Things to Do in Thunder Bay
Whether it’s for an afternoon visit or a weekend getaway, excitement awaits in beautiful Thunder Bay. Visitors will enjoy world-class dining, unique shopping venues and strolling through Fort William Historical Park. The city is nestled along the shores of Lake Superior, so it offers access to boating, fishing and sightseeing tours, as well as museums and cultural activities in the newly developed Prince Arthur’s Landing.
Known as the sunniest city in eastern Canada, Thunder Bay offers over 100 parks for exploration and discovery. Many have walking trails and areas to enjoy a picnic, watch the wildlife and soak up the sun’s rays. For those who like a detailed itinerary, here are some of Thunder Bay’s must-see spots.
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Food and drink
Visitors to restaurants in Thunder Bay can explore local favourites such as the Finnish Pancakes or take home a bottle of the city’s world-famous hot sauce. Other culinary options include Italian, Asian and many other fine restaurants. Whatever you’re in the mood for, chances are it’s right up the street.
If you’re into craft beers and other spirits, Thunder Bay has two local craft breweries where patrons can explore local craft brews. During August, Thunder Bay hosts Brew Ha!, Northern Ontario’s largest beer festival. The city also enjoys an active nightlife where visitors can enjoy live music, shows and a nightcap.
On the shores of Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is ideally suited for outdoor exploration. The city is home to more than 100 parks where visitors can enjoy walking, enjoying the sunshine, and spending time with family and friends.
With so much water around, visitors will want to try the sailing, kayaking, and angling opportunities, many of which are accessible from downtown. If water isn’t your thing, try your hand at mountain climbing or ride your bike along the scenic bike trails.
During winter months, outdoor sports like ice skating, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snowkiting make Thunder Bay one of Canada’s favourite destinations.
Arts and culture
Relax and enjoy your time in Thunder Bay. Fort William Historical Park, the largest living history museum in North America, explores life in the eighteenth century through educational exhibits and tours.
The city is filled with museums, historical sites, and interesting architecture. The Blue Point Amethyst Mine is a great stop to learn about mining in the area, and Centennial Botanical Conservatory explores a beautiful selection of local plants and flowers.
Just 30 kilometres outside Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls, nicknamed “the Niagara of the south” because of its size and ease of access, plummets 40 metres into a gorge below. A pedestrian bridge allows easy crossing, and beautiful views await after an easy hike.
Last updated: August 4, 2022