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Sudbury Travel Guide, Ontario

The largest city in Northern Ontario with a population of about 150,000 residents, Sudbury is located in Ojibway country.

It started off as a railroad town and a lumber camp and now it is a prosperous city with tourism as a part of its propelling economy.

It is a city that has attracted many immigrants enhancing its cultural heritage. The natural beauty of the city and its prosperity might have contributed to the attraction. It is nice and educational to be in a city where you can experience different cultures, not even talking about the possibility to taste various specific dishes from Finnish, Chinese, Irish, Polish, Ukrainian, Croatian and Italian cuisine.

Sudbury is rich from other points of view too. Its proximity to the about 300 lakes and the presence of some in the city makes it even more attractive for all those who love water and the possibilities it offers as outdoor recreation in every season.

Sudbury’s residents must be really lucky to have nature in the middle of the city and they can recharge their batteries every day just by entering one of the many parks and recreational areas that fill the city. Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is just one of them. It is a marvelous place with lakes and swamps that will make you forget you are in the city. It offers year round activities including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter and biking, jogging, bird watching and hiking in warmer seasons.

Another possibility for long walks is offered by the Onaping Falls Geological Walking Tour that takes about 20 minutes. You’ll be able to see natural rock formations, the Sudbury Basin and Sudbury Igneous Complex. The tour starts at the.Y. Jackson Welcome Center.

Bell Park is another marvelous place to spend your weekend or afternoon with your kids and friends; of course tourists take full advantage of the park which is right downtown. In summer the place is packed with both locals and tourists and there’s no question why. Imagine swimming beaches in the middle of downtown! That’s what you’ll find if you go there as the park is situated on Ramsey Lake. Kids have plenty of space to play and there are plenty of entertainment opportunities including cultural, musical events and festivals.

For shopping enthusiasts there’s Sudbury Farmer's Market, Metro Centre where you can find the freshest food, all kinds of crafts and the choice is generous. It is also a good place to buy some souvenirs. Of course there are plenty of interesting shops around the city but because the city is not so compact it will take you quite some time to see them all. Downtown is scattered, but most attractions are within walking distance. History and architecture buffs can see some old buildings in Downtown/West End, New Sudbury is for shopping enthusiasts and West End has plenty of restaurants for gourmets.

Sudbury is a welcoming city for kids too as it offers them plenty of fun places. One of them is Science North, a very popular destination where kids can play snow or shine. They can choose to be nature’s friends admiring beavers, flying squirrels, hundreds of butterflies and learn about thunderstorms and tsunamis. There are plenty of galleries with interesting exhibits like the rock gallery and the earth gallery.

Among the attractions you should not miss the Dinosaur Valley Miniature Golf and the herbicide-free farm Josephine's Vegetables.

Enjoy live music, festivals, and numerous outdoor activities; explore unique shops, galleries and museums during the day, followed by an evening at the theatre or symphony. Or simply relax and enjoy the warmth of the people and the unhurried lifestyle.

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