These two far northern and two most southern Sudbury neighbourhoods may be new areas of exploration for residents in and around the city. Each one is unique, but also self-contained, for those who live in them. The local identity of each area is part of the charm, so enjoy finding out about these neighbourhoods. 


Hanmer, the township, was established in 1900. It's about three or four miles south of Capreol, and has four schools: Ecole Secondaire Hanmer, Ecole Publique Foyer-Jenuesse, Redwood Acres Public School and Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic School. The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is also in Hanmer for good measure. The centre of Hanmer is around Old Highway 69, or Notre Dame Avenue, and Route 80. It is about 16 miles, or 26 kilometres, north of Sudbury's downtown. 

The sub shop and pizzeria feed the hungry out and around Hanmer, and the sports bar provides yet another choice in eateries. Check open hours before hitting the sports bar. If you have a sweet tooth, there are also two bakeries for you to explore.

New Sudbury

The area of New Sudbury is located at the east-west Lasalle Boulevard and the north-south Barry Downe Road. There are a few farm houses left from the farming community that has now been turned into a retail mecca, but much of the neighbourhood is a shopper's dream. Big box stores and independent shops fill up the New Sudbury Centre, and there is a Walmart across Lasalle to the north.

Of course, there are many restaurants of all kinds here as well. Shopping makes people hungry. The Lasalle Secondary School is about a quarter-mile north of the main intersection which is handy for the students who need to shop after school. Residential neighbourhoods ring the retail zone all around, so they can get a hammer at the home store easily. For those who want to escape the shopping-obsessed, there is a New Sudbury Conservation Area at the southwest edge of this part of town. Walking trails await, and no evidence of retail anything hides in the grass. 


An independent small town until 2001, Capreol was established in 1918. Greater Sudbury expanded and took in areas around the city including this one to the north. With a population of about 3300, Capreol has four churches and two schools as well as many commercial businesses to cover the needs of most, if not all, of its citizens. It has its own public library, too. 

Find out more about Capreol from the government offices in town. There are township, village and city offices, so it's all covered. Capreol developed around a railway station on the Canadian National Railway line. Frank Capreol was the promoter of the Northern Railway of Canada, which explains its name. Back then, the 40 kilometres' distance from Sudbury was significant, and a railway was good for the town. Even before the official establishment of the town, in 1916, there were already 30 families living there, so it has at least a century of history. 

The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum is here, appropriately. The four locomotives and other "rolling stock" can be seen at Prescott Park, and there is a real caboose. There are quite a few wheeled relics of the railroad that everyone has seen in films. They’re quite interesting to check out close up and in person.The library of this museum is in the Fire Hall and is definitely worth checking out. 

South End

One of the fastest growing sections of Sudbury, the South End has a lot of residential neighbourhoods. The area around Algonquin Road is sprouting many housing and commercial structures. Not to be outdone by other areas of the city, the South End is the location of the Four Corners, a large commercial and shopping area that sits at the intersection of Paris Street, Regent Street and Long Lake Road. 

Two public high schools are located in this part of town: Lo-Ellen Park and Lockerby. St. Benedict, a Catholic high school is also here, as well as two French-language schools, Ecole Helene-Gravel and Ecole Catholic St-Denis. The South End must be well-educated. 

The Trans-Canada Highway, or Highway 17, is part of the Southwest Bypass and runs through the South End. The retail places and restaurants here are handy for travellers. Other neighbourhoods in the South End include Robinson, Moonglo, McFarlane Lake and Long Lake. There is no shortage of lakes in Sudbury along with the vast number of schools and shopping areas. 

There it is! Four more areas of Sudbury to check out and get to know. You might find a new favourite neighbourhood to move into.

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beautiful places in Sudbury...that's for sure.
Azilda is a small town in the district of Sudbury.
It has a beautiful lake...Whitewater Lake where you can find a beautiful beach
and campsite. Friendly place which is only exactly
8 minutes from downtown Sudbury!!

Posted by Claire on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 5:53pm

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