Fly from Montréal to Sudbury for a taste of the great outdoors in Northern Ontario.
Once a nickel mining town, Sudbury is now better known for its natural beauty than its natural resources. Wild landscapes meet urban comforts in this Northern Ontario city.
Lakes are a dime a dozen in Nickel City. With over 300 lakes inside of the Greater Sudbury city limits, you’re just a stone’s throw away from water. Situated in the centre of Sudbury, Ramsey Lake is a convenient way to skate, swim, and sail, all without leaving downtown.
About 37 million years ago, a meteorite created the crater that contains Lake Wanapitei. It’s been awhile since the meteor transformed the area, but you can still find dark glass, created by the meteor, on the shores of Wanapitei Provincial Park.
For a look into the more recent past, try out a few of the historical things to do in Sudbury. If you like locomotives, the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum is just the ticket. Step into one of the oldest homes in Sudbury and follow the tracks of the region’s train industry.
Of course, you can’t take a trip from Montréal to Sudbury without visiting Science North. This interactive museum aims to get visitors to engage with their world on a scientific level. You’ll find a mine-centric museum at Dynamic Earth. Get a better sense of the scale of the Big Nickel with a journey into Sudbury’s mining history.
Slightly outside of Sudbury’s downtown core, Gatchell is the home of some of the city’s best attractions. When you’re visiting from Montréal, this site of one of Sudbury’s most iconic pieces of public art is a must-see.
The Big Nickel, at 9 metres and 13 tonnes, is far from small change. You’ll pass this giant replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel, as you head towards Sudbury’s Dynamic Earth museum.
Inside Dynamic Earth, the history of Sudbury’s nickel mining is unearthed. Seven stories underground, you can walk through the evolution of mining, from turn of the century methods to modern advancements. This far underground, the mine shafts reach a chilly 13 degrees celsius. Bring a sweater and your walking shoes to fully enjoy the hour-plus tour.
After you emerge from underground, warm up with tales from Sudbury’s past. Louie’s barber shop is a multimedia exhibit and storytelling experience spanning Sudbury’s 125 year history. Listen to Louie spin a tale for a little or a long while, before exploring more of the earth science displays.
Once you’ve seen all Dynamic Earth has to offer, head back into downtown Sudbury, or go south to the Fielding Bird Sanctuary. Whether you want an urban or natural experience before flying back to Montréal, Gatchell can get you there.
On your trip from Montréal to Sudbury, venture onto the Rainbow Routes, in the colourful Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
During the summer, the 2,145 acres of this park are a vast sea of green. But during the autumn, spectacular reds and oranges cover this swath of Northern Ontario’s nature. Whatever time of year you visit, Lake Laurentian is your window into the region’s wilderness.
See the best of the park’s features by taking one of its many trails. Expert hikers will love the challenge of the tough Red Trail. One of the roughest Rainbow Routes trails, Red is best left to serious striders.
For an easier hike, turn skyward to the NASA Trail. While the observatory is no longer here, the plaque commemorating Sudbury’s contribution to astronomy is. You won’t need a telescope to fully appreciate the view from the top of Niska Bay. The rough, rocky summit of this hill has a clear view over the whole of Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
Down by the bay, Moonlight Beach is a favourite stop for hikers. This beach is also the starting point for the Biosky Snowshoe Trail. At the cozy Ski Cottage, you can warm up during your snowshoe or cross-country ski expeditions.
When there’s no snow on the ground, rubber meets the road. The 21 km “tour de Sudbury” will take your bike (and you) on a loop of Ramsey Lake. At “cardiac hill”, you may want to go forth on foot. This steep hill is the hardest part of the ride.
After a day on the trails of Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, you’re only minutes from returning to downtown Sudbury. End your adventure on an urban note, to fully enjoy both sides of Sudbury while you’re here from Montréal.
Fly from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB), with a quick connection in Toronto. Montréal to Sudbury flight time is 2 hours and 10 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Montréal to Sudbury is around 845 km / 525 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.