Thunder Bay has 129 active parks and more than 55 km of paved recreational trails. Many of the parks are large and offer diverse opportunities for fun and relaxation. City neighbourhoods offer smaller parks and greenspaces, most with playground equipment. See below for a list of our feature parks.

To book a park, or for more information, contact the Parks & Open Spaces section at 807-625-2941.  

Have your say on the future development of City parks

 North Neebing Park

Family playingThe City has been working to create a concept plan that will help guide the future redevelopment of North Neebing Park, and is looking for resident input. A Public Open House to discuss the plan will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 pm, at Holy Family School,  2075 Rosslyn Rd.

 

If you can't attend the Open House, an online survey will posted after the event for your chance to have your say.

 Woodcrest Park

Kids laughing and playingThe City has been working to create a concept plan that will help guide the future development of Woodcrest Park, and is looking for resident input. A Public Open House to discuss the plan took place on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 pm, at Woodcrest Public School, 867 Woodcrest Rd. See the Woodcrest Park Concept Plan Option 1 and the Woodcrest Park Concept Plan Option 2. If you didn't attend the Open House, an online survey is available to have your say.

Take the Survey

 Parkdale Park 
Kids playingThe City is working to create a concept plan that will help guide the future development of Parkdale Park, and is looking for resident input. A Public Open House to discuss the park development plan took place on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 pm, at Parkdale Park, 701 Porcupine Blvd. If you didn't attend the Open House, an online survey is available to have your say.

Take the Survey

Featured parks

Boulevard Lake

Baby being pushed in a swing at Boulevard LakeLocation: 400 W. Lyon Blvd. surrounding Boulevard Lake - an extensive area of scenic parkland more

Boulevard 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.

Park features:

  • 18-hole disc golf course
  • Beaches (seasonal)
  • Concession area (seasonal)
  • Mini-putt (seasonal)
  • Paddleboat and canoe rental (seasonal)
  • Playground equipment
  • Recreational trails
  • Six picnic areas (picnic tables out seasonally)
  • Washrooms and change facility (seasonal)
Centennial Park

Location: Centennial Park Road, off Arundel Street west of Hodder Avenue

Centennial Park covers approximately 147 acres (60 ha) along the shores of the beautiful Current River in the heart of the City's north side, and is open year round.

Girl on play structure at Centennial Park

Park features

  • 1910 Logging Camp and Museum
  • Playground equipment
  • Farm animals
  • Hiking/skiing trails
  • Tobogganing (seasonally)

Chalet with concession and indoor picnic area

  • The Chalet is open to the public, and cannot be booked for parties/events. Please, no alcohol or helium balloons in the Chalet.
  • Hours:
  • June to September Labour Day weekend (Summer season): 8 am - 7 pm
  • September Labour Day to May (Winter season): 8 am - 4 pm

Muskeg Express mini-train ride - currently not in service

  • The Muskeg Express opens in June until Labour Day in September.
  • Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. (last ride is 3:50 p.m.), weather permitting.
  • Rates (including HST):
    • 5 years and under: Free
    • 6-14 years: $1.00
    • 15 years and older: $2.75
Chippewa Park

Chippewa Park playground equipmentLocation: 2465 City Road

Chippewa Park has been a favourite with city residents and visitors since 1921. It is a great destination for family fun, scenic beauty and relaxation - right on the shore of Lake Superior with an amazing view of the Sleeping Giant. See a map of Chippewa Park.

Park features

Amusement rides (seasonally)

The Amusement rides open in June until Labour Day in September.

Hours

Weekends in June: 1 - 8 p.m. (closed weekdays in June)

July - Labour Day weekend, Wednesdays - Sundays: 1 - 8 pm

Rates (including HST)
DescriptionRate
Small Rides (Tanks, Airplanes, Boats, and Merry-Go-Round) $1.70 (2 tickets required per ride)
Large Rides (Tilt-A-Whirl and Bumper Cars) $3.40 (4 tickets required per ride)
Ticket Books (Includes 30 tickets per book and one ticket for the Muskeg Express Ride) $21 per book

Call the Chippewa Hotline at 807-625-CHIP for more information.

Pavilion

Hold your wedding or special event in one of the most beautiful, natural settings in the Thunder Bay area.

Coffee house

  • Seats 80
  • The left section of the Pavilion is the Coffee House, formerly the Old Dining Room. See the Chippewa Pavilion Interior Layout.
  • There is a fireplace and small counter.
  • You must provide your own caterer. No cooking facilities. Refrigeration is provided.
  • Washroom building is located just outside Pavilion.
  • Tables and chairs are available for a fee.

Dance hall

  • Seats 180
  • This is the part of the Pavilion most often booked for weddings, in the far right section of the building. See the Chippewa Pavilion Interior Layout.
  • A four-piece moveable stage is provided, which you can set up at one end of the room.
  • You must provide your own caterer. No cooking facilities. Refrigeration is provided.
  • Washroom building is located adjacent to the dance hall.
  • Tables and chairs are available for a fee.

