Traditionally ranked as the mining capital of North America, Sudbury has since grown into a multi-faceted, cosmopolitan regional centre of expertise in many professions. Advances in research and development are noteworthy not only in mining, but in the spheres of education, environmental reclamation, particle research exploration, and health care.
Excellence in medical achievements, in fact, dates back to Canada's first successful aortacoronary bypass operation performed at Sudbury Memorial Hospital in 1968. Pre-eminence in health care continues: today, the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre services residents from throughout Northeastern Ontario with an advanced treatment facility closer to home.
Sudbury is currently undergoing a major restructuring of its hospitals which will be amalgamated into a single-site regional hospital.
As Sudbury grows, so does its ability to provide excellent educational, governmental, and medical services. Bilingual Laurentian University, with its 750-acre campus nestled amid three scenic lakes, offers a wide range of disciplines and programs as it expands its reputation as a centre of excellence in medical education, mining research and technology. Sudbury is also home to the East Campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Cambrian College attracts students by an extensive variety of courses in applied arts and technology. The main campus of College Boreal, Northern Ontario' French language college, is in Sudbury.
An unprecedented growth in the retail sector continues. Development of the retail mix has distinguished this city of about 158,000 as the premier shopping destination for Northeastern Ontario.
Over 300 lakes, each with distinct geological features and visual adornments, provides a never ending source of pleasure for all who flock to this area replete with big city amenities and enchanting wilderness diversions.