"The forgotten part of Ontario" Top 5 Page for this destination Thunder Bay by chris_i79
Thunder Bay Travel Guide: 199 reviews and 332 photos
I was born in Thunder Bay and spent most of my life here. But due to its size and isolation I never wanted to live there permanently. I am still hoping to be able to have that little red house moved to my Sydney Australia page one day! Currently I am living in Vancouver, but I am sure I can answer any questions you may have about Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay has a population of around 100 000 people and is located in Northern Ontario on the shores of the largest lake in the world, Lake Superior. It was formerly two cities known as Port Arther and Fort William. They joined in the 1970's to form Thunder Bay. The city is a victim of what I like to call the Springfield vs Shelbyville sydrome (The Simpsons). What I mean by that is both sections of the city are rivals and do not seem to work towards a common goal.
The reason for visiting the area is not the city itself but the beautiful surroundings. Northern Ontario is truly a nature lovers paradise with pristine lakes and rivers, endless forests and rocky cliffs and mountains. Within a couple hours driving distance of the city are hundreds of lakes and rivers, many highly rated provincial parks and other campgrounds that allow you to enjoy the outdoors.
Thunder Bay is also only 45 min from the Minnesota Border of the United States.
During the summer it is quite nice here, but during the winter it is bitterly cold, it is not uncommon for the mercury to drop to -30 or -40... you ask Celious or Farenhiet at this point....but it doesn't matter because at those temps the scales actually meet! The winter typically lasts from November till April and unless you are looking for ice and snow I would suggest visiting during the summer months....when the risk of frostbite is at a minimum (although not impossible hahaha!).
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- Pros:Beautiful nature, quiet
- Cons:Long bitterly cold winters, short summers, very isolated, lack of jobs or future and not a single Palm tree!!
- In a nutshell:keep your visit to the city short, explore the surrounding area
To give you an idea of how little there is around the city, here is a pic from the air more travel advice
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