Exhibition hall

Reservations

To make a reservation for your wedding or larger event at Chippewa Park's Pavilion, begin by calling the Facility Booking Coordinator at 807-625-2941 to check availability. A $250 deposit will be required, non-refundable in case of cancellation. You will need to fill out the Permit Application, which contains useful information on other permits/rentals you may need to arrange with other agencies. In general, these are the steps in completing your arrangements for a large event:

  • Contact the City's Parks & Open Spaces Section for approval of plans
  • Contact Police, Fire and Health Unit as necessary depending on plans
  • Obtain Special Occasion Permit (applications available at LCBO) if serving alcohol
  • Obtain Smart Serve training if serving alcohol
Chippewa pavilion rental rates*
DescriptionRateHSTTotal
Coffee house (seating capacity 80) $500 $65 $565
Dance hall (seating capacity 180) $500 $65 $565
Alcohol being served at events - extra security $180 $23.40 $203.40
Friday night set-up (12 p.m. - 8 p.m.) $95 $12.35 $107.35
Table $14.50 - $14.50
Chair $2 - $2

*Pavilion rental includes $115 cleaning fee. To book, a non-refundable $250 deposit is required.

Rules

  • LCBO Special Occasion Permit must be acquired
  • Must adhere to Municipal Alcohol Policy and LCBO regulations

Block booking for campsites

The City no longer arranges block bookings of the entire campground (cabins/campsites) for wedding and events. However, for weddings or other large events, you can block book cabins in your name (with a valid credit card) between Jan. 3 and April 30 of the current year of your booking. No later than April 30, each cabin must be assigned and booked (with valid credit card) by the individual who will be occupying the cabin during the rental period. Any cabins not assigned by May 1 will be released from the booking and will be made available to the general public to book. Contact the Facility Booking Coordinator at 807-625-2941.

More information

For more information contact the Facility Booking Coordinator at 807-625-2941.

Concession

Two locations within Chippewa Park offer food and beverages: the Pavilion and the Main Office.

Chippewa Park pavilion concession

Seasonally, a privately owned food and beverage concession is open at the Pavilion from noon - 5 pm, seven days a week. The concession offers standard park food such as hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. Inside and outside seating areas are available.

Chippewa Park Campground Main Office

A small grocery and souvenir store is located inside the main campground office with milk, bread, canned goods, basic food supplies, and a selection of camping supplies.

Picnic field reservations

Book your outdoor event at one of the fields at Chippewa Park:

Field 1

  • Located to the left of the Pavilion and the main parking lot
  • Accommodates 6,000 - 8,000 people
  • Picnic tables and waste bins
  • Washroom building located at the right hand corner of the field
  • Electrical outlets on the field
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Great Lakes Booth - electrical plus hot and cold running water, and a sink

Field 3

  • Located to the right of the amusement rides, backing the road
  • Accommodates 2,000 - 3,000 people
  • Baseball diamond
  • Picnic tables and picnic booth
  • Lights and power receptacles
  • Garbage cans
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Washroom building located near the rides

Field 4

  • Located to the right of the amusement rides, in front of the parking lot
  • Accommodates 2,000 - 3,000 people
  • Baseball diamond
  • Picnic tables and picnic booth
  • Lights and power receptacles
  • Garbage cans
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Washroom building located near the rides

Field 5

  • Located near the beach
  • Accommodates 100 - 1,500 people
  • Picnic tables and picnic booth
  • Lights and power receptacles
  • Garbage cans
  • Shared horseshoe pit
  • Washroom building

Reservation

To book one of the Chippewa fields, fill-out the Chippewa Park Booking Permit Application.

Chippewa field rental rates
DescriptionRate
Field 1 $101.70 (includes HST)
Field 3, 4 and 5 $67.80 (includes HST)

All persons/groups who book a picnic site will receive their rental contract in the mail. To cancel your picnic, you must contact the Facility Booking Coordinator at 807-625-2941. Visa, MasterCard, cash or cheque is accepted. Make all cheques payable to the "City Of Thunder Bay".

Rules

  • You must leave the picnic site clean
  • No rain dates allowed
  • Do not drive on or park on grass areas
  • It is unlawful to drink/serve alcoholic beverages in City parks without a Special Occasion Permit
  • For large events only, you must attend a Site Meeting two weeks prior to the event by contacting John Kelly at 807-474-4854.
  • It is understood, if booking is accepted, that you are fully responsible for all persons using the permitted facilities and equipment. You must abide by all By-laws, rules and regulations of the Park and Campground. You must comply with all the requirements for this event and provide all required information to the Parks & Open Spaces Section.

