There are many accommodations close to the Thunder Bay Airport, and the host hotel, the Airlane Hotel & Conference Centre. Currently working out a fee specific to the conference attendees. This hotel features a free airport shuttle and restaurant. Tell them you are attending the Indigenous Knowledge Conference for a special IK Room Rate. There are options for parking right next to the hotel, as well, if you are carrying a lot or what not, and need that access.
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Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of International Friendship Garden, Centennial Botanical Conservatory, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Chapples Golf Course and Fort William Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This hotel features a restaurant, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free airport shuttle are also provided. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a spa tub, and a sauna are onsite.
All 155 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Pillowtop beds, room service, and hair dryers are among the other amenities available to guests.
Area of Hotel
The conference is being held on the south side of the city, or the Fort William side as Thunder Bay is known to be really two cities: Fort William and Port Arthur. This side is closest to the First Nation Community of Fort Willam First Nation. A visit to the Mountain is an experience in itself, and the site for ceremonies as well as for the annual community traditional gathering held on the July 1st weekend each year.
The Fort William side is closest to main street like Arthur Street, which hosts your usual stores: Macs, etc. and is a main drag sort of street. Some great restaurants, and nice park further south, called Vickers Park. There are no huge landmarks in this area but the airport and the mountain. Neighbourhoods are tucked in behind the main street. Then on the Port Arthur side, you have your main waterfront access. There a Marina and a drive down the highway will get you access to Wild Goose in the north side of Thunder Bay called Shuniah (Ojibway word “zhooniyaa” for silver or money). Some gorgeous Parks like Boulevard Lake, for that prettiness, or tucked in behind, by the river, you find Current River.
Further down the road if you are super ambitious (aka 1 hour of driving) you can drive to the Sleeping Giant .Once out of the Thunder Bay area, heading east, a lot of shoreline and picturesque. Think, blues and as many shades of blue you can imagine. You are in the Robinson Superior Territory. (Some of our communities in active Land Claim processes) You will pass all the communities that dot the north shore of Lake Superior: Gull Bay and Armstrong, to the North, Nipigon, Rocky Bay, Lake Helen, Pays Plat, Schreiber, Terrace Bay, Marathon, Biigtigong Ansihinabeg, Pic Mobert First Nation, White River, Michipicoten, and then Sault St. Marie, and then beautiful Manitoulin, and you are still in northern Ontario, still hours from Toronto, wow.