The City of Thunder Bay's Centennial Botanical Conservatory is accessible to all and is a great place to visit year round. The Conservatory was opened in 1967 by the Fort William Parks Board as a Centennial project, and it is a legacy to the citizens of Thunder Bay.

The cactus house and east wing are currently closed to the public - we regret the inconvenience. The plants are easily visible from the two access doors in the tropical house. 


1601 Dease St W, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5H4

Hours of operation - winter hours in effect 

Winter hours (December 16 - May 15): 
Monday - Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm 
Wednesday - Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 8 pm 

Summer hours (May 16 - December 15):
10 am - 4 pm, seven days a week

Facility amenities

Features (some are seasonal)

  • Beehives
  • Community and children's gardens
  • Flowering plants, exotic trees and shrubs from around the world
  • Horticultural Society's perennial garden
  • Park benches (inside and outside)
  • Picnic tables
  • Pollinator garden
  • Shade trees
  • Waterfall and wishing pond

Washrooms and change tables

Accessible washrooms and change tables are available.


Plenty of parking is available, including motor-coach parking.


Guided Tours of the Conservatory are available. To book a tour, call 807-625-2941.

Bookings for Groups and Photo Sessions

Reservations are required. To book the Conservatory, call 807-625-2941.


  • Schools & not-for-profit organizations: free
  • Wedding Ceremonies/Photos: half hour session $67.80 (HST included), one hour session $135.60 (HST included)


The Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory host many great events at the Conservatory year-round.

Walking trails

Paved recreation trails are nearby that can take you to and from the Conservatory. See the City of

Thunder Bay's recreational trails map.

Needs assessment - Conservatory

The Conservatory has been an important part of our City for the last 50 years. In the future, the City must repair or replace the Conservatory buildings. This is an opportunity to investigate if there are other uses that should be incorporated into the space. Stay tuned for future public engagement sessions and information regarding future use and construction plans.

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