Best Things to Do in Thunder Bay

LOCATION: Sleeping Giant - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Lake Superior

Best Things to Do in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Best Things to Do in Thunder Bay


Thunder Bay provides a dream playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Surrounded by water and mountains, Thunder Bay has something to meet every adventurer’s desires. Here are some of the Best Things to do in Thunder Bay.

Sail Superior

Don’t forget to experience the greatest freshwater lake in the world. Sail Superior specializes in various sailboat excursions that will satisfy your craving for fun, excitement, adventure, romance or relaxation. Observe the brilliant night sky on a Starlight Wine and Cheese tour, new this year.

  • Tours run mid-May – October.
  • Adult prices start at $59/person
  • Duration of tours range from 1.5 hours – multiple days

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Best Things to Do in Thunder Bay

Looking to stretch your legs while experiencing the beautiful Canadian wilderness at the same time? With over 100 KM of hiking trails, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is the ideal place to take it all in. If hiking isn’t your thing they also offer camping, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

  • Open 365 days / year
  • Overnight camping runs May 19 – October 10
  • Take a sailboat to the park
  • 100 Kilometers of hiking trails
  • 50 Kilometers of groomed cross-country trails
  • Variety of hikes ranging from day hikes to multi-day hikes
  • Stunning views at the top of the mountain

For more information visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Fort William Historical Park

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Fur trading was a major industry in North America’s past. Fort William Historical Park re-creates the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade. After experiencing one of the largest living history attractions in North America, visit their state-of-the-art Astronomy Centre.

  • Open 365 days / year
  • Tour a living history attraction
  • State-of-the-art Astronomy Observatory
  • Prices at peak season (Summer)
    • Tour $14 / Adult
    • Observatory $10 / Adult
    • Campground
      • $25/night without services
      • $35/night with services
    • Canoe / Kayak rental
      • $15 half day
      • $30 full day
  • Hours vary according to season

For more information visit Fort William Historical Park

Thunder Bay Lookout

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Scared of heights? Put your mettle to the test at the Thunder Bay Lookout. Located on a cliff edge of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, the Lookout combines thrill and an amazing view of Lake Superior.

For more information visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Mount McKay

Towering 1000 feet above Thunder Bay, Mount McKay has a great view of the city. If hiking to the top doesn’t suit your need, the parking lot lookout is 500 feet above the ground and provides a nice view as well.

  • Operates mid-May – early October
  • Open from 9 am – 10 pm
  • Call (807) 622-3093

Outdoor Skills and Thrills

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Thunder Bay Adventure Rock Climbing


Professional guided rock and ice climbing adventures. Experience the best climbing Northwestern Ontario has to offer.

For more information visit Outdoor Skills and Thrills

Paintball Mountain

Challenge your family, friends, and colleagues to a friendly game of paintball. It’s a great way to bond and relieve stress. Nestled into the base of Mount McKay is Paintball Mountain. They provide everything you need to get your adrenaline pumping.

  • Operates 365 days/year
    • Open from sunrise – sunset
    • Reservation required Monday – Saturday
    • Reservation not required on Sunday
  • Prices start at $35.40 / person

For more information visit Paintball Mountain

Thunder Oak Cheese Farm

Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is the first farm in Ontario that produces Gouda cheese. Their award-winning Thunder Oak Gouda is a natural product made with fresh milk from their own Holstein cows. Take a short trip to Slate River Valley to experience the tradition of Dutch cheese making.

  • Open from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday

For more information visit Thunder Oak Cheese Farm


Itching for more hikes? Here is a list of some of the most popular Thunder Bay hiking trails.

  • High Falls
  • Poplar Point Trail
  • Cascades Trails