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Old 03-05-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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Default Thunder Bay - what's it like in general?

Anyone lived in Thunder Bay? I have visited and was impressed with the cultural variety, but it seems a bit rough. I've also heard that there are almost no jobs - yet there seems to be lots going on - and one nice bakery downtown was selling out of their inventory by 11 am.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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From what I have heard about Thunder Bay, if you have a good job the standard of living is enviable. Cost of living is low and for certain types of people such as outdoors oriented people and indy-music folks there is plenty to do.
Many people do leave Thunder Bay though, for career growth mostly. Thunder Bay is also pretty isolated even by North American standards.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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I went to Lakehead U. in Thunder Bay and lived there from 1998 - 2002. Although It's been a while, I doubt anything would've changed!!!

My advice.. if you are looking for a high paying job that offers career growth and are not in for very cold weather, don't move there. On the contrary, if you like small, friendly community, low cost of living and winter sports, you are going to love it!!!
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:20 PM
 
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Thunder Bay is a nice quiet city. Not much for nightlife. As far it being rough. There are other cities in Canada that are a lot dangerous. Just use common sense and should have no problem. As far as jobs it depends on what you want. The houses and rentals are pretty fair.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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I live in Thunder Bay - I miss the GTA like hell. As for liking winter sports I can’t think of anywhere in Canada that doesn’t have a ski hill close by or a skating arena. The winter last for 3/4 of the year. The cost of real estate is fair. However you have to take into account that most of the city is unemployed sucking every system available. The general aesthetic of the city is sad... lots of buildings shut down. Many of the small businesses open blend right in with the boarded up buildings. A very large native population, which means chronic illness, lack of education and drug and alcohol abuse. Forget trying to get into the emergency room! The worst part is you feel like you are stuck on an island... full of people who can’t cut it in the real world and live in this waste land. Lots of young parents, lots of dirty little kids drinking pepsi out of their bottles. Probably the lowest social status of a gerneral population. Check out the social determinants of health. Thunder Baynians would get a big X in all catagories. The city breeds like rabbits... total cycle of all the same problems. My place is for sale if anyone is interested!
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:09 AM
 
Location: WNY
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Some people leave Southern Ontario heading out west and only make it as far as Thunder Bay...

Keep in mind that in Thunder Bay you are pretty remote. You'd need to drive 8 hours in either direction to get to another big city. Sault Ste Marie or Winnipeg.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Duluth, MN is only a few hours from Thunder Bay. Even Minneapolis-St. Paul is less than 8 hours away.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: WNY
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Some people leave Southern Ontario heading out west and only make it as far as Thunder Bay...

Keep in mind that in Thunder Bay you are pretty remote. You'd need to drive 8 hours in either direction to get to another big city. Sault Ste Marie or Winnipeg.
Yes there are some US cities a bit closer although not everyone has a passport and/or can cross the border freely. Is there still a casino in Duluth?.

I would recommend people make the trip on canadian side from Tbay to SS Marie at least once. The trip through mountains on the shore of Lake Superior has some spectacular views (watch the speed .. some nasty speed traps along the way). I do not recommend the more northern alternate route. You can go an hour or more without seeing other cars or signs of life.. And the Radio station scan button will loop for hours. Recommended to have Sirius/XM for that trip.
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