Quality of Life

Time to Really Enjoy Life

Our City

The city is modern, dynamic and forward thinking with an active focus on being the best it can be through ongoing investments in infrastructure, culture and the economy. With a beautiful waterfront, modern downtown and vibrant restaurants and bars, Thunder Bay attracts young, urban and intelligent professionals, new Canadians and new businesses from all over North America. Find our more about our city.

Fresh Air and Water

Breathe deeply. According to the Ontario Air Quality Index, Thunder Bay has the highest air quality in the province.

  • Ontario Air Quality Index
  • City of Thunder Bay Air Quality

The City of Thunder Bay is committed to providing superior drinking water from Lake Superior all while protecting the water source. Read the reports for further information:

  • Drinking water reports
  • Waste water reports

Live here. Play here. Enjoy this vibrant city with fresh air, easy access to nature and your favourite kind of recreation. Go To Thunder Bay. For Life.



A view of Thunder Bay's shoreline

Compared with Canada's largest cities, Thunder Bay has a significantly lower cost of living, especially in the areas of housing and transportation. For example, renting a one-bedroom apartment downtown is $883 per month in Thunder Bay compared to $1,520 per month in Toronto.


"We want to stay in Thunder Bay to raise our children and be close to our families. This area has so many incredible recreational opportunities, natural beauty, and is affordable – why wouldn’t you want to live here?" – Michelle McChristie, Partner, Superior Outdoors Magazine


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