Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 2 Issue: 2

Major Upcoming Events

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is snuggled under a thick blanket of snow awaiting the excitement of the newly renamed Sleeping Giant Loppet. Formerly the Sibley Ski Tour, this mass participation cross country ski event will take place on March 7, 2009. The 10 and 20 km distances are perfect for recreational skiers and families, while more serious competitors can take part in the 50 km event in either the classic or free technique categories. A $1000 cash prize will be awarded to the top male and female finisher in the 50 km free event. This year, participants can also choose a 35 km distance that winds over the Pickerel Lake and Burma Trails before finishing back at the Lake Marie Louise Campground. For more information visit Ski the Giant!

Major Events

Cabin fever got you Down? Fort William Historical Park has the perfect remedy during the Voyageur Winter Carnival, happening February 14-16th. The exciting festival features the return of the Chilly Willy Pond Hockey Challenge where teams compete for the coveted Beaver Cup. There's live entertainment, good food and lots of outdoor happenings including snow sculpturing, log sawing, dog sled rides and tubing. Plenty of Fun for the whole family. For more information, please visit the website at, e-mail or call (807) 473-2344. Hope to see you there!


Magnus Theatre invites you down to their theatre to take in one of their productions playing during the month of February.
Until February 7 - Hockey Mom Hockey Dad by Michael Melski: A love story that takes place in a hockey rink. Two lonely single parents meet and fall in love while watching their kids play a season of minor hockey. In their section of the bleachers in an old rink, they find the good and bad in themselves reflected by the games their kids play.
February 26 - March 1 - Looking by Norm Foster: Val’s a nurse, Andy’s in the storage business, Nina’s a police officer and Matt’s a radio morning show host. They’re middle-aged, single and looking. Val answers Andy’s personal ad in the newspaper and a date is set. Nina and Matt are coaxed into joining their friends for support.
For more information on either of these productions visit or to book your tickets call (807) 345-5552

Come and visit the Children’s Museum for Thunder Bay, The Imagination Station this winter.  The museum is open on Sundays from 1-4pm at a cost of $4 per child.  In February the museum will be holding two special sundays.
February 8 - "have a Heart"
February 22 - "Wacky Hat Day"
For more information visit, e-mail or call (807) 345-2222.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery Invite you down to their studio at 250 Park Avenue during the month of February to take in their 3rd annual "urban Infill-Art In The Core" 20 project series. The series features:
February 6 - Opening Reception featuring heart strings with free music and refreshments.
February 14 - "heart Strings" by Amy Crnkovic & Tanya Elchuk
February 21 - "Motus O: Performance of Carmina Burana"
February 28 - "electronika" FEaturing: Japanese Noise Musician: Paul Haggarty
Until March 7 - Dialogue: Nature and Geometry" by Leszek Wyczolkowski & "The Translator's Conundrum" by Daryl Vocat
For more information on this event visit

On February 16th, Gammondale Farm would like to invite you out to their farm for their Gammondale Family Day Fun between 11am and 2pm. Cost is $10/person and children under 2 are free. Activities for the day include an old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh ride at the foot of Candy Mountain, farm animals, outdoor and indoor fun for families. Hot drinks are available. Bring your own snacks and cold drinks. For more information visit, e-mail or call (807) 475-5615 or 1-888-705-3646

The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium invites you to take in one of the following concerts during January:  Visit or call (807) 684-4444 for more information on these and other upcoming concerts.
February 17 - The Rankin Family
February 21 - TBSO - Pierre Schryer Band
February 28 - BJ Thomas

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be holding the following exhibits for the month of December:  For more information visit   
Until February 15 - From The Permanent Collection: Bob Boyer and Benjamin Chee Chee
Until March 1 - Allen Sapp: The Quiet Life
Until March 1
- From Lansdowne House: Norman Moonias
Until March 1 - Vid Ingelvick: Hunter/gatherer
Until March 31
- Lorraine Gilbert: Shaping the New Forest

General Tourist Information

Fort William Historical Park would like to offer you sleigh rides, education and community programs with spots still available in all. You can still visit the Fort via walking tours, offered daily from Monday to Friday at 11am and 2pm. Tours last roughly 90 minutes, beginning from the Fort’s Administration Building. Please dress accordingly!  Please Mark your calendar for an exciting winter season at Fort William Historical Park.  For more information visit their website at, e-mail, or call (807) 473-2344.

