Thunder Bay, ON
The city of Thunder Bay was declared a "Cultural Capital of Canada" in 2003. Throughout the city are cultural centres representing the diverse population, such as the Finnish Labour Temple, Scandinavia House, the Italian Cultural Centre, the Polish Legion, and a wide variety of others. Shags, a combination shower and stag held to celebrate the engagement of a couple, and Persians, a cinnamon bun pastry with pink icing, originated in the city.
Landmarks and Famous Facts
Thunder Bay is most famously known for our "Sleeping Giant". A gorgeous mountainous range which resembles a giant sleeping on his back. The locals know the Ojibway legend of the Sleeping Giant was formed when a the native known as Nanabijou told the secret location of a rich silver mine to the white man and was turned to stone for punishment. That silver mine is located at the feet of the great giant.
It was voted number one for a list of Seven Wonders of Canada, with a total of 177,305 votes, beating the Bay of Fundy, and Niagara Falls by almost 90 000 votes. Ultimately it was not selected by the panel of judges, Ra McGuire, Roberta Jamieson and Roy MacGregor, who decided their vote by geographic and poetic criteria.
The other thing that Thunder Bay is famously known for is that Terry Fox ended his run on Highway 11/17 just outside of Thunder Bay. Renamed Terry Fox's Courage Highway, it features a marker that has been locally kept that marks the exact location he ended his run and then there's the Terry Fox lookout that has been relocated to the top of the mountain overlooking Lake Superior. This beautiful tribute to one of Canada's Heros has been visited by people all over the world!
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