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thunderbay_sleepinggiantThunder Bay is the capital of Northwestern Ontario and offers a relaxing, natural atmosphere with lively urban space, making it one of the most diverse places to live, learn, work, do business and play.


Thunder Bay is the sunniest city in eastern Canada with an average of 2167 hours of sunshine each year. The sun may be out even in winter and snow.
Summer gets warm, but cool in evenings, making it less humid and more comfortable than other Ontario cities.
The average daily temperature is -14.8 °C (average high -8.6 °C) in January and 17.6 °C (average high 24.2°C) in July.


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Public transit

Thunder Bay Transit public transportation system relies on a bus system.  For maps, routes and schedules, click here.
The cost of taking public transportation varies depending on the route, method and distance. See here for a list of fare prices.


For information on driving in Thunder Bay and how to get a licence, see Driving.

Police services

Thunder Bay is protected by the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Contact the police: When to call 9-1-1

Dialing 9-1-1 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance.
If you know your situation is not a life-threatening emergency or a crime in progress, then call the other phone line 519-653-7700.

Places of worship

Thunder Bay is home to Christian Churches of all denominations, as well as Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Sikh, among many others.
Click here for a list of churches and other places of worship in Thunder Bay. You can also connect with local multicultural associations to find information about specific faith communities, places of worship and ethnocultural organizations in the city.

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