As the largest city in northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay is the region's medical, educational and commercial hub.
Many of the city's 110,000 residents are employed in public sector jobs at the school board, city offices, and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Services Centre. Significant private employers include the Bowater Forest Products paper mill and Bombardier Transportation plant.
The city is also home to educational institutions like the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's western campus and Lakehead University, which gets its name from the city's location at the top of the Great Lakes.
While you take a walk along the waterfront to see the Sleeping Giant a rock peninsula protruding into Lake Superior shaped like a giant figure on its back try a Persian, a roll similar to a cinnamon bun that's specific to the city.
Next, head to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, which offers year-round outdoor activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, photography, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching. You'll quickly see why Thunder Bay's slogan is "Superior by Nature."