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Thunder Bay
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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 $76 per night from May 1 to May 2
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 ...
3.6/5Good! (994 reviews)
"Staff very welcoming and ready to assist"

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Thunder Bay
Valhalla Inn
Valhalla Inn
3.5 out of 5
1 Valhalla Inn Rd, Thunder Bay, ON
The price is CA $113 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of International Friendship Garden, Centennial Botanical Conservatory, and Chapples Golf Course. ...
4/5Very Good! (1,201 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and followed all the Covid-19 precautions. It was good for a one night stay."

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2021

Valhalla Inn
Comfort Inn
Comfort Inn
2.5 out of 5
660 W. Arthur St., Thunder Bay, ON
The price is CA $89 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of International Friendship Garden, Centennial Botanical Conservatory, and Chapples ...
3.7/5Good! (807 reviews)
"Good room. Very convenient location. Great for travellers!"

Reviewed on Apr. 8, 2021

Comfort Inn
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.
Charming 3 Bedroom Home Away From Home
Charming 3 Bedroom Home Away From Home
Thunder Bay, ON
Situated in Thunder Bay, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Fort William Gardens and Centennial Botanical Conservatory. International Friendship ...
Charming 3 Bedroom Home Away From Home
Spacious Executive 3BR Townhouse, Newly Built With Patio Deck and BBQ
Spacious Executive 3BR Townhouse, Newly Built With Patio Deck and BBQ
Thunder Bay, ON
Situated in Thunder Bay, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Port Arthur Stadium and Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Lake Superior and Hillcrest ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Great
"Clean and very comfortable"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2020

Spacious Executive 3BR Townhouse, Newly Built With Patio Deck and BBQ
College Park Happy Trails 5 Bedroom Vacation Home
College Park Happy Trails 5 Bedroom Vacation Home
Thunder Bay, ON
Located in the city center, this slopeside Thunder Bay vacation home offers ski-in/ski-out access within 2 mi (3 km) of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, International ...
College Park Happy Trails 5 Bedroom Vacation Home
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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