Thunder Bay


Located on the world's largest freshwater lake and surrounded by the boreal forests of the Canadian Shield, Thunder Bay has been dubbed the gateway to Canada's great outdoors. This large Northern Ontario city presents opportunities for nearly every conceivable wilderness diversion.

Here, you'll find the Sleeping Giant – a mountain shaped like a giant fast asleep on his back in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Nearby, Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area and Quetico Provincial Park provide thousands of lakes for anglers to catch walleye, trout, steelhead and small bass.

Miles and miles of backcountry trails provide excellent hiking spots and spectacular views of the wildlife within. You'll also find stunning panoramic views and the Kakabeka Falls – one of the largest waterfalls in Ontario and a beautiful place for a picnic.

Before you go, visit the spot where Canadian icon Terry Fox was forced to end his inspiring Marathon of Hope. A memorial statue stands in Thunder Bay as a tribute to the spirit of this great Canadian.

Thunder Bay is a fantastic destination for:

  • outdoor adventure

Airport served by: YQT

Destination basics

Thunder Bay has short summers (typically less than 100 days) with moderate average highs in the low 20s C. Winter is the longest season here, on average lasting six months from November to May. Temperatures are cold and there is plenty of snow – perfect for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. But remember, daylight during the winter months is limited here (around 8.5 hours a day), so take advantage of the outdoors early in the day. Spring and fall are also on the cooler side in Thunder Bay but the beautiful colours of the trees changing colour more than makes up for the temperature.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Thunder Bay

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