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Botanical Conservatory

 Conservatory Exterior

Thunder Bay's Centennial Botanical Conservatory is a fascinating place to visit. Opened in 1967 by the Fort William Parks Board as a Centennial project, it is a legacy to the citizens of Thunder Bay.

The central and largest room in the Conservatory is the tropical house - a humid arboretum featuring exotic flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world in a year-round tropical setting.

The greenhouses adjacent to the Conservatory are used by staff to raise bedding plants and hanging floral displays for use in Thunder Bay Parks. For a spectacular season floral display, see Hillcrest Park.


Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

Amenities & Attractions:


  • Tropical arboretum filled with flowering plants and exotic trees and shrubs from around the world
  • Park benches
  • Waterfall and wishing pond
  • Washroom facilities
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Guided Tours of conservatory available

City of Thunder Bay CBC  Plant Assessment Report - Draft - June 26 2017 Adobe PDF, 11 pages, 532 KB


  • Community and children's gardens 
  • Picnic tables and park benches
  • Shade trees
  • Pollinator garden
  • Horticultural Society perennial garden
  • Bee hives
  • Adjacent to paved recreation trails - Trails Map  Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 4.87 MB  
  • Motorcoach parking

Group Admission Rates: Schools & Non-Profit Organizations free

Wedding Ceremonies/Photos: 1/2-hour session $62.15; 1-hour session $124.30, incl. HST. Reservations required: call Booking at 625-2941.

Location: 1601 Dease Street West, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5H4 (west off Balmoral Avenue)
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Contact Information:

Telephone: (807) 622-7036
Conservatory Bookings (807) 625-2941


Visit the Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory webpage:

Click the image to view a photo gallery of the Conservatory grounds and its beautiful interior.

Conservatory Interior



The Centennial Botanical Conservatory has been an important part of our City for the last 50 years. In the near future, the City must replace the Conservatory buildings. This is an opportunity to investigate if there are other uses that should be incorporated into the space. A drop-in Open House was held on May 10, at the DaVinci Centre, for the public to learn more and  share views with City staff.

Conservatory Floor Plan  Adobe PDF, 1 page, 769 KB