Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 2 Issue: 5

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 online 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.  A special Thank you to Storm Carroll, local photographer, whose great image was used on the cover of our 2009 Thunder Bay Experience Guide.  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 checkout the new site at www.visitthunderbay.com and visit often for updates on new adventures & events happening in and around Thunder Bay!


Last chance to enter into the Tourism Thunder Bay's " 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 running "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 Marketplace Sundays

Just as the fur trade was based on bartering for goods, such will be the case with Fort William Historical Park's new Community Day Marketplace happening on Sundays throughout this season at the Fort's amphitheatre.

Given the current tough economic times, these marketplaces provide an opportunity to get some cash for items no longer in use around the home as well as allowing everyone a chance to "go green" and help the environment by reusing, re-purposing, recycling.

Different items may be promoted on different theme days including clothing and household items, environment-friendly items, antiques and art, homemade crafts, fitness equipment and sporting goods, yard and garden equipment, and tool and recreation equipment.

The Marketplace will be open on Sundays and a few select Saturdays from May to October.

On the historic site, the historic program itself will feature themed weekends embracing a variety of topics including cuisine, music, transportation, sports and leisure, and culture.

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


Don't miss Thunder Bay's longest running and most diversified Trade Show & Business Expo between May 7 & 9th at the Sports Dome and CLE Grounds. Visit over 150 exhibits inside and outside showcasing house and home, recreation lifestyle and leisure, beauty and wellness and the small business expo.  Bring your design questions to professional ARIDO interior designers, see the Can Build competition, test drive a Mazda from Target Motors, see stage presentations, kids activities and so much more. The show will be running Thursday from 5pm - 9pm, Friday from 12pm - 9:00pm, and Saturday from 10am - 5pm.  For more information visit www.tb-chamber.on.ca or call (807) 624-2621. 

Between May 8th & 16th, Magnus Theatre invites you to come down to their theatre for the production of The Murder of Maria Marten or the Red Barn.  Watch local Members and friends of the Thunder Bay Law Association, Thunder Bay Medical Society, Thunder Bay Dental Association, Professional Engineers of Ontario-Lakehead Chapter as they present a musical melodrama based on the true story of a crime that took place in 19th century Suffolk, England.  For more information visit www.magnus.on.ca or for tickets call the box office at (807) 345-5552. 


Events


The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium invites you to take in one of the following concerts during May.  Visit www.tbca.com or call (807) 684-4444 for more information on these and other upcoming concerts.
May 1 - Dorothy the Dinosaur
May 3 - The Cowboy Junkies
May 6 & 7 - Fay Gleeson Dancers
May 8 - Stimulus Package Featuring Jimmy Bowskill
May 12 - Experience Dance
May 14 - Studio One
May 23 - Dance Dynamics Presents " Musicals"

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be holding the following exhibits or activities for the month of May.  For more information visit www.theag.ca   
Until May 17 - Roly Martin: Cascades, a multi-media installation
Until 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 following are exhibits that will be on display for the month of May:
  • Running Through of Years - 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 mascots 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 

The Thunder Bay Museum is pleased to offer the following exhibits for the month of May.  For more information visit www.thunderbaymuseum.com.

  • Look What We Just Got
  • Music to our Ears: Notes from Thunder Bay's Musical Past
  • Until June 15: Albertosaurus: Our Dinosaur

On May 2nd, Mayor Lynn Peterson invites you to come on down to the Current River Recreation Centre for the 10th annual RBC Mayor’s Walk for Volunteerism. Hit the road for your favourite charity! The walk features a pleasant 2km stroll along Boulevard Lake and allows you to support a non-profit of your choice. Simply gather pledges and Volunteer Thunder Bay does the rest! 50% of the funds you collect support your favourite non-profit and 50% supports Volunteer Thunder Bay's vital volunteer programs. Pledge forms are available at Volunteer Thunder Bay or any RBC Royal Bank branch. For more info or to register, call 623-8272 ext 13 or email info@volunteerthunderbay.ca.

Between May 2 & 3, the Thunder Bay Multi-Cultural Assocation invites you down to the Fort William Gardens for their Annual Folklore Festival. Travel the World in 48 Hours at this year's Folklore Festival. International entertainment, foods, and exhibits await you. Enjoy the Aboriginal Encampment, jam-packed Children's area and artists on site. For more information visit www.folklorefestival.ca or call (807) 623-5471.

