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Visit 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.

Top Hotels in Thunder Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Valhalla Inn
Valhalla Inn
3.5 out of 5
1 Valhalla Inn Rd, Thunder Bay, ON
CA $105
per night
Dec 26 - Dec 27

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of International Friendship Garden, Centennial Botanical Conservatory and Chapples Golf Course. ...

4/5Very Good! (1,558 reviews)

"Although the theme is clearly rustic, the rooms are modern and clean. Bar/restaurant on site is nice and easily accessible."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Valhalla Inn
Days Inn by Wyndham Thunder Bay North
Days Inn by Wyndham Thunder Bay North
3 out of 5
1250 Golf Links Rd, Thunder Bay, ON
CA $101
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Port Arthur Stadium and Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (820 reviews)

"Nice rooms, clean and comfy. Good basic breakfast, very nice restaurant next door. Staff very helpful, good location"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019

Days Inn by Wyndham Thunder Bay North
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
CA $109
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

Situated in Thunder Bay, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of International Friendship Garden, Centennial Botanical Conservatory and Chapples Golf Course. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (735 reviews)

"Very clean, relaxing breakfast area with good selection. Signage to access the hotel lot was my only real complaint."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2019

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Thunder Bay

Reviews of Thunder Bay

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
139
5 - Excellent 18.075422626788036%
4 - Good
397
4 - Good 51.62548764629389%
3 - Okay
206
3 - Okay 26.788036410923276%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 2.600780234070221%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.9102730819245773%

4/5 - Good

Bill

Dec 6, 2019

Some areas seemed quite sketchy, and there were plenty of crime reports while I was there. It is a beautiful setting, however, and exemplifies the awesomeness of Canadian wilderness when you journey outside of the city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 5, 2019

we didn't leave the hotel very much

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 30, 2019

Scenery

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 28, 2019

Always enjoy the views, the skiing, shopping and restaurants.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 27, 2019

There is a clear shortage of cabs. Must order well in advance or you'll be waiting for 20+ minutes.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 25, 2019

I am the ANaVETS MNWO Command liaison officer for Unit # 257 Fort William and as such visit two to three times per year and found both the city and the people very helpful and friendly.. My wife and I look forward to our next visit.. TX T B