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Thunder BayCanada

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
The price is CA $110 per night

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! (1,076 reviews)

"Check in was quick and friendly. I booked this hotel for the convenience of the restaurant but only one staff member serving a full room. He said it would be a long wait as there were 8 tables that needed serving ahead of us. Hotel should have had more staff knowing the hotel was busy."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020

Valhalla Inn
Comfort Inn
Comfort Inn
2.5 out of 5
660 W. Arthur St., Thunder Bay, ON
The price is CA $107 per night

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

3.7/5Good! (699 reviews)

"When checking in staff weren’t very friendly. However when checking out the lady was amazing and so helpful! Overall night wasn’t bad. Had a good sleep but walls are very thin & you can hear other people."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2020

Comfort Inn
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 $129 per night

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! (827 reviews)

"WAS GOOD.. SHORT but nice a new room... we had a good nights sleep after a long drive from Toronto!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Thunder Bay

Top things to do in Thunder Bay

Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ontario
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ontario

CA $28
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario

CA $14
Per adult

Reviews of Thunder Bay

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
162
5 - Excellent 18.346545866364664%
4 - Good
460
4 - Good 52.09513023782559%
3 - Okay
229
3 - Okay 25.934314835787088%
2 - Disappointing
25
2 - Disappointing 2.8312570781426953%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.7927519818799547%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 26, 2020

Was a short visit just a drive-through but it was enjoyable

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Apr 14, 2020

Traveled for work

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 27, 2020

our one stop on a very rushed trip. A very convenient location.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 25, 2020

We like Thunder Bay however, this was not a good time to be there do to Corona virus pandemic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

We love Thunder Bay

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

Not a safe city to be in. We do not feel safe driving around at night, ler alone walking anywhere. Far too much violence and drugs in all areas of the city.

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