On the shores of Lake Superior, this secluded city is surrounded by amazing wilderness experiences.
With the nearest city of Kenora sitting some 500 kilometers away, Thunder Bay is a natural stopping place for anyone driving across Ontario on a camping road trip. Northern Ontario is vast, and the area around Thunder Bay offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and unspoiled parks to explore. The city itself features a growing restaurant scene, the Blue Point Amethyst Mine, Fort Williams Historical Park, and all the amenities you could need for your trip.
At Sleeping Giant, more than 100km of hiking trails lead campers through unique geographical features and boreal forest with unparalleled views out over Lake Superior. The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lynx, timber wolves, white-tailed deer, the endangered grey fox, and more than 200 bird species. Mountain biking is popular in summer, while skiing reigns supreme in winter.
The protected waters of the truly immense Lake Superior and the lands around it form this park that is a haven for wildlife. Hike the many trails, get out on that water on your kayak or swim from the beaches, cast a line, or if you’re a diver explore more than 50 sunken vessels on the lake bed.
Known for having one of Northern Ontario's best hiking trails (which leads to Silver Falls), this park offers sandy swimming beaches, pristine waterways for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing, and seasonal rustic camping.
This waterway park on the Minnesota border was once part of the historic fur-trading route from Lake Superior to Winnipeg. The park is unstaffed with no entry fees and limited facilities, but backcountry and car camping are allowed.
With a population of more than 110,000, Thunder Bay is a year-round city despite extremely cold winters. Restaurants and most attractions stay open through winter, but spots like Fort Williams Historical Park are seasonal. Winters in Northern Ontario are brutal with temperatures dipping below -40°C and rough road conditions, so you'll need to be well prepared to plan a winter camping trip to Thunder Bay.