Transportation Costs

Central Location, Global Access

Thunder Bay enjoys a central location and a well developed transportation network, allowing companies to maximize the use of air, rail, sea, and road transportation.

Distances to Major Markets

Thunder Bay is very close to the US border at Pigeon River with a 45 minutes drive on Highway 61 to the border. This makes Thunder Bay an excellent location to be a Canadian link in a global supply chain.

Transportation Fees

Shipping goods is critical to the success of many industries. Having access to different methods of transportation allows businesses in Thunder Bay to optimize how they ship, and how much they spend on shipping.

With its central location, Thunder Bay has an extensive transportation network that enables global shipments. Highways connect to rail, seaport, and airport, creating efficiencies and lower costs of shipping.

CN LocomotiveCN Rail: With over 19,000 (11,806 mi) kms of rail track running through Canada and the US, CN Rail provides easy access to international markets. Learn more about carload prices, intermodal prices, and fuel surcharges with CN Rail. Contact CN Rail team to get a quote for your specific shipping needs.


CP LocomotiveCP Rail: With approximately 20,000 kilometres (12,500 mi) of track running across Canada and into the US, stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, and as far north as Edmonton, as well as hubs in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and New York,  CP Rail provides easy access to international markets. Learn about the pricing and tariffs and get an individualized quote for shipping your goods with CP Rail


Airport landing stripThunder Bay International Airport: Flying approximately 800,000 passengers every year, Thunder Bay International Airport is the first Canadian airport to eliminate its airport improvement fee. Learn about fees charges for aircraft landing, and parking.


Arial photo of portThe Port of Thunder Bay: With 400 ships coming through annually and approximately 9 million tonnes of goods shipped annually, The Port of Thunder Bay ensures businesses have a cost effective shipping method for international markets  Learn about tariffs on goods that come into the port as well as rates for vessels

Success Stories: Venshore Mechanical

Venshore Mechanical equipment photo"As the gateway to Ontario's Northwest and close proximity to the US border, Thunder Bay offered a great logistical advantage, so [John Jurick] committed to building a new plant in Thunder Bay to be able to supply Western Canada."
Download the Venshore case study to read more about Venshore Mechanical's success in Thunder Bay over the last 30 years.

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

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