Self-guided tours

The Historical Walking Tours of Thunder Bay are self-guided tours are designed to highlight Thunder Bay's rich heritage and architecture, while enjoying a scenic walk through the city.

A total of 117 sites are featured on five different tours located in different parts of the city. Each tour can be completed in approximately one hour. Tour brochures can be viewed and printed below. Upon re-opening, printed copies will also be available at City Hall (500 Donald Street), City Archives (235 Vickers Street N.), and the visitor centres located at the Pagoda and the Terry Fox Monument.

Thunder Bay Tours app graphic that reads: GPS-powered walking and driving tours, trails and attractions

Experience the self-guided historical walking tours developed by the Heritage Advisory Committee along with many more through the new Thunder Bay Tours app, free to download through your app store. Turn your phone a personal tour guide and let it direct you along using GPS technology. Listen to the stories of each tour site through integrated audio while enjoying your surroundings or read along instead. It’s a great interactive way to explore the city!

Please note: Many sites on the tours are residences; we ask that you please respect private property and view all homes from the municipal sidewalk.

Thunder Bay Waterfront and North Core  

The Thunder Bay North Core Waterfront tour (updated November 2020) is concentrated around Thunder Bay's Waterfront and the commercial area that was formerly downtown Port Arthur.

building structure at Waterfront and North Core and tour map


Waverley Park

The Waverley Park tour (updated May 2021) is concentrated around Thunder Bay's Waverley Park Heritage Conservation District.

garden at Waverley Park and tour map

McVicar Creek / Harrington Court

The McVicar Creek / Harrington Court tour (updated March 2021) views the beautiful properties in and surrounding McVicar Creek and Harrington Court neighbourhood.

building at McVicar Creek and Harrington court and tour map


Thunder Bay South Core

The Thunder Bay South Core tour (updated July 2020) explores the buildings near City Hall and throughout the former downtown Fort William area.

building in South Core and tour map

Vickers Park

The Vickers Park tour (updated February 2021) features the neighbourhood homes, schools and church surrounding Vickers Park down to the C.P.R.'s Union Station on Syndicate Avenue.

building in Vicker's Park and tour map

Guided tours

Guided walking tours are also led by the Heritage Advisory Committee during events such as Jane's Walk and Culture Days. Guided heritage walking tours can also be arranged for special interest groups or events by emailing the City of Thunder Bay's Heritage Researcher, or calling 807-625-3197.

Contact Us