Thunder Bay, ON
City of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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City of Thunder Bay, Canada
Thunder Bay, formerly the twin cities of Fort William and Port Arthur, is a city in Ontario, Canada. Thunder Bay's name is the result of a referendum held on June 23, 1969 to determine the new name of the combined Fort William and Port Arthur.
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, which attracts 100,000 visitors annually. The marina in downtown Port Arthur, an area known as The Heart of the Harbour, draws visitors for its panoramic view of the Sleeping Giant (a figure found on the city's coat of arms and the city flag) and the presence of various water craft. The marina also includes a lake walk, playground, harbour cruises, a children's museum, and a Chinese/Canadian restaurant. There are several small surface amethyst mines in the area, some of which allow visitors to search for their own crystals.