Sudbury, the regional capital of Northeastern Ontario, is also the largest municipality in Ontario based on landmass, with a geographic area of 3,627 square km.
Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield wilderness and home to over 300 beautiful lakes (including Lake Wanapitei, the largest city-contained lake in the world) means you’re never far from epic land or water-based adventure in the greater Sudbury area.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Sudbury, scroll down or visit the city’s tourism website.
Where is Sudbury?
Sudbury is right at the convergence of two major highways, Highway 69 South and Highway 17, in the heart of Ontario. Sudbury is also connected by VIA Rail.
Things to Do in Sudbury
It's easy to transition from urban activities to outdoor adventure in this warm and welcoming city.
Set out on a day hike at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, a multi-use nature park within the city limits that features over 20 km of trails from Lake Ramsey and ends at the Southeast Bypass.
Sudbury is a popular snowmobiling destination. The Sudbury Trail Plan (STP) maintains and grooms over 1,000 km of trails around the city, including three loop tours.
Scenic Kukagami Lake attracts both paddlers and anglers to explore its clear waters and fish for smallmouth bass, lake trout, and walleye.
Local museums tell the story of this area's history. The Anderson Farm Museum Heritage Society is a historic dairy farm that stretches over 57,000 square metres of land. It was built by Finnish settlers Frank Anderson and Gretta Anderson over 100 years ago. One of Northern Ontario's most popular attractions, Science North features a planetarium and IMAX cinema. Next door, Dynamic Earth science centre in the museum is home to a giant replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel and demonstrates Sudbury's mining heritage.
Witness the creativity of the Franco-Ontarian community in La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario Art Gallery.
Sudbury Neighbourhoods & Districts
Sudbury is made up of several distinct neighborhoods - from the city’s largest urban waterfront park, known as Bell Park, to the hustle and bustle of the largest shopping mall called Lasalle in the New Sudbury area.
The city’s largest urban waterfront park is located in the heart of Greater Sudbury. One of the place’s main attractions is the gorgeous Ramsey Lake.
The downtown core was once the city’s original neighbourhood. Now a 2 hectare park on a hill in the southeast corner of the neighbourhood is one of the best known spots in Downtown Sudbury.
One of the first neighbourhoods outside of the original settlement. The Flour Mill Museum was the home of the mill’s foreman, which has now turned into a community museum.
As the name suggests, West End is located exactly at the west of downtown. It is home to Queens Athletic Park, where the skating oval is typically open from late December to late February.
Things to Know About Visiting Sudbury
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Sudbury, it’s nice to learn what the locals know about the city.
Where to go ice skating
Visit Ramsey Lake Skating Path for 1.5 km of skating trails extending from McNaughton Terrace to Science North. They don’t offer skate rentals so be sure to bring your own.
Where to snap a great Instagram pic
Take a picture with the Big Nickel, a nine-metre replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel - you know you want to.
Where to go cycling
You can’t go wrong biking anywhere in Sudbury. Ttrails vary, from easy to rugged paths, check out Kivi Park and Crowley Lake, the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area or any of the Rainbow Routes trails.
Last updated: June 20, 2022