Those nineteen and older who want to try their luck have many opportunities to do so, with horse racing and slots at Sudbury Downs and Slots at Sudbury Downs, 400 Bonin Rd., Chelmsford, Ontario (tel.888/812-1703; 705/855-9001; www.sudburydowns.com). You can lose five cents, or five dollars (or more), at one of the over three hundred different slots here at this casino, which is open daily until the wee hours of the morning. A free shuttle service departs downtown bus terminal. As for the downs, live harness races are run Wednesday and Saturdays from May to November, and on Sundays in July and August. Live simulcasts of up to ten other races take place year round and are available in their teletheatre. During the summertime, the Slots presents a weekly concert series called Stars Under the Stars with comedy, tribute and big-name acts.
If you're this far into Canada, odds are that you can't be too far away from something related to the country's favorite sport, ice hockey. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and Sports Museum, 2 Bay St., Parry Sound, (tel. 877/746-4466 or 705/746-4466; www.bobbyorrhalloffame.com) about an hour and a half south of Sudbury on the Georgian Bay, is a must. The Hall of Fame is part of the Charles W. Stockey Centre and has been open since 2003. Hometown hero Bobby Orr helped his team the Boston Bruins win two Stanley Cups. The museum contains assorted memorabilia including his original locker from the Boston Garden, both Stanley Cup rings. Admission to the museum costs $8 adults, $6 seniors, and $20 for families; it's open daily. Take Highway 69 South.
Canada is also rich in rail history, and the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Center, 26 Bloor St., Capreol (tel.705/858-5090; www.northernontariorailroadmuseum.ca) about 24 miles north of Sudbury, has been recently restored. Logging and mining equipment, key industries that used railroads in Canada, are on display here, along with an original steam locomotive that was responsible for opening the northern part of the country. Photographs, area genealogical records, and artifacts such as conductor hats and signal lanterns are on display in the railroad room. Open Tuesday through Sunday from June to September; other months by appointment. Donations accepted as admission.
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