Sudbury is a city of many lakes, sitting in a pocket of the Canadian Shield created by an ancient meteor strike. Once scarred form over-mining, the reclamation and tree-planting over recent decades has made the city's dominant colours green and blue.
To capture the essence of this city, here are suggestions for your first day (especially if its your only day) in Sudbury.
Visit Science North, the top attraction to learn about te area's geology, flora and fauna.
Take a Cortina Boat Cruise around beautiful Lake Ramsey, from beside Science North, and walk around Bell Park, with its great views of the lake.
Head west to see the Big Nickel Mine a vistor-friendly mine exhibit (visitors are not generally given tours of a working mine).
See the INCO Superstack, the world's tallest and largest chimney
Head northwest on Highway 144 to the A.Y. Jackson Lookout, with the waterfall immortalized on canvas by the Group of Seven painter.
Visit the Northern Ontario Railroad and Heritage Centre in Capreol to learn about the area's transporation history.
If you are visiting for a longer period, there are a number of destinations worth visiting (each about a day, including driving):
Head west on highway 17 to Espanola, and then south onto Manitoulin Island, the world's largest island on a freshwater lake, Lake Huron.
Head east on highway 17 to North Bay on scenic Lake Nipissing, along the major fur-trading route of the early voyageurs. You can head further east along two provincial parks to Mattawa, where the Ottawa River took voyageurs south, back to Montreal.
Head south on Highway 69 to the French River, the fur-trading route that is now mostly protectd by parks along most of the stretch from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay
Head south on highway 69, and then west to Killarney and Killarney Provincial Park, at the junction of the North Channel and Georgian Bay.
Blue= main Trans-Canada Highway | Green = bicyle-friendly route | Red = Best route for downtown access from TCH