Explore Thunder Bay and the great outdoors of Ontario with a rental car
Surrounded by conifer forests and tucked away in Northwestern Ontario along Lake Superior is the delightful city of Thunder Bay. Only an hour from the Minnesota border, this lake town is a gateway to Canada’s great outdoors. Experience it for yourself with a cheap rental car, available at Thunder Bay Airport and in the city centre.
Thunder Bay is a relatively small city with a population of just under 150,000. City traffic is minimal, with congestion the result mainly of winter conditions or roadworks. Watch out, however - the city’s position in the midst of Canadian wilderness can make wildlife in the area (moose, deer, etc.) a danger on the roads.
Driving from Thunder Bay International Airport to the city
After picking up your rental car, drive to the city in less than 15 minutes. For the quickest route, turn left onto Hwy 61 N from Princess Street and continue on until taking a right onto Arthur Street which will bring you to downtown Thunder Bay near the Kaministiquia River.
Cruise Ontario safely with these driving tips:
● Take caution when wildlife signs are posted.
● If you’re visiting during the cooler months, read our tips for winter road trips.
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● Drive on the right-hand side and overtake on the left.
If you need to park at the airport, both short and long-term options are available. The short-term lot charges $3 per hour with a daily maximum of $25.49. The long-term lot is paid per day at $12.75 or $89.25 for the week. Both garages are within a short walk to the front of the terminal.
When you head to the city with your hired car you can choose from on-street parking, surfaced lots and garages.
● Enforced metered parking is from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and costs $.25 per 15 minutes or $1 per hour.
● Some areas have a two hour limit.
● If you’re visiting from any time in November through April, take note of winter restrictions.
Car hire for Thunder Bay Airport
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Once you’ve found the ideal vehicle, book instantly and securely online without the hassle of hidden booking fees. A customer service team is ready to take your call should you have any questions about the process.
Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT)
Each year over 700,000 travellers pass through Thunder Bay International Airport, conveniently located just six kilometres west of the city. The terminal is split into two small floors offering minimal dining and shopping options. If you’re peckish upon landing, grab a slice from Pizza Pizza or a meal from Tim Hortons. Enjoy complimentary WiFi as you wait to collect your luggage and then head to the rental counter to pick up your keys, located either in the baggage claim area or the parking garage, depending on which rental provider you chose.
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People and land of Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay’s 100,000+ residents originate from mostly Canada, Great Britain and France. Kaministiquia River is fed through the city and flows out to great Lake Superior. The city is surrounded by forests with many near national parks and beaches.
Thunder Bay is the largest city on Lake Superior and as the world’s largest freshwater lake, a favourite tourist spot all year long. You can hang at the beach, partake in any number of watersports and camp at one of many local campsites during the summer. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing, skating or ice fishing. Be sure to head up Mt. McKay for a scenic view of Thunder Bay and drive your rental car along the lake to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, great for hiking, cycling and canoeing.
Thunder Bay’s best attractions
The city’s tagline boasts that it’s ‘Superior by Nature’. See why when you explore Thunder Bay in a hired car.