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Sudbury’s 2 Blue Flag Certified Beaches are Great for Swimming

Sudbury's Blue Flag Beaches

 

With over 300 nearby lakes, Sudbury will not disappoint as your next beach destination. In fact, Sudbury features two of Canada’s 27 Blue Flag certified beaches—no small feat—and Sudburians are very proud of this fact. Being Blue Flag certified means the beach must environmental, educational, safety, and access-related standards. Not only are they deemed safe and environmentally friendly, but these two beaches, Moonlight Beach and Bell Park’s main beach, are great spots for swimming! So on your next visit to Sudbury, make sure you hit up one—or both!—of these exceptional beaches.

Bell Park Main Beach

Bell Park’s main beach is perfectly situated within walking distance of Sudbury’s downtown core. Enjoy a city walk in the morning and then head to the sandy beach for a refresh. If you don’t want to swim, the beach also offers 2km of boardwalk around Ramsey lake, forest trails, and gazebos. A lifeguarded beach from 11am to 7pm until August 19, Bell Park is great for the whole family as it features a playground, washrooms, and a snack bar.  

Moonlight Beach

Located on the eastern shore of Ramsey Lake, Moonlight Beach is just a quick drive from downtown Sudbury. Featuring park trails alongside the over 700 feet of shoreline of the beach itself, Moonlight Beach is one of Sudbury’s most popular beach destinations. Hike the 3.5km from Lake Laurentian Conservation Area to Moonlight Beach for some exercise before cooling off at the beach. Lifeguards are on duty from 11am to 7pm, ensuring a safe swim, until August 19, and the on-site picnic area means you can bring a snack and spend the day!

Beat the heat this summer at one of these Blue Flag certified beaches, or at one of Sudbury’s many others! Contact Quality Inn Sudbury at 705.675.1273 to book your stay, and get ready for an exciting summer getaway!

Plan Your Dream Adventure Wedding in Sudbury

Adventure Wedding in Sudbury

 

This year’s wedding season looks a little different. If you are planning to have a summer 2021 wedding, you may have run into planning difficulties. Due to the pandemic requiring venues to close their doors and guests hesitating to participate in large gatherings, many people have had to find alternative arrangements for their special day. However, that doesn’t mean the big day needs to be any less exciting.

While the prospect of a large, traditional wedding my still seem far off, many couples are planning to keep things small, with some choosing an intimate and adventurous elopement in Ontario. Whether you are looking for an exciting adventure or to simply relax and enjoy your time with your partner in an intimate setting, the Sudbury area will not disappoint. Surrounded by stunning scenery and natural beauty, Sudbury is the perfect place to have your unforgettable adventure wedding.

Hike

If you are adventurous, take your wedding over to one of Sudbury’s nearby provincial parks. Hike to a scenic overlook to exchange your vows, head to a sunny beach, or into the forest for some mystery. If you are feeling exceptionally adventurous, plan a multi-day hike to a secluded spot—you and your to-be spouse will be the only people in sight (along with your officiant and photographer, of course!) Snag photos that will last a lifetime on the La Cloche mountain range at Killarney Provincial Park, where you will find white quartz cliffsides and scenic overlooks. Grab your hiking boots and your favourite photographer for a day you will always remember—and don’t forget your wedding dress!

Boat

If you are looking for something more laid-back, but would still love to incorporate Northern Ontario’s beautiful scenery, take your wedding to the water with a celebration on a boat. With so many lakes surrounding Sudbury, there will be many options for your wedding-on-the-water. For a more active day, rent a canoe or kayak and head to a nearby park for scenic wildlife. For a peaceful setting, rent a boat and head onto the water at Ramsey Lake to take in a sunset and city views while you say I do… afterwards, head back into Sudbury to enjoy a romantic patio dinner to top off the evening.

Picnic

If what you are missing most about a big wedding celebration is the food, then a picnic might be for you! Pack your lunch—or have it catered by a local business—and head to the park. Say “I Do” and cap it off with an intimate outdoor celebration for two in one of Sudbury’s parks, or take it farther afield and enjoy one of the Provincial Park’s picnic areas! We recommend Lake Laurentian Conservation Area for a secluded and scenic spot near the city.

Whatever you decide to do for your wedding, Quality Inn Sudbury is here to provide you with safe, comfortable accommodations. Call us today at 705.675.1273 to book your stay.

Four Provincial Parks Near Sudbury That You Need To Visit

Killarney Provincial Park

 

Are you longing to escape and explore the outdoors?  Look no further than Sudbury!  Located in Northeastern Ontario, Sudbury is surrounded by the beautiful Canadian Shield, including 4 provincial parks.  Check out rugged landscapes, boreal forests, beautiful lakes, and enjoy your fill of fresh air at these Provincial Parks.  

