Thunder Bay Travel Guide

  • Sleeping Giant
    Sleeping Giant
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    Taken from one of the hiking trails
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    Harebells On Simpson Island in Woodbine...
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Thunder Bay Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful nature, quiet 

  • Con
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     Long bitterly cold winters, short summers, very isolated, lack of jobs or future and not a single Palm tree!! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Friendly people, history, and a nice setting make this a fun city to visit. 

Thunder Bay Things to Do

  • Kakabeka Falls

    Kakabeka Falls is the second largest waterfall in Canada - now, I wonder if Niagara counts as the largest? At any rate, the waterfall here has both a considerable flow and a significant drop - close to 300 feet, and that's nearly sheer. Although it's a "managed fall" that is used for hydroelectric production, even in the middle of summer there's a...

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  • Old Fort William

    Old Fort William is a reconstruction of the oldest settlement on the Canadian shore of Lake Superior. Originally located on Thunder Bay, Fort William was the commerical center of the Northwest Company of Canada and then the Hudson's Bay Company. Later, as the prairies were settled, Port Arthur developed further north on the bay, where the...

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  • Lakehead University 40th Anniversary...

    Lakehead University is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and invites all alumni, friends and families to join us! Our Celebration Weekend will include many events such as a campfire by Lake Tamblyn, voyageur canoes rides on Lake Tamblyn and GPS cashing (basically like a scavenger hunt). Main events will include an alumni golf day, opening ceremonies...

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  • A Harbor or Dinner Cruise

    Since we have our own boat when visiting Thunder Bay, I have not actually taken these tours, but I have watched them come and go and they look like a good activity if you are visiting Thunder Bay without a boat and would like to experience it from the water. The Pioneer II operates out of the Marina Park seven days a week from May 17 to September...

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  • Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park and Eagle...

    A 300 ft. lookout from 2 observation platforms over a glacially formed canyon in the wilds of Northwestern Ontario as well as a wood and cable suspension bridge, picnic sites. Eagle Canyon has a suspension rope bridge across it as well as a campground with swimming. Parks close to one another.

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  • Old Fort Williams a Living History...

    Old Fort Williams is the best living history museum I have ever visited. We enjoyed it so much that we have been there twice. It is a real adventure with colorful characters that re-enact the life of the original inhabitants. You can explore it on you own schedule, or do as we did on our second visit and arrive before 10:30, which is when the first...

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Thunder Bay Restaurants

  • Take-out and grocer, healthy and...

    Bonobo's is awesome! They are located just down the street from the university, and sell mostly vegan, vegetarian and organic groceries and take-out food, although they also sell pop and other things that aren't necessarily organic or meat-free. Most things though are made locally with organic ingredients. Its a very popular place and definitely...

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  • Great pad thai!

    This is a cute little place located right in the heart of Thunder Bay. Good for casual dining, or take out. A huge bonus is that they will offer you a 5% discount if you bring your own plastic tupperwear for them to put your take-out order in. I applaud them for this effort to be environmentally friendly!The food is great, and fairly authentic -...

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  • Not a great experince

    Masala Grille is a mix of Thai and Indian cuisine, which would normally be my favourite sort of food. My family and I had a bad experience here though, and never went back. Not only was some of the food terrible, but we waited over an hour for our meal. The staff was unkind and it was all around a bad evening. I've mentioned this place to others...

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Thunder Bay Nightlife

  • Marina Park concert

    In the summer months there are free outdoor concerts on Wednesday nights at the park. The bands are local...just bring your lawn chair or towel and sit back, relax and enjoy the tunes!For a list of what bands are playing see the website. Very casual - wear whatever you're most comfortable with. Bring a jacket or sweater since it can cool off...

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  • Thunder Bay's best kept Nightlife Secret

    If you like the small sports bar atmosphere then this is the place to go. Live Bands such as Thunder Bay recording band Rabbit Mountain play there twice a month delivering the best in Classic Rock and Country Rock.Friendly people, no rowdy's and a favourite hangout for University Students letting their hair down on the weekend. Whatever you want...

