Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - A Review of my hometown.

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View from Hilcrest Park of Sleeping Giant

This city is a metropolis of about 114,000 full of multicultural events, shopping centers, restaurants, biking/walking trails, and acres of in the city limits parks. It sits on Lake Superior's huge Thunder Bay across which you can see the Sleeping Giant Mountain. With a little imagine you can see the outline of a figure lying down against the skyline. It was a port of entry before sailing on down the wilderness island strewn coast of Ontario.Thunder Bay is a city of just under 120,000 and is a great lakes & world shipping port boasting several grain elevators in the harbour. Main industries are shipping, pulp & paper & forestry related, Bombardier, retail and other local manufacturing.
CIty has generous green space and trail system running throughout.
Lots of activities to do.

There are museums, art galleries, a community auditorium featuring world class performers. Sports integral to the community here are ice hockey, baseball, soccer and recreational sports such as downhill skiing, cycling, hiking, camping and climbing.
Good range of restaurants to choose from f. many types of local & ethnic cuisine.
Summer months feature a variety of activities outdoors including a successful blues festival on the waterfront.
Check out Fort William historical park in the south end of the city.
It was formerly two cities known as Port Arther and Fort William. They joined in the 1970's to form Thunder Bay. The city is a victim of what I like to call the Springfield vs Shelbyville sydrome (The Simpsons). What I mean by that is both sections of the city are rivals and do not seem to work towards a common goal.The reason for visiting the area is not the city itself but the beautiful surroundings. Northern Ontario is truly a nature lovers paradise with pristine lakes and rivers, endless forests and rocky cliffs and mountains. Within a couple hours driving distance of the city are hundreds of lakes and rivers, many highly rated provincial parks and other campgrounds that allow you to enjoy the outdoors.
Lake Superior - The inland seaThe reason for visiting the area is not the city itself but the beautiful surroundings. Northern Ontario is truly a nature lovers paradise with pristine lakes and rivers, endless forests and rocky cliffs and mountains. Within a couple hours driving distance of the city are hundreds of lakes and rivers, many highly rated provincial parks and other campgrounds that allow you to enjoy the outdoors. Thunder Bay is also only 45 min from the Minnesota Border of the United States.

During the summer it is quite nice here, but during the winter it is bitterly cold, it is not uncommon for the mercury to drop to -30 or -40... you ask Celious or Farenhiet at this point....but it doesn't matter because at those temps the scales actually meet! The winter typically lasts from November till April and unless you are looking for ice and snow I would suggest visiting during the summer months....when the risk of frostbite is at a minimum (although not impossible hahaha!).

Overall a Great Place if you enjoy Nature at its finest.

website: www.city.thunder-bay.on.ca/

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View from Hilcrest Park of Sleepin…
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