Umbrellas are available to borrow, as tour run rain or shine!
Be prepared to walk 2 km, including some steep sections on sidewalks + staircases.
Your tour guide will greet you in the ‘Seek’ HQ, upstairs in the Finnish Labour Temple, above from the Hoito restaurant + ‘Finn Hall.’
Walk the neighbourhood and stop into 4+ food establishments for tastings, and visit a local green space at the top of a steep climb (staircase) for a magnificent view of Lake Superior.
End at a table in a hip and cozy pub (a ‘fixture’ for locals since 2001), and enjoy a tasting of a locally crafted beer (4 oz) and food.
Finnish Labour Temple
Learn about this century old City landmark and National Historic Site.
Local Bay/Algoma food establishments
Try delicious tastings of food + drink in a variety of local food establishments in the neighbourhood.
End at the beloved neighbourhood pub, with a tasting of food and a 4-oz of locally crafted beer.
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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Rebekah S., Thunder Bay, Ontario
"Going on a Seek Tour made me fall in love with my hometown all over again. Sue is an inspired, passionate, and knowledgeable guide who has unearthed the cultural stories, historical significance and wonder of this special place."