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Summer in the North: Sudbury Edition

Are you spending your summer in Sudbury? Great choice! There is so much to do and so much to see. From patios to night life, festivals and events to the great outdoors, Sudbury has something for everyone.

Sudbury is surrounded by lakes, trails, and parks so there is always something fun to do outdoors. Remember in Southern Ontario how far you had to drive for a beach day? Well not in Sudbury! Ramsey Lake is located in the city’s downtown core. That’s right, you don’t even have to drive. You can just hop on the city bus for an easy trip to the beach.

Is running your thing? What about hiking or biking? Sudbury has so many options that we just don’t know where to start. From Bell Park to the Laurentian Conservation area or Adanac Ski Hill/ New Sudbury Conservation Area, there are many to choose. You could even visit Blueberry Hill or Oak Forest, both near Minnow Lake. Check out the Rainbow Routes website http://www.rainbowroutes.com/ for all the trails in the Greater Sudbury area, as there are quite a few.

Interested in pop culture, comic books, or cosplay? You’re in luck! Graphic-Con will take place on June 10, 2017, from 10 am to 8 pm, at the Sudbury Arena. This is a non-profit event, presented by the Greater Sudbury Public Library and Launchpad Creative. It is a fan convention dedicated to film, graphic novels, comics and fan culture that you don’t want to miss.

Do you have an ear for music? The Peter Schneider Concert Series is a 15-year tradition with new and seasoned musicians. These FREE concerts run Sunday evenings, from May to August, at one of three locations within Bell Park; William Bell Gazebo, the Katherine Bell Gazebo, or the Grace Hartman Amphitheater.

Looking for something a little more urban? You need to check out the Up Here Festival which takes place Friday, August 18th and Saturday August 19th, 2017. This isn’t just music – no, it’s an entire experience! From emerging artists, pop-up concerts to mural and art installations there is something for everyone at Up Here 3 in downtown Sudbury.

Downtown Rotary Blues for Food will be celebrating it’s 27th year in support of the Sudbury Food Bank. This outdoor blues festival takes place in Durham Street and Larch Street municipal parking lot.  Enjoy an evening of blues for the low price of a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.

The 46th Northern Lights Festival Boréal is taking place from July 7-9 at Bell Park. This is a family event with over 60 artists playing five stages throughout the weekend. There will be local artisan crafters, food, and family fun activities. Visit their website for more information on the event and ticket pricing http://nlfbsudbury.com/.

Did you know Sudbury is known in Northern Ontario for signing some fantastic acts? From artists to entertainers, keep your eye on the Sudbury Tourism Facebook page for upcoming concerts and events that you don’t want to miss.

Who doesn’t LOVE food!? Don’t miss Sudbury Poutine Fest on Friday, August 25 & Sunday, August 27 in downtown Sudbury. What’s better then a festival all about poutine? According to an article in the Sudbury Star, ENTRY IS FREE! You will get to experience an array of regional and local food, beverage, craft and treat vendors – so there is something for everyone. There’s even going to be free entertainment all day and commercial headliners at night! We are still waiting on more details so keep checking their Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874567966156427/ and www.SudburyPoutineFest.ca for the latest festival details.

Beyond all the exciting events that are taking place, Sudbury is home to Science North and Dynamic Earth, both offering fun opportunities to explore the world of science. You could visit the iconic Big Nickel, go golfing, or even eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants and pubs/bars that fill the downtown core. There are boat tours and opportunities to hit the water in your own kayak, paddle board or even canoe. Sudbury has great shopping, with the New Sudbury Shopping Centre, many strip malls and numerous locally owned stores. You could visit the in-door climbing and fitness centres, museums, go carting, mini putt and spas.

You have a lot to look forward to this summer, as Sudbury is a bustling city with lots to offer.