Discover Sun and Sand at Sudbury's Blue Flag Beaches

Sudbury has more lakes than any other municipality in Canada. The city's 2 eco-certified Blue Flag beaches are a swimmer's paradise.

What a lot of Sudburians don’t know is that our city is home to two out of just 27 Blue Flag beaches in Canada–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!

One of Sudbury's two Blue Flag beaches,  Moonlight Beach is the perfect place for a summer swim

1. Bell Park Beach

Bell Park’s Blue Flag and information sign

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 RacesBudweiser New Music FestSudbury Jazz Festival, and Northern Lights Festival Boreal.

The lifeguard on duty at Bell Park’s main beach


Two children play on the beach at Bell Park


2. 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. 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, then enjoy the beautiful scenery and refresh afterward with a swim!

Moonlight Beach’s main beach and lifeguard stand
One of the many picnic areas at Moonlight Beach
Moonlight Beach’s jungle gym

To learn more about visiting our beautiful Sudbury beaches, visit us here.

About Emily O'Connell

Emily is a full time university student pursuing a bachelor's degree in Education and Languages. She enjoys all things outdoors, fitness and food! 

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