Walk along the waterfront to...
Walk along the waterfront to see the Yahts & Cruise Ships from other parts of Canada & U.S.A. Visit the Poka Dot Tourist Bureau & have a lunch or visit the Train Station now converted into a tourist information & Restuarant. Hillcrest Park overlooking the Harbour & City. Walking around the Park at Boulevard Lake & taking a boat ride. Taking a short trip to see Kakabeca Falls which is the 3rd largest falls in the world.
My favorite store is a small...
My favorite store is a small bait store in Longlac, Ontario called Skinner's Acre. It is run by a man by the name of Tim Skinner, and he is wonderful! FYI: he loves to get things from all over the world, so if you can bring him a small gift he would love it. I think he already has license plates from all 50 states and Canada.
Look, the most important thing to remember about Thunder Bay is, it's really bloody cold!
In the winter, with wind chill, you could be looking at a temperature as low as -40C. Make sure you have a _good_ jacket with polar fleece, lined gloves and boots and scarf or ski mask to cover your face and prevent frostbite.
TIP: In drug and convenience stores, you can find patches which can be placed in gloves and boots to create a kind of artifical heat. Great for cross-country skiiers.
In the summer, days can be quite warm (anywhere from 20 to 28 C) but things often cool down quite a bit in the evenings - you'll want a fleece and pair of jeans if you're outside for any length of time. You'll want bug spray - the mosquitoes and blackflies can be especially bad - but good quality stuff is readily available everywhere. I've had difficulty renting cross-county skiis. Look into it before you go if you're planning to do some trails.
The view from the Sleeping Giant
A 2 - 2.1/2 hour hike in on foot , same back (you could mountainbike in but be prepared to do some climbing and descending on such)
the walk in is quite nice and you might encounter wildlife on the trail, lots of flora worth looking at
there is a bit of a climb involved on the chest trail towards the top but not impossible to do
take Sawyer's Bay trail from parking lot (about 1 -2 km past the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park campgrounds...info at the gatehouse)
there is a map of the trails at the parking lot
The view from the highest point on the Sleeping Giant is incredible. Be careful near the edge as no barrier and quite a high drop..my guess is about 250+ metre (750 ft.)sheer drop.
Stop on the way at Sawyer's Bay to picnic and swim. Wear good appropriate footwear. Recommended that you bring fly repellent, sunscreen and bottled water for the hike.
International Friendship Gardens...this place is a beautifully landscaped park with monuments located throughout from differnt countries of the world. The one from the Netherlands is like a small windmill, the one from Japan is a pagoda, Scotland is like a small castle?? It is a great place to just go for a walk around the ponds & see all the world has to offer Thunder Bay.