Here are the more popular Sudbury and area parks.
Bell Park, Paris St, Greater Sudbury, ON P3E 3B6
(Paris St at York St)
705-674-3141 ext 2333
This park, on the shore of Lake Ramsey to the north of Science North, has board open spaces, and ampitheatre and gezebos, This park is a scenic venue for many of the city’s social and cultural events over the summer.
Lake Laurentian Conservation Area
2309 S Bay Rd, Sudbury, ON P3E 6H7
(4 km south on South Bay Rd, via Ramsey Lake Rd)
This park has over 55 km of self-guided nature trails, also used for hiking, biking, jogging and cross-country skiing. There is a wetlands area created by Ducks Unlimited, and the trails provide great birdwatching and picture taking.
R400 Graham Rd, Whitefish, ON P0M 3E0
(Regional Road 55 by Whitefish, southwest of Sudbury)
This quaint little park on the shores of McCharles Lake has a a picnic area, a waterfall uner a trestle bridge, a beach on the lake, and a camping area on the Vermillion River.
Fielding Memorial Park
Highway 17 Southwest Bypass, at Fielding Rd (lively)
This conservation area is at the southwest end of Kelley Lake and the park includes the Kelly lake Dam. The park is open June through Labour Day.
Sudbury Region Parks
(from east to west)
Marten River Provincial Park
2860 ON-11, Marten River, ON P0H 1T0
(Highway 11, south of Marten)
This park offers quiet camping in rugged country, with good boating and fishing. The park has great hiking trails and an authentic reconstructed early logging camp.
Windy Lake Provincial Park
51 Pine St, Onaping, ON P0M 2R0
(off Highway 144, beside Windy Lake)
This park was established in 1959 and offers 139 hectares of boreal forest terrain. There is a campground with 83 campsites, including 44 with electrical hookups. The park has two beaches with 1500 metres of gently sloped sandy swimming areas (but no lifeguards). The lake is used for paddle, wind, and motor powered boating activities. The lake is a fisherman’s favourite with yellow pickerel, lake trout, northern pike, whitefish, and even smallmouth bass. There are several hiking trails in the park, including the 3 km Lookout Tower Trail. In the winter, there are 20 km of cross country ski trails, groomed in cooperation with a local Nordic ski club.
Halfway Lake Provincial Park
Old Cartier Rd, Levack, ON P0M 2C0
(90 km northwest of Sudbury on Highway 144)
This 4,730 hectare park lies on the edge of Canada’s boreal forest and contains 20 lakes. In the early 1900s, the area was heavily logged, and there are still log chutes in the park. The area was named because the logging camp, now in the park, was halfway between the point of logging and the railway lines to the south. The park is lush with floral and animal wildlife. There are over 90 species of birds in the park. There are 265 campsites, including 85 with electrical connections. Boating and swimming is popular, and motor boating is allowed on three of the lakes. There are 30 km of hiking trails.
Killarney Provincial Park
960 ON-637, Killarney, ON P0M 2A0
(on the Killarney Road, Highway 637)
This 363 sq. km. (140 sq. mile) provincial park offers superb canoeing on lakes and rivers, with shores covered with birch and pine forests. You can also see the white quartzite-topped La Cloche mountains which are formed from Igneous rock. A small forest reserve dating back to 1933 became the larger provincial park in 1964, at the request of the Ontario Society of Artists who painted in the area. This led the government to rename the largest lake in the park OSA Lake. Motor boats prohibited on interior lakes, but allowed on Georgian Bay. There are over 100 km of trails in the park.
Fairbank Provincial Park
P.O. Box 560, c/o Windy Lake Provincial Park
Levack, ON, P0M 2C0
(Regional Road 4, north of Highway 17, about 55 km west of Sudbury)
This small 105 hectare park is popular for its hardwood trees, unusual this far north. These trees attract many small mammals and a wide range of birds. The park is centered around the Fairbank fault, a fracture in the earth’s crust. Fairbank Lake’s original name was Wa-Shai-Ga-Mog, which means “clear water” in Ojibway, and has a wide crescent-shaped sandy beach. There are also 160 campgrounds.
Chutes Provincial Park
650 Imperial St N, Massey, ON P0P 1P0
(Just off Highway 17, near Massey)
This park contains several scenic waterfalls and is popular for camping, fishing and picnicking. An exhibit at Graveyard Rapids discusses the hazards of the log-driving era at the turn of the century on the Aux Sables River.