Sudbury, Ontario, is known as the City of Lakes. Located 388 kilometres north of Toronto on the Trans Canada Highway, the city is home to around 160,000 English- and French-speaking people—and 330 freshwater lakes. Lake Wanapitei is the world’s largest city-contained lake, and the city’s south end borders Lake Ramsey.
Sudbury’s location on the Canadian Shield in the Great Lakes Basin was the site of an ancient meteor impact. The area’s exposed igneous rock is rich in ore, and Sudbury is known worldwide for its mining industry. Nickel and copper are the most widely extracted elements.
The most popular tourist attraction in Sudbury is Science North on Ramsey Lake Road. This interactive museum offers changing exhibits and ongoing science education for people of all ages. The museum also boasts an IMAX Theatre and a planetarium. One of the chief draws at Science North is Dynamic Earth, located about 5 kilometres west on Big Nickel Mine Drive. This museum features exhibits and events relating to Earth’s geology. Dynamic Earth has its own Atlas Copco Theatre for digital exhibitions.
Outdoor adventurers and eco-tourists in Sudbury will find plenty of things to do. In addition to its many lakes, Sudbury lies within a 90-minute drive of nine provincial parks. Activities include snowshoeing, skiing and dogsledding in winter, and hiking and boating in warmer weather. Rainbow Routes provides detailed online maps of trail routes throughout greater Sudbury for hikers of all skill levels.
Sudbury is also a great arts destination. Sudbury Theatre Centre’s professional season runs from October to May at its playhouse on Shaughnessy Street in the city centrer. Theatre Cambrian, on Eyre Street downtown, presents community performances all year around. Sudbury Symphony, founded in 1953, performs at Glad Tidings Tabernacle, on Regent Street near Science North. The city’s Grace Hartman Amphitheatre offers traditional and open-air seating at Bell Theatre, overlooking Lake Ramsey, and hosts festival events and touring shows. Sudbury Community Arena on Elgin Street hosts event and concerts and offers home-ice advantage to the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves.
You will find visual masterpieces on display at Art Gallery of Sudbury on John Street. The gallery’s botanical gardens offer a great view of Lake Ramsey to the east. Artists on Elgin, in the West End, features multimedia works by local artists—many are for sale.
Sudbury nightlife is in full swing with “Jam and Jazz” nights at Little Montreal, plus indie rock and touring bands at the Townehouse. Nightlife in Sudbury extends to its restaurants. Local favorites found at many diners include porketta, an Italian speciality spiced with dill and garlic, and pierogis filled with everything from sauerkraut to blueberries. Curious Thyme’s Bistro at Science North offers wild game, while Frank’s Delicatessen on Durham Street has the honor of being Sudbury’s oldest restaurant—it was founded in 1939. Other area eateries offer a variety of world cuisines, a reflection of Bridge of Nations on Paris Street, where more than 80 flags representing the city’s diverse population line the roadway.