Your tour guide will greet you in the front entrance of a café, located in a re-purposed Church, where we will learn about (and taste) coffee and the social enterprise that is brewing inside.
Next stop will be the adjacent City Park, where some of the interesting local history will be revealed, before bringing you to local food artisans in the neighbourhood, and off the beaten path. For example, we may taste a delicious handmade warm pretzel in a nearby bakery before trying some divine chocolate in a local chocolate shop.
In total, the tour will last just under 3 hours, after sampling food from at least 4 different local food establishments highlighting some of Thunder Bay’s vibrant food scene.
Urban Abbey + The Habit
Begin in The Habit Café and Bakeshop, in the century-old re-purposed Church. A special tour awaits to reveal the beauty of the place, the views, and the stories within.
This is the second oldest municipal park in Ontario, and is a beautiful place to stroll and connect with the some of the stories and history of the area.
Delicious local food establishments
Explore a variety of excellent local food establishments in a historic neighbourhood, selected for their quality, and for their efforts to support local farmers and food producers.
There is a 'parkade' conveniently located nearby at: 18 N. Court St.
FYI: All street parking meters in the downtown area have a maximum of only 2 hours (8:30 am-5:00 pm).
Other transportation tips will be included in your confirmation email once your tour ticket is booked.
Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour, so that we can stay on schedule and continue with the experiential tour and food tastings in a timely manner.
Please note: some stops (on some of our tours) will include small tastings of locally-crafted drinks, for e.g. 4 oz of local craft beer; at some of these stops, you are welcome to purchase more drinks, at an additional cost.
We recommend that you consider bringing a shopping bag and allow time either before the tour, or, at the end of the tour (after you’ve received some good insider tips), to browse the locally owned stores, food establishments + vendors – to bring some Tbay gifts + goodies away with you!
Stay tuned, as some vendors are planning to provide a ‘Seek’ discount to tour participants!
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow.
However, if there is a significant storm that is effecting safe travel, we will either reschedule, or turn your tour into a ‘gift certificate’ to redeem at a later date.
We advise you to check the weather conditions for your days event, and dress appropriately, including sturdy footwear. In the winter months, this sturdy, warm footwear needs to be appropriate for snow/ice conditions.
In the summer months, we can lend umbrellas (for urban tours) or ponchos (for guided hikes) if you do not have your own.
In the winter months, we recommend you dress in layers, with a (non-cotton) wicking layer, insulating layers of wool or fleece, and a wind-breaker/shell – topped with cozy mittens and a hat of course!
FYI – Please note: even in the summer months, here in Thunder Bay, onshore wind off Lake Superior can be very chilly!
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Julie C., Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
"Our morning tour through several unique venues in Port Arthur blended excellent food and drink as well as historical and cultural insight. Our wonderful and knowledgeable guide Sue was engaging and passionate, and offered a new perspective of our hometown in a truly delightful experience."
Explore great food + drinks in a beloved historic Tbay neighbourhood, paired with local stories and a spectacular view of the Sleeping Giant