While the region is best known for its world-class outdoor experiences, it also offers an impressive range of built attractions.
For those with a fascination for living history, step back in time to experience the adventure, conflict and romance of Canada’s fur trade days at impressive Fort William Historical Park, winner of the Attractions Canada Award of Excellence.
Museums throughout the region offer glimpses of the past, focusing on farming, sports, military or woodlands history.
If you would like to have a piece of amethyst, Ontario’s official gemstone, visit one of the region’s amethyst mines. They contain some of the largest amethyst deposits in North America.
From art galleries to outdoor nature parks, zoos and carnival rides to hiking across Canada’s longest suspension bridge, there’s lots to do in the North of Superior Region.
|Amethyst Mine Panorama|
|Amethyst Mine Panorama is the largest deposit in North America. It was discovered in 1955 as a result of a road being built to the forest fire lookout tower (McTavish Tower) visible from the mine sight. Amethyst production started in 1960 and the mine has produced continuously since then.|
The mine produces 40% usable amethyst by volume. A large digging area, open to the public, contains 20% usable amethyst and is the main source of “pick your own” amethysts. Open from May to October.
|Lake Superior Art Gallery|
|Lake Superior Art Gallery is located in one of Thunder Bay's heritage buildings, the F. W. Woolworth building, located at 605 East Victoria Avenue. The gallery role is to display visual art from around the Lake Superior region with a primary goal of providing a venue for regional visual artists to display and sell their art work. Locally written books about the Lake Superior Region|
|The Friends of Chippewa Park|
|The historical Chippewa Park has been a favourite with city residents and visitors since it opened in 1921. Located on the coast of Lake Superior, Chippewa has one of the best views of the Sleeping Giant. With so much natural beauty here, Chippewa is an ideal destination for any activity. Stay over night in our tenting sites, new or historical tourist cabins or RV Park. Opening the long weekend in May, come get a thrill on our amusement rides or learn about our local wildlife at the Wildlife Park! |
|Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival|
|Join us for the Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival, the longest running festival on the north shore of Lake Superior. Planned events include:|
* Giant Penny Auction
* Three fishing derbies: a one day competitive salmon derby, a one day kids Huck Finn derby and a three day family derby
* Social / Dance
* Slow Pitch Tournament
* Antique Cars
Thousands in cash and prizes.
|Eagle Ridge Trout Ponds|
|Fish in a relaxing park setting where everyone has a good chance of catching something! Catch & Keep rainbow trout or Catch & Release small-mouth bass. Also bait, rod rentals, picnic sites, firepits, bbq, souvenir store, cabin rentals, RV & tent sites, pool, sauna.|
|The Waterfront District|
|Welcome to Thunder Bay’s Heart of the Harbour where the rugged beauty of the waterfront will refresh you and our vibrant downtown culture and rich heritage will engage you. |
Uniqueness and diversity abound - find a treasure in one of our many specialty stores, treat yourself to world-class cuisine, view cutting edge art, and experience our exhilarating nightlife.
Enjoy the vibrancy of a historic downtown core in Thunder Bay’s Arts & Entertainment District.
|Browns' Clearwater West Lodge|
|Browns' Clearwater West Lodge is the only Lodge for 10's of miles. We offer a variety of packages for all your Vacation Plans - Cottages, Boat-In, Portage-In and Fly-In Outposts and Campgrounds. Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Canoeing, Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling and Eco-Touring may be included in your itinerary. Summer or Winter, we know you will be comfortable here at Browns' Clearwater West Lodge.|
|Founders Museum & Pioneer Village|
|Meet the people in this authentic early 1900's village - visit with the storekeeper, the teacher, the ticket master and many others as you wander through the Village. The pioneer village unique to Northwestern Ontario is a massive collection of artifacts displayed in realistic indoor and outdoor settings. Conveniently located on Hwy 61 just south of Thunder Bay, Ontario.|
Join us and “Take a Walk Through the Past”
|Lakehead Region Conservation Authority|
|The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is a community-based environmental agency. We are responsible for the wise management of renewable natural resources in our watershed. Conservation Authorities undertake a broad range of programs, including: flood control; floodplain management; wetland protection; erosion control; reforestation; conservation lands; and conservation education.|
|Thunder Bay Nordic Trails|
|Thunder Bay Nordic Trails (TBNT) is a not-for-profit association of dedicated cross country skiers that maintains over 100 kms of trails in the Thunder Bay region. These trails include over 30 kms at Kamview Nordic Centre, 60 kms at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and 13 kms at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park|
|Thunder Bay Art Gallery|
|Featuring scintillating contemporary regional and national exhibitions, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery offers an extensive permanent collection of First Nations art, exceptional educational programs, tours, and workshops. The largest public gallery in Northwestern Ontario is an artisic adventure for all ages. |
Thunder Bay Art Gallery is also the home of many community events, special performances and a gift shop of artistic treasures handcrafted by both local and international artisans. We are wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned and parking is free.
|Attractions Ontario is the leading non-profit association for the attractions sector. Attractions Ontario is the only province wide trade association dedicated exclusively to the attractions sector of the tourism industry. It boasts a membership of over 500 attractions & tourism related organization, including public & and privately owned attractions in numberous categories.|
|Intercity Shopping Centre|
|Intercity Shopping Centre is Thunder Bay's largest shopping centre with over 450,000 square feet of retail and office space.|
With its focus on fashion, Intercity's 100 stores and services include famous brand names such as American Eagle, West 49, Homesense and Sport Chek. It is ideally located in the city core at the corner of the Harbour Expressway and Fort William Road, with easy access from all highways and major city arteries.
In addition, public transportation provides service directly to the centre.
Mon-Fri: 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
|Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame & Museum|
|The Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates the rich sports heritage of the region. Visitors can view a variety of artifacts on display and learn about the many Hall of Fame members who have brought pride to the region through their accomplishments in sport. This heritage facility is wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned and is located in downtown Thunder Bay South, in close proximity to City Hall and the Thunder Bay Museum.|