Vascular Plant Checklist

The first Checklist of Vascular Plants of Thunder Bay District was prepared in 1968 by Walter Hartley under the direction of Douglas R. Lindsay for the Lakehead University meeting of the Canadian Botanical Association. It was revised ten years later by William H. Parker, and in 1984 Claude Garton and other members of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists further revised it and added common names to make it more accessible to amateur botanists. Subsequent revisions were published in 1993,1998, and 2003. The latest edition, published in 2015, is spiral bound, 55 pages in length, and includes many major revisions.


The 2015 edition lists a total of 1,275 species of 119 families that have been recorded for the Thunder Bay District. 119 species are considered provincially rare (S1-S3 ranked by OMNRF's Natural Heritage Information Centre), and 12 are Great Lakes Tracked Species. A total of 297 species are considered regionally rare and there are 69 arctic-alpine disjuncts.

Copies of the checklist are available at club meetings for $10, or can be ordered by sending a cheque for $14 (includes shipping) payable to TBFN Nature Reserves to:

     Plant Checklist
     TBFN Nature Reserves
     Box 10037
     Thunder Bay, Ontario
     P7B 6T6

Copies of the checklist can also be purchased at the Lakehead University bookstore.