Celebrate winter this weekend at ‘Laval en Blanc’

After two years of absence from the calendar, it is at the Centre de la nature that the outdoor winter event Laval en blanc will be held from January 27th to January 29th.

A diversified program for all to enjoy awaits citizens throughout this last weekend of January: fireworks, shows under a big top, mobile circus performances in the form of street trucks, via ferrata, obstacle course, mini-zip line, Fort challenge (snowball fight), bumper cars, snow sculpture, and several other activities.

“It’s time to dress warmly and put your nose outside to come and take a tour of Laval in white! This is the first year that the event has
taken place at the Centre de la nature, in an enchanting setting. The most entertaining shows await citizens who want to play and have fun
with their family!” said Executive Committee Member and Responsible for Special Events Sandra Desmeules.


January 27
7 p.m. Fireworks, outdoor site;
7:30 p.m. Explosion Band, varied music
show, marquee;
January 28
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Ari Cui Cui and the magic
7 p.m. Sara Dufour, music show.

January 29

11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
L’hiver rock d’Atchoum.

To learn about the complete program, go to lavalenblanc.laval.ca.

Outside this winter

Several open practice sports are also offered throughout the winter in neighbourhood parks.

Sliding, skating, snow mazes and many other activities are accessible free of charge to allow
you to move outside with your family.

For more information, go to dehors.laval.ca.

crossing between intersections, to respect traffic lights, to establish eye contact with drivers and to never presume that a driver sees you.

Nearly 200 activities offered this winter at Laval library branches

Feeling bored this winter as the skies hang grey over Laval? The city’s library branches may hold the answer to your seasonal blues, with more than 200 free activities scheduled over the coming months.

Since Jan. 18, registration (which is mandatory) for the activities has been open to all residents of Laval.

Laval’s public library branches are offering a wide range of programs and activities over the coming months.

“Beyond the access to thousands of documents, Laval’s libraries are lively places for gatherings and interesting exchanges,” says city councillor Flavia Alexandra Novac, who is responsible for cultural issues including the libraries.

“This season, the programs available are inviting Laval residents to come explore new horizons near them, with workshops and activities for all tastes and all ages,” she adds. “Registration, attendance and participation in the activities at the libraries is 100 per cent free and all are welcome. So, this winter, set off to discover – come to the library.”

Activities for all ages

A sampling of some of the activities offered until spring:

  • Children’s story telling (up to 5 years);
  • No Parents Allowed Night, 25 February (10 to 15 years);
  • Board game Sundays (families);
  • Travelogues to Italy, Barcelona, Gaspésie, Boston or the Canadian Rockies (open to all);
  • Hi-Tech Studio (open to all);

Literary celebrities

The library branches will be welcoming several Québécois literary celebrities, including accomplished authors Marie Laberge and Christine Brouillet. As well, the composer/performer Étienne Drapeau is also invited, as is science writer Martin Carli.

School break in March

Staff at the Laval library branches won’t be slowing down when it’s time for school break in late February and early March.

From Feb. 25 to March 3, more than 20 activities will be offered to young people, including technical tinkering, robotics, virtual reality, introduction to knitting and macrame, manga drawing and other topics. The Medialab Studio at the Multicultural library branch will also be open from 10 am to 9 pm the entire week of the school break.

Safety blitz in Laval focuses on risky pedestrian habits

The City of Laval and the Laval Police have launched a week-long campaign in which the focus will be the safety of pedestrians.

The campaign, which is ongoing until this Friday, emphasizes respect for Highway Code regulations at intersections, stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks and school zones, while also drawing attention to negligent drivers.

While the LPD maintains that the main causes of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are negligence, inattention and distraction, they add that they are going to be on the lookout for “risky” behaviour shown by pedestrians.

Although drivers are advised to always make sure their vehicle is stopped behind the stop line at intersections, that they respect pedestrians’ right of way and that they ensure the vehicle’s lights are on to maximize visibility, pedestrians are being advised to avoid crossing between intersections, to respect traffic lights, to establish eye contact with drivers and to never presume that a driver sees you.