Sudbury (official name Greater Sudbury) is a city of approximately 160,000 people, in Northern Ontario, Canada. It is Northern Ontario's largest city in both area and population, and a major retail and service centre for the region.
Sudbury's weather is typical of locations on the Canadian Shield, with hot summers and cold winters. The city is particularly renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities, with summer and winter activities being quite popular. The city has a somewhat unfair and outdated reputation as an environmental wasteland, due to past environmental damage from the local mining industry, but various environmental reclamation projects since the 1970s have given many parts of the city a rugged natural beauty that capitalizes on the region's many lakes, forests and rocky hills.
International visitors to Sudbury will feel right at home. The city is home to vibrant Italian, Finnish, Ukrainian, French, Polish and Aboriginal communities. You can expect to hear many of these languages being spoken regularly, though almost all residents speak English as well. Because Sudbury is officially bilingual, all city services are available in French and English. Road signs and street names are also posted in both official languages. The city celebrates its multicultural heritage on the Bridge of Nations, a downtown structure featuring the flags of every nation represented among the city's population.
- 1 Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB IATA), 5000 Air Terminal Drive, Garson, ☏ , fax: . The Greater Sudbury Airport is served by Air Canada Express, which provides six daily flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ IATA), and Bearskin Airlines, which operates flights from Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Kapuskasing, Thunder Bay, North Bay and Timmins. Connecting flights to other communities can be made at any of these other airports. Porter Airlines is now offering flights from the Billy Bishop Toronto Island Airport (YTZ IATA).
Sudbury is served by VIA Rail through the Sudbury Junction, Sudbury station and Capreol rail stations.
- 2 Sudbury Jct train station, 2750 Lasalle Blvd. East (10 km from downtown Sudbury, at the very east end of Lasalle Blvd., past Falconbridge Road, close to the old CN station). F 11:30PM-Sa 7:30AM, Su 4:30AM-10:30AM, M 11:30PM-Tu 7:30AM, W 4:30AM-10:30AM. The cross-country VIA rail service The Canadian stops at this station.
- 3 Sudbury train station, 233 Elgin St.. Tu 8AM-9:45AM, W 11AM-4:45PM, Th 7:30AM-1:15PM, F 9AM-4:45PM, Sa 8AM-9:45AM, Su 12:30PM-4:15PM. The Sudbury - White River train originates at this station.
- 4 Capreol Station, 8 Front Street, Capreol, ☏ , fax: . The Canadian also stops at this station north of downtown.
Sudbury is served by three major provincial highways.
- Highway 17 leads west to Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and western Canada, and east to North Bay, Ottawa and the province of Quebec. A 20-km stretch of Highway 17 within the city boundaries is freeway, but Sudbury has no freeway connections to other communities.
- Highway 69 leads south to Parry Sound, where it becomes the Highway 400 freeway to Toronto. (Highway 400 will eventually extend all the way to Sudbury; however, as of March 2018 the construction is delayed.)
- Highway 144 leads north to Timmins.
Some quiet roads are in poor shape, however much effort has been put into repairing them.
- 5 Ontario Northland Bus Terminal (Sudbury ONTC Bus Terminal), 1663 The Kingsway (corner of Second Ave. and The Kingsway), ☏ , fax: . 6AM-9:30PM daily. Ontario Northland has buses to Sudbury from North Bay, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Toronto. Service was scheduled to begin six days a week from Thunder Bay, Wawa and White River in April 2020.
Greater Sudbury Transit offers bus service within the city, operating from a central downtown terminal. The urban core of the city is served by lines that generally operate on the half hour during peak travel times, and on the hour late at night and on Sundays. More remote areas of the city are not served as frequently, but some bus service is available.
You can take the bus from one end of town to the other (about 60 km) for $2.80. Multi-ride passes are also available, in addition to unlimited 31-day passes.
- 1 Science North (Science Nord), 100 Ramsey Lake Rd, ☏ , toll-free: . 10AM-4PM. A science education centre built atop an ancient earthquake fault on the shore of Lake Ramsey. Its distinctive snowflake shape has become one of Sudbury's famous landmarks. Features include an IMAX theatre, a butterfly gallery, a robotics lab, and interactive exhibits on geology, animal biology and other areas of science. $18 per person.
