During our visit to Sudbury we stayed at Hampton Inn, visited the Science North, Dynamic Earth, and explored other attractions such as parks and lookouts around the area.
Scientists estimate 1.85 billion years ago a meteorite about 10 to 15 kilometres in diameter travelling at a rate of 40 kilometres per second hit earth and punched a hole 35 kilometres deep into the crust and created a crater 250 kilometres across. After different geological processes the crater has become an oval shape roughly 60 to 30 kilometres in size known as the Sudbury Basin. This crater is known to be the second largest impact crater on Earth.
We wanted to make sure we checked out the beautiful High Falls over the Onaping river at A. Y. Jackson Lookout. It was well worth the drive and the short hike to the observation platforms. This waterfall is about 46 metres or 150 feet plunging over the tip of the Sudbury Basin. In 1953, A.Y. Jackson a group of seven painter, painted this High Falls thus the name for this lookout.
NASA sent members of the Apollo 16 crew in the summer of 1971 and Apollo 17 crew in 1972 to the High Falls Area because the Onaping formation is unique. This formation compromised of three layers of rock which adds to about 1800 meters of thickness.
At this site, we can see samples from different mines such as Granite Breccia from Inco's McCreedy East Mine which is from the Proterozoic Era 1.85 billion years ago. This rock is the most important because it hosts the Sulphide Ore deposits in the North Range of the Sudbury Basin. There are many samples of rocks with information at this site.
This historic mining equipment was from Levack Mine. This mine was discovered in 1888 and began production in 1913 until the mine was shut down during the years of depression. It resumed again in 1937 and finally closed in June 1999 after 78 years of use. In the above picture of the equipment you see:
- In the left it is the Flat Bed Rail Car that moves supplies to and from the workplace underground, which is still used.
- In the centre it is the Mucking Machine that was used to load ore or waste rock into Granby Cars for transportation to the ore pass or waste pass, which were replaced by scooptrams in most mines by 1970.
- In the right it is the Granby Car which was used with the mucking machines to move ore and waste from the blasting face to the passes.
This lookout is on Highway 144 northwest of Sudbury city centre in the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. It is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m; there are picnic tables and parking, as well as an one and half hour nature trail.
On our way we saw the Nuclear Power Demonstration, the first place where electricity from Nuclear Energy was used in Canada.
There is a beautiful lookout at this spot.
Bell Park right across from Science North has a beautiful scenery of Ramsey Lake. There are paths to walk around and relax by the lake and watch the boats. Bell park is a popular spot where different festivals and events are held.
We went to Kivi Park one evening, and enjoyed the large children's play areas. This park is an all season, multi-sport recreation area set over 300 acres of Cambrian Shield with an extensive network of trails with different altitudes and difficulty. We can rent bikes, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards.
We drove in and around Downtown Sudbury to see a few of the murals. Since the summer of 2013, there has been an initiative to bring local, national, and international artists to decorate the public spaces with a fresh coat of colour. This website https://uphere.com/murals has the details about the murals so we can take a self-guided walking tour and see the street art.
There is also a cool bridge known as the Bridge of Nations with flags of different countries on both sides.
Staying at Hampton Inn in downtown Sudbury made it convenient to explore the different attractions in the area. There is a mall and lots of shops close to the hotel.
This hotel by Hilton has all the modern amenities - microwave, coffee maker, fridge etc. for a comfortable stay.
We like the range of choices offered for their complimentary breakfast. Parking is included, and there is a fitness room and a swimming pool. The hospitable and friendly atmosphere of this hotel made our stay a memorable one.
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