Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 2 Issue: 4

Big Announcements:

NEW USER-FRIENDLY TOURISM WEBSITE NOW AVAILABLE!

Launched March 11, 2009, the www.visitthunderbay.com website presents an exciting new face that will make it easier for visitors to access information with new designs, revised content, easy to navigate pages and convenient features. The new site offers many features not previously available such as on-line videos, an improved event calendar and accessibility options. The site also features images and input from residents and visitors submitted through MyTBay.ca. Over 300 photograph and story contributions were received and many of them are used throughout the new website. It allows users much easier access to the latest information and is better organized for easy access to such things as the Tourism E-Newsletter, the latest edition of the Thunder Bay Experience Book and premier Distinctive Getaway Vacation Packages.  If you haven't done so already, be sure to check-out the new site at www.visitthunderbay.com and visit often for updates on new adventures & events happening in and around Thunder Bay!


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 www.visitthunderbay.com. The Contest closes on May 31st , 2009.  Winners are expected to be selected by mid 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 www.visitthunderbay.com.


Fort Features New Marketplace, Re-opens Cantine

Just as the fur trade was essentially based on the notion of bartering for goods, such will be the case with the Fort’s new Community Day Marketplace happening on Sundays throughout this season at the Fort’s amphitheatre. The Marketplace will embrace clothing and household items, environment-friendly items, antiques and art, homemade crafts, and many other items. The Marketplace will begin on Sundays in May.

Visitors will also see the re-opening of the Fort’s on-site restaurant, the Cantine, newly-repaired and re-designed, with greater emphasis on heritage themes. The historic program itself will feature themed weekends touching on different aspects of life in the 19th century including cuisine, music, transportation, sports and leisure, and cultural groups that were found at the Fort in 1815.

For more information on Community Day Marketplace and other activities at Fort William Historical Park this season, visit the Fort’s website: www.fwhp.ca or call Reservations at 473-2331.


Major Events


Magnus Theatre invites you down to their theatre in April to take in their season finale.
Between April 2nd & April 25, Glorious by Peter Quilter. 
This hilarious comedy with music, is based on the real life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an American whose biggest claim to fame was that she couldn't sing in tune, however, she somehow performed in public often and "butchered" many of the great works from the classical vocal repertoire.  Known as the "Murderer of the High Cs,"  Foster Jenkins made several recordings at the "Melotone" Studios and performed at Carnegie Hall.  For more information visit www.magnus.on.ca or to book your tickets call (807) 345-5552.

The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition invite you down to their grounds between April 3 & 5th for their annual Spring Home & Garden Show. The show will take place on the Friday April 3rd between 4pm - 9pm, Saturday April 4th between 10am – 6pm, and Sunday April 5th between 11am – 4pm. Come out and get ideas for a renovation that you might be interested in undertaking, or that gardening idea. For more information visit www.cle.on.ca. or call (807) 622-6473.

Between May 7-9th. the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce invites you to come down to the Sports Dome for the 36th Annual Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Trade Show & Business Expo.  The show will be running Thursday from 5pm - 9pm, Friday from 12pm - 9:00pm, and Saturday from 10am - 5pm.  Come out and see over 150 exhibitors showcasing the latest in products and services relating to house and home, beauty and wellness, recreation and leisure, featuring our small business expo and anything else from a-z.  For more information visit www.tb-chamber.on.ca or call (807) 624-2621. 


Events


The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium invites you to take in one of the following concerts during April:
  Visit www.tbca.com or call (807) 684-4444 for more information on these and other upcoming concerts.
April 2 - TBSO: Pictorial Voyage
April 3 & 4 - High School Idol 7: Auditions & Finals
April 5 & 9 - Lakehead Festival: Dance Competition
April 13 - Playdate with Max & Ruby
April 14 - No Fear Energy Tour
April 17 Gordon Lightfoot
April 18 - TBSO Pops 6: The Ladies Lement
April 21 - The Road Hammers
April 24 - Rome Dallaire
April 24 - Chaban: Take 2
April 28 - Dream Dance Company
April 30 - TBSO: Eroica

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be holding the following exhibits or activities for the month of April.  For more information visit www.theag.ca   
April 3 - May 17 - Roly Martin: Cascades, a multi-media installation
April 11-June 14 - Joseph Fredrich: Exhibition

The Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 219 May Street South (beside City Hall in downtown Thunder Bay South) features a sports museum of artifacts and photographs and a hall of fame highlighting the achievements of the region’s athletes, builders and teams from a variety of different sports and eras. A sports library and archives are available for researchers and sports fans alike. Open Monday through Friday 12 – 5. Group tours and educational programmes are available by appointment. For further information call (807) 622-2852 or visit www.nwosportshalloffame.com. The follow are exhibits will be on display for the month of April:
  • Running Through of Excellence - a look back at the early years of the 10 Mile Road Race
  • A Celebration of Excellence - Displays honouring the newest members of the Hall of Fame
  • The Mascot Gallery - See the original masocts from the 1995 Nordic World Ski Championships, the Whiskey Jacks and Thunder Bay Flyers
  • A Proud Hockey History - featuring an original Montreal Canadiens jersey from the 1940s 


General Tourist Information


Fort William Historical Park would like to offer you 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 http://www.fwhp.ca, e-mail info@fwhp.ca, or call (807) 473-2344.

Planning a trip to the North of Superior Region just got a whole lot easier with the help of the North of Superior Tourism Association’s new website – www.northofsuperior.orgVisitors can learn more about hundreds of regional attractions, resorts, outfitters, accommodations, retailers and restaurants, complete with maps, events calendar and the newest feature, a Travel Cart. The Travel Cart allows visitors to save information and create personalized travel bundles or itineraries, and request information from each of the selected members. The website also features last minute travel deals and information about regional towns and cities. Since going "live" in late February of this year, the site has had 347,587 page views, 6842 click-throughs to NOSTA member websites and sent 1247 visitor enquiries directly to NOSTA members (as of March 14, 2009). And these numbers are increasing every day!

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 www.gammondalefarm.com.  To book an activity for your group or family please e-mail farmfun@tbaytel.net 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 jewelery and sculpture. View over 250 hand selected original artworks by over 85 artists. Five new artists represented are artist's: Roman Zuzak, Anne Marrec, Susan McGillivray, Mariette Savard, and Christopher Langstroth. We are proud to show Shane Norrie's new collection of ceramics, "White Coral" ; some of the ceramics appear in photographs in April 2009 issue of Canadian House and Home magazine. 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. For more information call Debra (807) 346-0409 or visit www.chenierfinearts.ca

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 conference.services@lakeheadu.ca.

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 www.gamescomplex.com.

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 www.tbpl.ca

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 childrensmuseumforthunderbay@yahoo.ca, visit www.childrensmuseumforthunderbay.webs.com 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 www.thesportsdome.ca for upcoming events and activities

Fort William Historical Park