You can live a full life without ever leaving the Island of Montreal. But those who stick to the metropolis are missing out on lesser-known destinations just a bridge away. There are plenty of things to do in Laval to entertain even the most jaded Montrealer.\nThe suburb may just be a bridge away, but stepping into the 450 can sometimes feel like unfamiliar territory because, let's be real, it offers a completely different vibe.\nEditor's Choice: 10 Things You Have To Do If You Only Have 48 Hours In Quebec City\nThe city across the Rivière des Prairies is known for its sprawling shopping centres, highways, and seemingly endless suburban streets.\nBut talk to any Lavalois and you'll undoubtedly hear about their immense pride in their own island — a pride that probably comes from their abundance of activities and out-of-the-way spots to explore.\nIt may seem like a faraway land, but the reality is it's just a quick trip away from Montreal — it's even accessible by metro!\nFrom amazing eateries, charming bakeries, and underrated parks, Laval is worth checking out every now and again.\nParc Bernard Landry\nWhere: 5, avenue du Crochet\nView this post on Instagram Bon matin 🌞 A post shared by Véronique Cimon (@veroniquecimon) on Jul 3, 2020 at 3:54am PDT\nThis gorgeous park by the Rivière des Prairies is a little natural oasis among suburban streets and industrial parks.\nThough it's just across from Montreal Island, it feels like it belongs in the Laurentides region.\nWebsite\nRestaurant Amato\nWhere: 192, boulevard Sainte-Rose\nView this post on Instagram Aperol Spritz in Amato Garden! A post shared by Myriam (@myriammalo123) on Aug 16, 2017 at 2:49pm PDT\nThis Italian restaurant calls itself a "little corner of paradise" and claims to have one of the most beautiful garden terraces in Quebec.\nIt's the perfect spot for an intimate dinner date.\nWebsite\nCafé Phyllo\nWhere: 703, boulevard Curé-Labelle\nView this post on Instagram Greek frappe or a freddo cappuccino? Whichever you choose, you'll sure to love it! @patisseriephyllo makes best cold Greek coffees in #Laval, hands down. . . . . #coldcoffee #summerdrink #greekcoffee #frappe #freddo #phyllo #eatwithmemtl #tastefantasticmtl #foodie #foodporn #goodfood #foodiemtl #themosttrusted #montreal #450 #mtlblog #mtlmoments #foodlover #feedmemontreal #mtleats #tastemtl #mtlbornfoodie #tastemontreal #restomontreal #mtlresto #montrealeats A post shared by MtlBornFoodie 🇬🇷🇨🇦 (@mtlbornfoodie) on Jul 16, 2018 at 1:50pm PDT\nLocated in a strip mall, this bakery is known for the amazing Greek desserts it serves up, but I go for the fiercely flavourful Greek frappes.\nIf you're a coffee fanatic, you are going to want to head to Laval and grab one ASAP!\nWebsite\nParc de la Riviere-des-Milles-Îles\nWhere: 345, boulevard Sainte-Rose\nView this post on Instagram #kayaking in #montreal #yul #mileisles #514 #laval #strose #qc A post shared by Wayne (@iceman_hq) on Oct 1, 2018 at 5:07pm PDT\nAnother beautiful park in Laval, located in Sainte-Rose, this spot is known for its protected wildlife, calm waters, and gorgeous views. It's also a great spot to kayak and rent canoes.\nWebsite\nBouza\nWhere: 3821, boulevard Saint-Martin O.\nCalories don’t count on Fridays! 🍦\n\nStop in today for a sweet start of your weekend! \n.\n.\n.\n📍 Tag us @Bouza_inc\n#Bouza...Posted by Bouza on Friday, July 3, 2020\nThere are so many ice-cream spots in and around Montreal, but few do it like Bouza.\nThis Syrian-inspired ice cream joint adds a delectable flair to the frozen treat.\nFacebook\nLe Château Taillefer Lafon\nWhere: 1500, montée Champagne\nView this post on Instagram Pleins de beaux projets à venir pour nous ❤️ A post shared by Audrey Lanthier-lavoie (@audreylavoie) on Jun 25, 2020 at 5:32pm PDT\nEverything about this place is Instagram worthy, from the greenery to the architecture.\nIt feels a world away from Laval's famous sprawl.\nThe boutique sells locally produced wines and ciders and you can even sign up for the wine club, whose members have access to the baroque terrasse and private tastings.\nMore info\nPatisserie Artopolis\nWhere: 4617, chemin du Souvenir\nGoogle Maps\nThis spot is so low-key, there is no website, no Instagram, and barely any photos online.\nBut if you're a fan of croissants, you are going to want to make the drive to Laval.\nParc Gagné\nWhere: 270, boulevard des Prairies\nView this post on Instagram Windmills are always great element for the beauty of your captures 😍👍 . . . . . . . . #fall #automne #autumn #eteindien #indiansummer #quebec #canada #outing #outdoors #naturelove #laval A post shared by Sue Manzo 🇨🇦 (@instasuemanzo) on Oct 21, 2019 at 12:45pm PDT\nThis lovely spot facing the water is a picturesque fall escape minutes from Montreal Island. Grab a book, or download a good podcast and head to this spot for a little one-on-one time with yourself.\nWebsite\nBoucherie d'Orient\nWhere: 1627, boulevard Curé-Labelle\nView this post on Instagram 🔥🔥 #maanek #soujouk #meat #mtlfoodies #mtlfood #montreal #laval #mtleats #shishtaouk #kafta A post shared by Boucherie&Grillades D'Orient (@boucheriedorient) on Sep 11, 2016 at 6:05pm PDT\nMy mouth is watering just thinking about this place. Located in a strip mall, this eatery is easy to miss.\nAlthough the butcher shop is known for its high-quality meats, it's the sandwiches that draw me to Laval.\nThese melt-in-your-mouth, pita-stuffed meals are full of flavour.\nFacebook\nBerge aux Quatre-Vents\nWhere: 925, rue Riviera\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Maryse (@maryseperreault) on Jul 21, 2020 at 12:10pm PDT\nThis sandy spot is a well-kept secret and a great place to set up a picnic or play some volleyball. It offers the same beach vibes as the sandy riverside parks of Montreal without the crowds.\nWebsite\nZoom Pizza\nWhere: 3873, boulevard Saint-Martin O.\nView this post on Instagram Be sure to practice the two P's this summer.... Pizza and Picnics! Stop by to start creating your perfect Pizza 👇 📍 3873 Boulevard Saint-Martin O 📸 by @hangryeatsmtl A post shared by Zoom Pizza (@zoom_pizza) on Jul 11, 2020 at 11:58am PDT\nThis may not be hidden, but this new pizza spot is worth taking the drive to Laval.\nYou customize your pie, but in every case, the thin-crust goodness will have your mouth watering for more after the very first bite.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.