The Sudbury Camino

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What is the Sudbury Camino?

Inspired by the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes, the Sudbury Camino is a challenge initiated by Rainbow Routes Association (RRA) via its urban hiking program, Explore Sudbury

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The Challenge

We encourage everyone to walk as much of the Sudbury Camino route as possible between August 1 - 26. The challenge offers a unique Camino-like experience while enabling the discovery of Greater Sudbury's portion of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail). The Sudbury Camino route ranges between Moonlight Beach and Robinson Park. This 20 km journey is the urban section of the 93 km Sudbury section of the Trans Canada Trail, depicted on the map below.

Click here for a list of printable Camino route directions

Click here for a list of printable Camino route directions

How to Participate

Walk the route, collect all 5 milestone location stamps in your passport (available for pick up at the Main, New Sudbury or South End Public Library Branch beginning August 1), redeem them for a special prize on August 26!

There are two ways to complete the challenge:

  1. Register online and join us Saturday, August 12 at 8:30 am at Moonlight Beach for Explore Sudbury's official Camino hike. You will be free to walk the entire route (20 km) with us or stop at transit stop locations along the way. We will provide free public transit tickets, if needed. Our hike leaders will stamp your passport at each milestone location.
  2. Walk it on your own between August 1-26, taking photos at the designated milestone locations, for which you will be able to collect stamps at our Trans Canada celebration event on August 26!

NOTE: on August 12 at 8:15 am the 101 Howey/Moonlight will depart from the downtown terminal, do its usual stops and include servicing Moonlight Beach specifically for the Sudbury Camino. As per the regular summer schedule, afternoon 101 Howey/Moonlight buses will also service Moonlight Beach between until 7:17pm.

The Celebration

Join us and the rest of Canada, Staurday, August 26 to celebrate the full connection of The Great Trail and Canada'a 150th. Our local celebration will include a BBQ, family freindly activities and prizes for Camino participants.

To register for our August 12 event or for more details on the August 26 TCT celebration, visit our event calendar call 705-674-4455 ext. 4535.

For details on the national celebration, click here

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How to Prepare

Although portions of the Sudbury Camino route are in urban areas, a fair amount utilizes forested areas. Each section difficulty is rated as follows:

  • Section 1: Moonlight Beach to Bioski Cottage: difficult
  • Section 2: Bioski Cottage to Living with Lakes Centre: difficult
  • Section 3: Living with Lakes to Bell park Main Beach: easy
  • Section 4: Bell Park to St. Francis School: easy
  • Section 5: St. Francis School to Robinson Park: moderate

When preparing for your Camino journey, consider the diverse landscape and section distances. We recommend you bring the following items:

  • 2 refillable water bottles
  • Adequate footwear (closed toed, water resistant)
  • Appropriate clothing (hat, layers, long pants)
  • Bug spray & sunscreen
  • First aid kit (hike leaders will have one on hand)
  • Food for the day
  • Medication (as required)
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