The City of Thunder Bay’s Parks & Open Spaces Section is working with various partners to produce a Master Plan for expanding mountain biking in order to increase recreational opportunities for residents, and to establish mountain biking as a viable tourism draw for Thunder Bay.
An Open House was held on March 6, 2017 to present existing conditions and recommended improvements to the Trowbridge Forest trail network for community input. Possible developments include trail closures, realignments, new trail alignments, and related trail enhancements as they relate to hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and other trail uses. A conceptual design for a bike park, enhanced playground and other improvements at Kinsmen Park was also presented.
For more information, visit the Master Plan's webpage.
Recreational trails in Thunder Bay are intended for shared non-motorized uses such as walking, running, cycling and in-line skating - and for use by persons with disabilities using powered wheelchairs. Trails provide a great opportunity to get active.
The Ontario Trails Council and the City's Parks Division initiated an innovative trail use survey system on four Thunder Bay trails in October 2012. Centennial Park, Boulevard Lake, Chapples Park, and Parkway (Neebing River) trails are part of this province-wide pilot project.
The project allows trail users to answer questions about their experience on any of the four trails by using their smartphone to complete a survey. The application simply directs you through a Quick Response Code (QR code), or web address to an on-line survey. The survey asks a few simple questions about the trail, your experience on it, how far you travelled to use the trail and improvements you’d like to see. Information gathered will assist planners in developing trails that better meet the needs of the users.
Look for the survey decals near trail entry points, on posts, sign boards and litter containers. Completing the survey enters the user in a prize draw!
The surveys can also be accessed via these links:
For a 10.5 km trip, connect the paved trails that run from the corner of John Street to Junot Avenue to the corner of Arthur Street and Riverview Drive (beside the Best Western on Arthur Street).
While all the trails are popular, the 5+ kilometre loop around Boulevard Lake consistently attracts large numbers of users.
This map shows existing and recreational trails and proposed new trails.
Recreation Trail Maps Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 4.87 MB
For more information on recreational trails through the Parks Division in Thunder Bay, contact:
City of Thunder Bay
City of Thunder Bay Parks Division
|Contact:||Werner Schwar, Coordinator - Parks Planning|