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Tastes of Thunder Bay

hoito pancakes

Eat your way from Finland to the Lakehead.

No visit to Thunder Bay would be complete without a visit to the Hoito. Finnish for ‘care’, this local eatery has been serving hearty meals to locals and visitors for nearly 100 years. The Hoito is located inside the Finnish Labour Temple (a designated National Historic Site) in the heart of the historic Bay & Algoma District and has a menu filled with traditional Finnish fare as well as some Canadian favourites; be sure to try the World renowned Finnish Pancakes.

With your belly full, wander and explore the many shops in the area. From boutiques to spas to comic book stores, there is something for everyone. 

Head north on Algoma St. On your right you will pass the Scandinavian House Restaurant and on your left the Italian Cultural Centre. If you find yourself hungry after your wandering through the neighbourhood, both of these places can fix that quickly.

As you make your way to the Waterfront Entertainment District, enjoy dinner at one of the many of the trendy restaurants and gastropubs (most using as many local ingredients as possible) in the Waterfront District including Tomlin Restaurant, bight restaurant, Silver Birch Restaurant, The Sovereign Room, The Foundry, Red Lion Smokehouse, Gargoyle’s, Portside, The Prospector and others.

Cap off your day with a gelato from Prime Gelato on the corner of Red River and Cumberland in the heart of downtown. Sit at the bar seating along the wide open windows and feel like you’re sitting on the sidewalk, people watching with the sparkling lake in the distance.

At any time during your visit, when it’s time for a snack, reach for a Persian from The Persian Man. Without a doubt, Thunder Bay’s most famous pastry, it is not uncommon for ex-pats to have dozens shipped to them around the world.