Visiting Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury
If you asked anyone where they want to visit in Canada, it would be no surprise to learn most will consider larger urban centres such as Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal. Thanks to exposure through radio, television, the Internet, and even through Hollywood motion pictures, these cities are well-known to the mainstream consumer. Canada, however, is not just Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. There are other parts throughout Canada that offer an enjoyable and memorable stay, the region of Northern Ontario being one such example.
Northern Ontario has a past history of being a periphery region, providing raw natural resource materials for interests elsewhere in Canada and beyond. It’s so much more than that, based on what Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Sudbury have to offer. Please note the suggestions listed below are only a small part of what these cities offer as potential tourist stopovers. Contacting the tourism department of these cities is strongly recommended.
Starting with Sudbury, home to 330 lakes spread over 10 hectares (25 acres) of city limits, Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction. with an Imax movie theatre, planetarium, boat tours along the scenic Ramsey Lake, a technology lab that lets anyone experiment with circuits and electronics, outdoor exhibits and much more. There’s also the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre which is a fun and educational look at train history, and for those with more cultured interests, there’s the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra that offers not only classical music performances but also movie themes. If you enjoy the outdoors, the Bell Park Walkway/Boardwalk offers cool, fresh air, the scents of flowers, birds singing and all sorts of activities such as fishing, boating, swimming. You can also watch the Cortina’s Boat doing the tour along the lake Islands.
Next is Sault Ste. Marie, otherwise known as “The Soo”. Home to the Sault Ste. Marie Solar Park (68 MW) and across the river from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, there’s the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre for anyone who is interested in learning about this fascinating aspect of Canadian aircraft history. There’s a scenic Northern Ontario tour of the Agawa Canyon by train for those who love the outdoors, as well as a challenging hike offered by the Superior Exploration, Adventure and Climbing Company Ltd. Even if you do not gamble, the Sault Ste Marie Casino is a safe bet for any tourist wanting a diversion with a restaurant and local bands performing on the weekend. The Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site offers a recreation of European settlements in Canadian history through well-preserved buildings and sites and guides attired in appropriate costumes during that time. For the sports fan or concert goer, the Essar Centre offers a good view no matter where you sit.
Our final destination, Thunder Bay, otherwise known as the “Canadian Lakehead” because of its position at the end of Great Lakes navigation on the Canadian side of the border, is home to beautiful outdoor parks such as the Fort William Historical Park, which houses the recently built David Thompson Astronomical Observatory and numerous camping sites, and the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, where tourists can canoe and kayak. The Aerosports Trampoline Parks offers fun and exercise in the form of trampolines and dodge ball courts. For those looking for a less demanding sport, the Superior Bowladrome and Mario’s Bowl offers bowling fun for the whole family. For those who want to do a little sight-seeing, points of interest include the Terry Fox Monument, the Blue Point Amethyst Mine, and the historically beautiful Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda. To wrap up your stay in Thunder Bay, take a tour of the bay with Sail Superior.com Yacht Charters.
With all that these three cities alone have to offer, the Northern Ontario region is a fine suggestion for your family’s next vacation outing!
Sam, one of the owners of Social Visio, lives in Thunder Bay and Marko, the other owner, grew up in Sault Ste. Marie.