Masks are required when inside The Centennial Botanical Conservatory. Social distancing of 2 m should be practiced when possible. 

Do not enter the building if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have returned from abroad in the last 14 days. 


The City of Thunder Bay's Centennial Botanical Conservatory is accessible to all and is a great place to visit year round. The Conservatory 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. Sorry for this inconvenience. The plants are still visible from the two access doors in the tropical house. 


1601 Dease St. West, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5H4

Hours of operation

  • Seven days a week: 10 am – 4 pm

Facility amenities


  • Bee hives
  • 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.


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 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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