Sudbury

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Sudbury

Overview

Located in the heart of Northern Ontario, the city of Sudbury, the Nickel City, is – spoiler alert - the nickel capital of the world. Founded in 1883 as part of the western expansion of the Canadian Pacific railway (CPR), it was named Sudbury by CPR superintendent James Worthington, after his wife's birthplace in England. Like many towns and cities that popped up at that time, it was only ever meant to be a temporary work camp. Clearly, Sudbury was destined to become something more. Now, greater Sudbury has a population of just over 160,000 and mining is still a leading driver of the city's economy. This city also boasts a healthy tourism industry and world-class research facilities.

This Big Nickel won't fit in your pocket

To this day, The Big Nickel, located at Dynamic Earth, is still one of Canada's most photographed landmarks. Built in 1964, The Big Nickel is a replica of the 1951 Canadian nickel and weighs in at 13,000 kilograms (approximately 13 tonnes) and is about 64 million times the size of a real Canadian nickel. We're talking serious pocket change.

Spend your nickels out on the town

Go from The Big Nickel to spending your nickels at some famous local eateries and shopping destinations. For the best place to find a wide variety of shopping experiences, be sure to hit up New Sudbury Centre. And, if you're feeling hungry, be sure to try Tommy's Not Here, Alexandria's Restaurant and Lounge and Verdicchio Ristorante just to name a few.

Family fun at Science North

If you're looking for another great spot to take the family, Science North is touted as one of the best attractions of any visit. Exhibits are made to wonder and inspire. There's even an IMAX theatre. Bring your own lunch or dine at Curious Thymes Restaurant where kids eat free. And no, that's not a typo.

More science fact than science fiction

The SNOLAB Laboratory is located two kilometres underground in the Vale Creighton nickel mine in Sudbury, and it's where world-class scientists have come together to study sub-atomic physics, mainly the observation of neutrino and dark matter physics.

Airport served by: YSB

Destination basics

Now, just because Sudbury is located in Northern Ontario, that doesn't mean it's always cold. Because, guess what? Summer here is the absolute opposite – sunny and hot. From May to mid-September, expect temperatures ranging between 18°C (64°F) and 25°C (77°F). The cooler season here will definitely wake you up, though. Between November and March, temperatures dip down to -2°C (28.4°F) to -18°C (-0.4°F).

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