Econo Lodge Thunder Bay

686 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 3Z5, Canada
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can you see the northern lights in thunder bay

by easyout4u

Can you see the aurora borealis( northern lights )in thunder bay and if so what time of the year is best.

Re: can you see the northern lights in thunder bay

by GrumpyDiver

It should be possible. We will occasionally (rarely) see them faintly outside of Ottawa, where I live and Thunder Bay is a bit further North. That being said, Thunder Bay is still well below the prime viewing latitude.

You have to be well out of town (no city lights to brighten the sky) and the Northern Lights have to be very active. Cold clear nights in December and January would be the most likely months.

Re: can you see the northern lights in thunder bay

by Babcia

The best time to see the aurora borealis (northern lights) is in the autumn or in the spring.
December and January only seem like the better times because the nights are longer.
Your best bet is to go as far north as you can - the further north the better.

And it goes without saying that northern lights are dependent on the activity of the sun - and lately it hasn't been very active.

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Travel Tips for Thunder Bay

Provincial Government Building

by yooperprof

The Province of Ontario constructed this new office building in the center of the Port Arthur downtown neighborhood. It's an imposing structure with a commanding view of the harbor. From what I've read, not everyone cares for the building, but at the very least it brings people to the lakefront and creates economic activity in a part of the city that needs all the help it can get.

Visitor Information

by KimberlyAnn

Two visitor information centers, which will supply you with information on tourism, are the Terry Fox Centre as you enter Thunder Bay from the East on Hwy. 11-17, and the Pagoda located by the Thunder Bay North waterfront Marina Park area.
The Terry Fox Centre operates year-round. In June - September the center is open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. In Oct. - May the center is open 9-5 p.m. 7 days a week. Tel: 1-800-667-8386.
The Pagoda opens beginning of June and operates 5 days a week through to the end of September.
The web site listed below is a good place to start when planning a trip to Thunder Bay.


If someone invites you to...

by D_Shannon

If someone invites you to their 'camp', you don't need to bring a tent! In Thunder Bay, a 'camp' is much like what southern Ontarians call a 'cottage', except that there may not be running water and the electricity may be powered by a generator. If you are visiting such a place, you are 'going to camp'.
The place where you pitch your tent is NOT a camp. It is a campsite. If you have a tent, then you are 'going camping'.
See the difference?

This is a fine example of a camp, in February, near Caramat, Northwestern Ontario.

downhill skiing and other recreational activities

by brian43

Great skiing in Thunder Bay area, probably the best downhill in the whole province can be found at the following areas close to the city: Candy Mountain south on Highway #61 about 15 min drive. Also Lock Lomond Ski area on the way to Candy Mtn. and Mount Baldy on north end of city. Lifts & nightskiing.
If you are a yachtsman you will also find great sailing in the harbour, full service marina and you windsurfer's will like the harbour area as well.
Fisherman take note: a fishing paradise to be found in Northwestern Ont. ft. walleye, trout, salmon, small and large mouth bass.
Great hiking trails, camping, rock climbing.

Great view of Grain Elevators and Harbour

by brian43

If you head up to the city's north end near an area called Boulevard Lake, you can walk or drive to the top of a lookout called the bluffs.
If you are heading east on Arundel St. just off of Balsam Street, turn left just before you cross over the bridge and follow up to the top where you will find a parking lot with a low stone & mortar wall.


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Address: 686 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 3Z5, Canada