Sudbury has some of the most extensive trails in the province with over 30 different trails and routes connecting Greater Sudbury. Including everything from urban walking paths in the downtown core to rural biking trails in the outskirts of the conservation area, Sudbury’s trails are as vast as they are beautiful. Emphatically some of the finest hiking and biking in the province can be enjoyed right here in the Nickel City!
Lake Laurentian Conservation Area
Comprised of about 2,400 acres of natural preservation, the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area extends from Laurentian University to the southeast shore of Lake Ramsey and it includes trails for walking, hiking, and mountain biking. In addition, the trails are compatible in all seasons with the surface varying from boardwalks to natural paths. The conservation area is very accessible and includes several lakes, wetland areas, and trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Within Laurentian Conservation Area there are many trails available to fit your needs, whatever they may be. For instance, the Lake Laurentian Loop (10 km and up to 4 hrs) is more difficult and requires more experienced hikers, whereas the Duck Trail (625 m and 30 min) is slightly easier to conquer.
The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is great for children as well with its inclusion of stories alongside select trails. ‘Tales on Trails’ is an outdoor self-guided story posted on signs throughout the trails to inform kids about the environment and its importance.
Bell Park Boardwalk
The Bell Park Boardwalk is perhaps the most prominent pathway in the city with it being alongside Science North and Ramsey Lake. It makes a relatively easy and pleasurable walk (2 km boardwalk/interlocking stone) with some of the most scenic views in the city. It is wheelchair accessible and it is fantastic for family walks and date nights as well.
Kelly Lake Trail
Beginning at Fielding Memorial Park just off of Highway 17, the Kelly Lake Trail is 4.5 km long and is categorized as easy to moderate difficulty. The trail has a bird sanctuary along the way and is also blessed with some of the most spectacular views of Kelly Lake. Aside from the miraculous sights and sounds you may encounter on the trail, it is also well suited for mountain biking and it is located a measly 10 min from the South End of the city; making it a popular spot for local hikers and bikers.
Similarly to the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, Kivi Park is quite large (although not nearly the size of the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area) and has lakes, streams, and an abundance of biodiversity. Its distinct ‘Wish Tree’ has drawn many people from across the province to take pictures with it and it is now an important symbol of the park.
Additionally, Kivi Park is perfect for outdoor activities or just for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located off of Long Lake Road, it is a stone throw away from Four Corners and it is open to everyone throughout the whole year.
The city of Sudbury is extremely well equipped with an extensive web of trails and it is fortunate to have some of the most stunning conservation areas in the province. Whether you are visiting for a couple days or have lived in Sudbury your entire life, take advantage of the trails Sudbury has to offer; you won’t regret it!
By Steven Johnston