The answer is: Sudbury homeboy reinvents the role of game show host.
The question is: Who is Alex Trebek?
Yes, the late host of the television game show, Jeopardy! comes from Sudbury. While he is the most famous homegrown personality, the city is recognized for much more.
It is an international destination for environmentalists interested in the 44-year regreening program that has literally changed the landscape of the city. It is a destination for outdoors enthusiasts and also for Franco-Ontarians, as it is the second largest such community in Ontario and home to the newly-opened Place des Arts. There are Sudbury attractions for a variety of different interests. It is a city of surprises.
Known locally as the City of Lakes, it has 330 lakes within the city limits. Lake Wanapitei is the largest city-contained lake in the world.
And, of course, there is Science North, the Big Nickel, and Dynamic Earth. Read Sudbury: An Exciting Destination for Earth Science Enthusiasts for more about those Sudbury attractions, and read on for suggestions of other things to do in Sudbury.
Sudbury Attractions You Won't Want to Miss
- Walk the Lake Ramsey boardwalk. This easy, 2 km walk follows the lake through Bell Park. Parking is best at the foot of Elizabeth Street. At the other end is Science North. It is one of the Rainbow Routes.
- Soak in French culture. The Place des Arts is a fantastic new art center which opened in the spring of 2022. Theatre, music, dance, and visual arts are all on display.
- Visit the Art Gallery of Sudbury. Located en route to the Elizabeth Street parking lot for the Lake Ramsay boardwalk is the city's art gallery. It houses intimate exhibitions by local and northern artists.
- Enjoy festivals throughout the year. You can always check out the upcoming festivals for Sudbury here. Unfortunately, I just missed the Up Here Festival which is held each August celebrating independent urban art and music. A number of people raved about it.
- Explore the city's murals. A Sudbury attraction not to be missed is the city's street art. It's part of the Up Here Festival and is created by local, national, and international artists.
- Take a geotour. On this self-guided tour you'll learn how a meteorite impact 1.85 billion years ago resulted in rich nickel-copper ore deposits that have made the Greater Sudbury area famous.
- Hike the conservation areas and provincial parks. Very near Sudbury is spectacular hiking including Onaping Falls, the A.Y. Jackson Lookout, and Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
- Cycle the circle. Bike the 21 km Ramsey Lake Circle Tour. It includes dedicated bike lanes, trails, and a few on-road sections.
- Glide on the Ramsey Lake Skate Path. This winter skating path is about 1.5 km long and runs from the corner of Elizabeth Street and McNaughton Terrace to Science North.
- Head north just a bit for the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum. Sudbury was founded thanks to the building of the railway and it is still an important feature of the city.
This trip was sponsored by Tourism Sudbury but, naturally, my description of the experience is my own. Solo Traveler maintains full editorial control of the content published on this site.
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