1 . Fairbank Provincial Park

Fairbank Provincial Park is a 45-minute drive West of Sudbury.  Here you will find a beautiful, spring-fed lake, with crystal clear waters and a sandy beach perfect for swimming.  This park is family-oriented, and has been a popular destination for over fifty years.  For geology buffs, it’s interesting due to its location at the edge of the Sudbury basin—a crater created by a meteor strike over a billion years ago! 

2. Windy Lake Provincial Park 

45 minutes Northwest of Sudbury you will find Windy Lake Provincial Park.  Perfect for the amateur hiker, Windy Lake offers the 3km Transition Hiking Trail. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birds and wildflowers growing on the forest floor. Or relax with a swim and a picnic at Windy Lake’s 1.5km of sandy shoreline. 

 3. Halfway Lake Provincial Park

If you would like to travel farther afield, head Northwest to find Halfway Lake provincial park an hour’s drive from Sudbury.  Perfect for day tripping, at Halfway Lake you will find hiking and canoeing, while being able to participate in Natural Heritage Education programs.  For wildlife enthusiasts, there is the opportunity to see nesting bald eagles and a heron rookery along the Narrows Canoe Route. Or take the Echo Pond Trail and keep your eye out for a moose!

4. Killarney Provincial Park

A similar drive Southwest will bring you to Killarney Provincial Park.  Home to dramatic landscapes, this area has been an inspiration to artists including the Group of Seven.  View the La Cloche Mountains’ white quartzite ridges, Georgian Bay’s coast of pink granite, and make your friends jealous when they see your photos.  If you’re in for a challenge, hike The Crack, a 6km trail featuring a nearly vertical climb through a rocky cascade, opening up to panoramic vistas of the surrounding forest… just be sure to wear your hiking boots!

While these three provincial parks are just a quick drive from Sudbury, they are only a taste of what we have to offer.  For a safe and comfortable space to return to after your day’s adventure, book a room at Quality Inn Sudbury or call us at 705.675.1273.

 

These 3 Landmarks Are A Must Visit On Your Next Road Trip through Sudbury

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With the potential of lockdown’s lifting in the next couple of weeks, it’s never too early to start planning a summer road trip if you are near the Sudbury region. These 3 Landmark destinations are a must visit on your next drive through Sudbury:

1. Bay Used Books

Are you an avid reader? Look no further than Bay Used Books! Run by the Bouffard family for over 45 years, this bookstore is a well-known gem near downtown Sudbury. Bay Used Books carries over half a million used books at great prices, making their selection the largest in Northern Ontario! Both curb side pickup and delivery are available if you are driving through the city.

2. The Big Nickel

No trip to Sudbury is complete without stopping by The Big Nickel. Built in 1951, it is deemed the world’s largest coin and it makes the perfect pit stop for a photo break on your next road trip. Have a bit of extra time to kill? The Big Nickel is located close to the Dynamic Earth Science Museum. Grab your mask, there’s lots to explore!

3. Inco Superstack

Visible from nearly every corner of the city, the Inco Superstack is the tallest chimney in Canada at a dizzying 381 metres. That’s over 4 football fields tall! Sadly, the chimney will soon be undergoing demolition and will not be up for much longer. See it while you can!Be sure to keep your eye out for it on your next drive through Sudbury.

If you’re looking for a place to rest in Sudbury on your upcoming road trip, Quality Inn Sudbury offers the safest and most convenient options for accommodations on your next road trip. Contact us at  705.675.1273 to book your stay.

5 Sudbury Day Trips You Need To Take

5 Sudbury Day Trips

Sudbury is a city chock-full of amazing adventures to take with your loved ones. You’ll find amazing things to explore just half an hour outside of the city. Here are some of the most exciting day trips you can take in Sudbury, when travel permits:

A.Y Jackson Trails at Onaping Falls

30 minutes from Sudbury

 You have to admit: waterfalls are pretty cool. Check out one of the coolest waterfalls in Canada at Onaping High Falls. You can hike through trails that lead to the waterfall that drops nearly 150 feet into the Sudbury Basin!

 Northern Ontario Railroad and Heritage Centre (NORMHC)

30 minutes from Sudbury

 Experience what it was like to live in Capreol years ago at NORMHC. Explore exhibits and artifacts in the museum and heritage centre, and take your kids to see Thomas the Tank Engine chug by on the model track!

 Wagonwheel Ranch

20 minutes from Sudbury

 Wagon Ranch is one of the best outdoor destinations outside of Sudbury. Spend the whole day horsing around—literally! With horseback riding, petting farms, and more, you’re sure to never be bored.

Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf and Josephine’s Vegetables

20 minutes from Sudbury

Play mini golf amongst giant dinosaurs and dragons in Sudbury’s coolest mini golf experience ever. Plus, visit Josephine’s Vegetables, a herbicide-free farm where you can purchase all your favourite veggies.

