Thunder Bay has everything you would expect from a Canadian city. Vast plains for miles around the outskirts of the city, the glassy expanse of Lake Superior right at one’s doorstep, deep forests and waterfalls within driving distance, and a series of small, friendly suburban neighborhoods. Thunder Bay is sometimes called “The Lakehead” due to its location at the top of Lake Superior, the most northerly of the Great Lakes. Expats living in Thunder Bay will quickly come to realize that the lake plays an important role in life in Thunder Bay. During the summer, just take a walk along the marina and take in the view of the Sleeping Giant (named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada) to really get to know your new hometown. Expatriate families will also love the local amethyst mines, which allow you to search for your own crystals. Or spend a day at the Fort William Historical Park, a reconstruction of a 19th century fur trade post.
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Thunder Bay is just north of the border with the United States of America. Indeed, expatriates moving to Thunder Bay may find it easier to arrive and depart internationally via the state of Minnesota, and take a connecting flight to the Thunder Bay International Airport. If you are planning on traveling frequently between Canada and the US, make sure you have the proper visas, and factor in time for traffic jams or other hold ups around the major border control stations. Thunder Bay is a small but diverse city, so expats moving there should easily fit in. However, if you have any concerns about life in Canada, or life as an expat in general, take some advice from seasoned expats that can easily be found on the InterNations platform, the largest online expatriate community worldwide. Or take a look at our content section, including the Expat Magazine which features comprehensive articles on various topics concerning living and working abroad.
Thunder Bay has been an industrial hub since the arrival of the French colonial fur traders in the mid-17th century. Its location close to the lake and in the shelter of the mountains has made it a popular point of trade over the years, and today’s Thunder Bay still benefits from great access roads, train lines, ports and marinas. The city is now an administrative center for the state of Ontario and as such, many of the local jobs are in the public sector. Most of the expats working in Thunder Bay are attracted to the excellent quality of life, and the city’s emphasis on the knowledge-based sector including the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute. Speak to other expats living in Thunder Bay or other parts of Canada about working life in Canada through the InterNations forums and private messages system, or simply use InterNations to socialize and network with fellow expatriates and global minds alike.