Why Sudbury

Sudbury is known as an amazing place to live, work, and play! As the capital of Northern Ontario, Sudbury sits at the crossroads of the great outdoors and city culture – the perfect mix of tranquility and amenities!


Exploring Sudbury’s rich cultural life, residents and visitors flock to our annual international film festival, as well as dozens of music, art, food, beer, and cultural celebrations and festivals. Almost every weekend there is a different event, from Graphic-Con and Cinéfest to the Northern Lights Festival Borèal. Sudbury also boasts a rambunctious trivia scene, as well as many unique museums and art galleries. There is a range of religious, recreational, and professional associations and communities that help newcomers get to know the city, its culture, and its people.

Sudbury would not be as vibrant or diverse without its Francophone population and two neighbouring First Nation communities. New residents and visitors often describe Sudbury as offering a “true Canadian experience” because of its cultural mix, heritage, and diversity.


Spanning more than 4,000 square kilometres, (about the size of Greater Toronto) Greater Sudbury includes 330 lakes and 306 species of birds. Its biodiversity and regreening efforts have earned global recognition. Within Sudbury, there are more than 200 kilometres of hiking trails. Residents fish, canoe, kayak, swim, skate, play hockey, and enjoy nature year-round.


Sudbury attracts families and students from around the world who study at top-notch public and private schools from kindergarten to university. There are two English and two French public school boards, as well as highly-ranked colleges and universities.


Health Sciences North (HSN) is a regional hospital delivering high-quality patient care that also hosts world-renowned researchers and leaders in health care training and education. HSN offers leading regional programs in cardiac care, oncology, nephrology, trauma, and rehabilitation. The Northeast Cancer Centre also provides quality care to patients and their families. 


Compared to large urban centres, driving commutes in Sudbury are relatively short (expect 30 minutes or less) and stress-free, leaving you more time to enjoy life outside of your vehicle. There are also new and improved cycling lanes and routes for active commuters.

Sudbury’s public transit system services the Sudbury and the outlying communities, from downtown to the outskirts. Local taxis and a U-ride (similar to Uber) are also great options.

Sudbury has a train station and a regional airport. It only takes an hour to fly from Greater Sudbury Airport to connect with international flights in Toronto.

If time allows, it’s a scenic three-hour drive to Barrie, a four-hour drive to Toronto, and a 6-hour drive to Ottawa.

Sports, Recreation, and Athletics

Sudburians are avid sports fans, hosting the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves and the National Basketball League’s Sudbury Five.

If you’re looking to meet new people and stay in shape, you can take advantage of recreational and competitive sports leagues and clubs that include curling, cricket, soccer, paddle sports, and golf, to name a few. Sudbury also hosts a variety of commercial and public gyms, ice rinks, pools, fitness facilities, and classes that enable indoor or outdoor recreation. Members of the YMCA and GoodLife Fitness will find locations in Sudbury. There is also an indoor climbing gym, and a tennis centre, to keep active through the winter.

Many Sudburians love to exercise outdoors and enjoy nature year-round. The city has a centrally-located alpine ski hill, several cross-country ski clubs, and the region is known as an ice-fishing and snowmobile paradise.