Isolated yet comfortable, Thunder Bay is set apart from its neighbours with a beautiful countryside. Those going here can go through Thunder Bay International Airport about five kilometres from the city. It is one of the busiest airports in the region of Ontario with an average of more than 500,000 passengers coming and going from the airport. It can handle planes as large as the Boeing 737-600 series, which allows passengers to commute to the area by the hundreds.
Opened during the World War II, Thunder Bay International Airport functioned as a general aviation facility that offers flight training. It was also a base for test flights of fighter aircraft until commercial flights were directed to fly here and transport passengers. Renovations then followed to make the facilities more welcoming for the clientele, which gradually increased through the years.
What to see & do
Usually used as a transport route, many fail to enjoy the variety of sights to find in Thunder Bay. Travellers going here can have a great time, however, starting with the national historic sites. Tourists can learn a lot about life in the early 1800s to the informative re-enactment while those interested in looking around can check out the dozens of historic buildings where one can find muskets, pelts, and canoes that illustrate the important parts of living here in the pioneer era. One can also turn to Fort William First Nation, which is best to visit at night when the blinking lights are turned on. To get here, one can climb up Mount Mackay, which rises 350 metres above the city. At the summit, one can behold pine forests and fascinating rock formations.
From here, one can visit other landmarks in Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. This can prove to be delightful for those who love the outdoors, as one will view here a stunning 40-metre high waterfall. Those going here will find a powerful sight in early spring or after heavy rains when the waters come rushing down. Those interested in staying near here can rent space in the camping grounds, which can be fun for those who want to experience roughing it out. Those looking for other parts of the city can also venture to the Ouimet Canyon, a challenging area even for experienced hikers. Those going here will find jagged bluffs and a tricky terrain, but the views make up for the complex trail. Those going down 150 metres below will also find rare arctic-alpine plants, which can be fascinating to see.
Another place to see in Thunder Bay is the Amethyst Mine Panorama. It is found in large quantities in this part of Canada. One can join the miners digging in the mine to get a piece of the semi-precious stone. From here, one can then look at the various other landmarks such as the Thunder Bay Museum, where one can learn about the Ojibwe culture and fur trade, among a few of the displays. There is also the Thunder Bay Art Gallery where
one can view an eclectic range of pieces which include works from aboriginal artists in the area.
How to get around within Thunder Bay
Those new to Thunder Bay can make their way around with the buses covering all areas of the city. There are two main hubs here, namely the North Terminal by the corner of May and Miles Sts and the South Terminal at the corner of Water and Camelot Sts. Those who prefer to drive around, however, can look for car for hire in the airport or in the commercial zoning area.
How to get there
Travellers going to this part of Canada can look for flights to Thunder Bay International Airport. Regular passenger services, as well as seasonal and charter flights, are available from various airlines serving here including Air Canada Express, Air Transat, Bearskin Airlines, Porter Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Superior Airways, Wasaya Airways, and WestJet Encore.
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