Why visit Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Sea Lion Trail is at Pass Lake & about 2 km long

You may wonder “Who wants to live in Thunder Bay?”. Well, our son, Zack, loves it there. He completed his university education at Lakehead so we became familiar with the area. We have driven up on more than one occasion and flown up a couple of times including this month (Oct 2017). The drive is beautiful if you have the time as you go through a lot of the Canadian Shield where the rocks and landscaping are amazing.  We enjoyed the Sea Lion Trail as pictured here.

One of our favourite places to visit and enjoy a meal is at The Hoito especially for Finnish pancakes. Thunder Bay has one of the largest communities of Finnish people outside Finland.

Thunder Bay is on the shore of Lake Superior and one of the main attractions is The Sleeping Giant. We were lucky enough to take a harbour tour on a sailboat with a friend of Zack’s while we were there. It was a splendid day for October and a Sunday, however, no one else seemed to be taking advantage of the day before the boats had to be taken out of the water.
While sailing we stopped at the Welcome Islands and visited with the owners, took a hike across the island and just soaked up the sun along with the view of the Giant. Life is good!

Al & Judi with son, Zack, with The Sleeping Giant in the background

Hiking is one of the most popular activities during our visits to Thunder Bay. Besides Sleeping Giant Provincial Park this time we also hiked through Cascades Conservation Area. The rocks and water are a sight to see but only hear. There is something so soothing about rushing water. It does help when the sky is clear blue. You can feel how clean the air is in the north.
On this visit we had a couple of huskies that joined us and they loved to run and also enjoyed a bit of a swim.

We visited Silver Islet on this trip where there used to be a very active silver mine. It is located one hour east of Thunder Bay and is adjacent to the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Mining stopped by 1884 and the mine shafts flooded with water never to be opened again. The area is mostly private summer cottages where originally the miners had built houses. There is no electricity in the area and the residents like it that way. The general store there is now closed and for sale so there was no pie to enjoy at its tea-room.

There is a country market in Thunder Bay which is opened twice a week and some of it is contained in the buildings so it operates around the year. When we were there many of the area farmers still had outdoor displays with some of the largest heads of cabbage that we’ve ever seen along with other colourful harvests.

Just outside Thunder Bay is the Terry Fox Monument commemorating his Marathon of Hope.  This meant a lot to me as I remember seeing Terry in person as he ran by our home in Burlington.


Whenever you get the chance to head to northern Ontario don’t put it off. It’s quite an experience that you remember forever.