Sudbury (Ontario)

Sudbury (official name Greater Sudbury) is a city of approximately 160,000 people, located in Northern Ontario, Canada. It is Northern Ontario's largest city in both area and population, and a major retail and service centre for the region.


Sudbury's weather is typical of locations on the Canadian Shield, with both hot summers and cold winters. The city is particularly renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities, with both summer and winter activities being quite popular. The city has a somewhat unfair and outdated reputation as an environmental wasteland, due to past environmental damage from the local mining industry, but various environmental reclamation projects since the 1970s have given many parts of the city a rugged natural beauty that capitalizes on the region's many lakes, forests and rocky hills.

International visitors to Sudbury will feel right at home. The city is home to vibrant Italian, Finnish, Ukrainian, French, Polish and Aboriginal communities. One can expect to hear many of these languages being spoken regularly, though almost all residents speak English as well. Since Sudbury is officially bilingual, all city services are available in both French and English. Road signs and street names are also posted in both official languages. The city celebrates its multicultural heritage on the Bridge of Nations, a downtown structure featuring the flags of every world nation represented among the city's population.

Get in

By plane

The Greater Sudbury Airport (IATA: YSB) is served by Air Canada Jazz, which provides six daily flights in and out of Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ), and Bearskin Airlines, which provides flights to and from Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Kapuskasing, Thunder Bay, North Bay and Timmins. Connecting flights to other communities can be made at any of these other airports. As of April 2010, Porter Airlines is now offering flights to The Greater Sudbury Airport from the Billy Bishop Toronto Island Airport (IATA: YTZ).

By train

Sudbury is served by VIA Rail service, through the Sudbury Junction and Capreol rail stations.

By car

Sudbury is served by three major provincial highways.

Highway 17 leads west to Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and western Canada, and east to North Bay, Ottawa and the province of Quebec. A 20 km stretch of Highway 17 within the city boundaries is freeway, but Sudbury currently has no freeway connections to other communities.

Highway 69 leads south to Parry Sound, where it becomes the Highway 400 freeway to Toronto. (Highway 400 will eventually extend all the way to Sudbury; however, this construction is not currently expected to be completed until 2017.)

Highway 144 leads north to Timmins.

Some quiet roads are in poor shape, however much effort has been put into repairing them.

By bus

Sudbury is served by Greyhound connections to Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto, each of which connects to other communities, and by Ontario Northland buses to Timmins and other Northern Ontario communities and south through Central Ontario to Toronto.

Get around

Greater Sudbury Transit offers bus service within the city, operating from a central downtown terminal. The urban core of the city is served by lines that generally operate on the half hour during peak travel times, and on the hour late at night and on Sundays. More remote areas of the city are not served as frequently, but some bus service is available.

You can take the bus from one end of town to the other (about 60 km) for $2.80. Multi-ride passes are also available, in addition to unlimited 31-day passes.



Sudbury is a ruggedly beautiful city, with many forests, lakes and rocky hills throughout the area.



Sudbury is a city of lakes, in fact holding over 300 lakes within its borders, including Lake Wanapitei, the largest city-contained lake in the world, and Lake Ramsey, the central lake within the city. No matter where in town you happen to be, it's never more than a short walk to a beach. The City of Greater Sudbury has five supervised beaches with professional lifeguards during the summer, but there are uncountable smaller beaches with nothing but sand and water.

Fishing is a popular activity in the summer. Species of trout, splake, pike, pickerel, muskie and bass can be found in most of Sudbury's lakes. Be sure to inquire about seasons and licences before heading out on the water.

Some lakes (especially the urban lakes) have strict guidelines for operating watercraft. Be sure to ask about them before launching a boat.

Sudbury has one of the largest systems of groomed trails in the world. The Sudbury Trail Plan connects to the trail systems of other communities, creating a network of 1300 km of trails. Contact the Sudbury Trail Plan Association for more information, as they are considered the authority on trail closures, maintenance, and the monitoring of lake ice.

The Trans-Canada Trail runs right through Sudbury. The trail twists along the shores of Junction Creek through much of the city. Put on some good shoes and stroll through Sudbury's "urban wilderness".

Huge rocky hills cut through Sudbury, dividing the city into its boroughs. These hills remain largely undeveloped to this day. One can hike to the top of these "mountains" and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Geology buffs can scour the black bedrock for shatter cones: the remnents of a meteorite impact millions of years ago which created the Sudbury Basin.

Greater Sudbury offers a wide selection of 9 and 18 hole golf courses including Blackstone Golf Course 1(800) 440-2887, Buck Ridge Golf Course (705) 853-2825, Lively Golf and Country Club (705) 692-5502, Pine Grove Golf Course (705) 560-1090, Timberwolf Golf Club 1(877) 689-8853 and Twin Stacks Golf Course (705) 694-2131.

Winters are very long in Sudbury, but they certainly aren't boring. Be sure to try some of the following winter activities:

Also, have fun at the local rink at Carol Richard Park, in Val Caron! Join up with other locals to play some good, old-fashioned rink hockey, or if no one is playing, feel free to skate around. There is a small kids rink outside of the boards of the main rink, meant for toddlers and pre-teens (or for those inexperienced at skating, or who may not want to play hockey on the larger rink), and there is also a playground area, too. As well, there is a shack to get changed (and warm up), and it is surrounded by the beautiful wilderness, of snow-covered trees and a nice neighbourhood.


Sudbury is home to three major postsecondary institutions.


Sudbury is Northern Ontario's major retail centre. Shopping areas include the Rainbow Value Centre, the Rio-Can Power Centre on the Kingsway, the New Sudbury Centre at the corner of Barrydowne and Lasalle(705) 566-9080 and the Southridge Mall at Regent and Paris Streets. There are also many "big box" stores on Notre Dame between downtown Sudbury and the North End.



New Sudbury/The Kingsway

South End/Four Corners


There are an uncountable number of bars and taverns in Sudbury. There is simply no room to list them all. Every neighbourhood has at least one watering hole. One could literally spend their whole vacation hopping from one tavern to the next.





Go next

Via Rail operates the Lake Superior train from Downtown Sudbury to White River. The train runs through isolated and pristine wilderness in Northern Ontario. You can request a special stop and get out in the middle of nowhere for your hunting and camping pleasure. Just catch the train on its way back to return. The fare is $55 one way for an adult, and the train departs 3 times weekly. Contact Via Rail for details.

Routes through Sudbury

Edmonton Winnipeg  W  E  Parry Sound Toronto
Sault Ste Marie Espanola  W  E  Sturgeon Falls North Bay
END  N  S  French River Barrie

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