Centennial Botanical Conservatory, Thunder Bay

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The Centennial Conservatory in Thunder Bay, Ontario is located in the city's south end. It was built in 1965 and opened to the public in 1967 as a Centennial Project to commemorate the Canadian Centennial. The conservatory houses various varieties of tropical plants, flowers, trees and shrubs in its main greenhouse, a cactus room, and a room with seasonal displays. The facility includes paths and benches and a wishing well and is open to the public, year round free of charge.HistoryThe Centennial Conservatory is a commemorative Centennial Project donated to the citizens of Fort William as their legacy. Construction started in 1965 and was for the most part completed in 1966 leaving one year for seeding and growing. It was finally opened to the public on November 10, 1967. On November 18, 1967, the official opening ceremony was held.In 1968, one year after the Centennial Conservatory opened to the public, a large banana plant was donated by the Canadian Daughters Assembly 34.
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  • Stopped by there with my children and wandered thru. Admission is free and a silver collection box at the door. Many different varieties of trees and plants. I enjoyed seeing the citrus trees with the...  more »
  • Tropical paradise in the middle of winter! Featuring lovely displays of cactus, rare and tropical plants it is often used as a setting for wedding pictures. Make sure you bring your camera when you vi...  more »
  • Step into this historic conservatory built in 1967 when Canada celebrated its first 100 year anniversary and see the many wonderful plants. I enjoy this place because it has a sense of community and w...  more »
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  • My husband and I had a great time. Nice that is it free and beautiful plants. We went today for the plant sale and because their we're DJ's playing. I haven't even before but definitely would recommend as a cold weather event. Also family friendly. I said five stars but if I could I would give it 10 gold stars!
  • Lovely place to visit- especially in the winter. Affordable (by donation) and family friendly. Yes 2 rooms were closed off but you can still peak in and it's pretty much free.
  • Love this place. Some plants and trees look so ancient you can't help but feel a bit enchanted. Cactus section wasn't accessible, but for what I could see through the door it was very beautiful. Great respect for the individuals who work hard to keep the conservatory running, and I hope it stays up for future generations to experience.
  • This is a beautiful place where you can go and see plants in a warm environment. The staff are vary welcoming and it's always clean. A great place to take a date or just go to spend time in your thoughts. Plus it's great for photo shoots.
  • Wonderful place to visit all year round. There is always something in bloom. Stunning mature vegetation. I visit the conservatory monthly as a quick, hour long vacation. Wonderful to sit and relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Will visit again, and again.
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