The Sleeping Giant, located 1 hour from Thunder Bay in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, is locally considered “Thunder Bay’s 50 million ton City mascot”. The formation juts out onto Lake Superior to form the body of water that is recognized as Thunder Bay. Aside from its numerous recreational appeals such as hiking, camping, canoeing, and snowshoeing, Sleeping Giant is better known for its extensive cultural ties to Ojibway people for over 500 years. To read about the Ojibway legend of Nanabijou, the Sleeping Giant, click here. 

Thunder Bay, Ontario

The city of Thunder Bay is the largest Canadian city on Lake Superior and in Northwestern Ontario. It is the second-largest city in all of northern Ontario with a population of 109,000. Thunder Bay boasts a beautiful waterfront on the shores of Lake Superior, with panoramic views of the Sleeping Giant in the distance.

City of Thunder Bay

The City of Thunder Bay (Parks Division) and the EAB Task Force for northwestern Ontario have been working diligently to increase awareness of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Thunder Bay and surrounding areas. EAB has been detected south of Thunder Bay (Superior, Wisconsin) and in eastern Ontario (Sault Ste. Marie). To increase awareness of this invasive pest, the EAB Task Force launches an EAB Ribbon Campaign each year to draw attention to the urban ash trees that are at risk in the community. In addition, an EAB Management plan has been developed in preparation for the arrival of the beetle. The City of Thunder Bay is also working to increase awareness of invasive plants in the community. Through the EDRR program, local partners will come together to mobilize community volunteers and citizens to take action in the prevention, detection, and management of invasive species in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay’s isolation from northeastern and the rest of Ontario may it appear safe from invasive species, but its close proximity to the US-Canada border and location along the Trans-Canada highway make it especially vulnerable to unwanted pests. The movement of firewood from the USA as well as other parts of Canada continues to be a major threat to Thunder Bay’s urban, natural and working forests. Aquatic invasive species are also a considerable threat to Thunder Bay’s many inland lakes and rivers.