- The grounds of Science North are also home to the William Ramsey, a boat which offers cruise tours of the beautiful Lake Ramsey, which was once the world's largest lake contained entirely within the boundaries of a single city. (It lost this status in 2001, when the newly merged city of Greater Sudbury enclosed a larger lake.)
- 2 Dynamic Earth, 122 Big Nickel Mine Rd, ☏ , toll-free: . This immersive, hands-on science centre focuses on earth science and mining. It offers a guided underground tour, multimedia theatres, exhibits, and an outdoor science park. It is operated by Science North on a separate site, and is home to the Big Nickel, Sudbury's most famous landmark.
- Bell Park. A park and amphitheatre on the shore of Lake Ramsey. It is connected by a lakefront boardwalk to the Science North grounds.
- Pioneer heritage museums in the city show how Northern Ontario's earliest settlers lived. These include the Flour Mill Heritage Museum, the Copper Cliff Museum, the Anderson Farm Museum, the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre and the Capreol Prescott Museum.
Sudbury is a ruggedly beautiful city, with many forests, lakes and rocky hills throughout the area.
- A.Y. Jackson Scenic Lookout, ☏ . Named for the Canadian "Group of Seven" artist, provides a spectacular view of High Falls on the Onaping River off Highway 144, 43 km northwest of downtown Sudbury. There is also a travel information centre and a picnic area.
- [dead link] Kukagami Lodge, ☏ . A popular wilderness retreat just east of the city.
- Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, ☏ . A large parkland area in the south end of the city, with 55km of hiking, jogging, biking and ski trails for exploration.
- 3 Art Gallery of Sudbury, 251 John St, ☏ . Presents regular exhibitions of historical and contemporary Canadian art.
- La Galerie du Nouvel Ontario, 174 Elgin Street, ☏ . Presents contemporary and experimental Canadian art, with a special focus on French Canadian artists.
- Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, ☏ . Performs concerts throughout the year.
- Sudbury Theatre Centre, Shaughnessy Street, ☏ . Presents comedy and drama, including works by Canadian playwrights, throughout the year.
- Cinéfest. An annual film festival, the fourth largest in Canada, which presents a program of over 100 films each September.
- Le Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario, ☏ . Presents comedy and drama by franco-ontarian and Québécois playwrights throughout the year.
- Northern Lights Festival Boréal, ☏ . An annual festival of folk, blues and rock music each July in Bell Park.
- 4 Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, 1169 Dollard St, ☏ . The world's largest collection of Franco-Ontarian books, documents and cultural heritage.
- 5 Theatre Cambrian, 40 Eyre Street Sudbury, Ontario, toll-free: .
Fun in the Sun: Sudbury is a city of lakes, in fact holding over 300 lakes within its borders, including Lake Wanapitei, the largest city-contained lake in the world, and Lake Ramsey, the central lake within the city. No matter where in town you happen to be, it's never more than a short walk to a beach. The City of Greater Sudbury has five supervised beaches with professional lifeguards during the summer, but there are uncountable smaller beaches with nothing but sand and water.
Watersports: Fishing is a popular activity in the summer. Species of trout, splake, pike, pickerel, muskie and bass can be found in most of Sudbury's lakes. Be sure to inquire about seasons and licenses before heading out on the water. Some lakes (especially the urban lakes) have strict guidelines for operating watercraft. Be sure to ask about them before launching a boat.
Snowmobiling: Sudbury has one of the largest systems of groomed trails in the world. The Sudbury Trail Plan connects to the trail systems of other communities, creating a network of 1300 km of trails. Contact the Sudbury Trail Plan Association [dead link] for more information, as they are considered the authority on trail closures, maintenance, and the monitoring of lake ice.
Hiking: The Trans-Canada Trail runs through Sudbury. The trail twists along the shores of Junction Creek through much of the city. Put on some good shoes and stroll through Sudbury's "urban wilderness".
Enjoy the View: Huge rocky hills cut through Sudbury, dividing the city into its boroughs. These hills remain largely undeveloped to this day. One can hike to the top of these "mountains" and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Geology buffs can scour the black bedrock for shatter cones: the remnants of a meteorite impact millions of years ago which created the Sudbury Basin.
