Thunder Bay has a storied past, is the birthplace of celebrities and sports stars and home to many natural wonders.

Did you know these 25 things about Thunder Bay?

  1. Thunder Bay is home to the World's 2nd largest curling rock outside the Fort William Gardens.
  2. The Robin's franchise began in Thunder Bay, when the first Robin's Donuts opened in Thunder Bay in 1975.
  3. Port Arthur and Fort William were the first cities in Canada to adopt Daylight Savings Time
  4. The famous Hoito Restaurant first opened its doors in 1910.
  5. The Poppy was first adopted as the symbol or remembrance at a meeting at the Prince Arthur Hotel in 1921.
  6. The Prince Arthur Hotel cost $850,000 to build - that's $14.5 Million in today's dollars!
  7. Thunder Bay has over 100 parks within the city
  8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle owned property in Fort William where Holland Bakery stands today on Victoria Ave.
  9. Thunder Bay has the largest Finnish population per capita outside of Finland.
  10. Thunder Bay has produced more professional hockey players per capita than any other city in the world
  11. Paul Shaffer of the Late Show with David Letterman was born in Thunder Bay
  12. Thunder Bay is on the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake - Lake Superior.
  13. With nearly 2200 hours of sunlight each year, Thunder Bay is the sunniest city in Eastern Canada.
  14. Thunder Bay was born in 1970 of the amalgamation of Port Arthur and Fort William.
  15. Fort William Historical Park is the largest living history attraction in North America and is a Canadian Signature Experience.
  16. Thunder Bay Airport is the 4th busiest in Ontario
  17. Terry Fox ended his Marathon of Hope just east of Thunder Bay in 1980
  18. Thunder Bay is the 13th largest city in Ontario and the largest in Northwest Ontario - a region the size of France
  19. Thunder Bay is the 6th most culturally diverse city of its size in North America
  20. The city takes its name from the bay at the head of Lake Superior
  21. Thunder Bay is the home of The IceMan, Al Hackner - 2-time Brier and World Champion curler
  22. Thunder Bay is the home of the Staal brothers - professional hockey players Eric, Jordan, Marc and Jared
  23. Thunder Bay is the hometown of Hollywood actors Kevin Durand and Marie Avgeropolous
  24. Thunder Bay is the birthplace of 9-time X-Games medal winning BMX rider, Jay Miron.
  25. Thunder Bay has the largest grain storage capacity in North America
  26. The lot at 27 S. Cumberland St (the current home of the Prospector Steakhouse) was sold to the Molson Co. in 1909 for $35,000 ($2.5Million in today's dollars), the highest price ever paid for a piece of downtown real estate in Ontario at the time.

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