About Thunder Bay

Live in a city that is in the geographical centre of Canada and the most affordable urban centre in the world to own a home. (Source: Demographia) With a population of 122,900, Thunder Bay is the largest metropolitan area in Northwestern Ontario. (Source: Statistics Canada)

Thunder Bay is the regional centre for government, medical and educational services.


The quality of life in Thunder Bay is simply superior. With affordable home ownership, a friendly community and nature in our own backyard, we have it all! Own a cottage as close as 20 minutes from your door at one of the many inland lakes or on the shores of Lake Superior, the world’s largest fresh water lake.


Thunder Bay is diverse in its primary and secondary educational opportunities, schools that include French immersion programs, comprehensive special education services, an International Baccalaureate Programme and an Outdoor Education Centre.Thunder Bay is also served by French language schools and a Christian private school. Post secondary options are varied and plentiful. Thunder Bay is home to Lakehead University, Confederation College, the West Campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. The College and University provide core programs in many areas including Aviation, Forestry, Business,Nursing, and Aboriginal Studies, along with specialized affiliated and independent program opportunities.


Flights to all major Canadian destinations are frequent and affordable. Thunder Bay is serviced by Canadian and regional air carriers which provide daily service from the Thunder Bay International Airport (the third busiest in Ontario, after Toronto and Ottawa). Thunder Bay is located 40 minutes from the Minnesota border, making it easy to travel to major U.S. destinations. All the benefits of a major centre are available here in the unspoiled beauty of the north.



I came to Thunder Bay looking for a challenging professional practice. Over a decade later I still have a busy and rewarding practice as well as a great lifestyle. In the winter my family and I ski three days a week and I can commute to work from our cottage in the summer. There is no such thing as an air quality warning or traffic report and my family enjoys a standard of living that would be unaffordable in a large urban community. Our children get to grow and learn in an environment that most other kids only visit on vacation. We work hard up here but for anyone with a bit of initiative, the rewards are tremendous. Putting down roots in Thunder Bay was a great decision for us.

Dr. Ian Dobson


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