- Thunder Bay has the highest percentage of natural parkland as a percentage of total parkland, almost double the average at 85%.
- Thunder Bay has the second most hectares of parkland relative to population with 19.2 hectares per thousand people.
- Thunder Bay is one of 50% of cities that have a policy to waive permit fees for groups that show financial need.
- Thunder Bay is working with the Thunder Bay Stewardship Council and Lakehead Region Conservation Authority to do habitat restoration and wetland enhancements in Fishermen’s Park West.
- Thunder Bay is partnering with Eco-Superior, an environmental non-profit, on wild foraging and forest bathing programming within the city’s natural areas.
- Thunder Bay has approved a new natural materials adventure playground in Centennial Park that will include a zip-line and a balance course.
ha parkland per 1000 people
2070 ha of total parkland
of total parkland is natural area
1769 total ha
of parkland is environmentally significant/protected
414 total ha
of total city land is parkland
32,824 ha of total city area
Community gardens/urban farms
community park groups
Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.
Parks operating budget per person
Total parks capital budget
Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development
Municipalities are able to require up to 5% of the land area of a residential development for parkland or, through an alternate rate bylaw, one hectare in land per 300 units or the equivalent in cash-in-lieu of one hectare per 500 units. Municipalities are also able to require 2% of commercial or non-residential development for parkland or the equivalent in cash-in-lieu. Municipalities may also fund eligible parks improvements through Development Charges and may choose to collect funding for parkland through a Community Benefits Charge, but overlap between these tools must be avoided.
¹Fees waived for not-for-profit organizations.