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Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay is a city in northwestern Ontario, Canada. It is the most populous municipality in Northwestern Ontario, with a population of 108,359 as of the 2016 Canadian census. It is located on Lake Superior, at the head of the Great Lakes. Thunder Bay is the largest city in the region, and the second-largest in Northern Ontario after Greater Sudbury.

Thunder Bay is situated on the northern shore of the great Lake Superior, and is the gateway to a vast wilderness of boreal forests, rocky hills, and pristine lakes. It has a large port, and is home to one of the busiest airports in the country. The city has a rich history, and was once a major fur trading post.

The city was first settled by Europeans in the late 17th century, when the North West Company established a trading post. In the 19th century, the Hudson's Bay Company established a trading post in the area, and the city's population began to grow. The city was incorporated in 1871, and was known as the Town of Shuniah until 1907.

The city has a rich cultural history, with a diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities. The city is home to a large Aboriginal population, and is the home of the largest Finnish population in Canada.

Thunder Bay is a major economic centre in the region, and is home to a number of manufacturing, mining, and forestry companies. The city is also home to a large university and college, and a number of major cultural attractions.

The city has a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is also known for its thunderstorms, with more thunderstorms occurring in the summer than in any other city in Canada.

Excursion tips for a day in Thunder Bay

As a tourist in Thunder Bay, Canada, there are many activities to do during the day. Here are some of the top activities to enjoy:

1. Visit the Terry Fox Monument: A tribute to the iconic Canadian hero, the Terry Fox Monument is located in nearby Chippewa Park and is a must-see for any visitor.

2. Explore the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park: With over 70 kilometers of hiking trails, this park offers stunning views of Lake Superior and the surrounding area.

3. Check out the Fort William Historical Park: This living history museum is home to the recreated fur trading post of Fort William and features a variety of historical buildings and artifacts from the area.

4. Visit the Thunder Bay Art Gallery: This gallery features a variety of contemporary art from local and international artists.

5. Take a tour of the Current River: This river is a popular destination for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing.

6. Shop at the Thunder Bay Country Market: This farmers market features local produce, crafts, and more.

7. Enjoy the waterfront: Take a walk along the waterfront and enjoy the views of Lake Superior.

8. Visit the Centennial Botanical Conservatory: This botanical garden features a variety of plants from around the world.

9. Take a tour of the Hillcrest Park: This park is home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, and beavers.

10. Enjoy a meal at one of the many local restaurants: Thunder Bay has a variety of restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines.

Experience Thunder Bay with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Thunder Bay. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay in Canada has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. In the summer months (June to August) temperatures can reach up to 25°C, with high humidity and occasional thunderstorms. Fall (September to November) sees temperatures drop to around 0°C and the leaves start to change colour. Winter (December to February) is cold and snowy, with temperatures dropping to -20°C and snowfall of up to 2.5m. Spring (March to May) is milder, with temperatures rising to around 10°C and snow melting away.

Cruise weather for Thunder Bay

Our weather forecast for Thunder Bay helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 23.3 °C
min: 17.4 °C
14.4 m/s
19.8 m/s
38.4 %
13.8 m
82.9 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 21.1 °C
min: 17 °C
21.6 m/s
28.8 m/s
38.2 %
14.7 m
81.6 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 18.3 °C
min: 14.6 °C
25.9 m/s
35.3 m/s
32.3 %
23.4 m
77.0 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 18.8 °C
min: 11.8 °C
18.7 m/s
25.6 m/s
25.2 %
24.1 m
71.1 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 20.9 °C
min: 12.7 °C
17.6 m/s
24.8 m/s
10.8 %
24.1 m
68.0 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 22.1 °C
min: 14.2 °C
17.6 m/s
23.4 m/s
18.7 %
18.7 m
71.7 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 24.4 °C
min: 15.4 °C
14.4 m/s
19.4 m/s
34.2 %
18.1 m
82.2 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 24.3 °C
min: 16.2 °C
10.8 m/s
13.3 m/s
35.5 %
20.0 m
82.4 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 16.2 °C
8.6 m/s
13.3 m/s
47.7 %
18.6 m
83.5 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 17.4 °C
7.9 m/s
9.4 m/s
69.2 %
17.9 m
89.4 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 23.0 °C
min: 15.9 °C
12.2 m/s
13.3 m/s
10.7 %
23.9 m
73.7 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 22.9 °C
min: 13.9 °C
11.5 m/s
12.2 m/s
2.8 %
24.1 m
64.0 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 23.4 °C
min: 13.3 °C
10.8 m/s
9.7 m/s
2.6 %
23.5 m
60.4 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 14.2 °C
11.9 m/s
19.4 m/s
81.5 %
22.4 m
81.3 %
1,014 hPa

Cruises to Thunder Bay

Would you like to travel to Thunder Bay on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Thunder Bay.

Scheduled ship calls in Thunder Bay, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 14th 2024 Saturday, 14th of Sep. 2024 LE CHAMPLAIN 07:00 am 08:00 pm
Oct. 3rd 2025 Friday, 3rd of Oct. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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