Thunder Bay, is located in Northwestern Ontario at the head of Lake Superior. It was a major thoroughfare between western Canada and Ontario for many years and is the location of many railroad convergences. The city has a population of over 100,000 people, most of whom work in the transportation and public sectors.
Thunder Bay is a very multicultural city, with the highest percentage of people of Finnish descent per capita in Canada and has one of the highest populations of Finnish-speaking people outside of Finland in the world. This proportion of Finns is likely due to the similar climate and landscape between Finland and Thunder Bay.
The major Thunder Bay tourist attraction is the Fort William Historical Park, which recreates the North West Company's fur trade and the Battle of Fort William from the early 1800s, but this is by no means the only attraction that Thunder Bay has to offer. The city has many beautiful public parks and, given the strong Scandinavian influence, is home to the Finnish Labour Temple and the Scandinavia House. The annual Bay Street Films festival, which features independent local, national and international films is held in the Finnish Labor Temple.
If you're looking for excitement in Thunder Bay, you can go to Eagle Rock Canyon to ride the zip line or walk across the suspension bridges. The view from the top of the zip line is quite remarkable.
In honour of the remarkable, Thunder Bay has a Terry Fox memorial as a tribute to the brave Terry Fox, a man who vowed to run across Canada after his leg amputation and cancer diagnosis to raise money for medical research. He ran from Nova Scotia to Thunder Bay, achieving the equivalent of a marathon daily. He was unable to complete his quest, but his memory lives on as a national hero in Canada, and his cause inspired many in raising millions of dollars for cancer research.
Near Thunder Bay, you can visit Canada's second largest waterfall, Kakabeka Falls. It is located only 30 kms from Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay has a largely ethnic population, and this is reflected in its restaurant selection, where you can find food from many different cultures, ranging from fine dining to affordable fare.