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  • Where to go out for a good time

    The Outpost (or "the post") is Lakehead University's campus bar. On tankard tuesdays you can get a tankard (3 beer) for $5. It's a casual night. Thursdays is pub night, dress up for some dancin. No cover for students.Roxy's (on Memorial) is popular for Friday and Saturday night dancing, but also has wet t-shirt night on Wednesdays.Scuttlebutts is a...

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Thunder Bay Transportation

  • City Transit

    Good system of buses to get you around the city. Drivers are friendly and can provide valuable advice on how to get to a spot.Fare is $2.25 adult (since April 2003) and transfers are free for the asking on board the bus.you can also take a bus to/from the airport into the city arrives hourly at terminal

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  • Public transit

    Thunder Bay has a public bus system that travels selected routes throughout the city. However it truly is a car city. A lot of things are spread out and the sights or locations that you may want to visit are usually outside of the city and unaccessible by bus. When visiting the city I would suggest renting a car and exploring the surrounding areas.

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  • Distances

    A quick list of mileage to other centers DISTANCE CHART Distance From kilometres miles Buffalo 1603 - 994 Chicago 1060 - 657 Detroit 1263 - 783 Duluth 314 - 194 Milwaukee 945 - 586 Minneapolis 556 - 345 North Bay 1105 - 687 Ottawa 1465 - 910 Sault Ste. Marie 690 - 428 Sudbury 995 - 618 Timmins 770 - 478 Toronto 1375 - 858 Winnipeg 685 - 425

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Thunder Bay Local Customs

  • A Multi-cultural Town

    Thunder Bay is a multi-cultural town filled with special events and ethnic festivals. We arrived during Harbor Fest one summer and it was a great weekend complete with fireworks, a Jamaican Street band, and a variety of ethnic foods sold from small booths on the streets. For a schedule of the different events see the listed web site below and click...

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  • Thunder Bayisms

    Some unique phrases or terms used in Thunder Bay (will add as I think of them)Going to "Camp" - This term is the same as "cottage" from Southern Ontario. A vacation house, often on a lake."Persians" - A dessert unique to Thunder Bay (I believe). Can be bought at Nuccis deli and is kinda like a donut without the hollow center, covered in pink...

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  • Home of the Fins

    Thunder Bay has the world's largest population of people with Finnish decent outside of Finland. Because of this, there are some finnish restaurants (The Hoito, another tip) and many people in the area have Saunas in the houses or camps (cottages, summer homes etc...also another tip). A very popular thing to do is to sit in the sauna and then run...

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Thunder Bay Warnings and Dangers

  • Why did the Moose cross the road?

    TO DESTROY YOUR CAR!!!Anyone planning on driving through Northern Ontario at night should do so cautiously, and avoid speeding. Moose and deer frequent the roads, and will cause much more damage to you, and your vehicle, than you will to them!! Pay attention to the signs that say "Night Danger" then give a distance. Be safe, someone loves you!

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  • Getting lost

    Unless you are experienced outside or are with a guide or with a good map, becareful if you decide to venture out into the bush, One can get turned around quite quickly. Would you believe this photo was taken about 30 meters from my back door?

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  • Driving Danger

    When you on the roads of Northern Ontario you should always be aware of the presence of Moose. These huge animals come out of the bush and sometimes can be seen in the ditches along the highway, or standing right in the middle of it. They have been known to cause a lot of damage to vehicles and many people have been killed from accidents. Be...

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Thunder Bay Tourist Traps

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    Old Fort William...it may be consider THE trap in Thunder Bay, a little expensive, but worth it. I went for Canada Day one year, it was awesome!! Worth every Canadian Loonie!! =)

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Thunder Bay What to Pack

  • Be prepared!

    I visited in the middle of July which should be the warmest time of year. However it got quite cool in the evenings (i.e. 6 degrees Celsius) so definitely bring pants, sweaters, a jacket as well as shorts and t-shirts for the afternoon when it does warm up. The weather can change really quickly from sunny to stormy so just be prepared!...and...

