About SudburyAlthough originally the offspring of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Sudbury area developed as a lumbering community before becoming a world-known center for mining, smelting, refining and geological science. Geologists believe the mineral-rich Sudbury Basin was formed 2 billion years ago when a huge meteorite struck. The area's heritage is recounted in several area museums and attractions.
The City of Greater Sudbury is the result of an amalgamation in 2001 of Sudbury and seven neighboring towns—Capreol, Chelmsford, Garson, Lively, Onaping Falls, Sudbury and Val Caron—forming the largest center in northern Ontario.
The 3,627 square kilometres (1,400 sq. mi.) of the new city encompass more than 300 lakes which offer swimming, fishing and boating opportunities. Two provincial parks, Windy Lake and Fairbank, are within the region; three others are within an hour's drive. The area has 10 golf courses, 10 beaches and numerous tennis courts open to the public. In the winter the Sudbury Trail Plan offers 1,300 kilometres (810 mi.) of marked and groomed snowmobile trails that wind and loop through the region.
South of Sudbury off Hwy. 69 near Alban is French River Country. Originating in Lake Nipissing and emptying in Lake Huron, the French River provides anglers with the opportunity to reel in walleye, muskellunge, northern pike and large and small mouth bass.
The Sudbury Theatre Centre, 170 Shaughnessy St., presents live professional theater from September to May; phone (705) 674-8381. In the summer live theater and concerts are performed at Bell Park, an open-air theater at Paris and York streets. The park also is the summer host of the Northern Lights Festival Boreal, a multicultural musical event. Other popular events are the Cinéfest international film festival; the Garlic Festival; and the Blueberry Festival.
Sudbury Downs, 12 kilometres (8 mi.) north on Hwy. 144, then 1.6 kilometres (1 mi.) east on Montée Principale, offers live harness racing on Wednesday and Saturday, April through December; phone (705) 855-9001.
Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.
Visitor Centers City of Greater Sudbury 200 Brady St. Sudbury, ON P3A 5P3. Phone:(705)674-4455
ShoppingThe New Sudbury Centre Mall, 1349 La Salle Blvd., has more than 100 stores. Southridge Mall is at Paris and Regent streets and features Sport Chek.
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