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Taste the north

Immerse yourself in the exciting Thunder Bay food scene. Local farmers and producers combine with talented chefs to create uniquely Northern flavours. Foodies will delight in the variety and quantity of eateries in the city. Iconic Finnish pancakes for breakfast, Lake Superior Smoked Fish for lunch, locally raised beef for dinner; and that's just day 1.

The lighthouse keeper

Enjoy an experience like no other. Travel to Porphyry Island in the Black Bay of Lake Superior. Hike the nature trail, discover unique vegetation, get up-close to wildlife and learn the history of the island. End the night by sleeping in the lighthouse keeper's house.

Discover the Greatest Lake

Dive for shipwrecks; kayak around unspoiled islands; sail powerful waters and surf the waves; power boat along north shore coves and overnight at community marinas; hike the rugged shoreline and learn the many mysteries and legends surrounding Lake Superior.

Green spaces abound

Hike or bike the miles of nature pockets throughout the City and area; pick your own labrador tea; explore provincial parks - perfect for the rugged adventurer or novice nature lover. Enjoy paddling and fishing in urban waterways and exceptional birding and wildlife viewing minutes from downtown.

Foundations of a nation

Be a part of the Battle of Fort William. Dress in period costume and live the life of 1816. Learn about the many traditions of the Ojibwa people who were instrumental in the makings of the North West Fur Trade Company and the development of Canada. Experience their culture - sleep in a Wigwam where ancient legends emerge or help your Ojibwa host smoke whitefish or stitch a mukuk (birch bark container) at Fort William Historical Park.

An angler's dream

Fish in the quiet and solitude of pristine lakes, rivers and streams. Try to break the 1916 record of a 14.8-pound Brook Trout caught on the Nipigon River, a short one-hour drive east of Thunder Bay. Fly-fishing or sport fishing, ice or open-water; whatever your preference - this is bucket list fishing.

Ancient rock, fossils and arctic tundra

Walking paths and viewing platforms take you onto the brink and into the mist of the 40 metre (131 ft.) high wall of thundering water fall known as Kakabeka Falls, "The Niagara of the North". 1.2 billion-year-old fossils - some of the oldest found anywhere, are layered within the rock walls of Kakabeka Falls. Ouimet Canyon, a spectacular chasm chiseled deep into the rock of the Canadian Shield is home to several arctic plants on its canyon floor. Collect your own amethyst, Ontario's official gemstone, at a local amethyst mine.

Ski like the finns

Miles of Nordic Trails wind their way through wilderness and park lands. Participate in the International Sleeping Giant Loppet (formally known as the Sibley Ski Tour) held each March at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park - one hour's drive from Thunder Bay.

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