Strategic Location

Thunder Bay is in a prime strategic location to support the Mining Machinery & Equipment Industry in Northwestern Ontario. It is surrounded by resource rich areas and has an extensive transportation network enabling the flow of employees and resources. Thunder Bay provides a centre of support for mines currently in production as well as those in stages of exploration.

Mining Hub

Thunder Bay is located at a central junction in the mining industry's transportation routes. Key road and rail connections pass through the region, which also links south to the upper Midwestern United States. Located along Lake Superior, it is also a vital marine transportation hub serving the upper Great Lakes. Thunder Bay international Airport acts as a gateway to many Northwestern Ontario communities that lack direct road access.

Mine location near Thunder Bay

Location/Transportation Network Infographic

Current Producing Mines

 GOLDCORP Inc. - Musselwhite

Goldcorp logo The Musselwhite mine is extracting gold approximately 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. This mine produced 236,000 ounces of gold in 2017 and is estimated to produce 265,000 ounces in 2018.

GOLDCORP Inc. - Musselwhite

 Newmont GOLDCORP Inc. - Red Lake Complex

Goldcorp logoThe Red Lake Complex is extracting gold north of Thunder Bay. This is a historic mining district and has produced over 30 million ounces of gold since 1949. This mine produced 209,000 ounces of gold in 2017 and is estimated to produce 235,000 ounces in 2018.

Newmont GOLDCORP Inc Red Lake Complex

 Nelson Granite

Nelson Granite logoNelson Granite has been extracting granite for over 100 years. They have six quarries in Northwestern Ontario, two of which (Kenora and Dryden) are close to Thunder Bay. They have more quarries currently in stages of exploration.

Nelson Granite

 New Gold Inc

New Gold logoThe New Gold mine in Rainy River extracts gold 400 kilometres west of Thunder Bay. Operations began in September of 2017 and by the end of the year the mine produced 28,500 ounces of gold. In 2018, the first full year of production, 227,000 ounces of gold were produced.

New Gold Inc

 North American Palladium Lac des lles

NAP ALLDIUM logoNorth American Palladium has been operating the Lac des Iles mine for 25 years. This mine extracts palladium, which is primarily used in the automotive sector. 237,000 ounces were produced in 2018.



North American Palladium Lac des lles

 Barrick Gold Corp Hemlo

Barrick logoHemlo has been extracting gold for over 30 years. The Williams mine is located approximately 350 kilometres east of Thunder Bay. This mine produced 196,000 ounces of gold in 2017 and 171,000 ounces of gold in 2018.


Barrick Gold Corp Hemlo

 De Beers Victor Mine

De Beers Group logoVictor Mine is the first diamond mine in Ontario. The mine began production in 2008 and will complete mining activities in 2019 and move towards formal closure.

De Beers Victor Mine

Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire covers an area of 1,930 square miles. It is home to world class mineral deposits valued at $60 billion. Chromite, nickel, copper, zinc, gold, platinum group metals and vanadium are present. Chromite is a strategic metal recycled to produce stainless steel. Over 300 million tones of chromite ore have been discovered.

Map of Ring of Fire

The Ontario government has committed $1 billion to construct infrastructure essential to sustainable development of this mineral rich region. Environmental assessment and road planning is underway for two sections of road. Thunder Bay is strategically located to support mining service and supply industry businesses develop the Ring of Fire deposits.

Thunder Bay's international airport has a competitive advantage over other regional airports due to the number and frequency of regional, provincial and inter-provincial connections available and the number of charter operations.

The Thunder Bay Port Authority is the largest export port in Northwestern Ontario and has available dry bulk capacity to service the mining industry.
Thunder Bay has a thriving business environment featuring strong communications and transportation networks that enable global connection.

World Class Logistics Network


Transport truckThe Trans-Canada Highway is a transcontinental highway system that travels through all ten provinces of Canada between its Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Thunder Bay is very close to the US border at Pigeon River with a 45 minute drive on Highway 61 to the border. Thunder Bay also has direct highway access to international transportation arteries such as ports, rail, and an international airport. With its central location within Canada, trucking is a viable shipping option throughout the country and into the US.

Distances to Major Markets


Airport landing stripThunder Bay International Airport is the 3rd busiest international airport in Ontario, servicing 869,404 passengers in 2018. With planes departing daily, goods can be shipped across the globe. Economic activity related to the Airport is responsible for an estimated $645 million dollars in GDP annually and over 5000 jobs.



Travel times to major centres


Arial photo of portThe Port of Thunder Bay is a major international inland port. With 400 ships coming through annually, an average of over 8 million tonnes of goods are shipped through the port. Keefer Terminal, at the Thunder Bay Port Authority, handles grain, coal, and potash. The port also handles lumber, steel, machinery, bagged goods, and forest products. By using vessels through The Port of Thunder Bay, businesses have a cost effective shipping method for national and international markets.

St Lawrence Seaway Ports


Arial photo of Thunder BayRaw materials can be shipped across the continent through the Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) Railways, both of which service Thunder Bay. With access to over 20,000 kilometres / 12,427 miles of tracks, Thunder Bay is well connected across Canada and the US. The mainline of Canadian Pacific Railway runs directly through Thunder Bay, providing convenient and cost effective access to markets and suppliers.

Shipping via rail is not only cost effective but can be more environmentally sustainable than other modes of transportation. Both CP and CN offer intermodal shipping, making door-to-door service through connections with rail, trucking and sea ports possible.

Railway Lines from Thunder Bay

For additional information please contact the Project Manager, Mining Services Sector at (807) 625-2480 or visit our Contact Us page.


Video Resources

Downloadable Files

Mining Machinery & Equipment Industry Report

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Mining and Exploration Report

Mining and Exploration Report


Ontario's Mining Hub

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For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.