Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Tourism Thunder Bay Launches " Seven days with the giant" contest for 2009!

The City of Thunder Bay - Tourism Division, along with over 15 different regional tourism partners, is once again launching "Seven Days With the Giant", last year's exceptionally popular contest that gives one winner and three lucky friends a 7 day experience of a lifetime to Thunder Bay and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, valued at over $20,000. Three secondary prizes of a weekend for two in the city will also be awarded. You and your family and friends can enter online at The Contest closes on May 31st , 2009.  Winners are expected to be selected by mis June 2009.  The prize redemption period is from August 1 to September 7, 2009.  Be sure to enter and tell all your family and friends.  For more about the contest visit our website at

Canadian film promotion - One week

CANADIAN FILM features Thunder Bay's Terry Fox Monument!

Be sure to catch ONE WEEK in threatres across Canada starting March 6th. This Canadian film features Thunder Bay's iconic Terry Fox Monument in the film.

When a young man is confronted with his mortality, he takes a cross-country road trip on a vintage motorcycle. ONE WEEK tells the story of Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson), in his mid-twenties, who flees from the confines of his life—an impending marriage, a job he’s not entirely happy with and a recent diagnosis—in order to attempt to live more fully. What starts off as an ill-defined venture soon morphs into a quest for the West Coast. Check Show Dates and Times at a Threatre near you!!

Major 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!


Magnus Theatre invites you down to their theatre to take in one of their productions playing during the month of March.
Until March 14 - 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.
Between March 16 - 20 - March Break Drama Camp.
For more information on either of these productions visit or to book your tickets call (807) 345-5552.

On March 7th & 8th, the Shebandowan Community Center invite you to come down to the Centre for the Shebandewon Cabin Fever Dog Derby and Winter Carnival.  For more information call (807) 964-1815. 

Between March 18th and 21st, Definitely Superior Art Gallery Invite you down to their studio at 250 Park Avenue during the month of March to take in their 3rd annual "urban Infill-Art In The Core" 20 project series with their "Urban Unfill" Downtown -Wide Art Exhibition.  The series encourages Thunder Bay downtown revitalization by presenting mutli-disciplinary regional, national, and international contemporary art during a 4-day exhibit at the art gallery commercial art galleries/artist studios, and by converting empty reatil spaces into temporary art galleries.  Pick up a copy of your Art Map at Definitely Superior Art Gallery for your studios.  Here are some highlights of the 4 day event:
March 18 - Opening Reception featuring performative tour guides
March 19 - 21 - Exhibition
March 21 - Closing Party Fundraiser featuring "Tokyo Pop & Shock Cabaret" with 30 acts with 18 bands @ 3 venues  
For more information on this event visit

The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium invites you to take in one of the following concerts during March:  Visit or call (807) 684-4444 for more information on these and other upcoming concerts.
March 1 - Jeremy Hotz
March 5 - TBSO - Carmina Burana
March 12 - TBSO - Side by Side
March 13-15 - Chicago
March 20 - Doodlebops
March 21 - Daylin James - A Return to Aloha from Hawaii
March 28 - TBSO - Last Night at the Proms

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be holding the following exhibits or activities for the month of March.  For more information visit   
Until March 31 - Lorraine Gilbert: Shaping the New Forest
March 6 - 29 - Lakehead University: The Major Studio Exhibition
March 16-20 - March Break Art Classes

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 oil paintings "Portrait Series" by Geoff Farnsworth, "Alleyscapes" Acrylic 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.

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. Info - Debra (807) 346-0409.Visit

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, visit 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 Sports Dome offers a wide variety of sporting activities including mini-putting, basketball, tennis, badminton and much more.  Look for March Break activities happening March 16-20.  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