Gammondale Farm invites you out to the farm This winter.  Old fashioned sleigh rides parties are available by reservations for small and large groups. It's great winter fun for everyone in your family, community or corporate group. Or plan a 'romantic ride for two' in our vintage one-horse sleigh called a cutter! WInter activities include sleigh and cutter rides, unlimited hot drinks, farm animals, skating and playing on the frozen pond, Maple Taffy ont he Snow and historic Log House (1894).  Bring your own food or catering is available. For more information about sleigh ride parties at Gammondales visit  To book an activity for your group or family please e-mail or call (807) 475-5615 or 1-888-705-3646.

Chenier Fine Arts, the purple gallery at 8 Court Street South showcases a diverse selection of original art created by established and emerging Canadian, regional and international artists. Styles represented range from abstract and contemporary to classic and transitional. Mediums include paintings and mixed media on canvas, original prints on paper, ceramics exclusively by Shane Norrie, art jewellery and sculpture. View over 175 hand selected original artworks by over 75 artists. New are the alleyscape paintings by Sacha and ceramic bottles and bowls by Norrie. Chenier Fine Arts offers professional custom picture framing services and informative consultations. Debra Chenier and Jean Chenier together have over five decades of experience in assisting clients in the selection of appropriate framing. Art on Paper is preserved by using Conservation Framing - acid free materials, rag mats and boards, and UV protecting glass to help keep the art from fading and damage. Canadian, Italian and French mouldings are hand finished by skilled artisans. Visit for the launch of the new gallery website.

Chenier Fine Arts hours are Tuesday to Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm. and by appointment. Take advantage of the free 2 hour parking in the Downtown North Core on Saturdays. The Gallery is located on Court Street South between Red River Road and Park Avenue. For more information visit or call Debra at (807) 346-0409.

The new Downtown Artisans & Farmers Market is now open at 507 E Victoria Ave.  It is open Saturdays from 10am-3pm until April, and is open year round with fresh produce, freshly prepared foods, entertainment, and the work of local artists.  For more information contact Jim at (807) 622-1718.

Lakehead University would like to invite you to hold your special event at their location. They have year round facilities for conferences, workshops, meetings, retreats, and reunions for between 15-200 people. They offer Catering, audio, visual, and Video conferencing for your event. Between May and August they also offer summer guest accommodations with daily, weekly and monthly rates for single, double dorm rooms, four-bedroom townhouses and Apartments. For more information call (807) 343-8799 or e-mail

The Comfort Inn Thunder Bay celebrates summer with great savings!  Check in for great rates and great service.  Our professional, hospitable staff awaits your arrival.  Plan your get away by calling (807) 475-3155 and ask for your special “E-news rate”.

The Canada Games Complex has 'Something for every BODY'. Open 7 days a week and 3-63 days a year come enjoy the multifaceted recreational facility that offers aquatic, fitness and recreational activities to people of all ages. Enjoy, the 77 meter pool, the 10, 7.5 and 5 meter diving towers and one and 3 meter diving boards, the 73 meter Thunderslide with badminton and Ping-Pong tables to enjoy on the pool deck. Weight and Whirlpools and new on deck Change Areas for Families and People with Disabilities are also available. Daily admission rates are reasonable. Swim, splash, laugh, unwind, move, enjoy! Families are at the Heart of the Complex. Visit us them at

Stay in touch via e-mail while you’re in town.  All locations of the Thunder Bay Public Library offer free public internet access computers and wireless (WIFI) service.  For more information, including locations and hours of operation, please visit our Virtual Library 24/7 at

Come and visit the Children’s Museum for Thunder Bay, The Imagination Station this winter.  The museum is open on Sundays from 1-4pm at a cost of $4 per child.  Birthday parties and group visits are available upon request.  For more information e-mail or call (807) 345-2222.

Located right by Intercity Shopping Centre.  Come by for a visit to see Ontario’s largest air-filled dome structure at 87,000 sq ft of family fun and entertainment.  The Thunder Bay Sports Dome offers a wide variety of sporting activities including mini-putting, basketball, tennis, badminton and much more.  Book ahead or drop in at your convenience.  Open from 8am to 11pm daily.  Full menu concession and licensed bar available.  Check out for upcoming events and activities.

Fort William Historical Park