Erin Schwartz, August 10 2021

Top 8 Things to See in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Check our Backpacker College's top 8 things to do in Thunder Bay! 

1. Loch Lomond Ski Area 

Who doesn’t love a good winter sport? The Loch Lomond Ski Area is the perfect place to come and enjoy yourself on a cold, winter’s day. They offer lessons, equipment rentals, seasonal passes, and multiple trails that suit your personal comfort level. It is truly a fun winter activity that you won’t want to miss in Thunder Bay.  

2. Thunder Bay Art Gallery  

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is largest art gallery located in Northern Ontario. It holds a variety of astounding works created by contemporary Indigenous artists. The gallery hosts many classes, exhibits, and shows throughout the year and it is a fantastic place to discover the beautiful art created by many Indigenous artists.  

3. Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda 

If you are interested in historical locations, look no further than the Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda. Constructed in the early 1900s, it is actually listed as a National Historic Site of Canada, and it is a lovely place to learn about.   

4. The Sleeping Giant  

The Sleeping Giant is simply breath-taking. It is a flattop mountain formation to the east of Thunder Bay that looks like a giant human is sleeping on their back! It is noted to be one of the most beautiful locations in Canada It is an adventure to climb, explore, and conquer.  


5. Centennial Botanical Conservatory 

Another vibrant location to consider visiting is the Centennial Botanical Conservatory. It was crafted in 1967 to honour the citizens of Thunder Bay Ontario as a part of the Centennial project. It is home to a stunning array of tropical and sub-tropical plants, and it is a relaxing environment to enjoy year round.  

6. The Water Garden Pavilion  

The Water Garden Pavilion on the water-front of Lake Superior is a joy-filled location that you can’t miss visiting. In the summer, there is a splashpad as the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day, and in the winter, it is turned into a community outdoor skating rink. It is a great community space to enjoy year round.  


7. International Friendship Gardens  

Built in 1966, the International Friendship Gardens have become a beacon for those wanting to peacefully meander through a garden. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a quiet stroll through 18 different gardens, each representing a different ethnic group, with memorials spread throughout. The sprawling landscaped gardens have paved paths, ponds, floral displays, picnic tables, benches are the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of nature.  


8. Terry Fox Monument and Statue 

Near the northern tip of the city stands the Terry Fox Monument and Statue. A stunning tribute to a man who set out with the goal to run across Canada from the east coast to the west coast, in order to raise money and awareness for cancer research. At the monument you can learn about who he was, what he stood for, how far he ran, and the struggles that he faced. It is a beautiful monument where one can stop, reflect, and look at the panoramic beauty of Thunder Bay.  

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Erin Schwartz

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