1. Go to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

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Located on the Sibley Peninsula on Lake Superior, the park is equally famous for its natural beauty as it is for its profile, which from Thunder Bay, resembles a sleeping man. The park features 115 kilometres of hiking trails and is a popular year-round destination for locals.


2. Visit Fort William Historical Park

Built in the first decade of the 1800s, Fort William was an outpost of the North West Company. Fort William Historical Park, located 14 km upriver from the original site, recreates life at the fort circa 1816. It also has conference facilities and hosts events, including rock concerts.


3. Drive to Kakabeka Falls

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Located a 30-minute drive west of Thunder Bay, this waterfall is the second highest in Ontario, with its water cascading 40 metres down a series of stepped rocks. The falls are accessible throughout the year, with a boardwalk and numerous viewing platforms


4. Check out Prince Arthur’s Landing

This waterfront area has been redeveloped in the last decade, with new walking paths, recreational areas and boat slips. It’s home to the 149-room Delta Hotels by Marriott Thunder Bay, which opened in May 2019 and is the first full-service hotel built in the city since 1981.


5. See the Terry Fox Memorial and Lookout

Photograph by Dean Lisk.

Perched on a lookout over highways 11 and 17 on the outskirts of the city, this memorial marks the legacy of Terry Fox. It was 5,373 kms into his cross-Canada run, just east of the city limits, where Fox was forced to end his quest to raise money and awareness for cancer research on Sept. 1, 1980.


[This story appears in the February 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]