For many, Sudbury might not come to mind as a vacation destination - a sprawling city bypassed by the Trans Canada Highway as you drive from North Bay to Sault Ste Marie.

But Sudbury will surprise. Surprise you by its history, surprise you by its vibrancy, surprise you with its outdoor lifestyle and welcome you with an open heart. Its location along a main transportation corridor makes it an ideal place to include in an RV road trip, with many campgrounds located inside city boundaries.

Nickel was discovered here in the late 1800s when the Canadian Pacific Railway began construction of the railway. This brought the first waves of European settlers to the area and a mining boom began. Today this mining heritage is celebrated at Dynamic Earth, where visitors can walk in the footsteps of Sudbury's miners on an underground tour. This is also home to the Big Nickel, a 30 foot replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel symbolizing the wealth that Sudbury has contributed to the Canadian economy. It's the largest coin in the world and worthy of a photograph.

Science buffs are well catered for in Sudbury with Science North being the major attraction. The centre also includes an IMAX theatre, a planetarium and children's educational play areas.

Outdoor recreation is big in Sudbury. With a geographic area of 3627 kilometres, it is home to 330 lakes, more than any other municipality in Canada. Sudbury boasts the largest city-contained lake in the world in Lake Wanapitei. These lakes provide opportunities for world-class fishing and water sports of every kind. When you're planning your RV road trip in Ontario, don't pass Sudbury by.

Top 5 Things to Do

  • Science North
  • Dynamic Earth and the Big Nickel
  • Northern Ontario Railway Museum
  • A.Y. Jackson Lookout in nearby Onaping Falls
  • Fish for walleye in a local lake

Scenic sights, urban delights

View first-hand the breadth and warmth offered by Greater Sudbury on an emotional video tour of this great city.
Video courtesy of Sudbury Tourism

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