WINTER BREAK 2020 – 2021
Here’s a list of fun activities to enjoy as a family during the winter break in Sudbury from December 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021.
Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.
Note: All recreational activities are subject to emerging Covid-19 restrictions. Do check before starting.
See Christmas Lights
- Enjoy festive lights at Science North. The parking lot is lit up for the season as part of Festival of Lights.
Skiing is an enjoyable way to take in the winter scenery and a great activity for all ages. Cross-country skiing can be enjoyed throughout the region on various trails. The City of Greater Sudbury has two ski hills that residents can take advantage of. Many clubs in Sudbury offers downhill and cross-country skiing.
Laurentian Nordic Ski Club maintains over 9 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing.
Those who want to try skiing at night, can head to Walden Cross Country. They offer 3 km of night skiing that’s perfect for a romantic evening. Winter night skiing is offered every weeknight until 9 pm (2020 dates TBA).
Classic, as well as skate ski enthusiasts, can enjoy the trails at Kivi Park. The park has a range of groomed ski trails that cater to beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers.
Skating is a quintessential winter activity that is loved by one and all! At Kivi Park experience the magic of Nina’s Way or glide over the illuminated outdoor ice rink.
Head over to Ramsey Lake Skating Path or enjoy skating on the oval at Queen’s Athletic Field and neighbourhood rinks.
Visit Provincial Parks /National Parks
Provincial Parks and National Parks offer many outdoor activities. Even if you have visited in spring or summer, winter presents an entirely new experience to enjoy. You can enjoy a whole lot of activities from skating, snowshoeing, skiing, camping, and more. You can even spend overnight in the cozy comfort of a yurt in select provincial parks!
The beauty of winter can best be enjoyed by a walk. Whether you take a brisk walk or a relaxed one, what is certain is that you will have a wonderful time enjoying the open air and crisp winter beauty. Pack a picnic and plan to spend an afternoon outside playing games with your loved ones.
Enjoy a walk on the Robert D’Aloisio Memorial Lighted Trail at the Laurentian Nordic Ski Club until the trail opens for skiing.
Strap on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy scenic views at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area. BioSki Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Club provide access to over 25 km of trails that weave into the landscape and is considered to be one of the best destinations to enjoy snowshoeing in the region.
Another great place to go snowshoeing is Kivi Park. Rent your snowshoes from the Adventure 365 shop located on site and start exploring. Choose from beginner, intermediate, and advanced snowshoe trails!
Located just 40 minutes from Sudbury, is the Windy Lake Provincial Park, a hotspot for winter activities. Did you know you can rent everything you need to go ice fishing at the park?
Fat biking is another exciting way to explore the winter landscape. Be sure to dress warmly before heading out. You can rent fat bikes from Adventure365 who has an on-site shop at Kivi Park. The Park has many groomed and well-marked trails accessible for all ages and abilities.
Fat biking can also be enjoyed at Walden Cross Country. Do check if the trails are open while planning your day.
With an organized trail system, well-groomed trails, the unspoiled beauty of the Canadian Shield, and outstanding scenic vistas, it is so wonder snowmobiling is a popular sport in Greater Sudbury.
Alleyways and buildings throughout Sudbury have a number of mural paintings that showcase Sudbury’s arts and culture. Most of these have been created during the annual Up Here Festival hosted by We Live Up Here. To do a self-guided mural tour, you can download the official Up Here app on the App Store or Google Play.
Keep your child engaged at home with these fun activities.
Private Sleigh Rides
Enjoy a private horse-drawn sleigh ride for your own social bubble! The sleigh ride includes a 30-minute bonfire stop in the woods as well as Petting Farm Visit. Details
December 12 – 31, 2020 | 3 PM – 7 PM
Wagonwheel Ranch, 2200 Kenneth Dr, Val Therese
The following attractions are currently open. Do keep in mind that these centres may close subject to evolving Covid-19 restrictions.
- Science North
- ARC Climbing
- Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums (Virtual)
- Northern Exotics
- Art Gallery of Sudbury
- Northern Axperts
- Kids Ultimate Play Centre
- Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre
December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Wherever you are in Canada
$10 – $35
Watch The Great Conjunction
Get ready to watch an extraordinary event this holiday season. From December 12 to 28, giant planets Jupiter and Saturn will be in close proximity after centuries. On December 21 Jupiter and Saturn will only be 0.1 degrees apart. This year’s event will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! Don’t miss the Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn.
December 12 – 28, 2020
Closest approach on December 21, 2020
Go Bird Watching
Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. What are the popular winter birds that you can spot? Can you notice any winter adaptation changes in them? Grab a pair of binoculars, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot. Do a Christmas Bird Count. If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.
Enjoy online concerts and theatres during winter break.