Winter Wonderland: Thunder Bay, Ontario



As the temperatures cool down and fall turns into winter Thunder Bay has an adventure waiting for you. Whether you are an outdoorsman, or enjoy the arts and culture Thunder Bay has something for everyone. To help you with your trip planning, Thunder Bay’s Terry Fox Information Centre is open throughout the winter months, and the friendly staff are happy to help make sure your trip is full of adventures and activities.


For the outdoor enthusiast, winter brings some great outdoor adventures including fat biking, snowshoeing, skiing, and even ice climbing. Thunder Bay’s trails are still enjoyed through the winter months and are just waiting for you to get out and enjoy them. Along the Trowbridge Trail System, you can enjoy that final bike ride of the season during the late fall, or fat bike once the snow has arrived. A visit to one of many local parks and conservation areas can include hiking the kilometers of trails before the snow arrives. Once the snow arrives, grab a pair of skis or snowshoes and enjoy the parks throughout the winter. If you are a skier you can enjoy one of four local Nordic or Alpine ski facilities which includes Mount Baldy, Loch Lomond, Kamview, or Lappe Ski Centres. If you want a little more adventure try ice climbing with Outdoor Skills and Thrills at numerous locations found around Thunder Bay and area.


If you would rather stay inside, Thunder Bay has an amazing arts and culture scene. If you are an art lover, Thunder Bay is home to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery which is home to the largest public gallery between Sault Ste Marie and Winnipeg with a collection of over 1600 pieces of work. Thunder Bay is also home to a number of other galleries including the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery and Definitely Superior Art Gallery. For those History buffs the Thunder Bay Historical Museum has three floors of exhibits that include the history of Thunder Bay and area, as well as 2 travelling exhibits on their second floor and Thunder Bay’s military and music history on the third floor. Thunder Bay is also home to the North Western Ontario Aviation Museum, Thunder Bay Military Museum, the Lakehead Transportation Museum and the North Western Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.


After a day full of adventure, spend your evenings filled with some great food found throughout Thunder Bay that helps define our signature culinary scene. Evenings can include a visit to the downtown Waterfront Business District, which is home to the Goods & Co Market, as well as numerous other local restaurants. After a great meal, enjoy some live entertainment at Thunder Bay’s professional theatre company, Magnus Theatre, a performance by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, or at numerous other live entertainment venues throughout Thunder Bay.