While we were on our Northern Ontario road trip we did not have much time to spend in the actual city of Thunder Bay. Despite not having a ton of time we were able to see a fair amount of the popular sites and found a few gems of must do things while exploring. So we have put together our top 5 things to do in Thunder Bay in 48 hours!

Visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Night sky over Marie Louise Lake looking at the sleeping giant in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

We had the opportunity to visit and stay in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park for two nights while exploring Thunder Bay and the surrounding area! Sleeping Giant is located just over an hour east of Thunder Bay. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is home the most recognizable features in the Thunder Bay landscape – the Sleeping Giant. With so many options for hiking, biking, kayaking, wildlife viewing and more Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is worth the stop whether it be just for the day or for the night.

Hike to the Sea Lion in Sleeping Giant

The sea lion rock formation sitting in the waters of Lake Superior in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Another picturesque spot and must see while in the Thunder Bay area is a trip to the Sea Lion in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. A short hike that can be done in under an hour is visiting this unique rock formation that is ever changing by the great Lake Superior.

Hike Mount McKay

Young girl and her husky standing on the top of Mount McKay in Thunder Bay as the sunsets.

Visiting Mount McKay and seeing Thunder Bay from this volcanic plateau was an incredible site, but if you want an even better view hike the east side of the mountain to get the best views in Thunder Bay. Make sure to check out our guide with all the instructions on where to find the hiking trail here.

Visit the Terry Fox Memorial

Young blonde woman and her husky looking at the Terry Fox memorial.

The Terry Fox Memorial that sits on the outskirts of Thunder Bay is a beautiful monument of Terry Fox commemorating his Marathon of Hope. This nine foot high bronze statue over looks an incredible view of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant. This site is not far from the place where he ended his 5,342km run.

Visit Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

View of Kakabecka Falls from one of the viewing decks on an overcast day.

Located only a short 30km west of Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is the second highest waterfall in Ontario. This incredible waterfall has excellent views from the viewing decks and is also a place where you can camp overnight and explore the area more.


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