Top 20 Small Cities In Canada


Thunder Bay, Ontario
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19. Thunder Bay, Ontario

The seat of Thunder Bay District, the city of Thunder Bay is the most populous city in Northwestern Ontario with a population of around 110,000 people. This city is also one of the largest on our list, but it has so many tourist attractions that we think it would be a great vacation destination for you and your family.

The city often referred to as the “Lakehead” or “Canadian Lakehead” takes its name after the magnificent Thunder Bay at the head of Lake Superior.

Thunder Bay was known as an important transportation hub and forestry and manufacturing played important roles in the development of the city. Today, Thunder Bay is famous for its advanced medical research and education, the city being the home of the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute.

Thunder Bay was declared a “Cultural Capital of Canada” in 2003 and it was no surprise since the city houses numerous cultural centers, including the Finnish Labor Temple, Scandinavia House, the Italian Cultural Centre and the Polish Legion.

There are also several music and performance arts venues such as the Magnus Theatre, the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Thunder Bay Historical Museum.

Additionally, the city has two recognized Federal Heritage buildings on the Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings.

Finally, the Bay Street Film Festival was established in 2005 and features local, national and international movies with the theme of ‘films for the people.’

Thunder Bay’s principal tourist attraction is Fort William Historical Park, a reconstruction of the North West Company’s Fort William fur trade post as it was in 1815 – 100,000 people visit this place every year.

Last but not least, the city is abundant with beautiful parks and gardens where you can enjoy the spectacular view and relax with your loved ones.

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