- City Guide - Sudbury
Sudbury – or Greater Sudbury - is located in Ontario and has a population of over 160,000 people. Greater Sudbury was created in 2001 by merging the cities from the former Regional Municipality of Sudbury with several unincorporated geographic townships in the area. Sudbury is the largest city in Northern Ontario by population, and the 24th largest metropolitan area in Canada.
The Sudbury region was inhabited by the Ojibwe people early as 9000 years ago, following the retreat of the continental ice sheet. In 1856 the provincial land surveyor Albert Salter located magnetic anomalies in the area that suggested high levels of mineral deposits, but the discovery was paid little attention because the area was remote. During the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883 high concentrations of nickel-copper ore were discovered which brought the first waves of European settlers to the area. The Europeans came to reap the benefits reap the benefits of the mines, as well as build a service station for railway workers.
Sudbury’s economy was dominated by the mining industry for much of the 20th century, and by 2006 80% of Greater Sudbury's labour force was employed in services with 20% remained in manufacturing. Sudbury’s economy has established itself as a major centre of finance, business, tourism, health care, education, government, and science and technology research.
Whether you are an academic, culture junkie, sports fanatic, or nature lover – there is something for everyone in Sudbury. Why not check out one of Northern Ontario’s most popular attractions; Science North, where you can enjoy hands on science for people of all ages. If you’re curious about the mining industry take a tour at Dynamic Earth, and explore a world underground. Regardless of the season, Sudbury has plenty to do; take a walk in Bell Park, get out on the water with the Ramsey Lake Circle Tour, take the family out for a round on Mini Golf, or take a Wagonwheel ride in the winter. Shopping is something that can be done during any season, and the multitude of shopping options in Sudbury are a dream to any shopaholic.
With its world-renowned attractions, urban comforts and four-season outdoor adventures, Sudbury continues to surprise and impress everyone who visits – or makes Sudbury their home.
Adventures await you in Sudbury!