More information

For more information contact the Facility Booking Coordinator at (807) 625-2941 or call the Chippewa Park Hotline at 807-625-CHIP (2447)

Playdays

Schools and groups can book a Playday at Chippewa Park. A Playday booking includes a picnic field booking from noon to 2 pm, and an hour to enjoy the rides from 1 to 2 pm. Playdays take place on Wednesdays and Fridays in June, and Fridays in July and August.

Chippewa Playdays rates

Description

Rate

June Playdays

$3.50/child

July and August Playdays

$3.50/child plus an additional charge of $67.24 (HST included) for the picnic field rental

Swimming

Learn more about swimming at various locations in Thunder Bay.

Hillcrest Park

Girls on large swing at Hillcrest ParkLocation: East side of High Street between Red River Road and Oliver Road

Hillcrest Park's location overlooks central Thunder Bay and provides one of the finest scenic outlooks over the city. Plenty of parking allows the view to be enjoyed any time of year from your vehicle. Thunder Bay's harbour, grain elevators and the Sleeping Giant are popular subjects for photos.

Park features

  • Accessible playground equipment, styled to mimic the natural surroundings of the park. Equipment is easily accessed from ground level
  • Hillcrest War Memorial ,which features a Universal Carrier, the workhorse of the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) during World War II. The adjacent honour roll, lists names of those killed in action during the war
  • Park benches and picnic tables
  • Portable toilet
  • Sunken Gardens, with a spectacular seasonal display of more than 70 varieties of flowers

Kaministiquia River Park

Kaministiquia River Heritage Park Location: South end of Syndicate Avenue South, at the Kaministiquia River

Park features

  • Docking facilities
  • Historic James Whalen tugboat on display
  • Park benches
  • Walking/cycling path (boardwalk)

Paterson Park

Fountain at Paterson ParkLocation: Corner of Miles Street and May Street

Park features

  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in November
  • Fountain donated by the Paterson Family
  • Ontario Historical Plaque detailing "The Capture of Fort William"
  • Park benches
  • Shade trees

Learn about the Paterson Foundation for information on the Foundation and the Paterson family.

 Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park

Prince Arthur's Landing Location: Sleeping Giant Parkway

Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park is Thunder Bay's signature recreation destination. This community gathering place has transformed the City of Thunder Bay's waterfront into a mixed-use village and animated waterfront park reconnecting the downtown to the shores of Lake Superior.

Park features

  • The Baggage Building Arts Centre is open to the public, year-round and is a showcase for local artistic talent and a workshop for new artistic creations.
  • The Marina is open May 15 through Oct. 15 annually and offers 271 slips for City residents and visitors.
  • Picnic area
  • Playground equipment
  • Recreational trails - There are approximately three kilometres of paved walking/cycling trails with stunning views of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant.

Events

There are many great City events that take place at Prince Arthur's Landing:

Also, see the community events calendar for other events and activities.

Soroptimist International Friendship Gardens

Couple walking at the International Friendship GardensLocation: North side of Victoria Avenue at Hyde Park Avenue

Thunder Bay's multicultural heritage is showcased at the Soroptimist International Friendship Gardens. This 15-acre park was organized by the Soroptimist Club as a Centennial gift to Canada and the City. Residents of various ethnic origins created the unique garden and monuments representing 18 ethnic groups.

Park features

  • Flower gardens
  • Monuments representing 18 ethnic groups
  • Park benches and picnic tables
  • Paved walking trails
  • Shade trees
  • Skating pond (seasonal)
  • Two small man-made ponds
Trowbridge Falls

Trowbridge Falls Location: 125 Copenhagen Rd., on the northwest outskirts of the city

Trowbridge Falls Park and Campground are nestled in the woods beside the cascading rapids of the Current River.

Park features

  • Biking, hiking and skiing trails
  • Play field
  • Playground equipment
  • Swimming/wading in the river

Learn about the Trowbridge Forest Recreational Trail Master Plan

Vickers Park

Kids playing at Vickers ParkLocation: South side of Arthur Street at Selkirk Street

Vickers Park, the first park established in the former city of Fort William, was donated by Catherine Mary Vickers, daughter of pioneer author Susanna Moodie.

Park features

  • Picnic tables and park benches
  • Playground equipment
  • Level walking paths
  • Lush grass, mature shade trees and beautiful flower beds

Events/Programming

The City's Recreation Division provides summer programming in Vickers Park, including the annual Teddy Bears Picnic.

Waverley Park

Fountain at Waverley Park Location: Thunder Bay's north end between Algoma Street, Red River Road and Waverley Street

Park features

  • Hogarth Memorial Fountain. The fountain dates back to 1790 and originated in Hertfordshire, England. It was donated in 1965 in memory of Major-General Donald McDonald Hogarth, by his wife
  • World War I Cenotaph, erected in 1925
  • Picnic tables and benches
  • Historical walkway

 

 

 

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