The New Sudbury area, centred on Lasalle Boulevard running east-west and Barry Downe Road running north-south. In French, it is known as le Nouveau-Sudbury. This area was a former farming community, with only a handful of the old farm houses still standing. It includes a mix of commercial development along LaSalle, such as the New Sudbury Centre, and residential properties on most of its streets. This community is home to the Adanac Ski Hill/Rotary Park/Nickedale Moraine, as well as Timberwolf Golf Course and Cambrian College.
The South End of Sudbury includes the urban neighbourhoods of Robinson, Lockerby, Moonglo and Lo-Ellen. The centre of the area is the Four Corners, a major commercial shopping district centred on the intersection of Regent Street, Paris Street and Long Lake Road. The South End is currently one of the fastest-growing areas of the city, with significant commercial and residential development taking place especially in the Algonquin Road area.
The Downtown of Sudbury is bounded by Ste-Anne Road/Davidson Street to the north, Douglas Street at Brady/Elgin Street at Howey Drive to the south, Kitchener Street to the east and Alder Street to the west, and includes one of the city’s largest concentration of retail businesses and offices. Recent projects have included the creation of Market Square, a farmers’ and craft market, the redevelopment of the Rainbow Centre mall, streetscape beautification projects, and the creation of the Downtown Village Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that identifies and pursues development opportunities, creates partnerships, and advocates for and promotes initiatives that stimulate business and residential investment in Sudbury’s historic core.
The Flour Mill neighbourhood is centred on Notre-Dame Avenue and Kathleen Street, north of downtown Sudbury, from Jogues Street to Wilma Street, including the New Flour Mill business area north of Wilma to Pioneer Manor. In French, the community is known as le Moulin-à-Fleur. It is the French Quarter of the city. One of the city’s first neighbourhoods outside the original settlement, the Flour Mill was historically settled by Franco-Ontarian farmers and labourers. The neighbourhood’s most notable surviving building, a large flour mill silo, was operated by the Manitoba and Ontario Flour Mill company starting in 1910. The residential Cambrian Heights neighbourhood extends northward from the Flour Mill along Cambrian Heights Drive. Collège Boréal and its campus is in this area.
The West End is the area located immediately west of downtown, centred on the intersection of Regent and Victoria Streets, up to the westernmost end of the original city limits, south to Byng Street. The neighbourhood is primarily residential in character with some commercial properties along Regent Street and community facilities including Queens Athletic Park, with its track & field oval that becomes a skating oval over the winter. The park was home to one of the old water towers built in the 1940s, demolished in 2011, part of a pair bookending Old Sudbury. The West End includes the smaller neighbourhoods of Elm West and Little Britain.
Minnow Lake, one of the older residential areas in the former city, is centred on Howie/Bellevue/Bancroft Drives between the Kingsway and the north shore of Ramsey Lake, west to Moonlight Avenue. The small lake known as Minnow Lake can be seen from Bancroft Drive, Bellevue Street and Howie Drive and contains a couple of rocky islets: Du Caillaud Island and Romanet Island, named after a French count, Frédéric Romanet du Caillaud, who made Sudbury his home and left his mark upon it. Minnow Lake is home to the Silver City, Sudbury Curling Club, Carmichael Arena and its skateboard park, the Civic Memorial Cemetery and Branch 76 of the Royal Canadian Legion, which boasts a WWII Sherman Tank, and the Civic Memorial Cemetery. There are also scenic trails around the lake and up the nearby rocky hills both at Blueberry Hill and Oak Forest. There are three elementary schools in Minnow Lake: Adamsdale Public School, Pius XII Catholic School and École St-Pierre.
The community is named after the historic Ontario Government figure from the 1880s, William Garson. The area was first developed in 1888 as a logging camp, by the Holland and Emery Lumber Company of East Tawas, Michigan. In that year, this firm constructed a narrow gauge logging railway from Wahnapitae, establishing its main operations at Headquarters Lake, near the Garson townsite. The Canadian Northern Railway was built through Garson in 1908. Garson Mine, which is now owned by Vale Inco. Garson is home to three elementary schools, including St, John, St. Augustin, and Northeastern Elementary, and is just a short 10-minute drive away from New Sudbury.
Notable residents of Coniston have included hockey players Neal Martin, Noel Price, Toe Blake, Jim Fox, Leo Lafrance and Andy Barbe, as well as many other great hockey players. Coniston also includes the smaller neighbourhood of Austin, which may also be known as Old Coniston. This area borders Highway 17 and is home to a baseball field. The baseball field was abandoned and decommissioned prior to 2000 when Coniston became part of Greater Sudbury. Coniston is home to Centennial Park and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Elementary School.
The town took its name from the townships of Rayside and Balfour, which fell within the boundaries of the new town; prior to the town’s creation in 1973, Rayside and Balfour were separately incorporated as township municipalities. Although the Regional Municipality of Sudbury was a very important centre of Franco-Ontarian population and culture. Neighbouring communities include Azilda and Chelmsford.
Valley East is a district of Greater Sudbury, just north of New Sudbury. Valley East is an assembly of several communities include Blezard Valley, Hanmer, Val-Caron, and Val-Therese. Before the 2001 amalgamation, Valley East was Northern Ontario’s sixth largest city, ranking after Timmins and before Kenora. According to the Canadian census of 2001, the last one that recorded Valley East as a separate entity, the city had a population of 22,374.
Hanmer, a recently developed community of Sudbury, is found North of New Sudbury and home to two high schools, including Bishop Alexander Carter and École Secondaire Hanmer. Hanmer is also home to Centennial Arena, and is just over 20km away from the New Sudbury Centre.
Markstay-Warren is another one of the many towns located in the Sudbury District. Highway 17, from the city limits of Greater Sudbury to the Sudbury District’s border with Nipissing District, lies entirely within Markstay-Warren. The town had a population of 2,297 in the Canada 2011 Census. The town includes the communities of Appleby Corner, Callum, Dunnet Corner, Hagar, Markstay, Rivière-Veuve, Stinson and Warren.
The first inhabitants of the area that became the town of Walden were the First Nations who arrived around 11 thousand years ago. Walden now constitutes mostly of Ward 2 on Greater Sudbury City Council and is represented by councillor Michael Vagnini. Lively, Naughton, Whitefish, Beaver Lake and Worthington are the communities which make up the township of Walden.
Wahnapitae is a small town which the Trans-Canada Highway flows right through and it is a five-minute drive past the city of Coniston. The community takes its name from the Wanapitei River, which flows through Wahnapitae, and whose name in turn comes from the Ojibwe word waanabidebiing, which means “concave-tooth water” and describes the shape of Lake Wanapitei. The correct spelling of the community’s name should not be confused with the correct spelling for the water bodies.