn’t a training centre for real astronauts, its summer camps give young people an experience of space that’s out of this world. They even get to sleep in space modules just like those on the International Space Station.
The Cosmodome’s exhibit of a lunar rock is one of only two in Québec.
Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
The environment of the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles is said to resemble the bayous of Louisiana because of the park’s wetland forest and the natural setting of the river and its tributaries... fortunately, minus the crocodiles! Large populations of birds, turtles and other animals live there. As a wildlife reserve, the park has a mission to protect and conserve the environment, but also to showcase the river.
On the 42-km (26-mi.) river, you’ll have ample opportunities to marvel at the beautiful natural surroundings. Explore the archipelago by canoe, kayak, paddleboat, paddleboard, rowboat or rabaskaw, or take a cruise on the Héron bleu. You can even go fishing there, in summer and winter!
The Rivière des Mille-Îles is home to 91 at-risk species requiring protection.
You’ll get a better understanding of the area when you visit the Exploration Centre and take in its permanent exhibition on the river’s biodiversity, entitled Believe it or not!).
Unwind at the Centropolis
The Centropolis in the heart of Laval is a commercial hub where the business world, entertainment venues and the pleasures of daily life converge. A great spot to meet up with friends. Enjoy gourmet food, have fun, go to shows and shop to your heart’s content.
In addition to pedestrian areas, the Central Square comes alive in summer: illuminated fountains, gardens, and ornemental vegetable gardens producing vegetables in original shapes and colours, which are distributed to local community organizations.
Have fun all year long: mini golf, indoor surfing, winter skating...
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