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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.

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


  • 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

Monday & Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 12 noon - 8 pm

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, and Good Friday.

FREE ADMISSION! Donations accepted. 

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