July 1, 2002
A creek runs through the country-like property even though it is only 4 blocks away from the waterfront. Owners Bob and Karen Walker frequently walk to the wharf to watch sail boat races or observe them from their 3rd floor residence on a lazy days.
Gracious hosts, we were invited in to have wine, juice or soda with them on the sunporch. We sat in a cozy space overlooking the gardens and creek learning about life in Thunder Bay–a "great place to raise a family" and received lots of advice on what to see and do in the region. They made reservations for us at the Caribou Restaurant (excellent choice!) And suggested seeing a movie just blocks away from the B&B (just $2 for a current movie!)
Three rooms range from $60-120 Canadian. Since the exchange rate is wonderfully in our favor, we could afford to splurge on the Manor Room Suite, under $85 US! The gorgeous room was spacious, handsomely furnished in antiques, decorated in burgundy and hunter green – thankfully no frilly Victorian knicknack decor anywhere! The bathroom was huge and has a large triple jacuzzi under a window, while a stand up shower is located on the opposite wall.
We were asked to lock the door when we returned from our night on the town, and turn out the lights. Such a safe city that most don't even bother locking houses, or cars...but it makes the guests feel better who are used to more crime back home!
Breakfast was made to order. I requested an omelet, while my husband had eggs benedict. Both were delicious. After serving us, Mr. Walker sat down with us and visited another hour about restoring the historic home (we have one too) and his recent retirement, and life in general. I cannot get over how genuinely friendly Canadians were in all of our stay in the Thunder Bay region.
This B&B is located near Centennial Park (a great place to jog, rollerblade around the lake) on the eastern downtown section of the city. Easy access to Highway 11/17.
From journal Wonderful Place, eh, Thunder Bay