Golfing: Greater Sudbury offers a wide selection of 9- and 18-hole golf courses including Blackstone Golf Course +1-800-440-2887, Buck Ridge Golf Course +1 705-853-2825, Lively Golf and Country Club +1 705-692-5502, Pine Grove Golf Course +1 705-560-1090, Timberwolf Golf Club +1-877-689-8853 and Twin Stacks Golf Course +1 705-694-2131.
Winter Sports: Winters are very long in Sudbury, but they certainly aren't boring. Be sure to try some of the following winter activities:
- Skiing: There are three downhill skiing facilities in Sudbury; Adanac Ski Center, Capreol Ski Hill and Lively Ski Hill. Ski rentals are available at all four locations. If cross-country is more your style, the 23 km Naughton Ski Trails run through a quiet forest. The tracks are groomed regularly and the trail is illuminated at night. Call the Walden Ski Club for passes. There are numerous other groomed ski trails in and around town as well.
- Ice Fishing: Fishing is not limited to the summer. All you need is a hook, some fishing line and an ice auger to enjoy this popular winter pastime. There is usually enough ice on Sudbury lakes to support a truck, so don't worry about falling through the ice! Be sure to enquire about licenses before heading out. Local bait shops can issue temporary fishing permits. Ice fishing huts must be off of the ice by March 1st.
- Skating: Science North has cleared and polished an ice skating surface from their grounds to the Bell Park beach area (about 1.5 km). Use of this ice surface is free of charge. There are numerous hockey rinks and skating ovals in and around town, so grab your hockey sticks and try to join a game!
- Also, have fun at the local rink at Carol Richard Park, in Val Caron! Join up with other locals to play some good, old-fashioned rink hockey, or if no one is playing, feel free to skate around. There is a small kids rink outside of the boards of the main rink, meant for toddlers and pre-teens (or for those inexperienced at skating, or who may not want to play hockey on the larger rink), and there is also a playground area, too. As well, there is a shack to get changed (and warm up), and it is surrounded by the beautiful wilderness, of snow-covered trees and a nice neighbourhood.
- Sliding: Sudbury's rocky terrain is excellent for sliding. If you have small children, this is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. Hills range from small hills to near-suicidal mountains complete with jumps. Sliding areas are not well advertised, so the best way to find them is to befriend a local, or look for a place on the side of the highway where cars are parked for no apparent reason. Another great place to go sliding is Queen's Athletic Field in downtown Sudbury. It has a large oval skating surface, and a medium-sized sliding hill, appropriate for both younger and older kids. There's also a nice warm hut for putting skates on.
- Hockey: Sudbury Wolves-A member of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), a junior league that supplies players for the NHL and minor league teams. The Wolves play at the downtown arena during the months of October to April.
Other things to do:
- Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf, 3316 St Laurent St. (on Valley View Rd) Street, West Chelmsford, ☏ . Play 63 custom holes and choose any combination.
- 1 Air Ivanhoe Limited, Foleyet, toll-free: . Fly-In fishing on remote Northern Ontario lakes for great fishing in remote outpost cabins.
- 2 Sudbury Aviation, Azilda, ☏ . Sudbury Aviation operates ten northern fly-in fishing camps north of Sudbury Ontario for the ultimate outdoor experience.
- 3 OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs, 400 Bonin Road, Chelmsford, toll-free: .
Sudbury is home to three major postsecondary institutions.
- Laurentian University is a bilingual university which offers primarily undergraduate programs, although some graduate degrees are available as well. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine, shared between Laurentian and Thunder Bay's Lakehead University, opened in September 2005.
- Cambrian College is an English college of applied arts and technology.
- Collège Boréal is a French college of applied arts and technology with several satellite campuses in other Ontario communities.
Sudbury is Northern Ontario's major retail centre. Shopping areas include the Rainbow Value Centre, the Rio-Can Power Centre on the Kingsway, the New Sudbury Centre at the corner of Barrydowne and Lasalle +1 705-566-9080 and the Southridge Mall at Regent and Paris Streets. There are also many "big box" stores on Notre Dame between downtown Sudbury and the North End.
- 1 [dead link] The Mogensen Moccasin Company Trading Post and Pow Wow, 819 Hwy 17 East, Wahnapitae.
