About Sudbury

Sudbury… an ideal-sized city providing the right balance between urban amenities and a natural environment. Think lakes, forests, rocks, many friendly small communities, with all the culture, arts, sports, and leisure activities you could want, a great place to live in all seasons.

Science North with a view of the boardwalk and Lake Ramsey

The City of Greater Sudbury is geographically the largest city in Northern Ontario with the largest population (approx.165,000 in 2017).  We are locally known as the City of Lakes, with 330 lakes within city limits, more than any other municipality in Canada. Ramsey Lake, within the city limits, has a great boardwalk for pleasant strolls, several sandy beaches for swimming in summer and a skating path in winter.  

Bell Park, Ramsey Lake Beach

Employment and the Economy

Although mining has been the major employer in Sudbury and continues to make a major contribution to our local economy, Sudbury now has a diversified economy including a world class mining supply sector, education, food production, IT, film industry along with other services and industries. For a business directory, check out the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.


Elementary and secondary schools are divided into four school boards: The Rainbow District School Board, Conseil scolaire publique du Grand Nord de l’Ontario, Conseil catholique du Nouvelon, Sudbury District Catholic School Board.

We can choose to learn in our home town at three post-secondary institutions: Cambrian College, Collège Boréal and Université Laurentienne / Laurentian University.  

Many of us speak French as we are the third largest French-speaking population in Canada outside of the province of Québec. We are also home to a diverse population from countries around the world. 

Arts and culture

We love the arts and support theaters, music and dance, in both English and French.  Sudbury Theater Centre, Yes Theater, Theater Cambrian, and Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury Performance Group.  We enjoy our own Sudbury Indie Cinema for a taste of international films and non-commercial award winning films.  Our summers are filled with outdoor cultural and music festivals, such as the 50-year-old tradition of Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Jazz Sudbury and the innovative Up Here Festival.

Our diverse population provides dining from many different cultures including: Greek, Italian, Indian, Pakistani, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Middle eastern, Syrian and others. 

Northern Lights Festival Boreal

Sports and leisure

We enjoy a variety of activities which allows us to take full advantage of our warm summers (on average 23C to 30C) and cold winters (on average -2C to -20C).

In summer, many of us migrate to our camps on the many lakes nearby. Swimming, hiking, canoeing, cycling, kayaking can be done easily within the city limits and the outskirts. In winter, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and skating are easily accessible.

Organized sports such as hockey and ringette are popular winter sports, but we can take up many martial arts, dance classes, rock climbing, yoga, pilates, tennis, pickleball, soccer…virtually any physical activity you could want in dedicated facilities around the city.

Sudbury Rocks! Ski Loppet at Kivi Park

To learn about Sudbury’s economy, business, population profiles, and more visit the City of Greater Sudbury Economic Development section.

Links to useful sites and videos

Coalition For a Liveable Sudbury

Northern Ontario Travel — Stories, Tips, and Great Deals

Rainbow Routes Association

Sudbury Market: Home

This place is home (Drone Malone)

I am Sudburian (Drone Malone)

Meet Greater Sudbury (Sudbury Tourism)