sudbury-neighbourhoods-science-center-northThe busy metropolis of Greater Sudbury is in central Northeastern Ontario in the Great Lakes Basin. Located on the Canadian Shield of this region, this city is a fascinating combination of urban and suburban communities, along with less populated rural and wilderness locales. Covering 3,267 square kilometres of land, it is the largest municipality within this province and Canada's second biggest city with a population of nearly 160,400. Geographically, Greater Sudbury is known for its impressive 330 lakes, one of which is Lake Wanapitei, the largest lake located within a Canadian city.

Attractive Neighbourhoods of Greater Sudbury

New residents of Greater Sudbury have a choice of varied attractive residential neighbourhoods for locating available houses and apartments. Each of these communities is within the population range of 5,500 to 7,000 residents. On average, each has about 2,300 single family houses, of which about 84 percent are currently occupied. Each community has from around 250 to 400 rental apartments, often with a vacancy rate of approximately four to five percent. These residential communities include: 


This community was named in the 1880s for Ontario Legislative Assemblyman William Garson, a major advocate for its development. First a logging camp, Garson became a mining town in the early 1900s. One of the early mines, Garson Mine, was first operated by the Mond Nickel Company in 1911. Just three years earlier, in 1908, construction of the Canadian Northern Railway line was completed through Garson. From then on, rail transportation served as a commercial advantage for diverse business development in town. It also brought visitors and tourism to the area. Today, the busy Greater Sudbury Airport near Garson in neighbouring Nickel Centre is a major transportation hub for the region.


Coniston is located near several attractive bodies of water—Coniston Creek, Boucher Lake, Bethel Lake and Norway Lake. For this reason, it's a popular area for both summer water sports and ice skating during the icy winter months. First included in Neelon Township in 1905, Coniston was later incorporated as a municipality in 1934. Still later, in 1972, this town became annexed to Nickel Centre, an amalgamated town. Finally, in 2000, Coniston became a community within the city of Greater Sudbury. Famous town residents have included hockey players Toe Blake, Noel Price, Jim Fox and Neal Martin.  


The settlement of Wahnapitae was named after the Wanapitei River flowing through its boundaries. The name of Wahnapitae is derived from an Indian word meaning "concave-tooth water," painting a verbal picture of the unusual shape of Lake Wanapitei. Today, this community is convenient to two popular land-based transportation routes, the Trans-Canada Highway and a recently built connecting route to Highway 17's freeway section, making it a popular residential area and home-base for many residents who work in Greater Sudbury.


Lively is a community located in the town of Walden. This attractive locale is situated close to the scenic lakes of North Star, Long, Mikkola, Graham and Lady Macdonald. It’s a well-known and popular spot for boating, swimming, water skiing and other water sports in summer and a great location for ice skating and local youth hockey practice in winter. There are a number of semi-detached houses in Lively, which are often shared as rentals or bought by students, faculty and staff at nearby colleges in Greater Sudbury.                

Major Industry in Greater Sudbury, Ontario 

This city's mining industry is the major sector of commerce, employing about 6,000 workers. Mining equipment and service businesses employ even more people, totalling approximately 10,000 today. Other leading industries in this area include finance, healthcare, education, tourism and government. Greater Sudbury encompasses various neighbourhoods. Many residents of these different residential areas work, shop and socialize in and around the central business district. One major attraction in the city is Science North and Dynamic Earth, an interactive scientific communications center. The city is also home to the famed Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and the popular Sudbury Spartans football club.

Education in Greater Sudbury Communities

These neighbourhoods of Greater Sudbury offer excellent options for education, from preschool and elementary grades through high school and college. Northeastern Elementary School has students from all these communities. There are also two quality Montessori schools in Sudbury serving the surrounding area. Private high schools include several highly-rated religious schools, and Greater Sudbury offers three college campuses: Laurentian University, Cambrian College and Collège Boréal. These colourful, scenic communities also offer many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, jogging and organized school sports for a healthy, happy lifestyle. 

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