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Thunder Bay, Ontario: a winter for everyone!
By Erin Simmons

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Nestled in the heart of Northwestern Ontario, on the edge of the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is known as one of Canada’s premier outdoor cities. Thunder Bay, however, embraces itself as a community that is committed to making sure everyone feels welcome no matter what challenges they may face, ensuring that even individuals with mobility challenges can navigate its scenic landscapes with ease.

Located upon the traditional lands of the Anishnawbae Peoples of Fort William First Nation, Signatories to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1950, the community has always had an intimate connection to the natural environment around it. During the winter, as fresh snow blankets the ground, the city transforms into a wonderland of adventures for both residents and visitors. Whether you want to stay indoors or venture outdoors your trip to Thunder Bay can be filled days of fun activities.

Outdoor adventures 

Winter in Thunder Bay doesn’t mean hibernating indoors. Thunder Bay has some great outdoor adventures. Its commitment to inclusivity is evident in its natural spaces with accessible boardwalks, and flat surfaces that are maintained during the winter months. Located along the shoreline, Thunder Bay’s Marina Park offers those with mobility issues the opportunity to bask in the breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the iconic Sleeping Giant. The thoughtful design of the park ensures that families and friends can stroll together, creating lasting memories against the amazing backdrop.

Kamview Nordic Centre offers both snowshoe and cross-country ski trails. For those that need a little assistance, the centre also offers sit-skis rentals that will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors with ease.

Indoor fun

For those that would prefer the indoors, Thunder Bay has adventures waiting for them as well. For those sport lovers, Thunder Bay offers both wheelchair curling at the Fort William Curling Club, or sledge hockey at Fort William Gardens every Wednesday.

During the winter months you can also explore the city’s cultural gems such as the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  The gallery is the largest public art gallery between Sault Ste Marie and Winnipeg and is home to over 1600 pieces of art in its permanent collection. The gallery’s dedication to making culture accessible allows art enthusiasts the ability to discover the beauty of art with exhibits that will leave them captivated.

For those seeking the tranquility of nature but want to stay indoors, the Centennial Botanical Conservatory is a haven of serenity. Accessible pathways wind through lush greenery, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural world.

Getting around Thunder Bay

Navigating around Thunder Bay in the winter is made easier by the city’s commitment to accessible transportation. Buses equipped with ramps and designated spaces for mobility devices ensure that everyone can venture out to explore the winter in Thunder Bay, which gives people who need assistance a sense of independence.

Winter in Thunder Bay isn’t just a season, it’s an adventure waiting to be found. The city’s dedication to accessibility allows everyone to enjoy the winter season while showing how a community can turn winter into a time of joy, a season to make memories in an inclusive and welcoming city.

Check out the City of Thunder Bay’s website, to learn more about accessible services available. For information on additional things to do, how to get around or book a stay, visit Tourism Thunder Bay website at

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