Thunder Bay is a culturally sophisticated city and a great place to get active.
There’s so much to see and do in Thunder Bay. We are the heart of world-class attractions and adventure in Northwestern Ontario.
Leisure pursuits range from outdoor recreation – sailing, fishing, hiking, skiing, canoeing and more – to the cultural – enjoying live theatre, music, movies, galleries, restaurants and festivals.
Thunder Bay residents also enjoy a number of excellent recreational centres, fitness facilities, swimming pools, arenas and other amenities. When it comes to sports and recreation, there's something to do year round whatever the weather.
Visit the links below for information on the various activities, facilities and recreational programs offered in Thunder Bay.
For general information on what to do in Thunder Bay see the Visiting Thunder Bay website.
A distinct and dramatic landscape of lakes, rivers, boreal forests and mountains make Thunder Bay a natural adventure playground. Together with its renowned parks and wildlife of international significance, the city provides ample opportunities to engage in outdoor recreation in every season.
From fishing and sailing adventures on Lake Superior, or golfing at the luxurious Whitewater Golf Club, to hiking, cycling or wildlife viewing through the many City Parks or Conservation Areas, summer in Thunder Bay means long, fun-filled days in the great outdoors. This is the city that has the most daylight hours in Canada, providing more time to fit in a variety of summer activities.
Winter in Thunder Bay brings endless ways to have fun in the snow. From downhill skiing, snowboarding and curling, to cross-country skiing, snowmobiling or ice-hockey on our many city outdoor rinks, Thunder Bay offers a variety of experiences to help you enjoy the Canadian winter.
Browse the wide array of world-class winter recreation opportunities Thunder Bay has to offer. Whether you want to experience ice-climbing or dog sledding, sleigh riding or ice-fishing, you’ll find a place to try it in our backyard.
Thunder Bay is a dynamic and creative cultural centre that offers world-class entertainment, events & festivals and dining, making the city's lifestyle stimulating and unique.
Arts & Entertainment:
The city is home to a range of internationally acclaimed art galleries, world-class performing venues, museums, historical sites and entertainment attractions that provide year-round programming such as:
Events & Festivals:
Thunder Bay hosts many unique festivals and special events throughout the year, from exciting sports events, entertaining music and film festivals, to celebrations of food and culture from around the world.
Find out what's happening around the City by visiting the public Events Calendar.
Thunder Bay is a cultural mosaic and its dining experience is no different. The city serves as a centre for international eating; from fine dining to traditional, home-made cuisine, offering an eclectic blend of the world's finest food created with the freshest, and often locally grown, ingredients.
Fresh and sustainable food sources are everywhere. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, farm raised meats, home produced cheeses and even locally sourced drinking water are just some of the choices. There are also Farmer’s Markets, community garden projects and direct farm-to-business connections.
In Thunder Bay, local food security is also a priority. Many support programs are organized to ensure that safe, nutritious and healthy foods are available at low cost. Visit the Food Action Network for more information.
Quality of food, value for money, and choice are often the first notable highlights picked out by newcomers to Thunder Bay. In addition to well-known national restaurants, there are locally organized and ethnic eateries offering unique flavours from around the world including Italian, East Indian, Scandinavian and Polish.
The City of Thunder Bay’s Restaurant Guide has comprehensive listings of over 200 restaurants throughout Thunder Bay.
There are excellent municipal and private sports and recreation facilities available locally, from multi-purpose facilities like the Sports Dome, to baseball stadiums and indoor soccer fields which house local sports teams like the Thunder Bay Chill, Lakehead Thunderwolves and the Thunder Bay Border Cats.
The City of Thunder Bay alone operates the following sports and recreation facilities:
The City of Thunder Bay is recognized nationally as a leader when it comes to accessibility standards. The City also provides affordable programs and classes in the areas of sports, fitness, recreation, leisure, and much more. The Key is Thunder Bay’s guide to community programs and services.