Thunder Bay Real Estate Listings and Information
Considered by many to be the "capital of northern Ontario", Thunder Bay is the most populous municipality in Northwestern Ontario with a population of 108,359 as of the Canada 2011 Census. The surrounding area of Thunder Bay has a population of 121,596, and consists of the city of Thunder Bay, the municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge and Neebing, the townships of Shuniah, Conmee, O'Connor and Gillies and the Fort William First Nation.
Thunder Bay is composed of 2 formerly separate cities - Fort William and Port Arthur. Thunder Bay uniquely has kept both downtown cores and also kept most street names the same as they were when the 2 were separated. It is not unusual to be driving on main arteries in the city and the name of the arteries will change as you travel - for example Algoma Street (which was in Port Arthur) turns into Memorial (which is the new connected street) and then May Street (which was in Fort William). This makes it somewhat confusing for visitors - but locals have become very used to this and have adapted to it.
There are many sub-divisions in Thunder Bay. Each has its own uniqueness and its own real estate style.
The south side of the city (Fort William Side) has subdivisions such as Westfort - a mainly residential area with a main business district. The area consists of modest bungalows and 1.5 storey homes "war time" homes with larger properties. One of the oldest and most famous business districts is the Westfort Village. The community grew up around river traffic and the railway, a home for working families. Early business owners built their own busy downtown complete with clothing stores, banks, restaurants, hotel, professional offices, pharmacy and food store. Today, Westfort remains a self-contained shopping district with all the amenities. In fact, many Thunder Bay residents will travel across the city to frequent its unique stores and shops.
The southside of town has a beautiful subdivision consisting of mostly older character homes and beautiful older architecturely unique homes that were originally made for the doctors that worked in the old McKellar Hospital.
The house on the right is called the Murphy Mansion and spans an entire city block in the southside subdivision known as Hyde Park. The subdivision of Hyde Park has many of these gorgeous stately homes .
Our office (Century 21 Superior Realty Inc.) recently listed and sold another historic building that once used to be the US Embassy and a post office but is now a mult-unit apt building.
A new project currently underway in the city's southside is the conversion of Fort William Collegiate (F.W.C.I) into condominiums. This beautiful heritage building will feature luxurious suites with high ceilings and some with private gardens. The building will have a theatre, common room, private patio area and more. This exciting project is being marketed today by Wendy and Ronne Ferris, Salesperson and Broker of Record of Century 21 Superior Realty Inc.
Central Subdivisions include Northwood, Edgewater Park, and McKellar Park. These residential neighbourhoods are all distinctly different. Northwood was established in the 1970s and the neighbourhoods consist mostly of modest bungalows, semi detached homes and some 2 storeys. Northwood has great schools, parks, churches and shopping areas and the College is within walking distance! Edgewater Park has a mixture of modest and larger elegant homes with larger properties. Bordering on the Neebing River and connected with biking/walking trails to several city parks and recreation areas. McKellar Park is closer to downtown Fort William's business district and consists of smaller character homes and bungalows.
The city's northside has several sought after sub divisions. Mariday Park is an older neighbourhood with gorgeous unique homes, tall trees and nice neighbourhood schools. There are several unique homes and the homes that face Thunder Bay's hillcrest park and the Sleeping Giant are some of the most photographed homes in Canada.
Across Ontario there are many unique variations on the Bungalow style but few are as winning as this one in Mariday Park. The exterior has charming oriental detailing on the roof and window detailing from the 1930s with multi-panes above large fixed or sash windows. This house has been included in home shows in the past, and anyone who has visited it can tell you that the interior has the same attention to proportion and brilliant design that is found on the exterior.
The Court/Cumberland sub division is a historic cultural sub division in Thunder Bay consisting of larger 2 or 3 story character homes with "widow watches" where the ladies watched the lake for the return of their men. This sub division is within walking distance of the famous Hoito Restaurant where you can enjoy the finnish pancakes at low prices
The northside of Thunder Bay has older neighbourhoods like College Heights that have terrific views of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant and newer neighbourhoods centered around our new hospital and Lakehead University such as River Terrace and Sherwood Estates.
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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!