Thunder Bay, Ontario, comes alive in the spring and early summer with a vibrant mix of outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and exciting events. Visitors staying at the Valhalla Hotel have the perfect opportunity to explore the best that this charming city and the surrounding area have to offer. Get ready to discover the top attractions and events that make Thunder Bay a must-visit destination for 2024!

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

Often referred to as the “Niagara of the North,” Kakabeka Falls is a stunning natural attraction just a short drive from Thunder Bay. The falls are particularly impressive in the spring and early summer when the water flow is at its peak. Visitors can enjoy scenic hiking trails and breathtaking views from multiple observation platforms.

Kakabeka Falls is just a 20-minute drive from the Valhalla Hotel, so be sure to add it to your sightseeing list!

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Located on the campus of Confederation College, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery showcases contemporary Indigenous art and works by local and regional artists. Special exhibitions and events are often scheduled in the spring and summer – making it a great cultural stop.

The gallery is a quick 8-minute drive from Valhalla Hotel, so check out their events calendar and pick a day to visit during your favourite exhibit!

Kaministiquia River Heritage Park

This scenic park is a perfect spot for a picnic or a relaxing afternoon by the water. The park features walking trails, historical monuments, and stunning views of the Kaministiquia River.

Photo credit: www.thunderbay.ca

Photo credit: www.thunderbay.ca

Kaministiquia River Heritage Park is a quick 11-minute drive from the Valhalla Hotel.

Thunder Bay Country Market

Open year-round, the Thunder Bay Country Market is a bustling hub of local produce, artisanal goods, and handcrafted items. The market is particularly vibrant in the spring and early summer as fresh, seasonal produce becomes available.

The Thunder Bay Country Market is about a 12-minute drive from the Valhalla Hotel, so stop by and pick up some delicious artisan goods – and don’t skip on the locally-made Heartbeat Hot Sauces!

Fort William Historical Park

Step back in time at Fort William Historical Park, a living history museum that recreates the fur trade era of the early 19th century. Spring and early summer are ideal times to visit as the park comes alive with reenactments, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits.

Fort William Historical Park is a 10-minute drive from the Valhalla Hotel and is definitely worth the trip!

Thunder Bay Marina Park

Enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the waterfront at Thunder Bay Marina Park. The park features beautiful views of Lake Superior, a splash pad for kids, and regular events and concerts at Prince Arthur’s Landing stage during the warmer months.

The Marina Park is an 18-minute drive from the Valhalla Hotel, and is the perfect destination on a warm summer day!

Festival of India (July 20th, 2024)

Celebrate Indian culture, cuisine, and traditions at Thunder Bay’s Festival of India. This vibrant festival features dance performances, music, food stalls, and educational exhibits, offering a rich cultural experience for visitors.

The Festival of India is held primarily at Marina Park, with many vendors and businesses participating around the city as well.

Canadian Lakehead Exhibition & Fair

Held for more than 130 years in mid-August, the CLE is a family-friendly event featuring carnival rides, games, food vendors, and live entertainment. It’s a fun way to celebrate the summer season in Thunder Bay! Stay tuned to their website for an announcement of 2024’s fair dates.

Photo credit: www.cle.on.ca

Photo credit: www.cle.on.ca

The CLE fairgrounds are a short 11-minute drive from the Valhalla Hotel.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Known for its towering cliffs and extensive trail network, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park offers excellent hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping opportunities. The park’s namesake formation, the Sleeping Giant, is a must-see and provides panoramic views of Lake Superior.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is a little further away at about a 1-hour drive, but it’s more than worth it to see the incredible sights the area has to offer!

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a lover of arts and culture, Thunder Bay offers a diverse array of activities and events to make your spring and early summer visit truly memorable. Staying at the Valhalla Hotel places you in the heart of all the action, providing easy access to the city’s most popular attractions. From scenic parks and thrilling festivals to delicious local cuisine and vibrant markets, Thunder Bay has it all. Plan your visit today and experience the magic of this beautiful city during the best time of the year.

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