Top Five ways to live winter to the fullest in Sudbury

Top Five ways to live winter to the fullest in Sudbury

It can be hard to find anything fun about winter with the cold weather and short days but we found some great ways to look at winter as more than just a time to hibernate! Sudbury knows winter all too well and in that knows how to make the best use of the season! From skiing cross-country to skiing downhill Sudbury is full of activities to keep you busy and having fun through the entire winter season.  Here we have five great ways to get outside, get active, and enjoy winter in Sudbury!

Cross Country Skiing

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If you’re a seasoned veteran at the sport or just trying it for the first time, Sudbury has lots of places to enjoy cross-country skiing. Not only is the sport a great way to get exercise but gives you opportunity to enjoy Sudbury’s beautiful landscapes in the winter season. Here are some great places to get skiing:

Kivi Park – Sudbury’s newest and biggest park within the city limits is home to many cross-country trails. For more information check their website:  http://kivipark.com/ or their Facebook page @kivipark.

Bio Ski – Located in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area at the end of South Bay Road the Bio Ski Club operates cross-country ski trails through the conservation area. The trails are open to members and visitors. On weekends the Bio Ski Cottage is open for memberships, passes, washrooms, drinks and snacks. Here is a list of trails: http://www.bioski.ca/process.php?file=dwn/Bioski_TrailMap.pdf

More information can also be found on their site: http://www.bioski.ca/

Laurentian Nordic Club – Also located in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, the Laurentian Nordic Club operates trails in the area while also supplying rental equipment and passes. Rentals and passes are discounted for Laurentian University students. Check out http://laurentiannordic.com/ for more information.

Capreol Cross-Country Ski Club – Situated in Capreol, ON the club has 23kms of trails to be explored. More information here:  http://www.canadatrails.ca/xc_ski/on/on31.html

Walden Cross-Country – Three trail systems make up the Walden Club, the main one in Naughton, ON, as well as two others in Worthington and Azilda. Click here for more: http://waldenxc.ca/

Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club With three trails perfect for skiers of all ability levels, the Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club is another great location to spend a day cross country skiing. The chalet is located at Windy Lake Provincial Park and their trails allow for classic and skate skiing.

Snowshoeing

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Snowshoeing is a great way to explore during the winter months. With all of the snow we get in Sudbury snowshoes are the best tool to get out and see the outdoors for any activity level. We rounded up some of the best places to enjoy snowshoeing!

Bio Ski – Located in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, the club has maintained and created many trails for snowshoeing to be enjoyed. Check out the trails here: http://www.bioski.ca/process.php?file=dwn/Bioski_TrailMap.pdf

Walden Cross-Country Ski Club More than just skiing, the club also offers snowshoe trails at the Naughton trail system. See the map at: http://waldenxc.ca/trails/naughton-snowshoe-trails/

Kivi Park – The first winter for Kivi Park, it is a great time to use their brand new trail system to snowshoe through the beautiful scenery.

Need Snowshoes? The Greater Sudbury Public Library lends snowshoes to Library Card holders for FREE! For all details see: http://www.sudburylibraries.ca/en/booksmuchmore/Snowshoe-Lending-Program.asp

Skating

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While there are many indoor options available, skating outside during winter is a must! Skating is a great activity for any skill level and can make any evening or weekend fun! Two great options for outdoor skating in Sudbury are: 

Ramsey Lake Skating Path – A 1.5 km long path located on Ramsey Lake begins at the Sudbury Rowing Club’s previous location and connects to Science North. The path is busy on weekends and is open until 9:00 p.m. at night. Dressing rooms and sometimes even a Beavertails stand are at either end of the path. 

Queens Athletic Skating Oval – Located on Regent Street the Skating Oval is a great place to learn to skate or enjoy a leisurely path. The Oval is open when weather permits. 

Hiking

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Don’t let the snow keep you from your favourite hikes! Many of Sudbury’s trails can be enjoyed both summer and winter! Be sure to dress warm and wear proper footwear.

Urban Hiking – Rainbow Route’s Explore Sudbury program gives guided hikes throughout the city.  The hikes will take you through different areas of the city. Here is the calendar of upcoming events:  http://www.rainbowroutes.com/calendar

Hike Club – Rainbow Routes also has a hike club which meets every month including during the winter! The meetings occur the first Saturday of each month with an exception of January where they will meet January 14th. http://www.rainbowroutes.com/hike-club

Skiing & Snowboarding

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If you’re looking to get some alpine-type fun look no further! Skiing and snowboarding can be done in Sudbury at a few places. Whether you are trying it out for the first time, want to learn more skills, or are a pro you can spend winter on the hill.

Adanac – Located in Sudbury, the hill operates throughout the winter. Adanac provides lessons, rentals, passes, and more. For information on hill conditions and more go to: https://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/leisure/activities/ski-hills/adanac-ski-hill/

Lively – Located on First Avenue in Lively this ski hill provides another great spot for skiing and snowboarding. Rentals are not available at this hill. For hours and more please check: https://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/leisure/activities/ski-hills/lively-ski-hill/

More trails for skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking can be found here.

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