Come see the sweeter side of Ontario, with a flight from Montréal to Thunder Bay.
From the quiet peak of Mount McKay to the uproarious performances of the Magnus Theatre, you’ll find a volume of things to do in Thunder Bay. This former industry city has become an attractive and adventurous option for visitors hoping to see the best of Ontario’s nature and culture.
In and around Thunder Bay, the province’s wilderness continually shines through. At Centennial Park, a cozy chalet makes the perfect pit stop before hopping on the Muskeg mini-train or taking a seasonal sleigh ride. Treat yourself to a trip outside of the city, with a visit to Pie Island. Accessible only by boat, this isolated island is a slice of Lake Superior’s untamed beauty.
The over 1,200 pieces at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery explore the city’s natural setting and cultural heritage. See Thunder Bay through the frame of artists’ works, including those by members of the Benjamin Chee Chee and Roy Thomas.
For a more historical look at Thunder Bay, head to Fort William Historical Park. Experience the lives of people in Thunder Bay of the early 1800’s, when the city was the largest fur trading post in the world. If a visit here piques your interest, see the full scope of the city’s history at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum.
While Thunder Bay’s food scene has been heating up over the last few years, the Persian is still the city’s classic treat. If you’re craving sugar, this pink, doughnut-like dessert from The Persian Man is sure to do the trick.
Finish up your trip from Montréal to Thunder Bay, with a visit to the city’s Little Finland. Boasting the largest Finnish population outside of Finland itself, Thunder Bay knows its Marimekko from its Moomin. Pick up a souvenir from Finnport, or indulge in Finnish pancakes at Hoito (the restaurant set in the century old Finnish Labour Hall). There’s no sweeter end to a visit to Thunder Bay.
40 metres of falls await just 30 minutes outside of Thunder Bay. From the boardwalks wrapping around the top of Kakabeka Falls, you can see every angle of this natural wonder.
Follow the Kamiquista River upstream, past the falls, to find Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park’s main swimming spot. This small beach is a favourite for summer hikers looking to cool off after a trek along the trails. Whether you’ve taken the challenging Little Falls Trail, or the scenic Boardwalk Trail, jumping into the Kamiquista is a great finish line to any path.
Like many sites around Lake Superior, you’ll find traces of the trails of the Voyageurs in Kakabeka Falls. Follow the path of the historic routes of Canada’s fur traders along the Mountain Portage Trail. You don’t need to be carrying a canoe to enjoy this trail’s views of the falls and the Kamiquista River.
To see more of the park, cycle along the popular Poplar Trail. Along your way, keep an ear open for the various songbirds that sing and live in Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. If you’re lucky, you might just spot one of the bald eagles that circle the falls during salmon season.
The foot of the falls leads to the park’s oldest wildlife. Fossils dating back 1.6 million years have been made visible by the water carving out a gorge. These strange, almost alien organisms date back to a primordial time in the park’s history.
On skis, cycle, or foot, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is always worth a visit, no matter the season. During your trip from Montréal to Thunder Bay, be sure not to miss out on this park’s towering natural features.
Historic meets boutique in downtown Thunder Bay South.
The history of the city is an open book in the Brodie Resource Library. Formerly known as the Fort William Library (when the city was still Fort William), this building has been held Thunder Bay’s books for more than 100 years. A part of the city’s past and its public library system, the Brodie is a great resource for learning more about Thunder Bay.
Explore more of the city’s local history at the Thunder Bay Museum. This building was previously a courthouse and a police station. You won’t need to be placed on trial or under arrest to see the eclectic collection of this museum. No longer a part of Thunder Bay’s justice system, this museum now serves the city by preserving its past.
Once you’ve seen the older attractions this neighbourhood has to offer, pick up something new. A variety of shops and boutiques carry everything from local artisan designed jewellery and clothing, to art and antiques.
This lively shopping scene is matched by a tasty array of restaurants. The variety of places to eat in downtown Thunder Bay South proves there’s more to Thunder Bay’s food than just Persians.
Whether your visit from Montréal has you browsing shops or museums, you’ll always find something new in this old neighbourhood.
Fly from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT), with a stop in Toronto. Montréal to Thunder Bay flight time is 3 hours and 15 minutes on average. The distance from Montréal to Thunder Bay is around 1,425 km / 885 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.