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Ulf T. Runesson

Faculty of Natural
Resources Management,
Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road,
Thunder Bay, Ontario,
Canada P7B 5E1

     (807) 343-8784

     (807) 346-7769


Thunder Bay has the largest inventory of urban parks in the region. The 322-square kilometre city is low in population density and has extensive rural and forested areas. Even its urban zone is laced with a network of 150 developed parks, recreational waterways, greenbelts, shore and lakefront areas. More than 1,600 hectares are maintained as parkland, recreational and conservation area or green space.

The city's national award-winning parks system includes:

Centennial Park
Originally developed as a Centennial Project in 1966-67 by the City of Port Arthur, the 770-hectare park covers both sides of the Current River. It features a re-created 1910-era logging camp and small history Museum, a playground and small animal farm, cross-country ski trails and a recreational trail that follows the river to the Cascades Conservation Area.

Boulevard Lake Park
Contiguous to Centennial, this park surrounds Boulevard Lake, a reservoir on the Current River. A ring road was established as a park drive in 1913. The spacious park played host to the 1997 Canadian Jamboree, providing camping for 14,000 Scouts and leaders.

Chapples Recreation Centre
This is a 138-hectare, multi-purpose green space in the middle of the city. It includes parkland, a golf course, a tennis club, river trails, sports fields, two indoor rinks, outdoor multi-sports plex including a competition track, an 1,850-square metre conservatory and the International Friendship Gardens of monuments celebrating various nationalities.

Chippewa Park
Here an enclosed lagoon off Lake Superior features a sandy beach and a break wall for vistas of the Sleeping Giant and the Welcome Islands. A small midway includes an antique merry-go-round. The park has a four-hectare Wildlife Exhibit with an elevated walkway that allows the public to observe animals native to Northwestern Ontario.

Prince Arthur Park and Marina
Prince Arthur's Landing/Marina Park accommodates a large marina, pedestrian paths and board walks, a restored railway station, naval memorials, a multi-use recreation area and a number of viewing platforms overlooking the harbour.

Waverley Park
A small but historic downtown park dotted with towering 80-year old cottonwood and carolina poplars and surrounded by late Victorian architecture. It is believed to be the oldest officially deeded municipal park in Ontario.

Also within the city are waterways and adjoining land administered by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority. These areas include the Mission Island marsh and the Cascades, a scenic section of rapids upstream on the Current River.

The City of Thunder Bay is currently refining an urban forestry program to be administered by the Parks division and its full-time forester. Traditionally, the city has planted 1,600 trees a year. That total has been reduced, planting fewer but larger trees with a greater survival rate. Program savings are being diverted to maintaining existing trees of advanced maturity.

Last Modified: January 20, 2014 20:01:06. 
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