Thunder Bay, Ontario
About Thunder Bay, Ontario
Fort William and Port Arthur were once twin cities - that is, until 1970, when they merged to become Thunder Bay. With a population of just over 120,000 (as of 2006), Thunder Bay is the most densely populated region in Northwestern Ontario. It is made up of the city of Thunder Bay, the municipalities of Neebing and Oliver Paipoonge, the townships of Shuniah, Conmee, O'Connor and Gillies, and the Fort Williams First Nation.
There's much to do in Thunder Bay. Visitors can take a historical tour, for example, in Thunder Bay's Fort William Historical Park, in which the North West Company's Fort William fur trade post has been recreated as it was in 1815.
Moreover, tourists and cottagers can explore Thunder Bay's wonderful natural attractions: the beautiful amethyst mines, Waverley Park, Boulevard Lake Park, Centennial Park, Chapples Park, Fort William Gardens, International Friendship Gardens, the spectacular Kakabeka Falls, the Current River Greenway, and more.
If you enjoy sports, be sure to visit Thunder Bay's Canada Games Complex and, for sports history lovers, the Northwest Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Art lovers will enjoy the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Sights to See
When in Thunder Bay, grab your cameras and visit McVicar Creek, The Port of Thunder Bay, Port Arthur Business Core, Hillcrest Park, and the Statue of Terry Fox.
Q. Thunder Bay's motto "Superior by Nature" has a double meaning. To what does it refer in addition to the city's "superiority"?
A. Lake Superior. The Bay after which the city was named rests at the head of Lake Superior.