Time is on your side when vacationing North of Superior

Summer vacations in Thunder Bay offer 60 minutes of extra fun every day

For visitors looking to get the most out of their vacation day, the Thunder Bay area exceeds all expectations.  It’s written in the stars.  Or, in this case, it’s written on the surface of the Sun.

It’s unique location, at the west end of the Eastern Time Zone and the Northwest corner of Lake Superior means vacationers to the Thunder Bay area will experience longer days than while visiting such locations as Toronto, Niagara Falls or even Sault Ste. Marie.

On the Summer Solstice, June 21, while visitors to the top of the CN Tower will observe the sunset at 9:02pm or honeymooners in Niagara Falls see the final rays of the sun at 8:59pm, in Thunder Bay, the longest day of the year ends at 10:02pm.  That’s an entire extra hour of daylight to spend hiking, cruising the scenic Lake Superior shoreline by automobile, or exploring Prince Arthur's Landing.

The splash pad at Prince Arthur's Landing

To give one even more of an idea of the advantages of vacationing in the Thunder Bay area when it comes to hours of daylight, Lake Superior is so large that the sun sets about a half hour later at "the Lakehead", than it does at the locks of Sault Ste. Marie.

For those wanting to make the most of their day, that means more time hiking to even greater vistas, such as the knees of the Sleeping Giant via the Top of The Giant trail; or taking in multiple short hikes such as to Red Rock Falls or the cave at Cavern Lake, both located north of Dorion. 

In Thunder Bay, the longer days provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music at Marina Park including the annual Thunder Bay Blues Fest in July or the weekly Live at the Waterfront concerts all summer long. Just bask in the warmth of the sun, or spend your extra hour trolling for the big catch of the day on any of our nearby lakes. While vacation is a time to forget about time, you can’t help but value it when you visit Thunder Bay.

About Richard Boon

Richard Boon is a Thunder Bay native who spends much of his spare time hiking and doing nature photography.  He is a past member and hike leader with the Thunder Bay Hiking Association and a former broadcaster..

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