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.
The thing i really liked and what i would recommend you to go to is well that bigg mall in Thunder bay if you havn't already been there. Just to go shopping at the Intercity mall, the place where everything is ... it's big !
Fondest memory: My best memory from Thunder Bay and what i Miss, well that Day camp for youths while their parents go to school. It was Fun, and a very good learning environment, it was like school but just the age categories were in different classes. And I met a Friend who was in my group and we like chilled out the whole time ... got into trouble with eachother, walked aorund, learned about eachother, laughed with eachother, learned with eachother, and anything else that friends do... it was fun and funny ! .. But i Miss herr tooo...I wish i can go back and spend my time over there again , and meet new friends ! Maybe when you go to school up there and your kids can go tooo and make new friends . Thats if they still put those programs on.
Visit the Scenic Marina Park in the N.E. end of Thunder Bay. Locals as well as tourists come here to stroll along its walkways, look out over the bay, picnic, and allow their children to enjoy the playground. There are a few shops here including a gift shop, a small art gallery, and Goodnews on the Lake, where you can purchase ice cream, tea, coffee, fresh squeezed limeade and lemonade, sandwiches, pannis, and salads. Also here you will find the Prince Arthur’s Landing Marina, the place where we are always docked when in the city. If you enjoy boats you will see a variety of motor and sailing yachts berthed here. Old Fort Williams is an absolute must, unless you really have no interest in history. It sits on 10 acres of land and has 42 buildings, and offers a schedule of little mini-performances in which the characters act out skits to show what it was like in the 1815s. (See my MUST SEE section for further details) If you have a car, everyone says that the Kakabeka Falls is absolutely beautiful. We have never found the transportation to get out there, but if we had it, I would go as all the locals tell me it is really worth seeing. Another tip I have been given by the locals is to visit the Botanical Conservatory, which sounds really nice and is suppose to be filled with exotic flowers and other plants from around the world.
Fondest memory: Watching fireworks from our dock, eating out, and visiting Fort Williams. Just hanging out on the boat and talking to the locals as they stroll by. Hearing a bag piper playing in the park around noon.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
Favorite thing: These carved wooden statues stand near the lookout of Mt. McKay (also known as Thunder Mountain.) They attest to the importance placed in native communities of respecting older people for their insight and wisdom. What an interesting concept!
Mt. McKay offers an excellent overlook of Thunder Bay, the Sleeping Bay, and the Big Lake. It's on land which is sacred to and owned by the local band of Ojibwe, and there is small charge ($5 canadian) per car to drive to the top. Well worth it.
At the top is a small gift shop/snack bar, and there's also a foot trail that leads to the summit.
Favorite thing: In the Bay Street neighborhood of Port Arthur, the Finnish Community Hall is also home to the Hoito restaurant. I've read that the Thunder Bay region is home to North America's largest concentration of Finnish immigrants. One of the common features of Finnish immigrant life - both in Canada and in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - was the establishment of local centers when Finnish culture and folkways could be preserved. The Community Hall is still a much-loved institution here.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: By all means don't miss Old fort William when in thunder bay; it's a living history museum with several acres in a black ash forest with a 20 million dollars reconstruction of a 19th century fur trading fort! The site is ripe with beautiful period log buildings where interpretors give history a real context in which to experience life as it might have been during early canadiana. Skits, crafts and local artisans work the land, cut the wood and create an ambiance that is not to be missed. Oh and do say hello to Dan the cooper for me.
Fort William Historical Park is a recreation of the year 1815. This was the meeting place for natives and voyageurs to swap goods and rest before returning home.
The fort is huge (the biggest recreation of its kind) there are about 43 buildings, a native emcampment, farm and daily reenactments happening daily.
Admission for adults is $12, but on special event days admission is usually half price or free. call ahead to check when these are
Situated right on Lake Superior, Thunder Bay has an attractive water front park and marina, with several eating places in the old depot.
Fondest memory: Watching a fire works display over Lake Superior at the end of the Canada Day Celebration. Thunder Bay is far enough north that it is after 11:00 at night before it is dark enough to view fire works.
How Thunder Bay got its name.
Thunder Bay used to be two towns: the fur trading post of Fort William and the shipping town of Port Arthur. In 1975 the towns were amalgomated to make one city. Many Thunder Bayers still regret this move, and there's sometimes heated animosity between the halves during high school sporting events and city council meetings. When the cities were amalgomated, a vote was held to determine the name of the new city. The options on the ballet were: Lakehead, The Lakehead, and Thunder Bay. Because the vote was split between the two versions of 'Lakehead', the new city was christened 'Thunder Bay'. For more true (and some not-so-true) legends of Thunder Bay, browse my off-the-beaten path section or check out the link to local legends on the TBay homepage: http://tourism.city.thunder-bay.on.ca/default.html
Fondest memory: Sorry - this little oasis is accessed by personal invite only...my favorite place in all the world.
Visit the falls in WaWa, they are gorgeous. Someday, I'll get a picture up of them. We stop here each year for lunch on the way home after a week of camping and fishing.
Fondest memory: The first year that I came on the trip (1994) was the first year that any girl had gone, and it seems like I always had to 'prove' that I could keep up with the guys! I honestly think that climbing the hill and stairs to the top of the waterfall was well worth the exaustion that I felt! It was amazing to sit at the top and look down at the rest of our group.
The city of Thunder Bay itself didn't impress me very much, but the statue of Terry Fox did. I have so much admiration for him.
'Dreams are made if people only try.
I believe in miracles...I have to...
because somewhere the hurting must stop.'
TERRANCE STANLEY FOX
July 28, 1958-June 28, 1981
More information about Terry Fox and the Terry Fox foundation : http://www.terryfoxrun.org/
Here is some information about Terry Fox that I copied from this website :
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada's west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and forced to have his right leg amputated six inches above the knee in 1977.
The night before his operation, Terry read an article about an amputee who had competed in the New York Marathon. Indirectly that story, along with Terry's observations of the intense suffering of cancer patients, set the stage for what would ultimately become the most important decision of his young life.
In 1980, Terry Fox inspired the nation by attempting to run across Canada on an artificial leg. He called this quest the Marathon of Hope. Its mission was to raise money and awareness for cancer research in Canada.
With little fanfare, Terry started his journey in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. He ran 43 kilometres a day through Canada's Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario.
It was a journey that Canadians never forgot.
However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop his Run outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because the cancer had reappeared in his lungs. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at age 22.
The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.
To date, an estimated $270 million worldwide has been raised for cancer research in Terry's name.
Favorite thing: this is a pic of the 'SLEEPING GIANT' from the bay, when you land in TB you can really see him layin there with arms crossed.