Fly from Boston to Thunder Bay for natural wonders and a taste of Canadian history. Thunder Bay attractions highlight the beauty and history of this Northwestern Ontario city, and Fort William Historical Park is an ideal starting point.
Once a bustling fur trading post, Fort William Historical Park has been a popular historical site for tourists since its opening in July of 1973. Family fun, outdoor activities, cultural exhibits, these 40 reconstructed historic buildings attract visitors from all over the continent.
From here, a 15-minute drive near Kaministiquia River leads to Mount McKay, which offers skiing, hiking, and all-around outdoor fun. Whatever the weather, the views of the city, countryside, and Lake Superior will brighten up your day.
Another vast outdoor space, Centennial Park has outdoor adventures for the whole family, including hiking and cross-country ski trails along the Current River, and one of the best toboggan spots in the country.
For a peaceful moment after all those adventures, head to Thunder Bay’s Terry Fox Memorial and Lookout, which honours the iconic Canadian athlete whose humanitarian work, activism, and determination continue to inspire people all over the world. His famous Marathon of Hope began in Newfoundland and ended near the spot where his memorial now stands in Thunder Bay.
More tranquility awaits at Hillcrest Park. Year-round, visitors can enjoy the views from this ridge overlooking the city centre. From here you can also spot the famous land and rock formation, Sleeping Giant, and stroll through the seasonal Sunken Gardens, which feature over 70 types of flowers.
More pretty sights await you in the halls and galleries of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum and Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Visit these creative institutions to learn more about Thunder Bay’s history, heritage, and creative community.
Book a flight from Boston to Thunder Bay for fresh air, inspiration, and outdoorsy fun.
Flights from Boston to Thunder Bay land you a short road trip away from the natural wonders of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Established in 1944, the park was named for its giant central land and rock formation that resembles a sleeping figure. Spend the day exploring the numerous trails and rivers, or extend your stay at one of the park’s charmingly rustic rental cabins.
The visitor centre showcases exhibits on the area’s natural and cultural history of lively ecosystems and Aboriginal communities. Spend some time at this provincial park primer and you’ll soon be ready to embark on outdoor adventures. You’re also sure to learn more about the wolves, foxes, moose, and many other creatures that call the park home.
Pick up the pace and switch gears on one of Sleeping Giant’s many bike trails. Seasoned mountain bikers can rise to the challenge on Thunder Bay Lookout Road, a 9 km trail including some steep climbs and great scenery. For more challenges and rewarding views, try Marie Louise Drive around Marie Louise Lake.
Canoeing and kayaking are excellent ways to connect with nature while exploring Sleeping Giant’s rivers and bays. If you prefer to stick to dry land, 100 km of hiking trails provide countless options for discovering the park’s other natural wonders.
With so many hiking options, you can choose from a variety of daytime and overnight hikes. No matter what you decide, you’re sure to love walking along the shores of Lake Superior, with its past cliffs, streams, and even marshes. Along the way you’ll traverse through the northern wilderness, stumble upon hidden beaches, and discover bird watching hotspots.
Fly from Boston to Thunder Bay for giant adventures and great time in the great outdoors.
When you fly from Boston to Thunder Bay, spend some time around Bay and Algoma Streets, and you might think you’ve landed in Helsinki. Thunder Bay is home to one of the world’s largest Finnish populations outside of Finland, and this much shorter flight to Thunder Bay gives you the unique opportunity to experience a taste of authentic Finnish culture.
The neighbourhood of Little Finland is actually the remains of Finnish settlements from past centuries. The earliest neighbourhoods were established in the 1870s and continued to grow with fur trappers, loggers, railway workers, and other labourers. Today, the original settlements are marked by street names, and Finnish culture is both alive and well.
The neighbourhood continues to thrive, attracting working artists and academics fascinated by Finnish culture. This same culture has spread into other areas of Thunder Bay through the prevalence of saunas. You’ll find these literal hotspots attached to private homes and even restaurants throughout the area.
Little Finland is a shopper’s dream with tons of opportunities to pick up some truly unique finds. Handmade goods, all-natural beauty products, Finnish treats, and other packaged goodies line the shelves and display windows of this neighbourhood’s shops.
Once you’ve stocked up on Scandinavian souvenirs, a visit to the Finnish Labour Temple is an absolute must. This impressive, multi-storey structure is a National Historic Site that was built over 90 years ago as a meeting hall for Finnish immigrants and labourers.
Today, the Temple is a popular event space, cultural site, and home to the famous Hoito Restaurant. Stop by this local and tourist favourite to try some of its infamous Finnish pancakes.
Flights from Boston to Thunder Bay are the key to unique cultural festivals on Bay Street and a little taste of faraway Finland.
Fly from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT), with a quick connection in Toronto. Boston to Thunder Bay flight time is 3 hours and 5 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Boston to Thunder Bay is around 1,630 km / 1,015 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.