Thunder Bay, Ontario Visitor Tips on the Trans-Canada Highway

Sightseeing Suggestions

Here are some quick suggestions for visitors with limited time in the city: The schedule is only a suggestion -- you may have more fun, or wish to take more time than mentioned below.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drive along the waterfront along the "Bayview Route" from downtown south, northwards past the city's various docks and port facilities, the Marina Park and beautiful Boulevard Lake with its surrounding recreational pathways Terry Fox monument, commerates furthest point of his cross-Canada 'Marathon of Hope' against cancer
  • Take a minute to go see the 9 foot high bronze monument of Terry Fox to commemorate his heroic Marathon of Hope, which ended just east of town.
  • 3 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
  • As the day winds down hike to the top of Mount McKay. While towering a 1000 feet over the city take in the beautiful panoramic view or get a closer look with the viewing scope.

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):

  • Visit Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park located 30 km west of Thunder Bay on Highway 11/17, home of the 39 m high Kakabeka Falls Thunder Bay's unique waterfront
  • Visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, on the beautiful Sibley Peninsula which juts into Lake Superior, 30 km east of the city
  • Drive a little east and visit Ouimet ("Wee-met") Canyon, the furthest south arctic micro-climate in North America, complete with arctic flora and fauna
  • In winter, head over to Candy Mountain Ski Resort and spend the day on the slopes. Competitive trails for all levels of skiers.

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Blue= main Trans-Canada Highway | Red = bicyle-friendly route & route for downtown access from TCH

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