The Best Places to Live in Thunder Bay - Danielle Wilson
Best Places to Live in Thunder Bay

The Best Places to Live in Thunder Bay

Have you been researching all the best places to live in Thunder Bay, but you’re still not exactly sure where you want to live?  In this blog post, I am going to share with you my top 5 best neighbourhoods to live in Thunder Bay, so that you can get back to organizing your move!

Be sure to read to the very end, where I will give you the inside scoop on one of the BIGGEST rivalries in Thunder Bay when it comes to location!


Alright, so, Thunder Bay has an abundance of fantastic neighbourhoods to live in, each of them offering unique advantages depending on  your preferences.  That said, I generally find that there are specific neighbourhoods that tend to appeal to my Clients that are moving into the City more than others.

River Terrace

One of my favourite neighbourhoods, particularly for my relocation Clients, is River Terrace.  People generally tend to gravitate to this Thunder Bay neighbourhood because of its fantastic north end location.  It is VERY close to the hospital, University, and College, and is super central to all amenities.  This is one of our newer subdivisions, and so the houses for the most part are on the newer side in comparison to many other neighbourhoods. 

Mariday Park

If you are looking for character and charm, another of my favourite places to live is Mariday Park.  This is also a north side neighbourhood.  Most of the homes are older and extremely well tended.  If you are lucky enough to own a 2 storey in this area, it is very likely that you will have an amazing view of Lake Superior.  This neighbourhood is walking distance to the waterfront, and is also ideally located within walking distance to the University.  In the summer, you will catch drifts of music from the waterfront from your patio.  This is particularly wonderful during the Bluesfest.


Another fantastic north end neighbourhood is Grandview.  This is another older neighbourhood with well kept homes and a definite family focus.  This area is close to shopping, recreation, and super central to all amenities.  


A great Southside neighbourhood is Parkdale.  This is another of our newer subdivisions, and it is well located for proximity to Southside amenities, and large employers such as Resolute, Alstrom, and the Airport, as well as shopping and recreation.  The houses are newer, and as such, the updates tend to appeal to a wide range of buyers.


If you are looking for yard space on a smaller budget, I would likely suggest looking in the Westfort area.  One of my favourite things about this area is the large lots.  Most of them are 155ft deep, which is fantastic if you have small children or dogs, or enjoy gardening and landscaping.  This is an older Southside area with generally smaller sized older war time homes. 

In the beginning of the post, I mentioned a BIG rivalry in Thunder Bay. 

If you live or have lived in Thunder Bay, I bet you know what I’m talking about! 

The absolute biggest rivalry in Thunder Bay is between Port Arthur (the Northside) and Fort William (the Southside).  In 1970, Port Arthur and Fort William amalgamated to form Thunder Bay.  

If you live in Thunder Bay, are you on team Port Arthur, or team Fort William???  Leave me a comment in the comment section and we’ll see which side gets more votes!

Now that you know a bit more about some of my favourite places to live in Thunder Bay, you might be interested in my top 10 things that I absolutely love about living in Thunder Bay!

If you would like to have a more in depth discussion about the various Thunder Bay neighbourhoods, and which one might be a good fit for you, definitely reach out, I’m more than happy to help!


2 Responses to The Best Places to Live in Thunder Bay

  1. Health and Safety Consultant August 1, 2023 at 1:12 am #

    As someone considering relocating, I found this article to be a treasure trove of valuable information. The detailed descriptions of each neighborhood, along with their unique amenities and characteristics, provide a comprehensive overview to help make informed decisions. I was particularly drawn to the insights on safety, schools, and local attractions, as they are crucial factors for anyone looking for a new home. “Danielle at Your Side” has done a fantastic job of presenting the city’s diverse neighborhoods, making it easier for potential residents to find their perfect match.

  2. Best Neighbourhoods in Edmonton August 7, 2023 at 2:04 am #

    I absolutely loved reading your article about the best places to live in Thunder Bay! Your detailed insights into each neighborhood’s unique characteristics and amenities are incredibly helpful for anyone considering a move to the area. Your vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes truly bring the city’s charm to life, making it easier for readers to envision themselves in these neighborhoods. I especially appreciated your emphasis on community spirit and outdoor activities, which are vital aspects to consider when choosing a place to call home. Thank you for sharing such valuable information, and I can’t wait to explore Thunder Bay based on your recommendations!

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