Head into the city or into the wild, with a flight from Ottawa to Sudbury
Known for its nickel, Sudbury’s rich mining history traces back to 1883. There’s more than just ore to discover in Sudbury. The natural beauty of sites like Bell Park and Ramsey Lake make this urban centre a scenic destination.
On your way to Dynamic Earth, keep an eye out for Sudbury’s iconic Big Nickel. At this museum, you’ll learn about the city’s underground activity, with exhibits on mining and earth science. Explore the earth and beyond at Science North, where interactive displays make for hands-on learning.
For more of the best things to do in Sudbury, head to the great outdoors. Between Lake Laurentian, Lake Wanapitei, and the over 300 lakes in the Greater Sudbury Area, it’s easy to see why Sudbury is called the “City of Lakes”. Explore the endless waterfronts and woods along the Rainbow Routes trails, which stretch a staggering 200 km throughout Greater Sudbury.
See Sudbury’s nature immortalized at the Art Gallery of Sudbury. Local artists and more national figures are featured in this collection. At La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, contemporary art by Franco-Ontarians fills this more eclectic and experimental art gallery.
Whether you see the city or walk through the wilderness, both sides of Nickel City welcome you on your trip from Ottawa.
Any trip from Ottawa to Sudbury will benefit from Bell Park’s perfect mix of nature and culture.
Named for lumber baron William J. Bell, Bell Park is one of the oldest areas in Sudbury. Historic homes line streets leading to some of Sudbury’s best attractions.
The best place to start your visit to Bell Park, is, well, Bell Park. With boardwalks and beaches along Ramsey Lake, you can take a walk then cool off in this park. When the water freezes over, a skating path opens up along the shoreline. Whether you’re wearing a swimsuit or skates, Ramsey Lake is one of Bell Park’s best features.
On land, the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre adds to the atmosphere with outdoor concerts. During the summer months, this amphitheatre joins the park’s other music venues to create the
Bell Park Gazebo Concert Series.
William J Bell’s legacy continues elsewhere in Bell Park. Housed in Bell’s mansion, the Art Gallery of Sudbury has a beautiful backdrop. This charming turn of the century building hosts exhibits, lectures, art classes, and cultural events.
No visit to Bell Park would be complete without a trip to Science North. Discover the interactive exhibits designed to inspire and educate visitors on the world around them. Try on a pair of moose antlers or, if you can handle it, hold exotic bugs, in this innovative science museum.
On your way out of Science North, stop by the Northern Forest. This outdoor display offers a snapshot of the area’s ecosystems, which you’ll see everywhere during your trip from Ottawa to Sudbury.
Part of the Rainbow Routes, this green space is the start of outdoor adventure when you travel from Ottawa to Sudbury.
Run by the Nickel District Conservation Authority, the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area spans 2,145 acres of Northern Ontario nature. While you won’t be able to see every acre, there are plenty of paths to explore the park.
In the summer, hiking and biking are your best ways to see this scenic area. On “tour de Sudbury”, you can cycle 21 km around Ramsey Lake. You might want to walk your bike up the steepest incline, nicknamed “cardiac hill”. If you’re relying on your own two feet, the Red Trail offers a challenging climb through rough terrain.
During the colder months, the snowy trails and cozy cabins are your winter wonderland. Snowshoe or cross-country ski through kilometres of wilderness along the Bioski Snowshoe Trail. Start your adventure at Moonlight Beach or the Ski Cottage, where you can warm up and fuel up with some snacks.
Once you’ve seen Moonlight Beach, plan a route to some of Lake Laurentian Conservation Area’s other landmarks. Take the NASA trail up, up, and away to the former NASA satellite observatory site. See where Sudbury contributed to scientific discoveries on the shape of the earth. On the east side of Niska Bay, you’ll find another kind of observation side. The towering hill here offers a 360-degree vantage point of the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
Looking down at the vast forests below, you’ll have a view to remember long after your trip from Ottawa to Sudbury.
Fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB), with a quick connection in Toronto. Ottawa to Sudbury flight time is 2 hours on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Ottawa to Sudbury is around 700 km / 435 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.