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Thunder Bay

It may be the largest city in northwestern Ontario, but the fact that Thunder Bay is tucked on the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake and nestled within boreal forest and the Canadian Shield is all you need to know about this place like no other. Ranked #6 for Parks & Outdoors among small cities in Canada and surrounded by more wilderness than you’d find in some whole countries, it’s easy to see why so many professional hockey players and Olympic athletes are from here. These days, new residents come for the mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, angling and sailing within minutes of downtown. But also for the improving infrastructure and social services. For museums that rank #8 in the country. For an airport with connectivity that ranks #18. And, most importantly, for the second-most health-care practitioners per capita among small cities in Canada. There are over 20 primary care clinics, two hospitals and Lakehead University’s Northern Ontario School of Medicine—Canada’s newest medical school. Health care remains the city’s leading employment sector, and that growing talent pool, buoyed by remote work, continues to feast on (still) affordable housing, with single-family homes averaging $350,000.