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Thunder Bay, Ontario: Gateway to Travel on the Great Lakes Waterways
By Jerry W. Bird


The last time I flew into Thunder Bay, formerly the twin cities of Port Arthur-Fort William, it was part of a national advertising project for Inns Canada, a newly formed hotel and resort management group. On my team was Peter Gold, a Calgary photographer, who I assigned to help portray Thunder Bay's tourism amenities. Our client's Hotel Manager Guy Laliberte, who was well known in the area, and somewhat of a showman, went above and beyond the call of duty, scrounging props from local department stores. Our concept was to depict every type of sports activity available to visitors. Peter captured it in a single shot of Laliberte, decked out in flippers and scuba mask, with snow and water skies, hockey gear, fishing road and tackle, tennis racket, golf clubs - you name it. Fortunately Laliberte was a bear of a man and could stand up under the load. He later took us to a local ski hill, to prove that the area offers some of Ontario's best alpine and world class cross-country ski terrain. We also visited several of the 150 parks in the Thunder Bay area. Many early settlers were from Finland, which accounts for the fact that Thunder Bay is known as the Sauna Capital of Canada.

Gateway Information (Airport details to come)
Located at the head of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway System, Thunder Bay has been a Canadian crossroads since pioneer days. From here, a navigable waterway stretches several into the heart of the North American continent through 16 of the world's most efficient locks. As a port, served by both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways, Thunder Bay handles all types of cargoes, with over 600 ships visiting the port annually. As eastern gateway to the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Thunder Bay provides direct access to Ontario, Quebec and many eastern states.

Thunder Bay Recreation Areas
Boulevard Lake / Chippewa Park/ Hillcrest Park
Marina Park/ Mt. McKay/ International Friendship Gardens
Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park/ Sibley Provincial Park