Top 10 Things to Do In Thunder Bay

There are hundreds of fun and exciting things to do and places to explore in Thunder Bay. As the gateway to Ontario’s Great Outdoors, it’s no wonder that Thunder Bay is filled with scenic vistas, beautiful provincial and national parks, and endless recreational activities all year long. For a detailed list of links for recreation, current events and arts, heritage and cultural festivals, please visit the Our City page of this website.

This Top 10 list contains the most recommended attractions on TripAdvisor and represents just the tip of the iceberg of fun filled activities.

1. Terry Fox Monument
This monument pays tribute to a National Hero, Terry Fox, who inspired Canadians with his determination. With a beautiful view of Lake Superior this monument is a wonderful place for reflection.

2. Fort Williams Historical Park
Travel back in time to the early 1800s and learn about the world’s largest Fur Trading post. There are 57 heritage and modern buildings to explore with knowledgeable tour guides in period costume. This multi-functional facility also hosts meetings, weddings, camping and one of the largest telescopes in Central Canada.

3. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
The Sleeping Giant is a formation of mesas and sills that create the Sibley Peninsula and resemble a sleeping giant when viewed from the city. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located on Lake Superior and has spectacular views from over 80km of hiking trails. Enjoy the park daily all year long or use the campgrounds from May to October.

4. Centennial Botanical Conservatory
This hidden gem has been rated by many as a year round “oasis” where you can relax and enjoy beautiful plants. Enjoy exotic tropical flowers, trees, and shrubs inside the arboretum and local plants in the outdoor gardens.

5. Hillcrest Park
Open year round this park features beautiful Sunken Gardens with over 70 types of plants. Other amenities include an accessible playground, the Lake Superior Regiment Memorial, and a stunning view of the city.

6. Thunder Oak Cheese Farm
This unique farm is the only one in Ontario to produce Gouda cheese. Owned and operated by the Schep family, this farm features their homemade cheese, European imports, and a small café.

7. The Blue Point Amethyst Mine
Thunder Bay is in the heart of amethyst country and the Blue Point Amethyst Mine is an excellent place to visit. Explore the pit and dig for your own amethyst or purchase a piece that has already been mined and cleaned by the owner.

8. Mount McKay
This scenic lookout has a dazzling view of the city of Thunder Bay, Lake Superior and the countryside. Pack your camera as this view is something you will want to remember!

  • Reviews of Mount McKay
  • Location: Located on the Fort William First Nation, on Mission Road off Chippewa Road and City Road

9. Marina Park
This waterfront park has stunning views and exceptional recreation opportunities. Enjoy the marina, spirit garden splash pad, playground, skateboard park and skating rink. Participate in one of the events such as: Live on the Waterfront (concert series), Canada Day celebrations, or Winter Fun Days. Discover local artists at the Baggage Building Arts Centre. Marina Park is fun for the whole family.

10. Cascades Conservation Area
This protected area features gorgeous walking trails through a birch forest. The Forest Trail was paved creating an accessible trail. This is also a very popular spot for dog walking.


Why Thunder Bay

The Terry Fox Monument

The historic Terry Fox Monument, dedicated on June 26, 1982, is a nine-foot high bronze statue set on a 45-ton granite base with a foundation of local amethyst.


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