The snowflake buildings on the shores of Ramsey Lake are a sight to be seen from the outside. From the inside, Science North is a real treat when visiting Sudbury, Ontario. Sure, it’s great for kids. But, there’s also enough to keep adults entertained for hours.
Located on the western tip of the urban Ramsey Lake, Science North is easy to find. If you’re arriving from Toronto and Southern Ontario on highway 69 (the continuation of highway 400), simply go straight on Regent Street instead of turning onto highway 17 (Trans Canada Highway). 17 will take you west to Sault Ste. Marie or east to North Bay.
Follow Regent and make a right on Paris Street. Follow Paris for a bit of distance and you can’t help but see Science North on the right hand side of the road. If you need more landmarks, there’s a good sized hospital just before, on the opposite side of Ramsey Lake Road.
The images in the gallery below were taken in the fall of 2016. For full-sized versions of each photo, simply click on the individual pictures. For more information on this attraction and the city of Sudbury, see below.
Science North Image Gallery
Established in June of 1984, Science North is owned and operated by the Government of Ontario and located at 100 Ramsey Lake Road in Sudbury, Ontario. The science centre consists of two snowflake shaped buildings, connected by a tunnel carved through the bedrock of the Canadian Shield.
A ramp spirals its way upwards from floor to floor, offering great views both inside and outside the building. Up the middle is the massive skeleton of a 20 metre or 66 feet long Fin Whale. The skeleton was brought in from where it had washed up on the shore of Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The story of how the skeleton was dismantled, shipped and reassembled is nearly as interesting as the skeleton itself.
General admission is $21 for adults with discounts for seniors, youths and children. A yearly membership starts at $60 for an individual adult. Science North features an IMAX 3D theatre, a planetarium and the Vale Cavern. There are several natural habitat zones throughout, containing many animal species. The Space Place and Tech Lab will simply make you lose track of time.
From the start of July to the start of October, there are boat tours of Ramsey Lake available. Formerly, this was aboard the Cortina but is now on the William Ramsey. These cruises were $14.95 for adults in 2016.
The science centre also has outdoor exhibits to explore when the weather is nicer. This area connects to a much larger trail system that takes you down the waterfront to Bell Park. It should be noted that all this area was used in the 2015 version of Amazing Race Canada.
Science North owns and operates nearby Dynamic Earth. This is a museum centered around Sudbury’s mining heritage. The tour down into the inactive mining shaft is definitely worth the price of admission.
This is also home to the famous Big Nickel. However, you can not visit this site during the winter months. Dynamic Earth opens at the start of March and closes for the season at the start of September. This is a great spot for sweeping views of Sudbury.
Sudbury, Ontario is a city located 410 kilometres north of Toronto. It’s a straight drive up highway 400/69, through Barrie and Parry Sound. Be sure to stop for a rest at the French River and check out Recollet Falls! This is the largest city by land area in Ontario and has a population of over 160,000.
The city was established in 1893 and became Greater Sudbury in 2001. Built on mining, the city has become an educational centre with Laurentian University, Cambrian College and the Francophone College Boreal. However, Vale Nickel Mining remains the city’s top employer and the Inco Superstack still dominates the skyline.
The city is home to a nice variety of restaurants. However, you would never expect to find some of the best Mexican food in Ontario in this northern metropolis. Located downtown, Taco Sol serves up authentic Mexican food, and beer, made in front of you by great people that actually came from Mexico. See below for a link to their official website.