Book a flight from New York to Thunder Bay for a trip to the scenic shores of Lake Superior.
A dramatic outline against the lake, the Sleeping Giant is one and the same with Thunder Bay. This portion of the Sibley Peninsula rests slightly removed from the city, across the waters. Home to the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park – stay on guard for glimpses of the area’s natural wildlife.
Thunder Bay began as a fur trading settlement, and is now an urban enclave surrounded by woodlands. The Fort William Historical Park is an excellent place to learn the trading routes of the fur trappers and early settlers. Previously an outpost of the North West Company, it once sat at the heart of the fur trade, before becoming a bustling commercial centre in Northern Ontario.
The trading post closed in the 1880’s, and today the site is still active as a living heritage museum. The museum hosts live re-enactments of actors as 19th century fur traders and trappers, leading you through its busy marketplace. In the summer, embark on an excursion across the Kaministiquia River in a replica voyageur canoe. Your adventurous tour guides are packed with tales about life on the river.
Winter brings plenty of things to do in Thunder Bay. At Centennial Park, drift through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh. The change of seasons will turn many Thunder Bay hiking trails into popular cross-country ski tracks within the park. At 147 acres, you’ll have a field day traversing Centennial Park.
Fly to Thunder Bay from New York and journey into the wondrous countryside.
A flight to Thunder Bay from New York is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of big city living.
Downtown Thunder Bay South stretches out to the serene waterfront of Lake Superior. Accompanying the city’s small-town charm are the essentials of fine dining and eclectic shopping. You’ll come across Italian restaurants and Chinese eateries in the downtown core. Pass by a local hangout for a tasty sample of Northern Ontario cuisine.
Shopping in Thunder Bay is another memorable experience. Explore an exceptional selection of handcrafted artisanal goods, and brilliant local artwork in an array of specialty shops. Get a keepsake to take back to New York on a visit to the Victoriaville section of downtown, famous for its stylish amethyst jewellery.
Unearth some city history at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum. Housed in a former courthouse, make sure to stroll through its visually arresting exhibits. The museum’s archive of Ontario’s French heritage will surely lock in your interest.
You may discover that your favourite athlete is also a local legend at the nearby, Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. With over 200 inductees, venture into the unmapped terrain of Canadian sports. This Hall of Fame also holds a prized collection of Canadian sports memorabilia.
Switch to sailing history at the Kaministiqua River Heritage Park. The park is home to the James Whalen Tug, a retired tugboat, more than 100 years old. The boat’s illustrious background includes sending one of the first wireless messages from a Canadian ship in 1910.
Leave your mark on the heart of downtown when you fly from New York to Thunder Bay.
Marina Park is a scenic lakeside vista in Thunder Bay. Across the waters of Lake Superior, you’ll catch amazing views of Pie Island and the mystic façade of the Sleeping Giant. Travel to this dreamy summit of arts and culture when you fly from New York to Thunder Bay.
With roots in the city’s trading history, Marina Park is tackling downtown Thunder Bay head on. The locale is quickly becoming one of the trendiest spots in the city. The rivalry begins way back when Thunder Bay was separated into two distinct settlements named Port Arthur and Fort William. Even with a rebrand as Prince Arthur’s Landing, the legacy of Port Arthur is still felt in the area. Stop by the Port Arthur Stadium for a riveting baseball game. Calling the arena home are the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the collegiate Northwoods League.
Opt for a more relaxing experience in Marina Park’s Spirit Garden. A mesmerizing art display in the form of the Gathering Circle takes shape in this green space. The work of an Aboriginal artist, it uses the bentwood-technique to create a beautiful curving sculpture.
For an immersive cultural experience, head to the Baggage Building Arts Centre. Unlock your hidden talents following a class in its pottery studio. A stroke of genius may get your paintings displayed in one of the centre’s exhibitions.
Back outside, choose from a catalogue of free summer concerts in Thunder Bay’s Live on the Waterfront series. You’ll enjoy Northern Ontario’s musical variety, ranging from soulful country music to the roar of rock-and-roll.
A flight from New York to Thunder Bay, will keep you grooving in Marina Park.
Fly from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT), with a quick connection in Toronto. New York to Thunder Bay flight time is 3 hours and 40 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from New York to Thunder Bay is around 1,475 km / 920 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in Terminal B, on the second floor.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is about 27 km / 16 mi from midtown Manhattan.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Taxis and car service from Manhattan cost about $75 USD.
Take a NJ Transit train to the EWR (Newark Airport) terminal. The airport's free Air Train will then take you to Terminal B for your Porter flight..
Several NJ Transit buses run to Newark Liberty International Airport. For more information, visit the NJ Transit website.
The Newark Airport Express shuttle bus provides service to the airport from several stops in New York City. The fare is $16 USD.
Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) is about 5 km / 3 mi from downtown Thunder Bay.
Taxis to downtown cost about $30 CAD. Car service costs about $85 CAD.
Several hotels offer complimentary shuttle bus service from the airport.
Car rental services are available at Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT).
Take the Thunder Bay Transit 3 Memorial / Airport bus from the airport stop. The fare is $2.65 CAD.