How many items can your family check off The Complete A to Z List of summer fun?
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Grab a bucket and pick out your own sparkly purple stones (Ontario’s official gemstone) at one of the area’s three amethyst mines.
Meander through the Centennial Botanical Conservatory and check out the lush tropical plants and toss coins in the waterfall pools.
The music, the singing, the regalia, the food… it’s hard to pick a favourite part of a powwow. Visit Fort William First Nation at the end of June to enjoy and participate in the Pow Wow on the mountain.
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Feast your eyes on cool contemporary art at Definitely Superior, works by 150 top northern Ontario artists at Thunder Bay Art Gallery, striking Indigenous art at Ahnishnabe Art Gallery… and more!
Explore the beautiful northwest—and perhaps catch some cool lake or mountain breezes—with a family hike.
Wait, what? The Thunder Bay Museum, housed in a former police station, has an actual jail cell that’s a favourite with kids. A bike with a giant front wheel and Albert the Albertosaurus are also big winners.
You can get a spectacular look at “The Niagara of the North” from the walkways at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, and consider a hike on the Little Falls trail too.
Get comfy on a blanket and watch free family-friendly movies under the stars at Marina Park on Fridays and Saturdays in August.
Discover more of the city’s beauty spots with Big Boreal Adventure, a nature-based scavenger hunt just right for kids.
How about a tour to taste-test Thunder Bay’s famous pink pastry, the Persian? Other local kid-pleasing fare includes Sally Anns, Finnish pancakes and Coney dogs.
If you’ve always wanted to try it, a SUP rental-and-lesson package at one of the city’s lakes is the way to go.
Test Your Wits
See if you can beat the clock and solve the clues and puzzles in one of four themed “escape rooms.” (T is for tweens and teens too—this is great for a hard-to-please age group)
A visit to Fort William Historical Park brings a fur trade post circa 1816 to life with in-character interpreters who fire muskets, make birchbark canoes, tend farm animals and more.
At the splash pad, that is. The city has four free splash pads.
Your junior daredevil will never forget zip-lining at Eagle Canyon Adventures, available for kids who meet the requirements (minimum age 6, 50 lbs and 3’6”). Wheee!