If you are planning a move to Sudbury or relocating to Sudbury, Ontario you have a lot to learn about this geographically unique city located in Northern Ontario. The region surrounding Sudbury was created when a 10 km-wide meteorite slammed into the Earth’s crust 1.85 billion years ago. The impact of the meteorite shaped the strange landscape that has been likened to a moonscape and laid a nickel and mineral foundation that has been the economic lifeblood of the region.
Sudbury has lent its mining heritage to two major tourist attractions: Science North, which is an interactive science museum built atop an ancient earthquake fault on the shore of Lake Ramsey, and Dynamic Earth, an earth sciences exhibition, which is also home to the Big Nickel, one of Sudbury’s most famous landmarks. Another city landmark, the Inco Superstack, is one of the world’s tallest chimneys. The Creighton Mine site in Sudbury is the site of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, a major scientific research facility.
Greater Sudbury has a population of approximately 160,000 people, which includes the amalgamated neighbour towns of the municipality. It is the largest city in Northern Ontario and the 20th largest metropolitan area in Canada.
In terms of land area, Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and Lake Wanapitei, at 7.5 km in diameter, is the largest lake in the world, which is completely contained within the boundaries of a single city. Sudbury, which sits on the Canadian Shield, has over 300 lakes that lie within its municipal boundary. The many lakes afford an abundance of recreational opportunity, both in summer and winter. In addition to all that water there are five provincial parks within 100 km of the Sudbury Region and two of these lie within the Region’s boundaries.
As the major city of Ontario’s North, Sudbury is an important center for health care. Canada’s first successful aorta-coronary by-pass operation was conducted at the Sudbury Memorial Hospital in 1968. Sudbury’s Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre is world recognized for its pioneering work in the field of breast cancer research.