West Fort William - Thunder Bay, Ontario neighbourhoods and nearby communities
The community of "West Fort" is unique, with a large number of smaller war time homes. This area was traditionally working class, who located here to be near the work at the various mills and plants in this part of town. The area is undergoing a rebirth and has a nice, unique commercial zone along Federica. This area is older, established, and dotted with small parks. The area is convenient to the Thunder Bay Hospital (McKellar General), though this hospital is due to close in 2002. Walsh Street takes you right to the city's airport.
The community is established and is well-schooled. There are several elementary schools with both school boards, and the public and Catholic board high schools are in the neighbourhood, as is the public library.
The community has a nice shopping district and grocery store at the south end on Frederica Street. It is also close to the shopping at Victoriaville Mall and the Downtown South.
To the north of the community are the International Friendship Gardens, The Centennial Conservatory, the Fort William Stadium, the NW Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and the Chapples Golf Course There are recreational pathways on the green space adjoining the railway tracks connecting the area to the Westfort Playfield. For movies, residents head to either the Silver City cinemas or the Northland Cinemas in the Victoriaville Mall. The neighbourhood is also close to skiing at Mt McKay.