Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada is Amethyst Country located on the shores of Lake Superior - the world's largest freshwater lake. The community is the service, transportation, tourism, industrial and commercial hub for the North of Superior region in Northern Ontario, Canada servicing outlying communities like Kakabeka Falls, Neebing, Murillo, Lappe, Nolalu, Pass Lake and Stanley.
Throughout the City of Thunder Bay there are many historical sites which depict the history of the region - non more popular than the Fort William Historical Site. Other historical destinations to visit include Founder's Pioneer Village, the Sports Hall of Fame and many various museums.
For those visiting Thunder Bay who seek a cultural flavor there are many entertainment venues to enjoy. The art and culture scene of Thunder Bay, Ontario includes venues like the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay Art Gallery and many local art studios and artisans.
The community of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada is divided into various shopping districts. They include the Balmoral & Central Avenue, the Bay & Algoma, Heart of the Harbour, Intercity, Victoriaville, Simpson Street and Westfort Village business districts. Each provides a different shopping experience.
The outlying areas of the community are home to farming tours. The farm markets provide visitors an opportunity to sample local products like cheese, berries, baked goods, jams, fruits and vegetables. Micro breweries provide local beers and wines.
Thunder Bay, Ontario enjoys many year round recreational activities and adventures. There are over 34+ kilometres of recreation trails in Thunder Bay connecting to parks and facilities. The community trails are ideal for sightseeing, biking and rollerblading.
During the summer months activities enjoyed in the parks, lakes and on the trails include boating, golfing, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, surfing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, hunting, backpacking, birdwatching, picnicking, flightseeing, horseback riding, kiteboarding, camping and windsurfing.
After the snow falls and the waterways freeze over the winter activities enjoyed in Thunder Bay, Ontario include snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice climbing, sleigh rides, xc skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. Mt. Baldy and Loch Lamond are the designated ski areas.
The parks, trails, conservation areas and sightseeing destinations include Trowbridge Falls Park International Friendship Gardens, Chippewa Park, Hillcrest Park, Waverly Park, Marina Park, Boulevard Park, Centennial Park, Kakabeka Falls, Kaministiquia Park, Mount McKay Lookout, Terry Fox Memorial Park, Pigeon River Park and the Sleeping Giant Park. The Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is a collection of rock cliffs and islands forming a silhouette of a man. The Sleeping Giant rock formation is the western boundary to the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (L.S.N.M.C.A.)
Some of the other conservation areas include Hazelwood Lake, Cascades and Mission Island Marsh Conservation Areas. These are the most developed conservation areas with trails. Others not as developed include the Cedar Falls, Hurkett Cove, Little Trout Bay and the Silver Harbour Conservation Areas.
Services important in and around the community include accommodations, tours, guides, gift stores, restaurants, coffee houses, library, gas stations, grocery stores, pubs, liquor stores, library, internet, cell service, taxi, and bus. Thunder Bay is a major transportation centre for land, air and water. There is an international commercial marine port (part of St. Lawrence Seaway); an international airport (3rd busiest in Ontario); the Trans Canada Highway and the two railroads transporting commercial goods.