Although everything may be bigger in Texas, Northern Ontario’s largest city certainly has its share of larger than life treasures. With that in mind, here are five big things to do in Sudbury, Ontario.
First up on this list of big things to do in Sudbury is checking out the Inco Superstack. Once the world’s tallest chimney, the Superstack tops the list simply because it is impossible to miss. Topping out at 1,250 feet tall, it’s still the tallest chimney in the western hemisphere.
Before it’s completion in 1972, Sudbury was considered a barren wasteland. Heavy mining had taken its toll. Rocks were black and lakes acidic. The Superstack was built to disperse the sulphur gases away from the city and help bring life back to Sudbury.
Today, the rocky area is once again green and its lakes are full of life.
Note: If you want to check out this big thing to do in Sudbury, head there soon. The Superstack is out of commission and will be demolished soon.
Ontario is home to almost half of the country’s nickel production with the bulk of it coming from Sudbury. To celebrate this, the large 5 cent Canadian coin was erected in 1967 to coincide with Canadas Centennial.
Today, the worlds biggest coin (affectionately known as the “Big Nickel”) shines bright and stands proud overlooking Sudbury.
Be sure to check out Dynamic Earth which is next door to the Big Nickel. This science museum offers an immersive mining experience and takes guest deep below Sudbury.
Next up on this list of big things to do in Sudbury is checking out Canada’s Largest Mural.
Coming in at a whopping 74,000 square feet, this former hospital was painted over to add some colour to an eyesore. Even though locals are divided on trading one for the other, there’s no arguing that it’s a sight to see.
Thanks to the Up Here Music & Art Festival, this BIG mural isn’t the only street art in town. Take e a walking tour of Sudbury’s many murals throughout its downtown core or visit during the next festival.
If you are checking out Canada’s largest mural, pair it with visiting nearby Bell Park. This 2 km stretch of boardwalk along Lake Ramsey leads to beaches, benches, an amphitheatre, and the awesome Science North.
Proof of Sudbury’s environmental resurgence can be found in nearby Killarney Provincial Park. There, white quartz shines among blue lakes and colourful trees.
Canada‘s Group of Seven impressionist painters spent a lot of time capturing the parks beauty. Taking a hike to the Crack, a four-meter split in the hillside, and it’s easy to see why.
The trailhead to the Crack is 90 km south of Sudbury and definitely worth the drive. The hike is 7 km round-trip and takes about four hours to complete. Those that make it to the turnaround point get to enjoy sweeping views of the park and nearby Lake Huron.
Note: There’s some serious scrambling over some boulders just before the lookout. Plan accordingly.
Last up on this list of big things to do in Sudbury is tucking into the Superstack Burger at the Townhouse Tavern. With its grill cheese sandwich holding it all together, this massive sandwich has taken more than a few people down.
The Townhouse Tavern is known for more than great burgers. Canadian music legend Stompin’ Tom Connors immortalized the place through his song Sudbury Saturday Night. In return, the city of Sudbury honoured Stompin’ Tom with a statue next door.
Go BIG in Sudbury
There you have it. Five big things to do in Sudbury, Ontario. From the world’s largest coin to Canada’s Largest Mural, there’s no shortage of big things to see and do.
If you are looking for other activities in and around town, stick around. I spent a day touring Sudbury and will be sharing more highlights soon!