Fly from Thunder Bay to Pittsburgh, for a taste of this foodie city.
Pittsburgh’s past and present mix together to give this city its unique flavour. Both cultured and culinary, Pittsburgh has grown into a cosmopolitan centre from its industrial roots.
Warehouses from the city’s steel milling days are now the site of a cutting edge food scene. In neighbourhoods like Lawrenceville, experimental fare gives a new life to these industrial buildings.
The past is still present on many of Pittsburgh’s plates. Old favourites like the French fry stuffed sandwich from Primanti Brothers continues to please palates as it did when it was introduced in 1930.
Pittsburgh’s native and father of pop art Andy Warhol continues his colourful legacy at the Andy Warhol Museum. Warhol’s innovative work is showcased in this gallery’s collection of drawings, photographs, and soup boxes. The Frick Art and Historical Centre focuses on more traditional works. In this Gilded Age mansion come art gallery, you’ll see works selected by Frick himself on display.
Andrew Carnegie, another Gilded Age magnate, gives his name to public institutions all over Pittsburgh. Carnegie’s wealth went to the building of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Centre, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The exceptional collections of these museums make for an enjoyable educational experience.
In the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, education reaches new heights. This towering Gothic Revival building stands 42 stories over Pittsburgh. After passing by studying students, make your way to the Nationality Rooms. These rooms inspired by the lives and learning institutions of various countries can take you everywhere from 7th century India to early America.
Pittsburgh’s past can be found at the Heinz History Centre. Before heading home to Thunder Bay, learn about the 250-year transformation of the city, from its military fort to the sophisticated metropolis.
One of the chicest neighbourhoods in Pittsburgh, Shadyside is a delicious addition to your visit from Thunder Bay.
The cuisine scene in Shadyside is where you’ll find some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants. Take a world tasting tour in the area’s diverse restaurants. If you’re looking for where to start your feast, Italian and Mexican foods are just two of Shadyside’s specialities.
After dinner, ascend to dessert heaven at Prantl’s Bakery. Prantl’s burnt almond torte will satisfy even the sweetest tooth. With a crispy exterior and dreamy, creamy interior, this tantalizing torte takes the cake.
Once you’ve returned to earth from your transcendent torte experience, try Shadyside’s shopping on for size. Locally owned boutiques throughout the neighbourhood offer a carefully curated selection of clothing. For more mainstream options, take a walk along Walnut Street, where you’ll find larger, national brands.
Shadyside’s art scene is spread along Walnut Street, squirrelled away in small galleries. Crack into the area’s culture offerings in the annual concert series, Jam on Walnut. You’ll find year-round arts and culture in the Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, where educational programs and exhibitions put the spotlight on contemporary art.
If your trip from Thunder Bay has you looking for a quiet retreat, try a walk in Mellon Park. The park’s Walled Garden is a whimsical escape from the busy city.
Pittsburgh’s Oakland is an oasis of education and green space in the midst of the city.
The beautiful 132 acre University of Pittsburgh campus may have you considering transferring from Thunder Bay. Since its inception in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh spread into a series of beautiful buildings that dotted the Oakland area.
Two of the university’s most praiseworthy architectural achievements are the Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning. You can tour through the sculptures and stained glass of the 1938 chapel, guided by the dedicated docents.
In the Cathedral of Learning, the 30 (and growing) Nationality Rooms are the highlight of the institution. When class isn’t in session, travel from Austria to Africa in these intricately and accurately decorated rooms dedicated to different places and pedagogies.
At the University Art Gallery, the University of Pittsburgh puts its impressive art collection on display. Over 3000 works, ranging from American paintings to Chinese jade works, are showcased in this gallery located in the Frick Fine Arts Building.
Graduate from university galleries to Carnegie collections, at the Carnegie Museum of Art. For the price of admission to this gallery, you can also visit the nearby Carnegie Museum of Natural History. History buffs can brush up on America’s military past at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. Browse through authentic uniforms, before coming face to face with a cast of Abraham Lincoln’s head.
See the oak trees that gave Oakland its name in Schenley Park. During a busy trip from Thunder Bay, there’s nothing like relaxing amidst the park’s 456 leafy acres. With conservatories, botanical gardens, and lakes throughout the park, there’s a whole day of activities waiting in this green space.
Fly from Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), with a quick connection in Toronto. Thunder Bay to Pittsburgh flight time is 3 hours on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Thunder Bay to Pittsburgh is around 1,285 km / 800 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in departures, near security checkpoint A.
Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) is about 5 km / 3 mi from downtown Thunder Bay.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Taxis from downtown cost about $30 CAD. Car service costs about $85 CAD.
Several hotels offer complimentary shuttle bus service to the airport.
Take the Thunder Bay Transit 3 Memorial / Airport bus to the airport stop. The fare is $2.65 CAD.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is about 29 km / 18 mi from downtown Pittsburgh.
Taxis to downtown cost about $35 USD. Car service costs about $60 USD.
The SuperShuttle provides service from the airport to downtown.
Take the Port Authority’s West Busway 28X Airport Flyer from the pick-up spot outside door 6 of the baggage claim area. The fare is $3.75 USD.
Car rental services are available on the baggage claim level of the landside terminal of Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).