'The City of Lakes', as Greater Sudbury is known to many, is a Canadian city of some 160,000 people. The Ontario city is so named because dotted around its urban core are some 300 lakes, which give the area a unique landscape. The city was founded when nickel ore was discovered in the area over a hundred years ago, and this has added a further idiosyncrasy to the landscape, blackening the nearby hills as a result of the intensive mining. While mining and timber were the mainstay of the city's economy in the past, these sectors are now being augmented by the education, health, retail industries, and the city's artistic and cultural scene. Expats living in Greater Sudbury have plenty of culture to see, with the Bell Park and the Science North education center both great places to start. The latter, built on the site of an ancient earthquake fault, is one of the pillars of the city's strong academic and intellectual life.
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A number of good roads serve the city, and expats moving to Greater Sudbury by land have a choice of intercity buses to choose from, as well as thrice-weekly train services to Toronto and Vancouver. The most straightforward route for expatriates moving to Greater Sudbury, though, is probably to get a connection flight via one of Canada's large hub airports into the modestly sized Greater Sudbury Airport. The city center has a good public transit system, used by over four million people a year. Expats moving to Greater Sudbury can find plenty of additional information on expatriation topics, ranging from expatriate insurance as well as finance to living abroad, in the Expat Magazine, which is an online collection of articles on the InterNations website. We also have a range of content written by other InterNations members on various topics.
Mining is still a mainstay of the city, with companies like Vale and Glencore Xstrata employing a large number of people in the city. Expats working in Greater Sudbury will be at the heart of an increasingly diversifying local economy, though, and the city has a dynamic business life and vibrant after-hours culture to enjoy. Expatriates in Greater Sudbury may of course want to get in touch with other global minds in the city, and this is easily done using the forums, discussion groups as well as the private messages system on the InterNations website. Finding other expatriates working in Greater Sudbury this way should be easy, considering the city's increasingly diverse economy and society, and InterNations members around the world find this a good way to organize meet-ups, network with their local international community and simply get the latest information on what's on their host cities.