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Sudbury is a city in northern Ontario and is one of the largest cities in Canada. It was founded in 1883 after the discovery of nickel ore, and incorporated as Sudbury in 1893. In 2001, it was incorporated again as Greater Sudbury to include some nearby towns and unincorporated townships. For most of its history it has been a resource based city, later adding lumber to its economic resources, but in recent years has diversified to become a major hub for northeastern Ontario. Other towns and cities of interest include North Bay, Elliot Lake, and Walden. Bring your Sudbury RV rental with you and save the added cost and inconvenience of a hotel.
In 1901, Thomas Edison visited Sudbury while working as a prospector. The nearby Sudbury Basin is a two-billion-year-old impact crater. Scientists originally thought the crater was caused by a meteorite collision but now believe it was caused by a comet. During the Apollo Space Program, astronauts came to Sudbury to train for their missions. Their goal was to become more familiar with meteor impacted rock formations, but a local myth still exists that the astronauts came because certain areas around Sudbury resemble the moon's surface. Book an RV in Sudbury and you can store some collected rock samples without having to lug them around.
Culture in Sudbury is largely influenced by the Franco-Ontarian community (whose ancestors were both French-English or French-European) and this extends to the museums, art galleries, theaters, literature and music that visitors will encounter. The city prides itself on being multicultural and it is also a popular destination for filming movies and TV shows, although these tend to be Canadian content rather than Hollywood productions.
Sudbury is also famous as the home of numerous professional athletes in hockey and football, Olympic swimming and more. Alex Trebek, of Jeopardy fame, is originally from Sudbury.
French River Provincial Park is a good place to start your outdoor excursions. Settle into your RV rental near Sudbury and enjoy the untamed scenery on your way to the park. Check into the welcome center when you arrive for maps and staff suggestions and don't miss out on the fudge at the trading post. You can hike and swim here, go fishing or rent a canoe. Hikers should take in the 90-foot bridge and the waterfall. Winters can be harsh in this part of Ontario, but snowmobiles and cross-country skiing can be good antidotes to winter blues.
Killarney Provincial Park is a 645-acre wilderness landscape where tourists can view flowers, Jack pine forests, and veins of pink granite. This park offers canoeing and kayaking, hiking and swimming in the summer, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Its sapphire lakes and backdrop hills are so beautiful that a group of Canadian landscape painters (three members of the Group of Seven) successfully petitioned the Ontario government to turn it into a park.
Outdoor enthusiasts who still haven't had enough can check out Wanapitei Provincial Park and Sturgeon River Provincial Park, to the north and northeast of Sudbury respectively.
There are a couple of RV parks near Sudbury and farther out, Bayview Camp & Cottages near North Bay might be worth checking out. They have RV sites with full hookups (water, sewer, and electricity), Wi-Fi, big rig access, a swimming pool, a beach (on Lake Nipissing), restrooms and showers, and laundry facilities. There is also a playground and recreational room, and fishing for walleye and panfish is allowed.
Camping out in the provincial parks in your Sudbury camper rental may be possible but passes might be required. Killarney Provincial Park has one campground, George Lake Campground, with restrooms & showers but no hookups. Travelers hoping to do this should check with Ontario Parks to find out if passes are necessary.
When you book a camper rental in Sudbury, your first stop should be to have your picture taken with the Big Nickel, Sudbury's iconic and most famous landmark (a cross between Sudbury's nickel mining history and a Canadian coin).
Sudbury has a strong competitive edge and taking in a local sports competition would also be a good way to kill a few hours when you rent an RV. There are specialty museums, a waterfall, and a walkway/boardwalk, for those who would prefer to do their scenic hiking in town. There is mini golf and perhaps quite a few full-size golf courses, two amateur theaters, a symphony orchestra, and several game and entertainment centers (for those rainy days).
As the day fades and your stomach begins to growl, Sudbury has a fairly good selection of eateries, from cheap to moderate in price. Steak and pizza, Asian and Italian, it's all here; there are even a few places that dish out all day breakfasts. A few chain restaurants are on hand to keep the kids happy, but most of the outlets are locally owned and operated.
Get ready to embark on an action-packed Ontario adventure and search for a travel trailer rental in Sudbury today.