When I decided to study at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, I wasn’t sure what to expect about the city itself however, since I moved here I have become a big fan of Thunder Bay. Perhaps, it is the best Canadian city for outdoor activities as it offers both a taste of wilderness and city vibe at the same time.
I still remember how the incredibly beautiful scenic view of Lake Superior used to take me far away from reality – a well-deserved break for a hard-working student such as myself.
Thunder Bay has so many activities and attractions to offer that it is difficult for me to decide which one are the best. However, when you are looking for a break from your studies, here are my top 5 recommended activities in Thunder Bay for Confederation College students:
The Sleeping Giant
The Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is a great place to hike, bike, or swim. It gets the name from its shape as a giant that is sleeping. I hiked to the top of the Sleeping Giant which was a 7 hour round tour. The climb to the top is difficult but well worth the view. If you plan to hike to the top, make sure you pick a nice day for your trip.
Fort William is probably the most unique historical museum I have ever visited in my life. I was surprised to learn about the colourful characters and original inhabitants of Thunder Bay. Skits depicting council meetings, bread preparation, and doctor’s treatment of patients were very entertaining to watch.
Mt. McKay is actually at the end of the street that I used to live. I was amazed to see the stunning view of the city from the top. I took the hiking trail which leads to the top of Mount McKay. Visitors can also drive almost halfway up the mountain to the lookout zone.
The waterfalls at Kakabeka Provincial Park are truly a sight to see. I visited Kakabeka Falls last summer; it was exceptionally beautiful and amazing. The view of the falls and the river was incredible from the boardwalk that is nearly looping around waterfalls. Besides, there are a few awesome hiking trails that provide opportunity for wildlife viewing. I would highly recommend that you to visit the waterfalls. It is open all year round and entry to the park is free.
I visited Marina Park several times with my friends to attend different events. The Park hosts movie nights, free concerts, cultural festivals, food festivals and many more in the summer. I still miss the delicious homemade ice creams that I had there. Furthermore, it was amazing to watch the boating activity from the park because it is right at the edge of Lake Superior. I still remember how the incredibly beautiful scenic view of Lake Superior used to take me far away from reality – a well-deserved break for a hard-working student such as myself.