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1st visit to Thunder Bay - September

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1st visit to Thunder Bay - September

Couple, in late 50's, visiting Thunder Bay for 1st time in September

Suggestions what to see? shopping,

Also suggestions of a cheaper, but clean motel - only there to sleep, so nothing fancy.

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1. Re: 1st visit to Thunder Bay - September

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Tourism Thunder Bay has a website at www.visitthunderbay.com. It will give you lots of ideas for shopping,sightseeing and accomodations. Don't forget to stop in at the "Hoito" Restaurant for Finnish pancakes and other great homecooked meals. Also Fort William Historical Park and Kakabeka Falls are very interesting to see. As far as accomodations go Days Inn & Suites is in a very central location and so is Travelodge Thunder Bay Airlane but there are also a lot of smaller motels to choose from on the Tourism website. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask.

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2. Re: 1st visit to Thunder Bay - September

how is the Superior or Modern motels? How far are these from the main highway? Thinking about visiting Ft. William. We go through Thunder Bay coming and going.

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>>>how is the Superior or Modern motels? How far are these from the main highway?<<<

The Superior appears to be a solid choice for a small basic motel. Here's reviews of all TBay accomodations: tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g155017-Thunder_Bay_O…

You'll also find a map in the top right corner. The TBay Expressway goes through the area - so nothing is far.

For things to do: tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g155017-Activiti…

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The Superior Motel is actually quite close to the main highway (11/17). When you are coming from the east there is a turnoff for Hodder Avenue (before you reach the city). Once on Hodder Avenue it then turns into Cumberland Street where the motel is located. It would only take a few minutes to get to the motel from the highway. However once you are at the motel on Cumberland Street you are then in the North Side of the city so it would take a little longer to get to places such as Fort William Historical Park or Kakabeka Falls which are located south & west of the city. But since Thunder Bay is relatively compact you are only looking at 15-20 minutes to get from the north core to the south core for shopping, restaurants etc.

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Thanks. Sounds like it could be a good stop for the 1st night since about a 13 hour drive from here and don't plan too many stops alone the way - at least going. Will leave those for the return. Then could get up next AM and head to FT. William after breakfast.

What is the largest mall and where is it located?

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6. Re: 1st visit to Thunder Bay - September

If you stay at the Superior Motel then you head south and literally stay on the same road and end up passing Intercity Mall which is the largest shopping Mall in Thunder Bay. Hodder Avenue turns into Cumberland St. , then Cumberland turns into Water Street and then Water Street turns into Fort William Road which is where Intercity Mall is. Also across from Intercity Mall is another shopping area (Thunder Centre) which has a lot of good stores in it as well.

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We stayed in Thunder Bay last night at the Best Western Nor'Wester. It is a typicall Best Western and the staff is great. It is the closest hotel to Fort William (just outside of the city) and across the road from the hotel is the Neeling Road house, a very good restaurant that serves good fresh food (nothing canned or frozen). Fort William is a treffic fort adn gives great history of the fur trade.

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8. Re: 1st visit to Thunder Bay - September

I second the suggestion that you eat at the Hoito!

Early September is a nice time to visit Thunder Bay. You are correct in identifying Old Fort William and Kakabeka Falls as key places to visit. There are also plenty of nice drives around the city's hinterland, if you like driving - lots of picturesque farmland and forest.

If you must make a stop on the way or on the way back, don't stay at any of the motels "up" in Wawa - stick with the ones on the highway. Same goes for restaurants, I'm afraid, but if you nust eat in Wawa, the Tim Horton's is probably safe enough. We usually hold out for the A&W in White River!

If you'd like any more suggestions, just give a shout.

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My husband and I will be visiting Thunder Bay for the first time too in Sept. I have been looking into places to stay and I think we will stay at the Bestwestern. We are coming up from Duluth and are looking forward to the scenic drive, celebrating our 44th anniversay.The falls will be a must see and the fort also.

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10. Re: 1st visit to Thunder Bay - September

Although the orginal post is over a year old, the Nor'Wester is still a good choice of hotel for your September trip. And as mentioned in one of the posts above there is the Neebing Restaurant across the road. Another more intimate place to stay or to celebrate an occasion is the White Fox Inn which is not far from the Nor'Wester. It is a large country home that has been turned into an Inn with a limited number of rooms and excellent dining. You get to eat dinner and watch the deer. If you need any other info don't hesitate to ask. I hope you enjoy visiting Thunder Bay.