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Overview of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Thunder Bay is a city of many beautiful parks, including the International Friendship Gardens, representing the community`s multiethnic background. Among many nationalities. One of Canada`s largest ports, Thunder Bay is a great center of transportation.

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  • Population: 109,016 (2005)
  • Population Density: 332.36/km²
  • Area: 328 km²
  • Latitude: 48°22` N
  • Longitude: 89°19` W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay was formed in 1970 by the merger of the cities of Fort William, Port Arthur and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre. It's port forms an important link in the shipping of grain and other products from western Canada through the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway to the east coast.

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Thunder Bay's Demographics

In mid-2001, 15% of the resident population in Thunder Bay were of retirement age (65 and over for males and females) compared with 13% in Canada, therefore, the average age is 39 years of age comparing to 37 years of age for all of Canada. Growing industries drew immigrants from all over the world, but forestry had a special attraction for the Finns. Even today, Thunder Bay boasts one of the largest settlements of Finnish people outside of Finland.

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Thunder Bay's Climate

The climate is influenced by Lake Superior, resulting in cooler summer temperatures and warmer winter temperatures for an area extending inland as far as 16 km. The average daily temperatures range from a high of 17.6 °C in July and a low of -14.8 °C in January.

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Education in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay's Public School Board has elementary and secondary schools. The Catholic District School Board also has elementary and secondary schools as well as French-language schools. Thunder Bay Christian School has classes from grades K-10. Post secondary schools in Thunder Bay are the popular Lakehead University, Confederation College and Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

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Transportation around Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay is advantaged by air, rail and shipping traffic due to its prime location along major continental transportation routes. Thunder Bay Transit provides 17 routes across the city`s urban area and Greyhound Canada provides coach service to both regional and national destinations. The city is served by the Thunder Bay International Airport, the third busiest airport in Ontario.

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Tourism and Attractions of Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay takes pride in being a place for all seasons, where there is fun for all ages, all year round. Nature and history have formed many of our traditional tourist attractions. Few visitors leave Thunder Bay without viewing the beautiful Kakabeka Falls or going on one of the city's boat cruises. Thunder Bay is also home to many great shopping areas, restaurants, museums and theatres.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Thunder Bay
  • Finmark
  • Lappe
  • Wild Goose
  • Pass Lake
  • Silver Islet
  • Fort William
  • Cloud Bay
  • South Gillies
  • Hymers
  • Rosslyn Village
  • Nolalu
  • Stanley
  • Murillo
  • Kakabeka Falls

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Geography of Thunder Bay, Ontario

The city has an area of 328.47 square kilometres which includes the former cities of Fort William and Port Arthur as well as the townships of Neebing and McIntyre. The former Fort William section occupies flat land along the Kaministiquia River which has a river delta at its mouth of two large islands known as Mission Island and McKellar Island. The former Port Arthur section is more typical of the Canadian Shield with gently sloping hills, and very thin soil lying on top of bedrock with many bare outcrops. Thunder Bay, which gives the city its name, is immense - about 22.5 km (14 miles) from the Port Arthur downtown to Thunder Cape.

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Thunder Bay's Government

The city is governed by a mayor and twelve councillors. The mayor and five of the councillors are elected at large by the whole city. Seven councillors are elected for the seven wards : Current River Ward, McIntyre Ward, McKellar Ward, Neebing Ward, Northwood Ward, Red River Ward, Westfort Ward.

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Thunder Bay's Economy and Industry

Thunder Bay is the largest city in Northwestern Ontario, serving as a regional commercial and medical centre. The main private sector employers are Bowater Forest Products, Abitibi-Consolidated, Bombardier Transportation, Buchanan Forest Products, and Cascades Inc. Both the transportation workforce (railways, shipping, freight handling, grain elevators) and the forest products workforce (logging, lumbering, and pulp and paper) have declined over the years. As of 2005 the rising cost of electricity in Ontario is threatening the viability of the pulp and paper industry. A new medical school, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, will add to the growing life sciences sector of the Thunder Bay economy.

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Thunder Bay's Culture and Significant Events

The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium (seating 1500 people) is the primary venue for various types of entertainment, including the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. The Bay Street Film Festival (established 2005) is an independent film festival that features local, national, and international films with the theme 'Films for the People.' The festival is held in September on 314 Bay Street in the historic Finnish Labour Temple.

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Sports in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay is currently home to Fort William North Stars amateur hockey team, various teams from Lakehead University (Thunderwolves), the Thunder Bay Junior B Hockey League and has many ski hills and a nordic ski centre as well.

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Media of Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay has two main newspapers, The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal and the Thunder Bay Source, as well as many AM and FM radio stations.

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