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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today.  They are made possible through the continued support of Team KING|RE/MAX Crown Realty (1989) INC. Brokerage as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Then & Now: Murder, mayhem and the 1928 great train robbery

Then & Now: Murder, mayhem and the 1928 great train robbery

In August of 1928, two men boarded a CPR train at Romford Station and stole bags of loot, leading to a night of murder and mayhem from Sudbury to Parry Sound
Then & Now: The history of Science North as it turns 40

Then & Now: The history of Science North as it turns 40

Sudbury’s science centre remains a popular attraction in the Nickel City. In this first of a two-part series, history writer Jason Marcon tracks the history of this iconic structure
Then & Now: Thelma Jo Walmsley was in a league of her own

Then & Now: Thelma Jo Walmsley was in a league of her own

You might recall the 1992 ‘A League of Their Own’ that highlighted the all-female leagues that kept baseball alive during the 1940s. What you might not know is that a woman from Copper Cliff was a star in All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Then & Now: Chasing the Phantom Finn at the Boston Marathon

Then & Now: Chasing the Phantom Finn at the Boston Marathon

In 1934, Finnish immigrant Taavi “Dave” Komonen won the prestigious Boston Marathon, becoming the only Sudburian in history to earn that honour
Then & Now: A 93-year-old cold case of city’s first murdered cop

Then & Now: A 93-year-old cold case of city’s first murdered cop

Const. Albert Nault was just 34 when he was murdered in cold blood on Dec. 21, 1931, leaving behind a young wife and four children, and several unanswered questions
Then & Now: That time they executed an elephant at the city dump

Then & Now: That time they executed an elephant at the city dump

In August of 1972, the Canadian International Circus came to town, but before the performance could begin, one of the attraction’s elephants killed one of its handlers. Before the circus left town, the elephant was in the ground
Then & Now: The 60th anniversary of a tragic drowning

Then & Now: The 60th anniversary of a tragic drowning

In the spring of 1964, four boys went into the cold waters of Coniston Creek. One of them, Sylvio Leblanc, wouldn’t come home again
Then & Now: 1973 crime film is a time capsule of a lost Sudbury

Then & Now: 1973 crime film is a time capsule of a lost Sudbury

In 1973, the black rocks of a pre-regreened Coniston and Copper Cliff served as the backdrop for the Canadian noir film ‘Between Friends’, a film most people have never heard of but one with a clear link to both Die Hard and Quentin Tarantino
Then & Now: The short but dramatic saga of the Welcome Arches

Then & Now: The short but dramatic saga of the Welcome Arches

Although they were around less than two decades, the Welcome Arches that once greeted visitors to the Nickel City are a unique piece of local history
Then & Now: Idylwylde gets ready to celebrate its 100th birthday

Then & Now: Idylwylde gets ready to celebrate its 100th birthday

Established in 1922, the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club has survived a fire and the ups and downs of the sport’s popularity to remain among the city’s top courses