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Sudbury is a leading tourist destination in Ontario. With over 1.2 million visitors each year and approximately $200 million in tourist spending, tourism is a growing sector of our economy.

Surrounded by pristine northern boreal forest and an abundance of lakes and rivers, Greater Sudbury’s natural assets contribute to its success as a preferred Ontario destination. There are over 300 lakes within the city limits and campers can choose from nine full service Provincial Parks that are just a short drive away. More than 200 kilometres of hiking trails and 1,300 kilometres of snowmobile trails offer year-round opportunities for enjoying the city’s natural amenities.

World renowned attractions

While Greater Sudbury may be known more for the Big Nickel, there is no doubt Science North, the popular science centre, and its sister attraction, Dynamic Earth, make Sudbury a top tourism destination.

Science North’s unique key offerings include hands-on science fun, IMAX theatres and word-class exhibits. Dynamic Earth is an innovative mining and geology centre that invites visitors to explore the planet beneath the surface.

Festivals and Events

Sudbury is a premier destination for festivals and events in Northern Ontario. We’re bursting with culture and are home to one of a kind and world-renowned events celebrating a combination of art, music, food and so much more year-round. Visitors from across Canada come to Sudbury to check out some of our festivals which include Up Here (We Live Up Here), Northern Lights Festival Boréal, Jazz Sudbury and so much more. Check out our tourism website for more!

Why people visit

Our visitors come for a variety of reasons. Explore the trip motivators that attract tourists to Sudbury:

  • Visiting friends and relatives (49%)
  • Pleasure (24%)
  • Business trade (10%)
  • Other (17%)

While visiting Sudbury, people spend money on:

  • Food and beverage (37%)
  • Transportation (25%)
  • Retail (21%)
  • Accommodation (13%)
  • Recreation and entertainment (4%)

Culinary tourism

Sudbury is home to a growing culinary scene. Join the hype and open a restaurant, bar, café or brewery today!

With guidance from the Culinary Tourism Alliance and a partnership with Destination Northern Ontario, we launched the Greater Sudbury Food Tourism Strategy.

Discover Sudbury

Visit Discover Sudbury to explore all of the major tourist attractions and events happening in our community.