- 1 Alexandria's, 211 Shaughnessy St.
- 2 The Doghouse, 212 Romanet Ln.
- Frank's Delicatessen, 112 Durham St.
- Gonga's Grill, 233 Brady St.
- Gus's, 336 Elm St.
- Harmony Café, 140 Durham St.
- The Hourglass, 183 Cedar St.
- The Laughing Buddha. See the listing under "Drink"
- Nibblers, 70 Young St.
- [dead link] Parker House, 259 Elm St.
- Pasta e Vino, 118 Paris St.
- Peddlers Pub, 63 Cedar St.
- Pestos. Ramada Inn, Rainbow Value Centre
- 3 Respect is Burning, 82 Durham St. Great (mostly Italian) food with an individual twist in a lively setting.
- Sapporo Ichibang, 67 Cedar St, ☏ . M-W 11AM-9PM, Th F 11AM-10PM, Sa 4–10PM. Yes, you can get good sushi in Sudbury. And other Japanese and Korean dishes.
- Spencer's Bistro, 117 Elm St, ☏ .
- Stella's, 11 Cedar St.
- Tower Café, 30 Cedar St.
- Wacky Wings. See the listing under "Drink"
- Williams Coffee Pub, 43 Elm St.
New Sudbury/The Kingsway
- 4 Apollo's Restaurant & Tavern, 844 The Kingsway. Family run Greek restaurant, great food, quieter, more romantic setting.
- Café Korea, 798 Lasalle Blvd.
- Gonga's Grill, 467 Falconbridge Rd.
- Herc's, 875 Notre Dame Ave.
- Jak's Diner, 1100 Barrydowne Rd.
- Kings Buffet, 1051 The Kingsway. Chinese food a la carte or from the buffet
- Laura Fratelli's (Ambassador Hotel (Kingsway/Barrydowne)).
- Little India, 893 Notre Dame Ave.
- M.I.C. Real Canadian Eatery, Falconbridge Road. Another very popular sports bar
- Mr. Prime Rib, 777 Barrydowne Rd.
- Orient, 480 Barrydowne Rd.
- Osaka Sushi, 1899 Lasalle Blvd. All-you-can-eat sushi
- Pat & Mario's, 1463 Lasalle Blvd. Italian restaurant with great food
- Sun Wah, 1540 Lasalle Blvd.
- Teklenburg's, 1893 Lasalle Blvd.
South End/Four Corners
- Buzzy Brown's (Cedar Point Plaza). Sports bar with good food.
- Culpeppers, 1835 Regent Street S.
- Eddie's, 1769 Regent St. S.
- Gloria's, 469 Bouchard St.
- Grumblers, 1620 Regent Street S.
- 5 Indian Summer, 1543 Paris St. Authentic Indian cuisine to eat in or take away.
- Landing's. Situated in Science North (see the listing under "See"). Fine dining with wonderful views over Ramsay Lake.
- Peking Gazebo, 1716 Regent St. S.
- Ristorante Verdicchio, 1351D Kelly Lake Rd, ☏ . Fine Italian dining, well worth the splurge for special occasions. Reservations recommended.
- 6 Tommy's Not Here, 1889 Regent St, ☏ . Possibly the finest dining in town, reservations recommended. A little more expensive than the chain restaurants, but definitely worth it.
- Umai Sushi, 1875 Paris St.
Every neighbourhood has at least one watering hole. You could literally spend your whole vacation hopping from one tavern to the next.
- 1500 Pub, 1500 Regent Street South (in the South End). A huge outdoor patio, billiards, live bands and Karaoke nights. There is a motel attached.
- Dooly's, 2120 Regent Street South (in the South End), ☏ . Dooly's is a great place to go shoot some pool, or play foosball. There is also a private pool table which you can rent with some friends and listen to the music you want to.
- 1 The Laughing Buddha, 194 Elgin St. Great food. Hidden gem, beautiful patio, excellent food.
- Peddler's Pub, 63 Cedar St. Widely regarded as Sudbury's best pub, Peddler's is downtown. An excellent selection of imported beer awaits you in this Irish-style pub.
- 2 Rhythm & Cues, 1855 Lasalle Blvd, ☏ . Great, vibrant venue on the prominent Lasalle Boulevard in New Sudbury. Play pool, select your favourite songs on the rockin' jukebox.