On May 12th at 7pm, Definitely Superior Art Gallery invites you to come down to their gallery at 250 Park Avenue to experience an evocative multi-arts cocktail at the Gala Opening Reception for LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY RETROGRADUATE SHOW. Part of an ongoing partnership with Lakehead University Visual Arts Department for students to gain experience in research/production/presentation, providing annual gallery space to graduating students to present works from their last 4 years and new works, thus encouraging a positive transition into their status as professional artists with developing arts careers. Congratulations Major Studio graduates: Elizabeth Buset, Janice Andrews, Vernon Allen, Dimitra Maluzynsky, Barbara Rickards, Alyx Sparkes & Kim Warwick! Also: new works by previous graduates Lorne Glena & Jay Starret, musical performances by critically-acclaimed Montreal bands Mixylodian and Karn with local openers & big-screen video projections, featured artists in attendance & refreshments. The exhibitions run until June 6. Come out to support artists of the future.  For more information visit www.definitelysuperior.com & www.tbshows.com or call the (807) 344-3814.   

On May 18th at 9 am, you are invited to come on down to take part in the 76th annual 10 Mile Road Race.  The race is open to all level of runners from the competitive to the recreational, as well they are also offering a relay teams category.  The route takes runners from the starting line at the corner of May Street and Arthur Street, down Simpson to Fort William Road and Water Street to Marina Park, and then making their way back to the end at the corner of May and Arthur Street.  The entry fee is $20 or $30 with a t-shirt.  Deadline for entries is May 16th.  Entry forms can be picked up at Fresh Air Experience, Confederation College, Canada Games Complex and Halfway Motors.  For more information visit www.10mileroadrace.org

Between May 22 & 24th, the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts Swim Club invite you to come down to the Canada Games complex and cheer on competitors in the 36th annual Thunderbolt International Swim Meet.  Cheer on participants from Thunder Bay, the region, as well as from Manitoba and Minnesota as they compete.  Admission to the event is free.  For more information on the Thunderbolt Swim Club, and the meet visit www.thunderbolts.ca.

On May 23rd, Magnus Theatre is pleased to present its 32nd Annual dinner Auction. As one of the longest running dinner auction events in Northwestern Ontario, LIVE IT UP! promises to be the best one yet! Enjoy a full course meal catered by the Travelodge Airlane and of course the exciting live and silent auctions with a large assortment of fantastic items up for bid.  For more information visit www.magnus.on.ca or for tickets call their box office at (807) 345-5552.

On May 23rd, The Fort City Kinsmen invite you to come on down to the Da Vinci Centre for the 5th annual Thunder Bay Comic Idol Competition.  Anyone can sign up to compete to be the 2009 Comic Idol winner and a chance at $1000 in prizes. This super funny evening will have up to 6 local amateurs, several local feature acts and a full hour performance by Comic Master - John Caponera straight from Las Vegas.  For more information call (807) 472-8093.

On May 31st starting at 12pm, the City of Thunder Bay invites you to grab your kite and come on down to Chippewa Park for this year's 18th Annual Thunder Bay Kite Festival.  The Kite Festival, first held in 1981, was included in the "Top 50 Ontario Festivals" list for four years in a row.  The program has been renamed as the "Top 100 Ontario Festivals" and the Thunder Bay Kite Festival made the list for 2008!  Don't miss this award-winning day of fun, colour and amazement!  For more information visit www.thunderbay.ca/kitefestival or call (807) 625-2487. 


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!


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.
View over 250 hand selected original artworks by over 85 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 by Shane Norrie, art jewelery and sculpture. New this month are the Caribbean inspired ceramics, "White Coral" by Shane Norrie, "Alleyscapes"- paintings by Sacha, "Summer Landscapes"- watercolours by Robert Paterson and "Bead and Fibre Wearable Art" by local artist Anne Winkworth. 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 363 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 spring.  The museum is open for general admission on Sundays from 1-4pm at a cost of $4 per child.  Birthday parties can be booked for Friday evenings, as well as Saturday afternoons.  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.  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