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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  • A beautiful way to spend an hour walking through tropicals, greenery and vibrant colours! It's all free! (There is a donation box if you wish to donate to the care)  more »
  • Would have loved to see all the cacti but the rest was awesome, a few more name tag for the plants would have been nice, but well done.  more »
  • While I am used to larger conservatories, this one while small had a large variety of plants from throughout the world. As it was cool and raining outside, this was a welcome respite. Many of the plan...  more »
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  • Some areas blocked off. Otherwise plants very interesting. Bee colonization outside. Donation of monies accepted.
  • A really fantastic spot in the city. It's great to go on a cool day to explore. The plants are beautiful and is always a great place for a date. The facilities are a bit out dated, but well taken care of.
  • Great place to have your wedding ceremony worked out very well for my wife and I
  • Very nice place to escape the cold of winter. Need to try to see it when its fully blooming.
  • In the cold of winter it is a great place to get at blast of colour and remember what summer is like. Many tropical plants are here.

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