Now getting back on topic. After being dropped off at Science North, I just sat down. I was exhausted from getting only four hours of sleep on the train but determined to not waste a day of my trip, at exactly 10 am (the time they opened) I went inside the exhibits. Now for people who have never visited Sudbury, what Shania Twain is to Timmins, the Science North building is to Sudbury
. The first thing out of every local's mouth I talk to is "have you been to Science North yet?" Aside from it's great popularity among locals, there is also the building it is housed in to consider. The whole downtown of the city is situated around Lake Ramsey. It is a beautiful lake and the downtown takes full advantage of the natural scenery it provides with a broad walk that goes the length of the downtown core. But it is really interesting to look at where the broad walk begins and ends. Bell park, as it is called, is focused on the building of Science North. The building is two giant shining snowflakes and they are situated right outside the business area of the city. Although outside of the city everyone can still see them from many parts of the downtown. Despite the obvious flaunting of this building there is a lot of great exhibits in Science North and one annoying, smelly porcupine. To get into the Science Centre you have to go through a rock tunnel (very cool) and then you step into the glass portion of the building. Then there is a series of ramps. The first level was not open when I went so I moved on to the second level. This is the level that allows children and avid rock collectors to examine different species of rock. Then there is a small butterfly gallery. Having grown up in Niagara on the Lake where there is a huge butterfly gallery this wasn't too new but the butterflies there had some guts not moving away even when you shoved a camera in their face. But this wasn't my last encounter with an animal with attitude at Science North
. The third level was a biosphere. It had several animals, and different lab experiments you could do. It was also the first level with blue coats (the Science North staff). The staff is what makes this place fun. They are young, energetic and actually interested in what they are showing people coming through. Now the guy who helps people understand how to play the Wii fit display doesn't not have a difficult job. Actually anyone who is stationed on Science North's fourth floor which houses the Space Place, Legos Robotics Lab, Flight simulator, and Cyberzone, all want to be there as I was there for about two hours playing at the different exhibits. I also ran into a blue coat named Sophie. Sophie has worked at Science North for five years and is only 19. She enthusiastically showed me how Sudbury actually came to be. And would you believe it? Sudbury, Canada's largest Northern city is the site of not one but two meteorite strikes. No wonder Superman is Canadian! But Sophie is not the longest serving young person at Science North. Discovery Theatre's presenter Kyla Corelli has been working at Science North for the past eight years. Her job in the Discovery Theatre is to entertain the children with science experiments in a theatre styled after Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. She is only 22 years old and told me Science North is where every young person in Sudbury tries to get a job because of its amazing hours and the friendships made between the energetic staff. I also saw sea monsters in 3D. Best IMAX ever!!! The sea monsters actually swim right up to your face like in Batman Forever with Jim Carrey. My next blog I will tell you about my accommodations and the money I spent on the first day. Oh quickly, Quillan, the porcupine in the biosphere, kept dancing and wouldn't sit still for photos and he smelled worse than me. He is the kind of guy who always has to win!
So first I think it is time to explain why I decided to travel to Sudbury and not continue on to Winnipeg where many westward passengers start their adventures. Although I believe the photos I just uploaded to the last blog explains clearly enough let me state my personal reason. The North part of Ontario is like another province to many people living in Ontario. It has gotten so bad that there is actually signs up here that read, "Don't lose the north." When I tell people where I am from, they simply state, "oh you're from the south." A divide has been created in Ontario and I thought by making my first stop in Sudbury I would prove to some people that it is worth the stop.