Thunder Bay Winter Fun Guide

The complete A to Z list



Hello, winter!

How many items can you check off the Complete A to Z list for winter fun?

A is for…

Artisans

Give your creative side a boost and take a class at a local art gallery, arts centre or an independent store. Or, find hand-crafted treasures at a craft sale or visit the Thunder Bay Country Market

Biking

Fat biking, that is. Rent a bike with big thick tires to explore hard-packed snow trails on two wheels. 

Climbing

Climb an ice formation with an axe and big spiky boots? Cool!

Dog-sledding

Mush! Bundle up in a sled and skim over the snow with some four-footed friends.

Eating

From pizza and poutine to braised beef and vegan cheesecake, winter is the perfect time to gather with family and friends at one of the city’s hottest restaurants

Family Day

Celebrate with events all over Thunder Bay, including Fort William Historical Park and Prince Arthur’s Landing. Snow much fun!

Giddy-up

Book a horse-drawn sleigh ride with family and friends (20+ people) or take a romantic cutter ride for two in the Slate River Valley countryside.

Hygge

Or hibernation, if you prefer. Either way, it involves warm and cozy relaxation. Scope out a venue with a sauna, fireplace or a hot tub. 

Ice fishing

Scoop slush from hole, drop line, repeat. Both Superior and inland lakes
offer opportunities to land fresh fish.

Java

Warm up and catch up over some locally roasted coffee at an inviting indie café.

Kiting

A kite plus a snowboard plus a frozen lake equals snowkiting! Now there’s a wild ride…

Live music and theatre

More of the indoorsy type? Why not take in a concert or play

Mountains

Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing…the local mountains are calling your name. 

Nordic skiing

Skate or classic, there are dozens of kilometres of well-groomed trails to explore. Plus, there’s the Sleeping Giant Loppet ski festival.

Oasis

Warm up with a trip to Afloat, our local float tank centre or a stroll through the colourful tropical gardens at the Centennial Botanical Conservatory.

Pour

Head to a new resto or pub and ask the bartender to recommend his or her ideal winter cocktail. Sip, savour, and enjoy.

Quetico

 

Did you know Quetico Provincial Park has three winterized cabins to rent? They’re a fun home base while you ski, snowshoe or play cards by the woodstove. 

Rink

It’s said that Thunder Bay has the most outdoor rinks per capita in all of Canada, so you’ve got plenty of chances to skate or play shinny. Check out indoor public rink times too. 

Stargaze

Winter’s clear dark nights are the ideal time to watch the stars at one of the area’s observatories. And if you’re lucky, you may even catch an awesome northern lights display.

Trails

If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Rent or borrow a pair and start exploring some beautiful trails. 

Unique flavours

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.

Vroom

Racing cars on frozen lakes? It’s a northern thing. Check out the ice races or if you’re looking for something wind-powered, how about ice sailing?

Waterfall

A frozen or partially frozen Kakabeka Falls is a spectacular sight, complete with wild ice formations and billowing mist. 

Xploring

Hit some of Northwest Ontario’s 1000+ kilometres of snowmobile trails to get a closer look at the vast boreal forest.

Yelling

Find a hill, grab a toboggan and whoop it up! Or how about a “hurry hard!” or two at a curling bonspiel?

Zamboni

No matter what the brand name, seeing an ice resurfacer signals there’s fun to be had watching hockey. Local teams: Thunderwolves and North Stars.

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