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Thunder Bay | Ontario

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Home Town of Staal Brothers

All four of Thunder Bay’s Staal brothers – Eric, Marc, Jordan, and Jared – have played in the NHL. All the brothers except Jared currently play in the league.

The brothers were born in Thunder Bay to Dutch-Canadian sod farmers Henry and Linda Staal.

Combined the Thunder Bay natives have played over 3000 NHL games, scored 1700 points, and won two Stanley Cups.

 

You can check where the Staal brothers grew up – on 247 Candy Mountain Drive.

 

Thunder Bay is a hockey town and the birthplace of more professional players per capita than any other city. They are proud of a history of producing champions. Visit the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame to learn more about how to produce champions.

Photos: Benjamin Reed, Dan4th Nicholas, TheAHL, Michael Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0, Google Street View

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Terry Fox Monument

The nine-foot-tall bronze statue of the infamous Terry Fox was erected in memory of Fox in 1982.

Located just five kilometres from where Terry Fox ended his world-famous run, the statue looks over Lake Superior and The Sleeping Giant.

Photos: 松林 from Toronto, Ross Dunn, CC BY-SA 2.0

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Home Town of the First Daylight Saving

Thunder Bay was the first city in the world to enact daylight saving time, on 1 July 1908.

While the Canadian government officially introduced Daylight Savings Time in 1918, the towns of Port Arthur and Fort William (now Thunder Bay) had implemented seasonal time-shifting a decade earlier.

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Sleeping Giant

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of Canada, the Sleeping Giant is a mesa rock formation that can be seen from Thunder Bay.

The Sleeping Giant stands over 250m tall and is protected by Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. It has become a symbol of Thunder Bay.

Photos: northernontario.travel; D. Gordon E. Robertson, CC BY-SA 3.0

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Kakabeka Falls

“Niagara of the North”

Located 25 minutes west of Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls is nicknamed “Niagara of the North” as the falls are just 11m shorter than world-famous Niagara Falls.

 

Located at the falls is a boardwalk but the wilderness is mostly untouched allowing viewers to see millions of years of erosion at work.

Photos: Valery Shatrov, Barrie ON

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Persian

The Persian is originated in Thunder Bay

The Persian Man is arguably Thunder Bays best Persian; a local delicacy that consists of a sweet cinnamon bun coated in fruit icing.

These sweet pink pastries are unique to Thunder Bay and are a must-try!

Photo: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057376513532; Eja2k, Wikimedia Commons

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Marina Park

Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Marina Park in Thunder Bay is home to a boardwalk, biking/hiking paths, playground equipment, and seating.

Public and private ventures have invested over 130 million dollars into the Marina so it will only continue to grow!

Photo: Good Free Photos, CC BY 3.0

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Tourist Pagoda

National Historic Site of Canada

The Tourist Pagoda was built in 1909. It was an early tourist bureau promoting the city of Port Arthur (now part of Thunder Bay).

The pagoda was intended to attract the attention of visitors arriving by rail or water.

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Mount McKay

The top of Mount McKay offers incredible views of Thunder Bay, Fort Williams First Nation Reserve, Lake Superior, and the vast wilderness.

Located just outside Thunder Bay on the Fort Williams First Nation Reserve, the summit of Mount McKay is accessible by vehicle or foot.

Photo: Mhsheikholeslami, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park is one of the largest living history attractions in North America, devoted to re-creating the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade.

With 57 heritage and modern buildings on 250 acres, Fort William offers a vivid and rich tapestry of fur trade life, running the gamut from culture to crafts, medicine to business, domestic life to heritage farming.

Photo: Doug Coldwell, CC BY-SA 3.0

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Hoito Restaurant

Opened in 1918, Hoito is a Thunder Bay staple. Hoito is a Scandinavian finish diner with community tables, incredible breakfast, and burgers!

Photo: facebook.com/HoitoRestaurant/

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Red Lion Smokehouse

Red Lion Smokehouse is a local favourite in Thunder Bay. Located right near the shores of Lake Superior, Red Lion Smokehouse offers an extensive two-page beer menu and incredible food.

Make sure to check out the Red Lion’s patio!

Photo: facebook.com/redlionsmokehouse

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Centennial Conservatory

Opening in 1967 the Centennial Botanical Conservatory is a year-round place to relax and enjoy beautiful tropical plants and flowers.

The conservatory is complete with a wishing well, benches, and paths. Furthermore, the conservatory is completely free!

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