Northshore Arts + Eats

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Location: Thunder Bay's Waterfront District

Guest Ticket


Age 9+

Celebrate local art and pair it with delicious food (and wine) in this walking tour in TBay's Waterfront District.

  • The love of art and food is a great way to connect with the northshore of Lake Superior, and the people who call this home.
  • Begin in the Ahnisnabae Art gallery, to learn about significant artists + art styles that continue to inspire artists in this area today.
  • Taste samples of wine in two locations, paired with a special tasting highlighting the local creative food establishments.
  • Taste some locally made sweet treats that are also works of art.
  • Learn where to explore more of the local + regional art scene, as well as great places to shop + dine.
  • Be inspired by the local art, food, stories, and of course, Lake Superior.

Umbrellas are available, as the tours run rain or shine.

Be prepared to walk 2-2.5 km in total.

Your tour guide will greet you at the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery located at 18 S. Court St.

Be moved by the vibrant and creative art and food scene on the northshore of Lake Superior.

Ahnishnabae Art Gallery

Indigenous Canadian Art of Roy Thomas and other great Indigenous Artists

Sweet North Bakery

Indulge in delicious heart-filled baking, local cheese, paired with a small 1/2 glass of wine.

Various Stops

Walk the area and discover public art plus the art off the beaten path. Discover where some of the area's art galleries are located to visit after the tour as well.

Your guide will meet you inside the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery at 18 S. Court St. A parkade is conveniently located only 1.5 blocks away, at 18 N. Court St.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

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.

Can I shop while on the tour?

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!

What do we do in case of bad weather?

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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"Sue is an inspired, passionate, and knowledgeable guide who has unearthed the cultural stories, historical significance and wonder of this special place. Ideal for both locals and tourists alike, you’ll learn, explore, taste great food and drink, and wonder where the time went."

Rebekah S, Thunder Bay, Ontario

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