A GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION Network in thunder bay

Thunder Bay has excellent transportation infrastructure and is a well-connected city.  Our strategic location in the heart of Canada provides international market access by road, rail, sea and air, making it easy to do business in Canada and worldwide.


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From the Pigeon River border crossing and the US market.



Major railways directly accessible in Thunder Bay: The Canadian National (CN) railway & the Canadian Pacific (CP) railway.


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Largest outbound port on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System.


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Busiest airport in Ontario.

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From the Fort Frances/International Falls border.

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Of CN Rail track through Canada and the United States.

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Largest port in Canada.


Hour flight from many major centres in Canada and the United States.

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From the Rainy River/Beaudette border.

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Coasts accessible via rail across Canada, and through the United States.


Of the largest warehousing and trans-shipment complexes in Canada, serving 400 ships/year.


Passengers serviced every year, with planes departing daily.

Trans-Canada Highway

The Trans-Canada Highway is a transcontinental highway system that travels through all ten provinces of Canada between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Thunder Bay also has direct highway access to international transportation arteries such as port, rail, and an international airport. With its central location within Canada, trucking is a viable shipping option throughout the country and into the US.


Goods can be shipped across the continent through the Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) Railways. The mainline of Canadian Pacific railway runs directly through Thunder Bay, providing convenient and cost effective access to markets and suppliers. Both CP and CN offer intermodal shipping, making door-to-door service through connections with rail, trucking and sea ports possible.


The Port of Thunder Bay is a major international inland port and superior gateway to eastern and western markets. Keefer Terminal, at the Thunder Bay Port Authority, handles grain, coal, and potash. The Port also handles lumber, steel, machinery, transmission, bagged goods and forest products. The Port of Thunder Bay, provides a cost effective shipping method for businesses around the world.
Air Transportation


Thunder Bay International Airport is the 3rd busiest international airport in Ontario. With passenger, cargo and charter planes departing multiple times per day, people and goods can be moved across Canada and around the globe quickly and efficiently from Thunder Bay. Economic activity related to the Airport is responsible for an estimated $645 million dollars in GDP annually and over 5,000 jobs.
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