Thunder Bay, Ontario's Top Attractions on the Trans-Canada Highway
Here are the most popular "must-see" attractions in the Thunder Bay area (see maps
for the city's north, south, and area):
Canada Games Complex
420 Winnipeg Ave, next to Community Auditorium
This facility hosted the aquatic events of the 1981 Canada Summer Games. The 77 metre pool is one of the largest indoor bodies of water on the continent, and is divided into three areas: for lane swimming, recreational fun, and diving-as well as a 10 metre tall water slide. The building also includes a 280 metre indoor rubber jogging track which overlooks the multi-training areas with a variety of fitness equipment. Facilities also include two large aerobic/fitness studios, found squash courts, and a fitness testing area,
Dease Street of Balmoral Avenue
The building protects a tropical oasis in Northern Ontario in three viewing areas. Over 250 species of flowers and plants from around the world are on display, The building took 18 tons of glass steel and concrete to construct. Open 7 days a week from 1 pm to 4 pm. Free Admission.
On City Rd. in the south end;
Chippewa Park has every that a normal park has plus so much more. Come visit the zoo with an elevated walkway giving you a magnificent look at the animals in their natural environment. Or spend the day at the Amusement Park, with a number of rides for everyone. Open June 3 to Labour Day.
Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
219 May St., S.;
Tel: (807) 622-2852, Fax: (807) 622-2736
Honouring the skill and achievements of Northwestern Ontario's best athletes and its sports heritage.
10 S. Algoma St. (East End)
The Theatre of Northern Ontario, working on keeping live performing arts alive in Thunder Bay. (In 2001, this theatre will be relocating to new space in Downtown North.)
Tel: (807) 345-8033
Fax: (807) 345-0291
Mt McKay Scenic Lookout
South of the city on Mission Rd., off Hwy 61B
(807) 623-9543 Mt McKay towers 1000 feet above the city, an has a lookout at the 500 foot level, with both a lookout deck and viewing scope. Popular for picnics, and 27 serviced campgrounds. Originally called Thunder Mountain, this was a place for many sacred Native ceremonies. Only with the construction of the road were non-Natives allowed on this land.
Tel: (807) 345-8033
Fax: (807) 345-0291
Old Fort William
On Broadway Ave;
The huge reconstructed fortress of the original Fort William, along with 42 other re-constructed buildings on a 20-acre site, takes you back to life in 1815. Watch historic characters carry on life from everyday events to unique customs portraying the fur trading era. There are numerous activities for visitors to take part in. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students with ID, $6 for those over 64 years and between 6 and 12 years old.
(807) 577-8461 or
This rock formation is 11.25 km (7 mi) long and 355 m (1,099 ft) high. This huge natural structure resembles a giant sleeping and is prominent in Ojibway legends, and can be seen from many parts of Thunder Bay.
(807) 983-2041 tourist information centre or
(807) 625-2149 attraction information centre
Thunder Bay Agate Mine
Hwy 527. Travel 2 km east of the Terry Fox Monument;
The only agate mine in Canada, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Holds the worlds largest agate.
Terry Fox Monument
Hwy 11/17 (Thunder Bay Expressway) 1 km east of Hodder Ave
This memorial with a breathtaking view overlooking the Sleeping Giant marks the end of Terry Fox's "Marathon of Hope," which was to be a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. A 9 foot high bronze rendering of Terry stands on a 45 ton granite base laid on a foundation of local amethyst. The Visitor Center is located beside the Memorial.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
On the Confederation College Campus at 1080 Keewatin St and Red Lake Rd.;
Focuses on exhibiting First Nations, historic and contemporary arts. The Gallery also display regional art and acts as link to other cultural centres. Open noon to 8:00 pm on Tuesday through Thursday and noon to 5:00 pm on Friday to Sunday. Admission is $2, $1 for those over 64 years old and students with ID. On Wednesday the Gallery is open to everyone.
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
450 Beverly St (central)
This building is significant feature of thecity;s skyline, with a 210 foot peaked rook, requiring 900 tons of steel to construct. Free tours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 (by appointment). Call ahead, but groups limited to 30 people.
Thunder Bay Museum
425 E. Donald St.;
Showcases Northern Ontario prominent history with displays of such artifacts as photographs, tools, clothing and much more. Exhibits are often changing. Open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm from June 15 until Larbour Day; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm the rest of the year. Admission is $2 unless your under 16 than its free.
The Local University, home of the Thunderwolves!
Blue= main Trans-Canada Highway | Red = bicyle-friendly route & route for downtown access from TCH