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Welcome to the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel

The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel offers the best location in the city overlooking Lake Superior and the vibrant Waterfront District. With fantastic views over the bay to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, this large and charming hotel abounds with true northern hospitality.

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Prince Arthur’s Landing & Marina Park with its children’s splash park, playgrounds, sailing tours, lakeshore promenades, festivals, and restaurants are less than 5 minutes away by foot.

The eclectic downtown Waterfront District is also steps away from the hotel. Here you’ll find independent boutiques selling clothing, antiques, and jewellery, as well as world-class restaurants, cafés and bars.

All of our rooms feature classic contemporary décor and free Wi-Fi with on-site laundry facilities. It’s well worth upgrading to one of the lakeview rooms, many of which include suites with jacuzzi tubs, overlooking Thunder Bay’s waterfront and marina.

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Our onsite dining room; Portside, specializes in classic steak and seafood dishes for dinner, while the Lounge Bar serves pub food and light bites, including afternoon tea.

We also provide classic catering and events services. With over 10,000 square feet of banquet space, we are an irresistible venue for your next conference or special occasion.Accessibility Policy


Birth of the Remembrance Poppy

The iconic red Remembrance Day poppy worn on lapels originates from our historic Thunder Bay hotel. In 1921, the first meeting of the Great War Veterans Association of Canada (a predecessor of the Legion) was held at our very own Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel. We often get visited by veterans' groups from Wisconsin and Minnesota who pose for pictures in front of our historic plaque.


Prince Arthur & The Connaught Crest

The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel is granted special permission for the use of the Connaught crest, a British Lion above a ducal coronet. The coat of arms, incorporated with the Canadian Northern Railway monogram, appeared on all of the hotel’s chairs, china and many other furnishings. Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught visits the hotel in 1912 shortly after being appointed Canada’s Governor General.


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Discover Our History

  • 1908

    Conceived over Poker

    The idea for The Prince Arthur Hotel is conceived over a poker game in the private railway car of J.J Carrick, the mayor of Port Arthur and Sir William Mackenzie, president of the Canadian Northern Railway. Carrick offered Mackenzie a prime building location with views of the Waterfront if the railway would build a grand hotel on the land. Mackenzie jumped on the notion.

  • 1909

    Public Vote

    In a referendum taken on April 28th, the citizens of Port Arthur endorsed by a vote of 635 to 94 the transfer of city land to the Canadian Northern Railway on which to build a grand new hotel.

  • 1909

    Plans in Place

    The Architects of Grand Central Station, Warren and Matheson of New York City, are hired to design & plan the hotel.

  • 1910

    Constructions Begins

    Toronto firm, Imperial Construction, begins construction of the six-storey, fireproof, concrete, marble and brick hotel. A two-storey addition is added to house the Bank of Nova Scotia in the basement and main levels with the hotel using the second floor as a drawing room.

  • 1911

    Grand Opening

    On March 14th, the brand new Prince Arthur Hotel opens its doors to 100 prominent guests who sit down to an exquisite 18-course meal of classical French cuisine. The Prince Arthur is considered one of the most luxurious hotels in Canada and the first of Canada’s elite chain of Canadian National railway hotels.

  • 1911

    Living Lavish

    The kitchen is outfitted with the latest in labour saving devices – “a machine that polishes knives, another that peels potatoes and an electrical device that both washes and dries dishes.”

  • 1911

    First-class Accommodation

    The Prince begins offering first-class accommodation, charging $1.50 to $2.00 a day for a regular room and $2.00 to $3.00 if you wanted a bath. The floors in the bathing rooms are made from the same marble as the rotunda.

  • 1911

    Dazzling Gardens Underway

    Saskatchewan landscape architect, H.F. Boyce of North Battleford, is hired to plan what became the famous terraced gardens and lawns of the Prince Arthur Hotel.

  • 1912

    Another Addition

    Four storeys are added to the annex addition directly above the bank and hotel drawing room.

  • 1912

    A Host for Royalty

    Shortly after being appointed the Governor General of Canada, the hotel’s namesake, Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught, joined by the Duchess of Connaught and their daughter, Princess Patricia visit Port Arthur and the Prince Arthur Hotel for a ceremony.

  • 1914

    Dance & Song

    Mrs. MacLean, a student of the famous Russian ballet dancer Louis Chalif, runs a ballroom dance studio out of the hotel. Over the years travelling musicians performing in town including Duke Ellington, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Johnny Cash frequently stay at the Prince Arthur.

  • 1914

    Welcome Prime Minister

    Sir Robert and Lady Borden stay at the hotel on December 31, where they are received in the drawing room. Borden is the Prime Minister of Canada at the time.

  • 1921

    Birth of the Remembrance Poppy

    The National Conference of the Great War Veterans Association is held at the Prince Arthur Hotel. Madame Guérin, the “Poppy Lady of France,” appears at the conference to propose a Poppy Day be held in Canada. The idea is embraced, and the first poppy campaign is held in Canada, that same year on November 11.

  • 1939

    A Grand Royale Gathering

    On May 23, King George and Queen Elizabeth visit the Lakehead, and a dance is held in their honour at the Prince Arthur before they depart west by train. The hotel provides dinner rolls and pastries that the royal party eat while onboard the royal car.

  • 1955

    A Change in Hands

    The Prince Arthur is sold from the Railway to a private firm from Winnipeg.

  • 2011

    Celebrating our Centennial

    To celebrate 100 years of Hospitality the Prince Arthur partners with the Thunder Bay Historical Museum to hold a special anniversary dinner serving the same grand opening menu as 1911.

  • 2018

    Irresistibly Classic

    a major rebranding and renovation project is launched to bring the unique history of the hotel to life.