Historical Walking Tours

The Thunder Bay Museum’s 2022 Historical Walking Tours have now come to a close. Please join us again next year where we plan to offer more dates throughout the summer!

Join the Thunder Bay Museum on our 2022 Historical Walking Tours. This year, we are offering five tours: Port Arthur, Fort William, Court Street, Westfort, and East End Tours. Learn some fascinating aspects of local history; all you have to do is walk and listen!

The tours are approximately 1.5km and should last about 90 minutes. Be sure to dress appropriately. These tours welcome participants of all ages, but some of the content may not be suitable for small children. Parental discretion is advised.

The Historical Walking Tours will operate weather permitting, we encourage you to dress appropriately. In instances of inclement weather, we will do our best to reschedule the walking tour. If we are unable to reschedule the tour or you cannot join us at the later date we will be offering full refunds.

Admission for the tours is $10 per person. To register click the buttons below or call the Museum at 807-623-0801.

Pre-registration is required for the tours, payment will not be accepted during the tours.

Available Tours

Walking Tour - Westfort

Transportation. Transition. Prosperity.
The evolution of one of the city’s early neighbourhoods

  • Why was the location of Westfort preferred as the eastern terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway?
  • What were the boundaries of the original “Town Plot”?
  • Where was the Lakehead’s first ATM located?

Date: TBA

Walking Tour - Court St

Scandal. Justice. Recovery
Stories of wealth & tragedy from Port Arthur’s early suburb

  • Who was William Leithenen and how did he meet his tragic fate?
  • Why did the Queen place a naval training centre so far from the ocean?
  • Where did some of Port Arthur’s most well-off residents live?

Date: TBA

Walking Tour - Fort William

Rivalry. Community. Mystery
The “wild west” history of Fort William

  • Who was Bliss Gordon and why was he hanged?
  • Was Peter McKellar’s dinosaur the ‘real McCoy’?
  • Why was Mag Matthews arrested 12 times but never incarcerated?

Date: TBA

Walking Tour - Port Arthur

Intrigue. Hidden Tales. Lost History
The stories behind the stories of downtown Port Arthur

  • Who was Oliver Prevost and why did he die?
  • Why does the second floor of the Prince Arthur Hotel sometimes smell like cigar smoke?
  • How did the Queen’s Hotel meet its untimely end?

Date: TBA

Walking Tour - East End

Community. Culture. Perseverance.
Fort William, the Coal Docks, and oh so many floods. Thunder Bay’s East End is a place of community, culture, and perseverance. The stories behind the East End

  • How was the East End’s location important to the fur trade?
  • Who were the ‘Black Hand’?
  • Who are the people behind the street names of the East End?

Date: TBA