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5 Best Day Trips from Thunder Bay

Pack your bags, Thunder Bay! We've rounded up the five best day trips from the city. Whether you seek adventure in the great outdoors or want to explore local history and culture, CAA Travel's got you covered.

Eagle Canyon

Eagle Canyon Adventures

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Would you dare to venture across Canada’s fastest, longest, and highest zipline? If you don’t mind being suspended over a 150-foot drop into a canyon, this might be the right daycation destination for you. Eagle Canyon is also home to two massive suspension bridges, one of which is a whopping 600 feet, making Eagle Canyon the the longest suspension bridge in the country.

For more information, visit Eagle Canyon Adventures.

Trip Time: 1h 12 min
Where to stay: Delta Hotels by Marriott Thunder Bay

Amethyst stones

Amethyst Mines

Did you know that the amethyst is Ontario’s official gemstone? It’s believed by many that the crystal has multiple healing powers and calming qualities. If you’re a crystal collector, check out Ontario’s working amethyst mines. Witness these sparkly purple crystals in their natural state, inside one of the many glowing mines. Don’t pass up the opportunity to pick your own gemstones. Now that’s a souvenir!

For more information, visit Amethyst Mines.

Trip Time: 46 minutes
Where to stay: TownePlace Suites Thunder Bay

Terry Fox Monument

Terry Fox Monument

Commemorate the Marathon of Hope with a daytrip to the 9-foot bronze statue commemorating Terry Fox and his courageous cross-country journey. Despite suffering from cancer, Terry ran 5,342 km in support of cancer research before his health battle ended his journey on September 1, 1980. The beautifully built monument contains amethyst from a nearby mine.

To honour the Canadian icon, visit Terry Fox Monument.

Trip Time:
20 minutes
Where to stay: Delta Hotels by Marriott Thunder Bay

Kakabeka Falls

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

See the second highest waterfall in Ontario in all its glory at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, also known as “Niagara of the North ''. Explore a boardwalk that takes you around a two-million-year-old gorge, above the roaring falls of Kaministiquia River. If that waterfall isn't enough, follow the Little Falls trail for a 2.5 km quest through a breathtaking river valley to a second waterfall!

For more information, visit Kakabeka Falls.

Trip Time:
30 minutes
Where to stay: TownePlace Suites Thunder Bay


Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Dare to venture to the peak of Ontario’s highest cliffs? Hike a 22 km round trip (13.6702 mi) to the Top of the Sleeping Giant where you will see the best view in Ontario. Then, visit the Bogs Nature Trail (0.7 km/0.4 mi) to a unique wetland filled with fascinating plant life. If you’re still feeling adventurous after an action-packed day, try out a professional rock-climbing course at Outdoor Skills and Thrills.

For more information, visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Trip Time: 1 hour 9 minutes
Where to stay: Delta Hotels by Marriott Thunder Bay

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