Since the turn of the century, the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William have discussed amalgamation. It was not until 1970 that it officially happen.
LAKEHEAD and THUNDER BAY were the popular choices. Lakehead makes sense because of its strategic position at the head of the great lakes. This was the place where Western grain was gathered to be placed on ships for destinations in Eastern Canada and abroad. Although not offiially reported, I believe that the supporters of Thunder Bay planted a seed in the favoured choice. Should it be LAKEHEAD or THE LAKEHEAD? After all, how many cities have THE in their name?
The popular vote being split, Thunder Bay emerged the victor.
Thunder bay is also the home of the Sleeping Giant and of the Terry Fox memorial. You should plan to see both when you are here.
So when we arrived here, we stopped at the Terry Fox memorial. Heading west, it is well advertised on the highway as the terry Fox scenic lookout. It is both scenic and thought provoking.
We then headed to Hillcrest Park. Thanks to one of our bed and breakfast guests who suggested this spot from which to see the sleeping giant.
From the park, you can see the peninsula and the grain elevators below synonymous with the lakehead.
About 800 more km to the Manitoba border. Gee Ontario is a big province.