Thunder Bay

Travel Guide
Thunder Bay

Sweeping vistas and thunderous waterfalls make this destination an eco-adventurer’s dream.

Get ready, nature lovers: You’re about to fall head over heels for Thunder Bay travel. Because this Ontario community functions as a bridge between Canada’s pastoral prairies and vast Atlantic coast, it’s a fantastic spot to base your most adventurous holidays. What’s more, the town itself is a surprisingly cheap place to hang your hat after an afternoon of hiking, biking, and climbing your way through the region’s natural spectacles.

The only trouble, of course, is choosing which of those spectacles to explore first. We like the legendary Kakabeka Falls for its towering cliff and proximity to the highway, but some travelers begin their Thunder Bay vacations at the Amethyst Mine Panorama. This historic spot is positively packed with the purple gem, and you’ll get the opportunity to dig for a special piece all your own.

Hikers, on the other hand, may want to head straight for Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. You’ll find an extensive network of trails, and the views of Lake Superior are beyond breathtaking. Mount Mackay is another top spot for hiking trips to Thunder Bay, but try to time your visit for the early evening hours. Trust us: The vistas here are best at dusk.

When you need a break from the great outdoors, spend an afternoon cozying up to the historic attractions. The Thunder Bay Museum offers an inside peek at area’s ancient past, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery features an impressive array of First Nation pieces, and the Magnus Theater is a great spot for a family night out. Make sure to save a few hours for the Fort Williams Historical Park. This detailed site recreates life in the early 19th century, and your kids will have a blast interacting with the actors who portray Scottish, French, and Ojibwe characters.

Thunder Bay vacation packages offer more than eco-wonders and historical re-enactments, however. Cuisine is big business here, and you’ll find a variety of Thunder Bay deals and discounts on some of the hottest eateries. Head to the North End for a smorgasbord of multicultural restaurants, or venture out to the South End for the city’s take on comfort food. Fine dining options abound here, too, and you’ll discover organic cafes, chic bistros, and luxe steakhouses just waiting to delight your taste buds.

Super 8 by Wyndham Thunder Bay
Super 8 by Wyndham Thunder Bay
2 out of 5
439 Memorial Ave, Lakehead Expwy To Harbour Expr, Thunder Bay, ON
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Situated in Thunder Bay, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Hillcrest Park, and OLG Casino Thunder Bay. Magnus Theater and ...
3.6/5 Good! (966 reviews)
"Needs weather striping around outside door."

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Thunder Bay
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Thunder Bay
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Thunder Bay
3 out of 5
645 Sibley Drive, Harbour Expressway & Balmoral, Thunder Bay, ON
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $104 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Situated in Thunder Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Lakehead University, and Chapples Golf Course. Intercity Shopping ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (926 reviews)
"Friendly staff. The main Hiway was closed outside of the city on the day of our check out. Severe Car accident and road closure due to snow and ice. The Front Desk was quick to accommodate us and find us a new room within the hotel. They also took the time to contact us and let us know when the road ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Thunder Bay
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Thunder Bay
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Thunder Bay
2.5 out of 5
760 Arthur Street West, Thunder Bay, ON
The price is CA $98 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated in Thunder Bay, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of International Friendship Garden, Centennial Botanical Conservatory, and Chapples Golf Course. Fort ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Very close to the airport. Walking distance to Walmart, LCBO, Canadian Tire, Tim Horton’s, Starbucks. Other restaurants a short drive away."

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Thunder Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Thunder Bay
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Thunder Bay
2.5 out of 5
550 Harbour Expressway, Thunder Bay, ON
The price is CA $135 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in the heart of Thunder Bay, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Lakehead University, and Intercity Shopping Centre. Chapples ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (594 reviews)
"Loved the courtesy call after getting to our room. Staff was lovely and helpful. Loved the pool and hot tub. However jets we’re out of order. Nice and hot though. Very clean and well maintained!"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Thunder Bay
-very quiet, comfy and large  3 bedroom full apartment-family & pet friendly
-very quiet, comfy and large 3 bedroom full apartment-family & pet friendly
Thunder Bay, ON
The price is CA $140 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
This family-friendly Thunder Bay apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Port Arthur Stadium and Lake Superior. Hillcrest Park and Thunder Bay Community ...
5/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Very clean and well stocked.
"What a great use of an old schoolhouse! The high ceilings really add to making the space feel larger. We attended our niece’s wedding-this was a perfect place to stay with the Italian Hall just a few blocks away! It was nice that we had a comfortable place where we could relax between family activities. ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

-very quiet, comfy and large 3 bedroom full apartment-family & pet friendly
Away from Home Comfort
Away from Home Comfort
Thunder Bay, ON
Situated in Thunder Bay, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Current River Arena and Lake Superior. Strathcona Golf Course and Centennial Park ...
Away from Home Comfort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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