Thunder Bay features beautiful parks, campgrounds and conservation areas for residents and visitors to enjoy.


There are 129 city parks and more than 55 kilometres of paved recreational trails. Many of our parks are large and offer opportunities for fun and relaxation. City neighbourhoods feature smaller parks and greenspaces, most with playground equipment.

Off-leash dog parks

Well-behaved dogs and their owners can enjoy Thunder Bay’s four Off-Leash Dog Parks free of charge. Dogs must be over four-months-old, be licensed and have a current rabies vaccination to use the park.


The City of Thunder Bay owns and maintains two Municipal campgrounds.

Conservation areas

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) manages 2,500 hectares of conservation lands including eight Conservation Areas which are all within one hour of the City of Thunder Bay.

Urban forests

Parks make up an important part of the urban forest. Learn more about the City's Forestry & Horticulture Section.


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.

Beaches and splash pads

Looking for a beach or splash pad for the family during the hot weather? There are many options for everyone to cool off in the summer months across Thunder Bay.


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