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Parks, Camping, Greenspaces

Hillcrest Park Sunken Gardens

The City of Thunder Bay Parks & Open Spaces Section (part of the City's Engineering & Operations Division) maintains over 100 parks and more than 32 km of paved recreational trails. Many of our parks are large and offer diverse opportunities for fun and relaxation. City neighbourhoods boast many smaller parks and greenspaces, most with playground equipment. See below for a list of our feature parks.

Trowbridge Falls Campground Gate


Two of Thunder Bay's parks offer camping, for your mini-vacation just minutes from home!

Trowbridge Falls provides a peaceful family experience under tall spruce and aspen trees, alongside the gentle cascades of the Current River. Enjoy water play, pleasant walking trails and a spacious playground.

Chippewa Park features more open campsites and nearby supervised swimming at Sandy Beach. Take in the amusement rides, old-time carousel, and stunning views of Lake Superior.

*Advanced bookings for both campgrounds can be made for stays from the first Friday in June to the Monday of the September long weekend.

Recreational TrailsWATER PLAY AREAS

Visit our Pools, Splashpads & Beaches page for information on indoor and outdoor swimming and water play.

recreational trails

Our paved recreational trails guide you through both the urban and natural scenery of our City.

Recreational Trail Map Adobe PDF, 1 page, 2.05 MB

You can also view trails, transit routes, parks and other features with the City's interactive recreation map.


Visit our Outdoor Rinks page for information on supervised and unsupervised rinks and ponds in your neighbourhood.


Did you know that Thunder Bay has four official Off-leash Dog Areas? Your pooch will appreciate getting out for a run and meeting other dogs. Don't forget to stoop & scoop!


Many City Parks have areas that can be reserved for special events. Please call the Facility Booking Coordinator at 625-2941, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am -12:30 pm, or from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Urban Forestry

Visit our Urban Forestry page for information related to planting, maintaining, and protecting trees on public property.

our feature parks

Boulevard Lake


400 W. Lyon Blvd. surrounding Boulevard Lake - an extensive area of scenic parkland more
Exterior of the Centennial Botanical Conservatory

centennial botanical conservatory

1601 Dease Street (west off Balmoral Avenue) - interior arboretum more

  • tropical arboretum
  • waterfall and wishing pond
  • guided Tours available
  • picnic tables and park benches
  • pollinator garden
  • bee hives


Centennial Park Log Museum

centennial park

Centennial Park Road, off Arundel Street west of Hodder Avenue - 147 acres of rolling, scenic parkland more
  • picnic area and playground equipment
  • hiking and nordic ski trails
  • log museum exhibit and farm animals
  • Muskeg Express mini-railway

*Please be advised that the Muskeg Express is currently not in service.

Chippewa Park Water Cabins Kids

chippewa park

2465 City Road (take James Street south across the Kaministiquia River, turn left on City Road and proceed 7 km) - a lakeside recreational park with many features more
Hillcrest Park Sunken Garden


Located on the east side of High Street between Red River Road & Oliver Road - enjoy the view! more
  • accessible playground equipment
  • Lake Superior Regiment memorial
  • sunken gardens
  • scenic view of city and Sleeping Giant
Friendship Gardens - Netherlands Windmill

international friendship gardens

Victoria Avenue West, at the corner of Balmoral Avenue - scenic parkland featuring monuments from diverse ethnic groups more
  • 18 international displays
  • park benches
  • paved walking trails
  • two small man-made lakes
  • flower gardens, shade trees 
James Whalen Tugboat

kaministiquia river heritage park

South end of Syndicate Avenue South, at the Kaministiquia River - a riverfront park more
  • historic James Whalen tugboat on display
  • docking facilities
  • walking/cycling path (boardwalk)
  • park benches
Paterson Park Fountain

paterson park

Corner of Miles Street and May Street - an urban park for a break while shopping more
  • Paterson Park Fountain
  • annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • park benches
  • shade trees 
Lanterns Sculpture

prince arthur's landing at marina park

Foot of Red River Road - a large waterfront parkland complex with striking scenery and diverse facilities more
  • marina
  • splash pad / skating rink
  • walking trails
  • skateboard/BMX plaza
  • summer concert series
Trowbridge Falls Cascade

trowbridge falls

125 Copenhagen Rd., on the northwest outskirts of the city - a natural setting for camping, picnics and water play more
  • camping
  • walking trails
  • playground equipment
  • playing field
Vickers Park Playground

vickers park

South side of Arthur Street at Selkirk Street - a picturesque setting among tall shade trees more
  • picnic tables & park benches under shady trees
  • playground equipment
  • level walking paths
  • summer recreation programs
  • Park History Exhibit
Hogarth Fountain

waverley park

Nestled between Red River Road, Algoma Street and Waverley Street - a nice spot for a walk more