'Take a Break' Excursions
Here's a sampling of unique 'take a break' activities to consider when planning your meeting. The outings can be used to increase understanding and teamwork. Choose ideas that appeal to you and we'll design and coordinate an itinerary to suit your group.
- Thunder Bay Highlights – 2 to 5 hours
Hear facts and folklore about Thunder Bay, an important city on Lake Superior, watched over and protected by a famed Sleeping Giant. Hear his story and more as you view major landmarks and stop for coffee at a neighbourhood eatery.
- Mount McKay and Chippewa Park – 4 hours
Travel up to the 'View from the Top' and learn about the Fort William First Nation community and the historic Chapel on Mt. McKay. Then travel to the edge of Superior to touch the lake and see the marvellous restoration of Chippewa Park lodge and the historic carousel. Add on: fresh fish & bannock lunch!
- Fort William Historical Park – 2 to 4 hours
Visit the largest reconstruction of a fur-trading fort in the world – literally a city in the wilderness with over 42 buildings - enjoy a guided tour then try your hand at an optional voyageur craft, paddle, game or dance! Note:many meetings plan a unique and culturally significant dinner or luncheon at Fort William Historical Park into their conference agenda.
- City & Countryside – 4 to 5 hours
Thunder Bay is the largest city on Lake Superior, an important port city watched over and protected by a famed "Sleeping Giant". Hear his story as well as facts and folklore while viewing Terry Fox Memorial Lookout and Hillcrest Park. Catch a glimpse of our colourful past at a ‘hands-on’ museum and learn of the powers that Ontario's beautiful purple gemstone, Amethyst, holds for the bearer. Travel through the countryside to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, plunging 128 feet into the gorge below and be sure to look for the image of Greenmantle in the mist of the waterfall.Options:Picnic lunch at Kakabeka Falls, or at a countryside restaurant.
- Treasure of the Shield - 6 hours
The expansive Canadian Shield, the ‘basement rock’ of North America, holds a fascinating treasure. Tour both the open surface Amethyst Mine Panorama and Amethyst Factory to discover fascinating facets about the formation and qualities of these hidden gemstones. Then, work with a member of the local craft community and make your own Amethyst sun catchers or other keepsake in a hands-on workshop experience. An opportunity to take some of Canada’s unique wilderness home with you!
- Canyon Country – 5 to 6 hours
The ancient bedrock of Lake Superior and the Canadian Shield provide dramatic vistas and two spectacular canyons. Ouimet Canyon offers an unspoiled two-mile long natural canyon where rare arctic alpine plants thrive in the depths of its valley. At nearby Eagle Canyon Adventures, walk across the canyon via Canada’s longest suspension footbridge. This outing can be enhanced with a visit to Terry Fox Memorial Lookout and a unique Finnish fish/gift shop and/or a countryside luncheon.
- Waterfalls of Superior– 3 to 6 hours
Tour our city and countryside with a local guide and accomplished photographer learning about global water issues and the techniques of photographing ‘moving water’ (or moving children, etc.) Thunder Bay's area waterfalls are our destination – Trowbridge Falls, the Current River and Lake Superior’s largest – Kakabeka Falls, the Niagara of the north, falling 128 feet over the Canadian Shield!
- Charter Fishing – 6 hours
Cruise and/or fish the waters off Thunder Bay and the Welcome Islands. You bring warm clothing, camera and sunglasses, the snacks, cooler, ice, tackle and rods are provided. Weather permitting. Fully licensed and insured.
- Handmade in Thunder Bay – 3 to 5 hours
Depart for a cultural tour highlighting Thunder Bay’s unique ‘treasures’ including talented artists and artisans. Hear facts and folklore about Thunder Bay as you visit handmade in Thunder Bay outlets with a local guide.
Visit places like:
- Joyce Seppala Designs – her innovative clothing designs are inspired by the Canadian landscape
- Thunder Bay Art Gallery – their gift shop has quality Canadian products
- Fireweed – funky and fun co-operative of 20 local artists – pottery, stain glass, jewellery
- Interwoven – Sharon creates stunning and one-of-a kind natural material baskets.
- Sleeping Giant & Silver Islet – 5 to 6 hours
Spend a day exploring nature's beauty at Silver Islet and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Learn of history and geology at the Visitor Centre, take a hike along a scenic trail to photograph the Sea Lion, walk the 'boulevard' and have lunch or tea at the picturesque Silver Islet Tea Room.
- Boreal Bounty – 3 to 5 hours
The economy of Northern Ontario is based in large part on the renewable natural resources found in our Boreal Forest (spruces, pines, white birch and aspen) Walk with a professional forester and learn about ‘new age’ forest management techniques and value added products; see the fascinating ‘spacing trials’; visit a modern silviculture operation and tour the Northwestern Ontario fire prevention centre, all key to maintaining this important sustainable asset. Add-ons: Catered lunch in a forest grove or lunch in a countryside restaurant.
- Golf - You have a choice of several well maintained and groomed golf courses. Plan a break and enjoy a round of golf - just a short shuttle from your meeting venue. See more at http://www.golfthunderbay.ca
Other OptionsWinter Sports - take an extended lunch break and enjoy a silent dogsled ride through our wilderness. OR glide silently over scenic cross country ski trails and/or enjoy an interpretive snowshoe hike - all close to meeting and convention hotels.
'Canadian-style' musical entertainment and Lake Superior themed slide shows. Did you know...Elvis and/or his Canadian troupe of 'Northern Stars' have been seen often after dinner meetings in Thunder Bay?
- Fly-in wilderness Fishing Day
- Horseback Riding
- Thunder Bay Casino or Grand Portage Casino in Minnesota
- Aerial tours of Thunder Bay
- Kayaking or canoeing on an Inland Waterway
These are but a few of the many ideas and activities we have for your visitors coming to our special part of the world.