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Boulevard Lake Park

The City's Parks & Open Spaces Secton is currently developing a Boulevard Lake Area Improvement Plan. Learn more by following the link.

Boulevard Lake in the FallBoulevard Lake is surrounded by 650 acres of parkland, from the scenic bluffs north of the lake to the dam on the lower Current River. The Black Bay Bridge (1911) at the lake's outlet at Cumberland Street North is a reinforced concrete span bridge, the first of its type in North America. It attracts many photographers.

The recreational trail system surrounding Boulevard Lake is a hit with people of all ages. Boulevard features the most popular outdoor swimming area and beach in the city, and several playgrounds and picnic areas.

Boulevard Lake Park is proud to have won the titles of "Best Place to Walk a Dog" and Best Place for a Bike Ride" in the Walleye magazine's January 2015 Readers' Survey awards.

Boulevard Lake Picnic Area Amenities & Attractions:

Boulevard Lake is surrounded by six attractive picnic areas, each with its own features, as well as the Birch Point Disc Golf Course:

  • Boulevard Lake ClimberThe Boulevard Pavilion Picnic Area is located off Lyon Blvd. West, at the end of Algoma Street. This is Boulevard Lake's signature park, and home to Lakeview Beach (see Boulevard Lake Beaches). The area features paddleboat and canoe rentals, picnic tables, mini-putt, concession area, washrooms and change facility with water and electricity, tennis court, and playground area. This is also the site of Thunder Bay's annual Dragon Boat Race Festival.
  • River Bend is a scenic picnic area nestled in a curve of the Current River, on the north side of Arundel Street just east of the river. It features picnic tables and parking.
  • Evergreen Picnic Area is located off Lyon Blvd. East, just south of Arundel Street. Here you will find parking and picnic tables, and washrooms with water and electrical outlets.
  • Rita Street Picnic Area is located on the east side of Boulevard Lake at the intersection of Lyon Blvd. East and Rita Street. Picnic tables, washrooms and parking are provided. Sunny Side Beach (unsupervised) is adjacent to the picnic area.
  • Birch Point Picnic Area is a large recreational area on the east side the the lake, with access off Current Avenue between March Street and Adams Street. The area features picnic tables, washrooms complete with water and electrical outlets, and parking.
  • Current River Park is located south of Boulevard Lake, on the south side of Cumberland Street North. It features an overhead shelter and 25 picnic tables, washrooms with water and electrical outlets, parking, and a scenic view of the Current River rapids. 
  • Birch Point Disc Golf Course is Thunder Bay's first public disc golf course. This 18-hole course is located at Birch Point Park, directly across Boulevard Lake from the mini-putt, on the corner of Cuyler Street and Current Avenue. The Par-3 course is exciting to play for everyone, from first-timers to experienced players. This course is free to play all four seasons - all you need is a disc!

Booking Park Areas at Boulevard Lake:

Bookings for Boulevard Lake's parks are taken from the May long weekend to the Labour Day weekend in September (some exceptions may apply depending on the park and event).

Disc Golf CourseAll picnic areas & park areas need to be booked for any event/picnic. An application form (below) must be completed to book each park.

The City does not charge a fee to book Boulevard Pavilion Picnic Area, Rita Street Picnic Area or River Bend Picnic Area.

The City does charge a fee to book the following parks: Current River Park, Birch Point Picnic Area and Evergreen Picnic Area. Please view the Application form and the map below for more information.

To arrange a booking, call the Facility Booking Coordinator at (807) 625-2941.

For more information about Boulevard Lake and its history visit Boulevard Lake Park's History.

Season: Year-round.

Location: In the City's north end, access off Algoma Street North, Cumberland Street North or Arundel Street

More Information:

Parks Phone: (807) 625-2313
Park Bookings: (807) 625-2941  
Parks Permit Application (Booking Form) Adobe PDF, 3 pages, 60 KB
Boulevard Lake Parks Map   Adobe PDF, 1 page, 131 KB

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