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  • What to bring

    With Thunder Bay it really depends on the season. Summer is generally quite warm and winter is brutally cold. WinterYou will need multiple layers of clothing. A good warm jacket, a fleece, long sleeve shirts. If you are coming from a warm climate it will feel twice as cold. In the summer shorts and t-shirts is fairly normal, although lately the...

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  • Polar fleece, rain gear, hiking boots &...

    Backpack hiking boots or comfortable shoes sunscreen (most hours of sunlight on average here in all of Canada)-bug repellent (beware west nile virus now found in mosquitos in Canada) camera and batteries tent, sleeping bag, rain gear, camping equipment if you staying outdoors in park

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Thunder Bay Off The Beaten Path

  • Exploring Ontario's Wilderness

    The coast of Ontario east of Thunder Bay is filled with wilderness islands and shoreline. The only way to really explore this is by boat. Although most people you will find anchored in this area are aboard sail boats, a few motor boats also enter these waters. Be aware, however, that fueling possibilities are far apart. Also some very hardy people...

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  • Enjoy the Cascades

    Such a hidden beauty, the Cascades is a must-see. A short drive away, and a short hike down a trail will lead you to this great place. The terrain is very rocky, so wear shoes that grip and are secured on your feet. There are some swimming spots too and the water is nice! I mostly like to just sit and relax on the rocks. Not recommended for small...

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  • Provincial Park and the Lion

    If you enjoy outdoor activities and have a car, drive to the tiny community of Silver Islet and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park for picnicking, camping, and hiking. You can access the Provincial Park from hwy 11-17, through Pass Lake on hwy 587, North of the city. In the nearby village of Silver Islet ask the shortest way to hike to “The Sea Lion”,...

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Thunder Bay Sports & Outdoors

  • Another hockey trip

    I've been to Thunder bay to play hockey. I remember this trip the must because i've had fun the hole time i was up there. I recommend this trip to the people who just want to get out of wiky for a vacation. again the stuff needed to have is hockey equinment.

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  • Hockey

    If you are in Canada, then hockey is the sport. Thunder Bay is a hockey hotbed. The University has a team that competes every weekend. The city also creates outdoor rinks every winter for the publics use. There are over 30 of them spread out across the city.....bring your skates

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  • downhill skiing and other recreational...

    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...

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Thunder Bay Favorites

  • Visitor Information

    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...

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  • School and Youth Camp !

    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 ! 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,...

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  • Places to Visit

    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,...

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Healthy, and lots of vegetarian/vegan optios
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Delicous vegetarian and vegan food
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All you can eat sushi and Chinese food!
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Eagle Rock Canyon Ziplining
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A Popular Restaurant With a Varied Menu
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Armandos, Great Italian Food
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Terry Fox Monument
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Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
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Horseback riding in Shabaqua
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Enjoy tubing down the Stanley River
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Walk along the waterfront to...
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Terry Fox Marker
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Terry Fox Memorial
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popular coffee chain
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"Elegant and sophisticated" comes to Thunder Bay
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The Ojibwe Elders' Memorial
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Looking over Thunder Bay
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The sweet smell of chlorine in the air
Off The Beaten Path
Finnish Community Hall
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Provincial Government Building
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Casual chic in the Port Arthur side of town
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Finnish Breakfast
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Fort William Provincial Park
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This place is a fishermans...
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Amazing!
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historic recreation of Fur trading post
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The frozen inland sea
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Prime Rib that will make you come back
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Kakabeka Falls
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Hike the legend of the Giant
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Here we cross over the timezone.
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Here the vehicle of a Mennoniet.
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Th big Canoe.
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TERRY FOX MEMORIAL.
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Here are we in Thunderbay.
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Hillcrest Park
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Mission Island Marsh conservation area
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Marina Park
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Mt. McKay Scenic Lookout
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Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
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