This waterfall is of decent size and when viewed mostly frozen, looks cool. Also the winter, no one is here and it is nice to have the place to your self.
I lost my picture of it so I am including a random file.
Hike the legend of the Sleeping Giant
The Giant is full of great trails for beginners to more advanced hikers. Go to the Sleeping Giant campground for more information and a map. Check out their cross-country ski trails in the winter, and be sure to take in Silver Islet and the submerged mines.
Legend has it that the Giant lay down in order to prevent white men from getting at the silver mines owned by the Ojibway.
TERRY FOX MEMORIAL
'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
Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream - his Marathon of Hope - a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research.
This courageous young man from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, knew only too well the ravages of cancer --- because at 18 he had lost his right leg to the disease. And etched in his mind was the pain and suffering on the faces of other cancer victims. Determined not to leave this 'world of miracles' before a cure had been found, he planned his 5,300-mile marathon.
After dipping his foot in the Atlantic, he began his epic in St. John's Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.
Running 26 miles a day, this outstanding young athlete had conquered five provinces by the time had had reached Ontario In June. Then, at mile number 3,339, near this very site, recurring cancer forced him to give up his run. Through his perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, he inspired an outpouring of immense national pride and a flood of $24 million for cancer research.
Terry Fox inspired an entire generation of Canadians with his determination and devotion. And it was through his strength and commitment that he united Canadians as they have never been united before.
It is for such a reason, this monument was designed, joining east with west, depicting all provincial and territorial coats-of-arms and the Canadian emblems of the maple leaf and beaver.
It is a very impressend memorial.
I got this tip from the Thunder Bay visitors guide. The park gives a great scenic lookout over downtown, the harbour and of course the Sleeping Giant. When I was up here many people were just parking their cars and enjoying the view while having lunch!
This small conservation area is right on the lake near the southern portion of downtown. The parking lot gives a great view looking out over the lake with the Sleeping Giant in the background.
This is a great spot for a picnic...especially if you're waiting to catch a flight at the airport. If you have more time there are several trails around the area, including boardwalks. I didn't get a chance to check them out. There's also a small interpretative display talking about wetlands. Outhouse style washrooms are available.
This public park is right at the water's edge and provides a pleasant place to watch the boating activity. Stroll along the piers and have a look at the boats in the harbour. Drop by the converted train station for an ice cream cone. In the summers, the park also hosts free concerts.
Mt. McKay is a great way to view the city from a bird's eye view. A terrific introduction to the city! You can drive about halfway up the mountain to the lookout area. A hiking trail leads right to the top of Mt. McKay - be sure to bring proper hiking shoes since some sections are slippery and somewhat steep.
Make sure you visit on a clear day...otherwise your view may be slightly obscured :)
Visiting Kakabeka Falls is probably one of the more popular tourist activities for those visiting Thunder Bay. This so called "Niagara-of-the-North" is definitely a beautiful and awesome display of nature's force. Well-built platforms and boardwalks surround the falls for easy viewing of the falls. Interpretive displays also give information on previous uses of the river such as trading.
Hiking trails follow the river and wind through the campsite. Parks staff are availalble to answer any questions you have!
If you want to cross Canada's longest suspension bridge then you definitely need to take a trip to Ouimet Canyon and Eagle Canyon adventures.
There are 2 suspension bridges that span the canyon and a nice trail that takes you up one side of the canyon and down the other side.
Not for those with fear of heights!
I visited during a weekday and found myself alone on my hike except for a couple of very persistent horseflies that followed :)
I happened to stumble across this beautiful park one afternoon. It's a terrific spot for lunch and quick hike to the Cascades. There are numerous trails you can take depending on the length of hike you wish. I took one that followed the river all the way to the Cascades and back which took about an hour (red and yellow trails). Check the map at the entrance to the Conservation Area to see which trail suits you.
The Cascades are a great spot for a quick dip in the river or for an evening campfire. It's an isolated bit of paradise right in the city!
This park is probably less well known than Kakabeka Falls and Sleeping Giant, but is well worth the trip. It's about a 45 minute drive from Thunder Bay and is right at the border with the USA.
This park has a beautiful set of waterfalls - High Falls and Middle Falls. High Falls is the larger of the two and the most awe inspiring. It's a nice hour hike to the Falls and back from the Tourism centre.
If you're looking for a more challenging and longer hike, consider taking the Finger Point Trail to the lookout. It's a terrific view from the top.
I did not encounter any other people while hiking so it was a beautiful way to enjoy a peaceful afternoon of nature!
SGPP is a great way to spend a day. Whether you want to hike, bike, swim or do otherwise, the park is a great way to get away from the city.
I hiked the Kabeyun trail to the Top of the Giant. It's a 6-8 hour hike round trip. The climb to the top is a bit challenging but well worth the view. Make sure you pick a nice day to go, otherwise wet conditions could make the trail treacherous.
Boulevard Lake is a manmade lake on the East side of town. There are nature trails all around the lake, and a paved path that goes the full 5km circumference. This is a great place to unwind after a day at work or play. Just don't go swimming, there are lots of geese that like to pollute the calm waters!
There is a legend of Nanabijou, the Spirit of the Deep Sea Water, punishing the Chief of an ojibway tribe by turning him to stone. This is the legend of the Sleeping Giant, a peninsula that is visible across the bay. It is very easy to see why this peninsula got it's name....look at the picture below and envision a man laying on his back with his arms folded over his chest. This is clearly Thunder Bay's best-known tourist attraction!
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Terry Fox was just outside of Thunder Bay when he was forced to stop his cross-country run. There is a beautiful monument on the outskirts of town dedicated to his memory. From here, you also get a great view of the Sleeping Giant.