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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Streetcars, Sudbury's first mass transit system

It's hard to believe that, in our road-obsessed city, the first cars on the streets were actually streetcars

Here in Sudbury, we love our cars.

For many of us, it's the most practical way to get around given that our city has a geographic area five times the size of Toronto with only one one-hundreth of the population density.

But, did you know there used to be another option to get around back in the first half of the 20th Century?

That's right, streetcars. We had them.

And we've dug up some old photos from the Greater Sudbury Archives, as well as our own, to show you a bit of what Sudbury's first mass transit system looked like.

Take a look in this week's episode of's Throwback Thursday in which, this being the year of Canada's 150th Anniversary, we celebrate a little bit of Greater Sudbury's history.

Oh, and in case you've been wondering why we film each week's episode in what looks like a storage closet, it is, in fact, the Life archive room, which we affectionately call "The Morgue".

It's a fitting backdrop for our weekly historical video series and, surprisingly, has pretty good light and a nice acoustic quality.


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