Thunder Bay is an amazing city located along Lake Superior in Northwestern Ontario with a community has a lot to share. With an abundance of natural beauty, events, attractions and activities for everyone, you will never have a dull moment in beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario. It was a struggle to narrow down our favourite things to do in the community, as there are just so many!
1. SLEEPING GIANT PROVINCIAL PARK
Number one, and probably the greatest wonder of Thunder Bay and District is the picturesque Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Here you’ll experience breathtaking views of Lake Superior, the boreal forest, and amazing wildlife including moose, deer, wolf, and lynx. The Sleeping Giant has incredible hiking trails, full service cabins available for rent year round, mountain biking trails, and some of the best cross-country skiing in Ontario on 50 km of groomed skate and classic trails. You definitely need to experience the beauty of the Sleeping Giant before he wakes up. Learn more and start planning your next trip here.
2. THUNDER BAY HIKING TRAILS
Continuing on this trend of experiencing the outdoors, Thunder Bay has hundreds of spectacular hiking spots for people of all expertise levels. Nothing beats the beauty that is the nature and environment of the Thunder Bay area. A local Thunder Bay nature lover developed the perfect app which was created to alleviate many of the safety and accessibility issues outdoor enthusiasts face in a region with a seemingly infinite number of trails and areas to explore. Whether you are wanting to go on a quick stroll along some pathways within the city, or if you want to adventure on the outskirts, Thunder Bay is a hidden gem in Northwestern Ontario that everyone needs to discover and explore! Download the WAYfinder app to start exploring trails in Thunder Bay today!
3. FISHING AND HUNTING
In Thunder Bay, we are blessed to have thousands of freshwater lakes and rivers in the area. We have more then just Lake Superior, there are lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds everywhere! If fishing is something you enjoy, or even if you’d like to give it a try, there are hundreds of places to go where you’ll be able to catch pike, pickerel, bass, walleye and more! Whether you like fly fishing, urban angling or even ice fishing … Thunder Bay is the place to be. If you’re also one for hunting, you’re in the right spot. Thunder Bay is the perfect location to hunt moose, deer, bear, partridge, duck, rabbit, and so much more! All your outdoor adventures need to take place in Thunder Bay, you can thank us later.
4. BOATING AND SAILING
Thunder Bay is proud to be situated on the pristine, clean and beautiful waters of Lake Superior. At Thunder Bay’s marina you’ll be able to go out on your own personal watercraft, or there are also water tours available for anyone interested! Through Sail Superior, you’ll be able to have your next water adventure. From adventurous sailors and marine thrill seekers to those looking for a calm and relaxing cruise around Lake Superior’s spectacular Canadian shore, their experienced captains will host an adventure full of memories you won’t soon forget. They have many tour options, from full day to half day … to catamaran tours to sail boat tours … there is something available for everyone. For more information check out Sail Superior here.
Thunder Bay offers serval golf courses for enthusiasts to enjoy. Structured for all levels, and for competitive to social golfing, Thunder Bay golfing is something everyone will enjoy. Golf courses provide lessons for beginners, and tournaments for the experienced. Courses contain various challenges to test your skill level such as fairways, water hazards and sand traps. You’ll be able to have fun, improve your game, get a little competitive if you so choose all while enjoying the spectacular views of the Thunder Bay community and environment.
6. LOCAL FARMERS MARKET
Thunder Bay prides itself on supporting local – farmers, bakers, artists and more. Thunder Bays Country Market is often known as the Farmer’s Market. With their vision – We Make it, Bake it, Grow it – the Market represents an opportunity to experience the flavours and artesian creations local to Thunder Bay. For many of their customers it’s a place to buy local groceries, crafts and gifts from the talented, hard-working people who created them. For others, it’s a meeting-place full of good people where they can get in touch with some of the simpler things in life. For more information visit the Thunder Bay Country Market website here.
7. CULINARY SCENE
Did someone say FOOD? There has been a surge in amazing local eateries showcasing foods from cultures all over the world. From Indian food at Monsoon, to Jamaican food at Ted’s Kitchen, to Syrian food at Damascus Donair, to Greek food at Naxos, to Thai food at Thai Kitchen – we have the whole world here in Thunder Bay! Thunder Bay prides itself in being diverse and welcoming of all people from all cultures and walks of life. You’ll have the food you love, and also be able to discover new foods, too. With both elegant dine-in restaurants and take out spots, your food lovers opportunities are endless!
8. CULTURAL EVENTS
Thunder Bay loves to mix food, entertainment and culture altogether. With many events happening throughout the year, you’ll be able to delve into your own culture and open your eyes to others. In Thunder Bay you can experience cultures of the world without ever leaving the city at events like the Festival of India, Festa Italiana, Folklore Festival and Pow Wows.
9. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
From the theatre, symphony, art and live music…Thunder Bay has it all. You’ll be able to enjoy watching the talents of local performers and those who come from all different parts of the country and the world. The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium is known to have some of the best acoustics in the world! In addition to more than 100 live performances each year, the TBCA also hosts many non-performance events either on stage or in their three lobby spaces. The flexibility of the auditorium is perfect for events such as graduations, meetings, conventions, presentations, conferences, socials, trade shows, exhibitions, concerts, performances and so much more. Aside from the big stage, our local bars and restaurants often showcase live rock bands, solo artists as well as 3-piece jazz bands like Mood Indigo. Best bars for live entertainment include The Foundry, Wayland Bar & Grill, Apollo, NV Night Club, Black Pirates Pub, The Sovereign Room and Portside Steak & Seafood.
10. COMMUNITY EVENTS
Thunder Bay comes together to host community events all throughout the year. Every summer is the Live on the Waterfront summer concerts which will give you a mix of lively and eclectic music, while the Thunder Bay Blues Festival provides over 18,000 concert goers with an all-star line-up of musicians in the blues, rock and folk music genres. Thunder Bay also loves their street festivals. Take-in the local street festivals like the Westfort Street Fair or the Buskers Festival. Quench your thirst at the popular Brew Ha! Craft Beer Festival and fill your stomach at the annual RibFest. There is so much happening in Thunder Bay!
This is only ten of some of our favourite attractions Thunder Bay has to offer that all residents of the Hillcrest Condos can enjoy. We hope after learning more about Thunder Bay, you can feel the excitement and local love that flows through the streets.