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Give the Gift of Quality Time, Give the Gift of Thunder Bay

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Give the Gift of Quality Time, Give the Gift of Thunder Bay


You obviously love them, even when their rooms are messy and they haven’t taken out the garbage. You can’t wait to see their giant smiles on Christmas morning, but what do you get them? Your kids already have so many toys you’re running out of places to put them. Most husbands don’t need another tie just like most wives don’t need any more perfume. Consider giving your family something different this year.

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This year, give your loved ones the gift of Thunder Bay; a gift for the entire family.


Start off by checking out a great Ski & Stay package. These packages allow you and your family to stay at a great Thunder Bay hotel while also providing you with full-day passes for either downhill or cross-country skiing. Experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Central Canada or spend the day touring on world-class Nordic ski trails.

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Or if skiing isn’t your thing, how about a gift for the ones who love the smell of two-stroke in the morning…


Thunder Bay is home to over 700km of groomed snowmobile trails. Get up close to the region’s wildlife while exploring the rugged landscape that Thunder Bay has to offer. Trail passes are available for the entire season or for those winter getaways 3-day and 7-day passes are also available through the Ontario Federation of Snowmobiling Clubs.

And if snowmobiling isn’t quite extreme enough, try Ice Climbing!

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Thunder Bay and the Northwest Ontario region have the most climbable ice east of the Rockies. Frozen waterfalls, nearly 300ft high offer climbing opportunities for all skill levels. Check out the Thunder Bay Chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada’s website for maps, routes, climbing news and much more. Climbing equipment can be rented by the day from Wilderness Supply.

The Thunder Bay area is also home to great curling facilities, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice racing, kite boarding, sleigh rides and for those who are ready for a real challenge, winter camping.


Thunder Bay is Canada’s Premier Outdoor City, but there is plenty do be done indoors as well.

For the live performance lover on your list, pick up tickets for a show at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. The TBCA is considered one of the finest concert halls in North America and has an impressive lineup of artists playing in Spring 2016. Check out the music of Blue Rodeo or Johnny Reid or enjoy the comedy of comedian Craig Ferguson.

After exploring and discovering Thunder Bay, your family will certainly have worked up an appetite and Thunder Bay definitely knows how to eat. Anyone who considers themselves a foodie will certainly find something they like in Thunder Bay. In recent years, a large selection of new restaurants with highly-trained, creative and inspired chefs have opened in Thunder Bay providing modern fusion cuisine often created with ingredients grown right in the city.

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Give your family a gift they will never forget. Give them quality time; give them memories that will last a lifetime. This holiday season give your family the gift of Thunder Bay.


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