About Our History

Wendell and Jean Cathers were the original owners of Merla Mae in Thunder Bay. A family tradition since the early 1950's, Merla Mae is the first licensed drive-in in Thunder Bay.

The Tradition Continues...

Still a popular summer time icon since the early 1950's, Merla Mae remains locally owned and operated. Thunder Bay's only original drive-in signifies the beginning of summer and continued traditions here in Thunder Bay. Merla Mae has become a place for friends and family to gather for the “Merla Mae experience”....something as authentic as the business itself.

Wendell and Jean Cathers Merla Mae

Fresh Recipies all made In House!

Unique to the ice cream parlors of yesterday, our ice cream flavors come from time tested recipes all made in-house!

Made with the freshest ingredients and original flavors not seen anywhere else. You will undoubtedly experience an instant gratification once you dive into one of our luscious creamy dream ice creams or gelatos.

Why do we love ice cream?

We believe nothing captures pure joy like an original twin cone dipped in our own chocolate dip.

Original Flavours

We've got the scoop on our original ice cream flavors tested and loved by our customers. Our original persian ice cream leaves a tantalizing taste in your mouth that must quickly be followed by another spoonful

Our passion is to continue to provide our valued customers with new and exciting, mouth watering ice cream flavors. Watch for some new and exciting  ice cream and gelato products coming your way soon.