We’re not saying it’s a competition, but you only get so many vacation days a year! So of course, you’ve got to spend them wisely with a trip that checks all the boxes.

You’ve heard about Sudbury before, but you probably don’t know what you’re missing. 

They’ve got everything from quirky landmarks (like a giant nickel), interactive attractions, stunning wilderness, and cuisine that will make any foodie drool. 

Here’s why you should visit Sudbury this summer instead of whatever else you were planning.

Sudbury ON
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What To Do

Local Attractions:

Science North: This renowned science center is always worth a visit. Explore hands-on exhibits and catch the latest IMAX learning experiences in one place.

Dynamic Earth: Journey to the center of the earth… or at least, below the surface. Take a guided underground tour and learn about the story of mining in Northern Ontario. You get a light-up helmet and everything! 

Urban Air Adventure Park: Looking to burn a little energy? Do your warm-up and wear your gym clothes for trampolines, climbing walls, and obstacle courses – it’s not just for kids!

KUPP: Okay, this one is though. KUPP is Sudbury’s premier indoor playground, so you can let your kids run a little wild – in a safe, and monitored environment.

Sudbury activities
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Outdoor Activities:

Hit The Trails: If you’re looking for a little reprieve from the city, lace up your hiking boots and explore all the scenic trails Sudbury has to offer! There’s something for every skill level.

Rent A Kayak Or Canoe: Explore Sudbury’s tranquil lakes and rivers up close and personal. Try Kivi Park for local rentals at Crowley Lake.

Fishing Spots: If you’re an angler, it’s probably hard to fish in downtown Toronto. Try popular fishing spots around Sudbury like Ramsey Lake, Long Lake,, or Lake Wanapitei.

Couple looking out at the lake
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Festivals and Events:

Northern Lights Festival Boreal: This festival happens from July 4th to 7th to celebrate music, art, and culture. Check out the artist lineup when you plan your trip, and prepare to dance the night away.

Up Here: Look up – way up! This annual urban art and music festival will be around from August 15th to 18th and it’s all about street art! Check out the installations, marvel at work by local muralists, enjoy some live music, and take lots of photos!

Refettorio Outdoor Theatre: Enjoy live theatre on the outdoor stage! What began as a pandemic project has grown into a Sudbury tradition. See what’s playing and get your tickets before you go!

Street Art Mural
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Where To Eat:

Salute Coffee Company: Gourmet coffee and cozy vibes? Say no more! Start your day off right with a great cup of artisanal brew.

Tucos Taco Lounge: When are tacos ever a bad idea? Enjoy vegan Mexican eats, cocktails and draft brews along with patio seating that’s great on sunny days.

The Laughing Buddha: We love summer patios! Come here for great pizza, unique beer and a killer vibe – while basking in the sun.

The Kouzzina: Fan of Mediterranean-style cuisine? Taste the flavours of Greece and Italy right in the heart of Sudbury and try out the handcrafted cocktails at the Kouzz Lounge!

See? Blows those other places out of the water, huh? Time to start planning your summer trip to Sudbury!

Group of women enjoying dinner together at a patio
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