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Discover what makes Thunder Bay Superior by Nature

As the largest community on Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is a vibrant urban hub for all of Northwestern Ontario. Thunder Bay is a unique balance of a thriving urban city nestled in the great outdoors. Thunder Bay is filled with stunning natural vistas such as the Sleeping Giant, a formation of mesas and sills that create the Sibley Peninsula and resemble a sleeping giant when viewed from the city.

Thunder Bay is on the traditional territory of the Ojibwa Anishnaabe people of Fort William First Nation and the Métis peoples and is covered by the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850 signed with Fort William First Nation. Find out more about Fort William First Nation.

The City motto is "Superior by Nature" and Thunder Bay definitely delivers on that promise. Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake and the source of many recreational activities such as fishing and boating. Thunder Bay, the largest city on the lake, is home to Sleeping Giant and Quetico Provincial Park where camping, birding, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and more can be enjoyed. Excellent skiing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding are lots of fun through the winter months.

Thunder Bay has a rich cultural heritage with primarily European and Aboriginal roots. Take a tour of the Waverley Park Heritage Conservation District and explore heritage homes and churches. Discover local talent in the public art displays at Prince Arthur's Landing. Celebrate Thunder Bay's diversity at one of the cultural festivals or events.