Thunder Bay's 50 million ton city mascot is known as the Sleeping Giant, the panoramic Sibley Peninsula, a formation of mesas and sills that juts out on Lake Superior and forms the body of water that is Thunder Bay. When viewed from the City, this remarkable peninsula resembles a reclining giant. The Sleeping Giant is displayed on the City of Thunder Bay's coat of arms and flag.
The largest, deepest, and most northerly of the Great Lakes and the largest body of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior has been home to the Ojibwe people for over 500 years. An Ojibway Legend identifies the Sleeping Giant as Nanabijou, who was turned to stone when the secret location of a rich silver mine was disclosed.
This formation is part of the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park where dramatic steep cliffs are among the highest in Ontario at 240 metres. The southernmost point is known as Thunder Cape and has been depicted by many early Canadian artists. The park has natural, recreational and cultural opportunities during every season including hiking and biking, canoeing and kayaking, camping, wildlife viewing and photography, and winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.