You can go on rides and pig out on cotton candy. 🍭
Summer is in full swing in the Greater Montreal area as life slowly begins to feel a little more normal. If you're looking for something a little different than La Ronde, this is your chance to try out the Fun Show Amusement Fair, a summer carnival in Laval, that will be held at the Centropolis from July 15 to August 8.
Anyone who visits the fair is sure to have a vibrant, colourful evening — just like the ones you had when you were a kid.
Particularly enchanting at night, the amusement park offers about twenty rides, inflatable games, games of skill and mobile snacks. It's perfect for an exciting evening out of the ordinary.
To bring a date, to stuff yourself with cotton candy or simply to get your hair messed up on one of the many attractions, it will cost you $35 for a full day or $2 per coupon. Note that a small ride costs three coupons, and a large ride costs four coupons.
If you miss your chance at Centropolis, the carnival moves to the Metropolitan Flea Market from August 12 to 15, and to Place Vertu from August 19 to 29.
The Fun Show Amusement Park in Laval
Cost: $35 one-day wristband
When: July 15 to August 8
Address: 2888, ave. Du Cosmodôme, Laval, QC
A maximum of eight people are allowed on the inflatable donuts right now.
Summer weather has reached Quebec extra early this year, which means we're all looking for fun activities to do on sunny days. And spending time floating away on one of Top Dopico's BBQ Donuts is something that definitely needs to be added to your summertime bucket list.
This company lets you rent inflatable tubes and hang out on the water in groups of two to eight people, according to the website.
Top Dopico's BBQ Donut currently has two locations for you to float off from, one in Laval and the other in Boucherville.
Tube rentals start at $300 for three hours and include a cooler full of ice placed in the middle of the "donut."
Boats equipped with a BBQ grill are available for $325 for three hours and $525 for five hours.
Top Dopico's BBQ Donut
Where: Marina de Boucherville, Boucherville, QC & Aventure Mille-Îles, Laval, QC
When: Every Wednesday to Sunday during the summer
It's happening every weekend until December 20!!!
Not only will there be a food truck serving some of the eatery's delicious dishes but there will be a ton of things to discover every Saturday and Sunday from now until December 20, from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m.
This market will follow all COVID-19 regulations and will allow you to get out of your house and enjoy a holiday celebration filled with a ton of local goodies to be discovered and Christmas fun to be had.
Lucille's General Manager, Cayleigh Starr, told MTL Blog: "We were waiting to find out if we would be able to re-open our dining rooms for the holidays, so as soon as we found out that we wouldn't be open, we knew exactly what we wanted to do!"
Included in the market will be a slew of local products that have been "carefully selected by Lucille's team." This includes oysters from Île-de-la-Madeleine, snow crab from Gaspésie, foie gras from Lac-Brome, Maple syrup from St. Leon, and Marco sodas.
Consumers will even be able to pick up hand-painted ornaments from Montreal-based company, All Things Paper MTL, floral arrangements from Aura Design, and handmade cards by local artist, Plume Prints.
There will also be ready-made meals, fine wines and champagnes and even a butcher's counter, among other things.
For those of you who aren't into wrapping gifts, Lucille's will also offer a gift-wrapping service, so that "customers can select their own items to create a personalized gift box, or leave with the boxes already carefully assembled by Lucille's team."
Lucille's Christmas Market
When: Every weekend until December 20 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: Lucille's Laval, 2565, boul. Daniel-Johnson, Laval, QC
Why You Need To Go: Because who doesn't love a food truck and holiday festivities?
There will be thousands of pumpkins.
Spooky season is here and, surprisingly, shaping up to be pretty spectacular. Multiple popular events have announced their return for the 2020 season. Others, like Laval's sprawling Illumi village of lights, are presenting special Halloween editions.
The festive holiday event is turning ghoulish for a special fall display from the beginning of October until the beginning of November,* when the Halloween exhibit will be converted back into a winter wonderland.
Visitors can [...] enjoy a special Halloween touch with monsters, ghosts, witches and thousands of pumpkins.
A statement shared with MTL Blog promises all sorts of creepy creatures, as well as "thousands of pumpkins."
This year, visitors can experience the village of lights by car, foot, or mini train.
*This article has been updated.
You get to throw fruit at your friends.
Watch out for that banana! After months of playing video games to pass the quarantine hours, you can bring your skills to real life. ekart's Mario Kart on ice in Laval lets you and your friends race live on the ice of the Place Bell.
The event has returned after a hiatus due to the health crisis. Organizers assure that it's doing everything to comply with public health rules.
As in all other indoor public spaces in Quebec, masks are mandatory.
But the thrill of chucking turtle shells and fruit in the path of your friends remains.
Players will also still get to dress up in the costume of their choice.
On the ice, they'll have to navigate between obstacles and be careful not to collide with other racers to complete the course.
The icy floor ensures "crazy drifts" that mimic the treacherous tracks in the Nintendo game.
Music from the game will fill the arena to enhance the ambiance.
The events are taking place on Saturday, August 22 and Saturday, August 29 between 2:00 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Four-kart races last about 10 minutes.
Prospective players have to reserve their spots online. Tickets cost $25 each.
You must be at least 12 years old and five feet tall to race.
ekart also rents out its mobile 18,000-square-foot race track along with pollution-free and low-noise electric karts for parties or team building activities.
It calls the track "an activity that combines team spirit, individual challenge, adrenaline, and thrills."
So if 10 minutes of racing just isn't enough, you can bring the fun to you.
Get all the details on the Mario Kart racing below.
Real-Life Mario Kart On Ice
Saturday, August 22 & Saturday, August 29
2:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Address: Place Bell
Why You Need To Go: To take your Mario Kart competitions to real life and throw fruit at your friends. Do you need another reason?
Hope you're not afraid of the dark.
Hope you're brave. If you love courses filled with puzzles, false trails, dead ends, and obstacles that you must ingeniously thwart, the night labyrinth at Ferme BM Forget in Laval might be for you. The spooky activity is on every Friday in August and September this year.
Normally, the rates for the nightly adventure are $10, but exceptionally, you will only have to pay $7.50 to live this original experience for the 2020 summer season.
The official opening will take place on Friday, August 7, and Ferme BM Forget confirmed to Narcity Québec that it's taking all necessary measures to comply with public health recommendations.
But the maze is not for those afraid of the dark.
Since darkness elevates hearing and amplifies the sounds of footsteps, birds, and wind, anyone who gets skittish at night might have to refrain from this adventure.
The most daring will have to be sure to arrive on-site with a flashlight and a lot of patience as the course takes more or less an hour to complete.
Images from years past show just how sprawling (and scary!) the maze is.
But testing your courage does have its rewards.
Ferme BM Forget is planning small campfires with marshmallow roasting at the end of each evening to congratulate successful participants.
At such a low price, it doesn't cost much to at least attempt the labyrinth. The worst that can happen is that you come away with great stories to tell.
This could be just the thing to kick off the season of frights.
Get all the details below.
Night Labyrinth At Ferme BM Forget
When: Fridays in August and September, 2020
Address: 7901, avenue Marcel-Villeneuve, Laval
Why You Need To Go: To test your courage in a nighttime course full of mysteries and challenges!
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.