- 3 Sixth Avenue Golf And Country, 11 White Rd, ☏ .
- 4 [dead link] S.R.O., 93 Durham St.. The place to go dancing on a Saturday night. Arrive early to avoid line ups.
- [dead link] TEN Lounge & Nightclub, 225 Falconbridge Rd, ☏ . Upscale nightclub popular Friday & Saturday nights. Friday features a variety of themes, while Saturday nights feature a hugely popular dance party with up to 5 DJs that keep the crowd dancing on 2 different dancefloors. Sudbury's largest outdoor patio bar in season.
- 5 The Towne House, 206 Elgin St. Feel like rocking out to local talent? The Towne House Tavern is where you're most likely to find Northern Ontario's best bands, as well as touring indie rock bands.
- 6 Wacky Wings, 187 Shaughnessy St. A classic sports bar with a log cabin interior. Gather here for all major sports events on TV. Over 100 flavours of wings.
- 7 Zig's Bar, 54 Elgin St, ☏ . Home of Sudbury's only LGBT bar and nightlife. Frequented by the non-LGBT community as well, Zig's provides its customers with many unique drinks and delightful staff. Most up-to-date and dance-able music than any other bar, Zig's is accepting of all who enter.
- 1 Belmont Inn, 340 York St, ☏ .
- Canadiana Motel, 965 Lorne St, ☏ .
- Carol Campsite, 2388 Richard Lake Dr, toll-free: .
- Four Sisters Motel, 1077 Lorne St, ☏ .
- Moonlight Inn & Suites Motel, 350 Moonlight Ave, toll-free: .
- Red Carpet Inn, 450 Regional #55 Road, Lively, ☏ .
- Vacationland Campground & Marina, 2306 Nepewassi Lake Rd, Estaire, toll-free: .
- Village Inn, 1005 Regional Rd 55, Lively, toll-free: .
- Best Western Downtown Sudbury, 151 Larch St, toll-free: .
- Comfort Inn, 2171 Regent St South, ☏ .
- Comfort Inn East, 440 Second Ave, ☏ .
- Days Inn, 117 Elm St, ☏ .
- Hampton Inn, 2270 Regent St, ☏ .
- Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 50 Brady St, ☏ .
- 2 Knights Inn, 1145 Lorne St, ☏ . Motel
- Moonlight Inn & Suites Motel (Rest Haven Motel), 350 Moonlight Ave (Kingsway 55/ Hwy 17 East), ☏ , toll-free: . Value & Comfort.
- Quality Inn & Conference Centre, 390 Elgin St, toll-free: .
- Rocky's Lake Wanapitei, Lot 2, Wahnapitae First Nation, Capreol, ☏ .
- Sportsman's Lodge & Wilderness Resort, 240 Kukagami Lake Rd, Wahnapitae, toll-free: .
- Super 8 Hotel, 1956 Regent St, ☏ .
- Uncle Jack's Log Cabin, 4735 Kasten Lake Rd, toll-free: .
- Ambassador Hotel, 225 Falconbridge Rd, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 3 [dead link] Auberge-sur-lac B&B, 1672 South Lane Road, ☏ .
- Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, 490 Barrydowne Rd, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Holiday Inn Sudbury, 1696 Regent Street S, ☏ .
- 4 [dead link] Parker House Inn, 259 Elm St, ☏ .
- Radisson Hotel Sudbury, 85 Ste. Anne Rd, toll-free: .
- Travelodge Hotel, 1401 Paris St, ☏ .
- Travelway Inn, 1200 Paris St, ☏ .
Via Rail operates the Lake Superior train from Downtown Sudbury to White River. The train runs through isolated and pristine wilderness in Northern Ontario. You can request a special stop and get out in the middle of nowhere for your hunting and camping pleasure. Just catch the train on its way back to return. The fare is $55 one way for an adult, and the train departs 3 times weekly. Contact Via Rail for details.
|Routes through Sudbury|
|Winnipeg ← Hornepayne ←||W E||→ Parry Sound → Toronto|
|Sault Ste Marie ← Espanola ←||W E||→ Sturgeon Falls → North Bay|
|END ←||N S||→ French River → Barrie|