Thunder Bay, located on the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation, on the shores of Lake Superior and at the foot of Anemki Wajiw (Mount McKay)", is a modern, urban and lively city. Located northwest of Toronto and east of Winnipeg, Thunder Bay has a rich history. It was and still is, the central hub and access point for all Northwestern Ontario.
It is estimated that approximately 21-40% of Thunder Bay area residents are First Nation or Métis people. Many Indigenous communities and organizations have main offices in Thunder Bay and there is a very strong Indigenous grassroots community. On any given day there are community events happening from language classes and cultural teachings, talks and art exhibits and community organizing.
Residents of Thunder Bay enjoy a very high quality of life. Arts and culture are flourishing; there are public art displays and cultural events year-round. Experience fine dining in one of Thunder Bay's many restaurants. Steps from wilderness and recreation, those who live here or visit enjoy skiing, boarding, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, sailing, hiking, climbing, and hunting. Many simply enjoy spending time with their family or relaxing with a good book and a coffee on the dock. Best of all, people have time here – time to enjoy their lives and their favourite recreational pastimes.
Thunder Bay is a place for people that are looking to expand their horizons, their careers and themselves. A place for those looking to leave behind a high stress lifestyle with hours spent in commuter traffic and the financial pressures of exorbitant house prices. With over 50,000 private dwellings, Thunder Bay has excellent real estate options and a single detached home in Thunder Bay can be purchased for approximately $315,000 (2022). In terms of rental options, the average cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in Thunder Bay is $1,325 per month.
Thunder Bay is a complete modern community with a rich, vibrant history that offers excellent schools, high quality healthcare and a vast choice of cultural amenities. A variety of options exist for parents looking for the right elementary and high school education, sports or arts activities for their children. Thunder Bay is also home to many cultural offerings such as the Indigenous Friendship Centre, a symphony, professional and community theatres, as well as incredible food, music, and cultural Festivals.
Lakehead University and Confederation College offer post-secondary degrees and diplomas in a wide variety of disciplines. Thunder Bay has a law school and a medical school. The hospital and local healthcare practitioners provide access to state-of-the-art medical technology and progressive healthcare practices.
The city is dynamic and forward thinking with an active focus on being the best it can be through ongoing investments in infrastructure, culture and the economy. With a beautiful waterfront, modern downtown and vibrant restaurants and bars, Thunder Bay attracts intelligent professionals, new Canadians and new businesses from all over North America. Thunder Bay has always been an important gathering place and is a community that draws people and ideas in from all over the country and the world.
As a growing city whose population is becoming increasingly diverse, the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (TBMA) is pleased to facilitate newcomer settlement, promote multiculturalism and help eliminate racism in the region through a full suite of services, community engagement and development and positive social equity framework.
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