Student tours in Sudbury, Ontario, offer immersive, educational looks at trailblazing industries and Canada’s natural resources. Consider including these multifaceted destinations and attractions on your next science-focused tour itinerary.
Head to Science North, northern Ontario’s most popular tourist destination, and spend the day exploring four floors of interactive science exhibits, watching an IMAX show, looking to the skies in the planetarium, and marveling at all hues of fluttering butterflies in the Butterfly Gallery. Youth visits include an educational program of the group’s choice, a live science show, and a healthy lunch.
Nearby, Dynamic Earth is another top attraction in the area, and educators can purchase packaged experiences that include Science North. The two-floor earth science center offers a guided underground mine tour, multimedia theaters, engaging exhibits, and an outdoor science park. The attraction is also home to the iconic Big Nickel, an exact replica of the 1951 Canadian nickel, which symbolizes the wealth Sudbury has contributed to the Canadian economy through nickel production. Students can walk around (and even underneath!) the base of the 30-foot, 27,000-pound coin. The Big Nickel makes a great spot for a selfie, too.
Hike the more than 30 miles of trails at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, including the NASA Trail, a short trek that leads to the location of a former satellite observatory. Student groups can also rent canoes and kayaks for paddling fun on Lake Laurentian.
Take a mural and street art walking tour of downtown Sudbury with Up Here, a nonprofit that celebrates art in the Sudbury community. See close to 30 massive works and get the inside scoop on the talented artists and Sudbury’s overall public art scene.
Take in the province’s railroad history at Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre, located about 40 minutes from downtown Sudbury. The attraction features a variety of exhibits and artifacts highlighting the operations of railway workers in Ontario’s early days. The site’s Prescott Park displays locomotive engines, railroad snowplows, and a vintage railcar.
Main Image: Big Nickel; Credit: Discover Sudbury