AAA Editor Notes
Dynamic Earth is at 122 Big Nickel Rd., just n. of jct. Lorne St. Sudbury's mining heritage is explained through three exhibit galleries: One covers the geological forces that continually shape the Earth, another hosts changing and intriguing exhibits from around the world, and the third provides a three-level mine geared to children. A multi-media theater has a 20-minute presentation tracing the 120-year mining history of the Sudbury area, with a hologram tour guide explaining the difficulties miners faced.
As visitors descend seven stories in a glass-enclosed elevator, a multimedia show is projected onto rock walls and moving screens. During an underground mine tour visitors can see the transformation mining has undergone over the past 100 years. While underground, step into a life-size replica of the rescue capsule used to pull 33 miners from a Chilean mine in October 2010. A walk-through theater features a state-of-the-art presentation that takes visitors step-by-step through the processing of nickel and copper, from the mill to the smelter and then to the refinery. Visitors can pan for real gold flakes just like a Yukon prospector. Outdoor trails with interpretive signage, a mining playground, scenic viewpoints and the Big Nickel monument, a local icon, also are part of the complex.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.