CITY OF THUNDER BAY

The City of Thunder Bay is located near the geographical centre of Canada, on the shore of Lake Superior - the western terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway System. It is the "Gateway to the Great Northwest". The City is also the access point to and from the American Mid-West by way of the Pigeon River border crossing, 45 minutes away by road.

Being the 10th largest city in Ontario it is also the largest metropolitan centre in Northwestern Ontario. The population of Thunder Bay is approximately 125,000.

Thunder Bay and the surrounding area are also a major tourist destination.

Ethnic diversity is one of Thunder Bay;s greatest assets. It shows most clearly in the cultural events that visitors have come to enjoy, such as:
  • The Folklore Festival - a celebration of song, dance and cuisine.
  • Festa Italiana celebrates the food and fun of Italy.
  • The Ukrainian Festival highlights the traditions of the Ukrainian heritage.
  • Ojibwa Keeshigun, a traditional pow-wow held at Old Fort William, offers a colourful glimpse of Native culture.
  • September 1, 1980 Terry Fox ended his cross-country run in support of cancer near Thunder Bay when cancer reappeared in his leg.To honour his courage a monument was erected near the spot where he stopped his Marathon of Hope run.

For more detailed information on the City of Thunder Bay, visit their website at

http://www.city.thunder-bay.on.ca/factbook/