"How Thunder Bay got its..." Top 5 Page for this destination Thunder Bay Favorite Tip by D_Shannon

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Favorite thing: How Thunder Bay got its name.

Thunder Bay used to be two towns: the fur trading post of Fort William and the shipping town of Port Arthur. In 1975 the towns were amalgomated to make one city. Many Thunder Bayers still regret this move, and there's sometimes heated animosity between the halves during high school sporting events and city council meetings. When the cities were amalgomated, a vote was held to determine the name of the new city. The options on the ballet were: Lakehead, The Lakehead, and Thunder Bay. Because the vote was split between the two versions of 'Lakehead', the new city was christened 'Thunder Bay'. For more true (and some not-so-true) legends of Thunder Bay, browse my off-the-beaten path section or check out the link to local legends on the TBay homepage: http://tourism.city.thunder-bay.on.ca/default.html

Fondest memory: Sorry - this little oasis is accessed by personal invite only...my favorite place in all the world.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 8, 2002
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