 Laurentian Conservation Area and Trails

15 minutes from Sudbury

This destination is only a few minutes away from downtown, but feels like a whole new world. Spend the day exploring trails, lakes, wetlands, ponds, and even bird watching. You’re sure to see an amazing view of Sudbury from the Canadian flag pole!

After your amazing day trip, you’re going to want to return to a comfortable accommodation. For all of your Sudbury travels, make Quality Inn Sudbury your place of accommodation! Call us today to book a room: 705.675.1273.

Top 4 Places to Canoe & Kayak in Sudbury

Canoe & Kayak in Sudbury

Sudbury is known as the City of Lakes (there are 330 lakes in Sudbury), so if you’re looking to splash around outdoors, this is definitely the place for you. Check out these 4 amazing locations to canoe, kayak, paddle board, and more!

Kivi Park

Kivi Park is over 450 acres of outdoor fun. If you’re looking for casual, non-motorized activities, Crowley Lake is the place to head to. This quiet lake offers an uninterrupted shoreline that’s absolutely perfect for swimming or paddle boarding.

Angew Lake

Angew Lake is located northwest of Sudbury and is part of the Spanish River system. It is just over 35 km long and full of adventure. Enjoy marvellous sunsets, berry picking, and wide-open water perfect for kayaking.

Lake Laurentian Conservation Area

This is the easiest and most accessible place to get to if you need a break from the city. Lake Laurentian Conservation area is just 15 minutes from downtown Sudbury and the man-made lake is perfect to take your kayak or canoe to any day of the week!

Moonlight Beach

Spend your summer days at this perfect sandy beach. This Blue Flag Beach ensures clear waters, safe swimming, and pristine views. Dip your toes along the shore or dive into the waters for some non-motorized water fun! 

When you’re done having the best summer days of your life right outside of Sudbury, come home to a quiet, warm, and comfortable accommodation. Quality Inn Sudbury is here for you. Call us today to book a room: 705.675.1273.

4 Amazing Breweries in Sudbury!

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Take a tour of Sudbury in beer! If you are a beer and brewery lover, then you’re going to love these 4 amazing breweries in Sudbury. Check out these hot spots:

Spacecraft Brewery

854 Notre Dame Avenue, Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada, ON P3A 2T4

We don’t know about you, but this is definitely one of the coolest brewery names we’ve ever come across. They serve up SPCRFT craft beer at their bottle shop and are always working on some exciting developments in the world of brewing.

Visit them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/spcrft/

46 North Brewing Corp

1275 Kelly Lake Road Unit 1, Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada, ON P3E6J2

46 North Brewing Corp is the place to cheers to the weekend with tall boys of their original 46 North brew. As a super popular spot in Sudbury, visiting 46 is a step into local living.

Visit them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/46northbeer/

Optimist Brewery & Kitchen

1500 Regent St,
 Sudbury, ON P3E 3Z6

If you’re looking for something a bit on the fancier side, Optimist is the place to be. Host your next event or just hang out at this awesome local venue.

Visit their website for more information on their beers and location here: https://optimistbrewing.ca/#about

Stack Brewing

947 Falconbridge Rd, Sudbury, ON, P3A 5K8

Stack is a fun loving, award-winning, beer brewing company. Since 20213, they’ve been providing Sudbury with craft beers that have won national awards from the Ontario Brewing Awards and the Canadian Brewing Awards.

Check out their website here: https://stackbrewing.ca/about-us/

If you are planning a Sudbury brewery bonanza, ensure that you are staying safe. Drink responsibly and always have a plan of how to get home, or to your place of residence, safely. If you need a place to stay, Quality Inn Sudbury has comfortable rooms waiting for you. Plan ahead. Call us today to book a room: (705) 675-1273.

Snowed in Comedy is Coming to Sudbury!

Snowed in Comedy

Ready to laugh? Well, you’re in luck! Snowed in Comedy is stopping by Sudbury on their Canadian tour! 

The Snowed In Comedy Tour is a Canadian success story, now celebrating their eleventh year of making people laugh! They’ve performed in Australia, the USA, France, and Switzerland! Now, they’re taking their global show back to their home country, playing in over 70 cities this year! 

Now it’s your chance to see the amazing show they’ve created! Featuring Dan Quinn, Just For Laughs winner, Paul Myrehaug, the Great Canadian Laugh Off winner, and Pete Zedlacher, 5 time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee, you’re sure to have a good time! 

Location: Sudbury Theatre Centre – 170 Shaughnessy St, Sudbury

Date: April 2, 2021

Time: 8pm

Don’t miss out on the laughs and fun! Get your tickets here. 

* Please contact event organizer for updated information on location, date & time of event.