Thunder Bay Restaurant Scenes

Thunder Bay's ethnic variety over the past century, with its mix of Finnish, Italian, and many other Europeans has created a tradition of hearty cooking. Thunder Bay's work-hard traditions mean that the food served here is meant to fill you up and energize you, especially those working on the harbour or outside in the wintertime. This is also great for those rugged individuals enjoying the scenic splendours around Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay has three restaruant districts, due to its unusual history: The Downtown North, the Downtown South, and the Intercity area.

The downtown north, formerly Port Arthur, is getting a lot of development because of the Marina Park and the great views of Sleeping Giant across the bay. There are a lot of finer restaurants in this area, particularly around Algoma & Bay. The large number Finnish immigrants to the area has led to some of the finest Finnish restaurants in Canada, with some serving a most excellent breakfast. There are also some great Italian restaurants here too. Because the Community Auditorium is just to the south, many people head here for dinner before or after performances.

The downtown south, around Victoriaville, is where many of the local and provincial government workers are clustered. This area has many of the areas older and more charming buildings (and therefore restaurants), and is also surrounded by the city's largest industrial areas. There are a lot of lunch restaurants in this area, and a number of establishments west along Arthur Street, toward the airport.

In the middle along Memorial Drive, close the University and the College, and between the Intercity Shopping Centre and the Port Arthur Stadium are the mishmash of "big box" stores and chain restaurants. You'll find something for pretty well anyone here: choice is the watchword. This area gets busy anytime school's in, there's a game on, or after payday when the families are eating out.

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