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Thunder Bay, Ontario (City)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. Thunder Bay is a city in and the seat of Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. It is the second largest city in Northern Ontario It is the largest in the Northwestern Ontario region. The city takes its name from the immense bay at the head of Lake Superior, known on 18th century French maps as Baie du Tonnerre. The city was formed in 1970 by the merger of the cities of Fort William, Port Arthur and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre. Its port forms an important link in the shipping of grain and other products from western Canada through the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway to the east coast. The city is often referred to as the Lakehead or Canadian Lakehead because of its location at the end of Great Lakes navigation.
The city has an area of 328.47 square kilometres which includes the former cities of Fort William and Port Arthur as well as the townships of Neebing and McIntyre. Thunder Bay is the largest city in Northwestern Ontario, serving as a regional commercial and medical centre. The main private sector employers are Bowater Forest Products, Abitibi Consolidated, Bombardier Transportation, Buchanan Forest Products, and Cascades Inc. Thunder Bay is advantaged by air, rail and shipping traffic due to its prime location along major continental transportation routes. The city is served by the Thunder Bay International Airport, the third busiest airport in Ontario. Thunder Bay hosted the Summer Canada Games in 1981 and the Nordic World Ski Championships in 1995.
Thunder Bay's main tourist attraction is Fort William Historical Park, a reconstruction of the North West Company's Fort William fur trade post as it was in 1815. Thunder Bay harbor in Thunder Bay North also draws visitors because of the beautiful view of the Sleeping Giant and the presence of various water craft. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Thunder Bay enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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