Things YOU GOTTA SEE when visiting Thunder Bay, Ontario!

Visitor Tips

Here are some quick suggestions for visitors with limited time in the area. Perfect if you have only ONE DAY to visit (like a business trip, when passing through, or when stopping over between flights). The additional days schedule is a recommendation for those who want to see the essence of Thunder Bay in only a couple of days.

You can read ALL SORTS of travel guides, and carry around pounds of paper, or just print off this ONE PAGE and have all the info you ever need! These are the area’s top activities, family activities and attractions, tourist attractions, historical sites, museums, interesting architecture, sightseeing and top shopping/dining areas. Organized into a nice walking or driving itinerary!

Thunder Bay: Port Arthur Marina view

Sightseeing Suggestions

Thunder Bay lies at the western end of Lake Superior, and was once a major fur trading stop at Fort William, and the town of Port Arthur and today the docklands in between their city cores (they merged into Thunder Bay in 1970) has evolved into a major stop for prairie grain, being transferred from trains to grain elevators to great lakes or ocean freighters.

One Day Stay

To capture the essence of this city, here are suggestions for your first day (especially if its your only day) in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay view of Mount McKay

Start the day with a hike to the top of Mount McKay. It towers 1000 feet over the city, so you can take in the beautiful panoramic view or zoom in with the viewing scope.

Thunder Bay: Fort William Visitor Centre

Fort William Historical Park (formerly “Old Fort William”) is a must! It’s the world’s largest fur trading post, with its 40 plus historical buildings on the 25 acre site.

Thunder Bay: Pool elevator and large ship

You’ll pass through Fort Williams’ downtown and drive along the waterfront along the “Bayview Route”, northwards past the city’s various docks and port facilities.

In the Intercity area, walk through the Centennial Conservatory. This tropical house has multiple areas of trees, scrubs, and exotic flowers from all over the world. With an unbeatable price of admission, FREE!

Visit the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, around the corner, holding one of Canada’s largest collection of Native art.

Thunder Bay Boulevard Lake view

At the city’s northern end, is the Marina Park and beautiful Boulevard Lake with its surrounding recreational pathways, and views east to the Sleeping Giant. Nearby is the Casino Port Arthur (downtown north) shopping and dining.

Terry Fox monument, commemorates furthest point of his cross-Canada 'Marathon of Hope' against cancer

Head a short distancde northeast of the city on the Trans-Canada to go see the 9 foot high bronze Terry Fox Monument to commemorate his heroic Marathon of Hope, which ended just east of town.

Three minutes further down the road you can visit the Thunder Bay Agate Mine. Take home a souvenir from Canada’s only Agate mine hosting the world’s largest Agate

Extended Visit

If you are visiting for a longer period, Thunder Bay’s location in Ontario’s rustic Great North provides a number of destinations well worth visiting (each about a day, including driving):


Kakabeka Falls- west of Thunder Bay

Visit Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park located 30 km west of Thunder Bay on Highway 11/17, home of the 39 m high Kakabeka Falls.

Sleeping Giant view from Boulevard park, Thunder Bay

Visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, on the beautiful Sibley Peninsula which juts into Lake Superior, 30 km east of the city. More…

Drive a little further and visit Ouimet (“Wee-met”) Canyon, the furthest south arctic micro-climate in North America, complete with arctic flora and fauna.

There’s also the Amethyst Mine nearby. More…

In winter, head over to Loch Lomond or Mt. Baldy and spend the day on the slopes. Competitive trails for all levels of skiers.