Your Vacation Destination This Fall
The GTA is a great tourist destination — the entertainment and cultural offerings are world class. But if you live in the GTA, where do you go to escape? You might long for a more peaceful atmosphere, natural beauty and great events. You’re always welcome in Greater Sudbury! Here are some ideas for a memorable autumn getaway.
Taking place September 14th to the 22nd, Cinéfest Sudbury will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2013! Screening approximately 120 films over 9 days, including full-length features, shorts, documentaries and animation from Canada and around the world, Cinéfest Sudbury provides over 30,000 cinephiles with first-class film works and industry discourse each September. Visit www.cinefest.com for more information.
Ever been in an underground mine? It’s dark and spooky — brave souls are invited to the Tunnel of Terror at Dynamic Earth from October 25th to 27th. Visitors age 12 and over will test their mettle in this haunted house. It’s just one of the many Halloween events at Science North and Dynamic Earth.
All aboard the Terror Train 6077! Set in the real ghost town of Sellwood, this outdoor haunt is full of clowns and side-show freaks. Presented by Northern Screams and the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum, the event runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of October. Visit www.normhc.ca or call (705) 858-5050. For more info visit www.dynamicearth.ca.
Science North is the second largest science centre in Canada, and Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction! Get up close to the animal ambassadors, be amazed by the live science shows, experience the IMAX, digital Planetarium and the butterfly gallery.
Open regular hours until October 14th, Dynamic Earth is home to the Big Nickel and is an innovative mining and geology centre that lets you explore the planet beneath our feet and its precious cargo of minerals. Going down? Walk through model mines of the past and present, seven stories beneath the Canadian Shield bedrock.
Want to save on the price of admission and accommodations during your trip to Sudbury? For discounted rates book through www.sudburytourism.ca
(1-866-451-8525). The Dynamic Duo Passport package gives you access to both attractions over the course of 3 days. Please note that the regular Dynamic Earth experience is not available during the Halloween event. The last day for the regular Dynamic Earth experience is October 14. www.sciencenorth.ca
Sudbury’s mixed forests make for stunning sights in the months of September and October — seeing vast swaths of forest turn yellow, red and orange is almost surreal. Killarney Provincial Park features countless scenic vistas and photo opportunities. The park is quieter at this time of year and if tent camping is not your thing, consider booking a yurt. There are plenty of other Provincial Parks near Sudbury that showcase this beautiful transformation: Grundy Lake, Fairbank, Windy Lake, take your pick! For more information on Killarney or any other Ontario Park, visit www.ontarioparks.com
VIA Rail Budd Car
With such vast wilderness surrounding Sudbury it’s nice to have a service like the Budd Car to bring travelers in and out of remote areas. The train passes myriad lakes and scenic forests with scheduled stops at picturesque communities and resorts. Bring your canoe and gear on the train and choose your destination anywhere along the line
(www.viarail.ca). Another option is to book a trip through North to Adventure Wilderness Lodges
(www.northtoadventure.com). These lodges & outfitters will help you get the most out of your trip, whether you’re interested in hunting, fishing or just plain relaxing!
Often called the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay has over 30,000 islands, windswept pines, clear blue water and sandy beaches. There’s no other place like it on earth! Cruise or paddle the endless archipelagos or hike up a magnificent bluff for a panoramic view of the North Channel, a world renown sailing destination. Take a ride on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry between Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula up until October 20th. The sights and opportunities are endless! For more information on the Georgian Bay Coastal Route, check out