Local Attractions

Things to do in Thunder Bay

Interested in things to do in Thunder Bay? Want to go shopping or on an adventure? Our knowledgeable front desk employees know where to go for the best Thunder Bay attractions, shopping and yes even the best coffee shop in town.

Things to do in Thunder Bay – History and Culture

You’ll never be at a loss for historic things to do in Thunder Bay. Fort William Historical Park, one of the largest living history attractions in North America, devoted to re-creating the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade. With 57 heritage and modern buildings on 250 acres, Fort William offers a vivid and rich tapestry of fur trade life, running the gamut from culture to crafts, medicine to business, domestic life to heritage farming.

Things to do in Thunder Bay – Shopping and Dining

With so many things to do in Thunder Bay, including unique shopping and superb dining throughout the city, you’ll want to stay a few extra days. Find great deals at major retail outlets, discover handcrafted pottery and giftware and get captivated by First Nations art.

Take a break from shopping and enjoy great meals at relaxed bistros and restaurants. Ethnic cuisine or heartier casual fare can be found at rustic roadhouses, cafés, bars and grilles you’ll find something to please everyone.

Things to do in Thunder Bay – Festivals and Entertainment

Street Film Festivals, Blues Music, Ribfest, Folklore Festival and celebrations of India are only a few things to do in Thunder Bay. Interested in playing a round of golf while visiting? The city operates three full-service public golf courses. You can also enjoy many privately owned courses including Fort William Country Club and the world-class Whitewater Golf Club.

Things to do in Thunder Bay – Wildlife Adventures

The Canadian Shield is ruggedly beautiful, whether you’re looking for moose, bear, deer or fowl, Thunder Bay has some of the world’s best wildlife hunting. Experience Northern Ontario’s subsistence hunting culture. There are a variety of different guides to choose from including; Black Bear Adventure or Caribou Lake Lodge.

If eco-adventures are more to your liking, visit the Nolalu Eco Centre, Northern Ontario’s largest solar- and wind- powered straw bale facility.

Enjoy sailing, fishing, kayaking along Ontario’s North shore and canoeing with Lake Superior Visits. Our city and eco-tour guides can help you navigate your way through the many things to do in Thunder Bay.

History and Culture

Ahnisnabae Art Gallery
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Lake Superior Art Gallery
Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Paipoonge Museum
Thunder Bay Historical Museum

Outdoor Experiences

Sail Superior
Fort William Country Club
Whitewater Golf Club
Black Bear Adventure
Caribou Lake Lodge
Lake Superior Visits
Gammondale Farms

Festivals and Entertainment

Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Magnus Theater
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Wildlife Adventures

Fort William Historical Park
Chippewa Park & Wildlife Exhibit
Friends of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Night Life

The Da Vinci Centre Sports Bar
Needing Roadhouse
The Foundry Pub
The Sovereign Room
Tony & Adam’s
OLG Casino

Family Activities

Galaxy Lanes
Aerosports Trampoline Park
Mario’s Bowl
Little Giants Play Centre
Centennial Park
Silver City
Canada Games Complex
Paintball Mountain
Thunder Bay Marina

Gardens and Scenery

Fort William Gardens
McKay Scenic Lookout