Canada’s boreal forests meet the world’s largest freshwater lake at Thunder Bay, Ontario’s “City in the Wild”. Home to world-famous Provincial and National parks, Thunder Bay boasts epic outdoor adventures, from ice climbing and dog sledging to downhill mountain biking.
Things to do in Thunder Bay
Lay your eyes on the legendary Sleeping Giant, an island in the middle of Thunder Bay resembling a giant sleeping on its back. You’ll find the best views from the cliffs at Squaw Bay, which overlooks the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Venture deep into the boreal forests and experience the backcountry on the Top of the Giant trail.
Delve into the history of Thunder Bay at Fort William Historical Park, where costumed actors recreate a 1800s village. Encounter Scottish gentleman, French voyageurs and native hunters as you explore over 40 preserved historic buildings showcasing rich tapestry and medicines from the era.
In summer, ride the Shuniah Mines Trail between cedar trees and past relics of the Duncan-Shuniah Mine, including old shafts and roadside quartz. In winter, explore the ski fields at Mount Baldy Ski Resort, enjoy the silent solitude of snow fishing or partake in the traditional sport of “curling” at a local club.
Discover unique northern flavors on tour of Thunder Bay’s local farms. Taste an array of rich Canadian cheeses at Thunder Oak Cheese Farm followed by fruit picking at Gammondale Farm, famous for its Fall Pumpkin Fest. Stop for lunch at Belluz Farm’s Harvest Cafe, where you can ride a wagon, meet farm animals and navigate the corn maze.
Getting around Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay is accessible by bus, car and plane. Thunder Bay International Airport is a 15-minute taxi ride or bus from town. The city is best explored using buses, taxis and rental cars.