Thunder Bay is widely regarded as one of Canada’s premier outdoor cities, celebrating its location upon the traditional lands of the Anishnawbae Peoples of Fort William First Nation, on the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake, and the edge of the planets largest contiguous boreal forest. Whether you are looking to get out and explore the great outdoors, enjoy unique locally curated culinary delight, visit a cultural attraction or enjoy a live performance. Thunder Bay can act as your anchor and an excellent base camp for exploring the region’s internationally recognized parks and protected areas while enjoying urban experiences to reward yourself with after a day exploring.
During your stay, explore Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park where you will see water thundering over Ontario’s second largest waterfall. The Cascades Conservation Area sees flowing rapids making its way towards Lake Superior. The Mission Island Marsh Conservation area comes alive with the return of migratory birds to the area. With spring’s arrival, many local and regional attractions begin to open including Fort William Historical Park, area amethyst mines, Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, and many other outdoor attractions.
Thunder Bay boasts some expansive urban parks such as Centennial Park, the Soroptimist International Friendship Gardens, Centennial Botanical Conservatory, and many others. Bikers can enjoy riding over seventy kilometers of mountain bike trails within the Trowbridge Forest. If a cultural experience is what you seek, enjoy great indoor attractions such as the Thunder Bay Art Gallery or the Thunder Bay Historical Museum. For history buffs, grab a coffee and dessert from Bay Village Coffee and explore the city’s art, culture and architectural history with the new Thunder Bay Tour App.
If you are interesting in shopping, Thunder Bay has you covered with its diversity in several unique local shopping districts. The Waterfront District is home to Goods & Co Market, a one of a kind market features over 25 local artisans, makers, culinary crafters and weekend live music. The Bay & Algoma Historic District is home to shops and restaurants including Nomad on Bay, a new deli and bakeshop, Rebel Salad, and the Finnish Book Store. Westfort’s working class roots manifest themselves in hearty dishes from the Sal and Nortino’s Taqueria, while the Westfort Village is home to Fresco’s authentic Italian Deli and clothing staple JB Evans. The intercity Shopping Centre and Thunder Centre, located in the centre of the city, offer a wide range of nationally recognized retail experiences.
Exploring will earn you an appetite. Thunder Bay is well known for a strong farm to table food scene and young collaborative chef owners offering locally curated delights that represents Indigenous, North American and global diversity. Thunder Bay’s culinary scene has been complimented by growth in the craft beer scene. Thunder Bay is home to five craft breweries including the Prospector Brewhouse, Lakehead Beer Company and One Time Brew Company who recently opened to compliment the established Sleeping Giant Brewing Company and Dawson Trail Brewery.
We make trip planning easy for you. Check out our website at http://www.visitthunderbay.com to find detailed information on what to do, how to get around and even book your hotel, motel, B&B or hostel stay.
Article by Erin Simmons – Tourism Thunder Bay and the photos by Tourism Thunder Bay