As summer approaches and temperatures rise, so does the desire for refreshing swimming spots. Known for having more lakes than any other municipality in Canada, Greater Sudbury’s 330 lakes makes for plenty of safe and fun beaches! 

What a lot of Sudburians don’t know is that our city is home to 2 out of the 27 Blue Flag beaches in Canada; this is an accomplishment that Sudbury is very proud of. Blue Flag beaches are sites that are monitored by the Foundation for Environmental Education and have to meet and maintain very strict environmental, educational, safety, and access-related criteria. These two blue flag beaches, Bell Park’s main beach and Moonlight Beach, are two of Sudbury’s best summer swimming spots! 

Moonlight Beach’s Blue Flag and information sign.

Bell Park’s Blue Flag and information sign.


Bell Park -Main Beach:

Lake Ramsey’s Bell Park beach is perfect for tourists and locals! This sand beach features a lifeguarded waterfront, gazebos for picnicking, washrooms, a snack bar in case you forget a lunch, and a children’s play structure. Don’t feel like swimming? Tour the two kilometers boardwalk around Ramsey Lake, cycle the forest trails, or feed the local ducks instead.

Situated South of Sudbury’s downtown district, this beach is in walking distance to some of Sudbury’s best attractions including Science North, the Art Gallery of Sudbury, and the Downtown core. Make sure to check out Bell Park’s main beach this summer at the peak of its’ glory when it hosts Sudbury’s annual Dragon Boat Races, Budweiser New Music Fest, Sudbury Jazz Festival, and Northern Lights Festival Boreal


The life-guard on duty at Bell Park’s main beach. 

Two children play on the beach at Bell Park.


Moonlight Beach:

Located on the eastern shores of Ramsey Lake, Moonlight Beach is a beautiful place to take a dip! It is one of Sudbury’s hidden treasures as its’ lengthy waterfront, picnic areas, and playground are an outdoor haven from the hustle and bustle of our busy city. Looking to spend the whole day enjoying the outdoors? Hike Rainbow Routes’ 3.5 km trail from the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area to Moonlight beach; enjoy the beautiful scenery and refresh afterwards with a swim! 

Moonlight Beach’s main beach and life-guard stand. 

One of the many picnic areas at Moonlight Beach.

Moonlight Beach’s kids’ jungle gym.


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By: Emily O’Connell

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