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Introduction

Terry Fox Memorial in Thunder Bay

Terry Fox Memorial in Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay is a city in northwestern Ontario, Canada. If you are traveling across Canada, you will be going through Thunder Bay. The city nestles in the large Kaministiquia River Valley that flows into Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.

The city is the result of two communities, a port and a trading post fort, growing and merging together. Consequentially, there are two old downtowns and an emerging commercial district in between them. Originally strong in forestry with many mills, the city has suffered from the downturn of the industry. Mines for gold, chromium, paladium are being established in the north and west.

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Sights and Activities

The Prince Arthurs Landing is a hot spot located in the north end of town on the lake. Make sure you drop in on a Wednesday suppertime for free concerts. Community events are regularly scheduled there.

Camping, fishing, hiking abounds in Thunder Bay. Just north of the city stop at Ouimet Canyon.

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Events and Festivals

  • Weekly Summer in the Parks
  • Bluesfest - Early July

Thunder Bay's website has an updated calendar

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Getting There

By Plane

Thunder Bay Int'l Airport (YQT) has flights with Air Canada, Westjet, Porter Airlines and several other regional and charter airlines. Destinations include Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg.

By Train

VIA rail bypasses Thunder Bay and instead stops 145 kilometres north in Armstrong. Difficult commute.

By Car

Both highway 11 and highway 17 merge north of Thunder Bay and continue west.

By Bus

Bus travel is available with Greyhound and Grey Goose.

By Boat

There are some charter cruises through European companies.

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Getting Around

By Car

Getting around by car is usually the most efficient.

By Public Transport

Buses and schedules are available at the Thunder Bay Transit webpage.

By Foot

This is a fairly spread out city and it's not recommended to walk too much.

By Bike

There are bike lanes on streets and paths throughout the city.

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Eat

You need to check out the little Finland area at the corner of Bay and Algoma for quaint restaurants.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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