It's time to get outside and enjoy everything historic Thunder Bay has to offer.
We've rounded up some of the best experiences to check out in our favourite Northern Ontario city–with an emphasis on outdoor fun where the views are scenic and the air is fresh. Try ice climbing on some of the best climbing routes in Ontario, enjoy a day skating at the city’s lakefront rink, or explore any one of the region's vast network of fat biking trails. There are lots of new things happening in TBay, too, so check out some things you may have missed since your last visit.
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Give your creative side a boost. Take a class (either virtual or in-person) or pick up a take-home craft kit at a local art gallery, arts centre or an independent store. This winter visitors can check out the new Goods & Co. Market—this massive marketplace features local artists, designers, and food vendors. Or, find hand-crafted treasures at the Thunder Bay Country Market. For more creative fun check out Creative Kitz, AG @ Home, and DIY Studio, or visit Thunder Bay's culture and events page for current info.
Climb an ice formation with an axe and big spiky boots? Cool! Thunder Bay has some of the best ice climbing routes in Ontario.
Mush! Bundle up in a sled and skim over the snow with some four-footed friends.
From pizza and poutine to braised beef and vegan cheesecake, winter is the perfect time to order delivery, grab something to go, or dine in at one of the city’s hottest restaurants.
Live (virtual) music and theatre
Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing…the local mountains are calling your name.
Skate or classic, there are many kilometres of well-groomed trails to explore.
Winter’s clear dark nights are the ideal time to watch the stars. And if you’re lucky, you may even catch an awesome northern lights display.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Rent or borrow a pair and start exploring some beautiful trails.
From locally-made canola oil, gouda cheese, and bitters to hometown faves like Coney dogs, Persians, and Sally Anns, try the tastes of Thunder Bay.
A frozen or partially frozen Kakabeka Falls is a spectacular sight, complete with wild ice formations and billowing mist.
Hit some of northwestern Ontario’s +1000 kilometres of snowmobile trails to get a closer look at the vast boreal forest.
Find a hill, grab a toboggan and whoop it up! Or how about a “hurry hard!” or two at a game of curling?
No matter what the brand name, seeing an ice resurfacer signals there’s fun to be had watching hockey! Catch one of the local Junior A teams, the Kam River Fighting Walleye and the North Stars, or check out the schedule for Lakehead’s Thunderwolves found here.
There you have it—an A to Z guide of winter fun in Thunder Bay. Have a fantastic winter full of adventure, and don't forget to come back and visit next summer.