Centre de la nature is a green oasis located within the metropolitan area of Laval. This is more than just a regular city park and offers something for everyone. Its lovely gardens and lawns complete with serene surroundings are ideal for relaxing with your favorite book. For the outdoorsy types, the Centre de la nature features host of activities ranging from hiking, biking, kayaking, skateboarding; from summer to winter sports, a wide scope is covered here. The nature lovers can explore the deer park or the country-side farm featuring farm animals like cows, chickens and horses. That's not it, Centre de la nature also conducts variety of sporting and cultural events throughout the year. And, such a picturesque locale makes for an ideal backdrop for wedding photography; with prior permission you can arrange for wedding photography session here. For entry fees, hours of facilities and event schedule, check website or call ahead.
Located on the banks of the Rivière des Prairies, this 30-hectare (75-acre) shore side park combines historical sites with parkland. Guests enjoy guided tours, a theater, a boutique and even an outdoor cafe, as well as observation points along the river. Depending on the season, you can picnic, hike, cycle, bird-watch or fish to your heart's content. In the winter, cross-country ski or snowshoe down the groomed trails.
Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park is famous for its old growth hardwood forest, tremendous array of wild flowers and all sorts of wildlife both terrestrial and aquatic. There are trails along peaceful streams, and canoeing is also available. In winter there is cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with several chalets along the way where you can warm up any cold extremities. The interpretation center offers a picnic grounds and an open air base for kids. Children will get a kick out of watching black-capped chickadees and hairy woodpeckers vie for food at the bird-feeding stations.