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Centennial Botanical Conservatory

Nature or Wildlife Centre
A park bench provides a serene setting to sit and relax in this indoor tropical paradise. Close your eyes and the sounds will amaze you. – Bonnie Schiedel

Thunder Bay’s Centennial Botanical Conservatory is an indoor tropical paradise in Canada's northern climate where residents and visitors alike can discover or rediscover its charms. It’s a great year-round destination but it’s especially appealing as we shiver through a frosty winter.

The Centennial Botanical Conservatory is a fascinating place to visit. It was opened in 1967 by the Fort William Parks Board as a project of Canada's Centennial, it is a legacy to the citizens of Thunder Bay.

Mini-Tropical Vacation It’s a mini tropical vacation to put on your must-visit list on a visit to Thunder Bay.

The tropical plants and vegetation provide a positive feast for the senses: the feel of warm humid air on your skin, the sound of trickling water, the scent of dirt and moisture and growing green things. Standing in the arboretum under its soaring glass roof on a cold winter day, or even a so-so grey day the rest of the year, instantly makes you feel better. And it’s the most affordable tropical vacation you’ll ever take.

Community Gathering Place
Stroll the pathways and relax on the benches: the Conservatory is great for people-watching. Artists come with sketchpads, photographers come with cameras and writers come with journals. About 50 weddings are performed in the Conservatory every year, and it’s also an in-demand setting for family portraits and graduation photos.

To book the Conservatory, call (807) 625-2941.

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Centennial Conservatory is a managed by the City of Thunder Bay.

An interesting factoid is that every plant that’s transplanted in Thunder Bay’s 105 public parks and gardens every spring is planted, raised and tended by Conservatory staff in adjacent greenhouses. Staff will also answer phone inquiries from home gardeners with questions about plant care.


Hours are 1pm to 8pm from Monday to Friday, and 1pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Seasons Open

Every day of the year, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.


Admission is free, although donations in the box at the door are much appreciated

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