The City of Thunder Bay has an amazing history - we were originally the inland headquarters of the Northwest Company, one of the greatest fur trade companies. Over time the settlement grew, from its beginnings as Fort Kaministiquia, to the cities of Fort William and Port Arthur. After amalgamation of the two cities in 1970, the City of Thunder Bay was eventually born.
In order to preserve our past, the City of Thunder Bay City Manager's Office manages a special division called the Thunder Bay Archives and Records Centre. The Archives keeps the official records of the City of Thunder Bay, and makes sure that the public can access information about how the City is run. The records date from the 1870s to the present, and can be viewed without an appointment.
The Archives is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. To learn more about this fantastic City resource, some cool facts about our past, and how the archives can enhance your history project and help you with ideas, click here. To visit the Archives' own website, where you can book a tour (ask your history teacher!) or explore some virtual exhibits, click here.
The term 'heritage' is synonymous with the past. Our history has shaped Thunder Bay's unique cultural climate today. We are lucky, because physical evidence of our past still stands today, forever reminding us of our amazing roots. The Heritage Advisory Committee, one of the current 22 Advisory Committees that advise City Council today, aims to preserve, discover, and promote in Thunder Bay.
A significant portion of the Heritage Advisory Committee's mandate is to recommend to Council properties to designate in Thunder Bay. This means that they protect historically significant sites in Thunder Bay. For those interested in local history or architecture, or for those who are doing a project about local history, check out the Heritage Advisory Committee or Heritage Registry for fascinating information.