Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 2 Issue: 6

Enter to win a chance for a blues festival giveaway.

In Celebration of National Tourism Week - June 1 - 7th, 2009, the City of Thunder Bay Tourism Division is giving away an awesome Blues Festival Getaway for Two to Thunder Bay July 3 - 5, 2009 to a lucky winner, and it could be you!!!  Enter the Contest by going to www.visitthunderbay.com.  Contest closes at 12 Noon (ET) on June 22, 2009.  The drawing will take place within approximately 2 days after the closing of the Contest.

The Prize Package includes 3 nights accommodations; Two Weekend Passes to the 8th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival; Dinner for Two at the Prospector Steak House; Gift Certificate for Ruby Moon Catering & Lunch Bar; Gift Certificate for Lot 66 Resto Lounge & Wine Bar; a Thunder Bay Harbour Tour by SailSuperior.com with great views of the Sleeping Giant and the Blues Festival; all applicable taxes.  (Expenses not stated are the sole responsibility of the winner).

For more details about the 8th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival visit www.TBAYBLUES.ca

Residents of the City of Thunder Bay or Metro Area (Townships of Neebing, O'Connor, Oliver, Paipoonge, Gillies, Shuniah and the Fort William Indian Reserve No. 52) are not eligible to participate in this Contest.


TOurism Thunder Bay Visitor Centres summer hours begin

Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit one of our 2 local information centres for information on new things to see and do.  Starting June 9th, the Pagoda Information Centre will be open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday thru Saturday.  On June 15th, the Terry Fox Information Centre will be extending their hours from 8:30am to 7:30pm, daily.  For more information visit www.visitthunderbay.com or call (807) 983-2041.


Fort William Historical Park Features Spring on the Farm & CountryFest

Fort William Historical Park invite you to come down to their park and enjoy CountryFest Camping Weekend on June 12 - 14.  Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th enjoy popular country artist Ricky Skaggs, Beverly Mahood, Willie Mack, Bryce Pallister and Country Roads, Scott Van Teeffelen, Scott Skirving and Skyward, and many others.  Concerts run from 6 to 11 pm on Friday, and noon to 11 pm on Saturday.  Admission is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children 3-12 and free for children 2 and younger. 

Check out the Fort's Spring on the Farm between June 6 and 7th.  Get a close-up look at the farm's newborns, including chicks, piglets, lambs, and calves.  A Community Day admission rate of $5 for everyone for each day.

On June 7th this year's Amphitheatre Marketplace features a Yard & Garden theme.  Bring your wares to sell and swap.

The Fort is open 10am - 5pm daily.  For more information visit their website at www.fwhp.ca or call (807) 473-2344.


Major Events


Mark your calendars.  The 8th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival between July 3-5th at Marina Park.  This world-class 3-day event features the best names in blues entertainment.  For more information visit www.tbayblues.ca.   


Events


The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium invites you to take in one of the following concerts during June.  Visit www.tbca.com or call (807) 684-4444 for more information on these and other upcoming concerts.
June 2 - Randy Bachman and his Band
June 6 - CMT on Tour at Rockhouse
June 12 - Kenny Sheilds and Streetheart at Rockhouse
June 12 & 13 - Senior Year
June 29 - July 3 - Rock Camp: Week One (Kids Camp)

There are many great events happening out at Chippewa Park for the month of June! Shelter House’s Corporate Relay will take place on the weekend of June 5-7th. Benny Birches birthday is running the weekend of June 12-14th. On the 14th The Friends Of Chippewa Park will be doing a Déjà vu Day where members of the community who once worked at Chippewa Park in their younger days will be performing their old duties! On June 28th, 2009 celebrate Chippewa Fun Day! A free event running from 11:00-4:00pm, with cake, juice, coffee, games and prizes for all ages, all completely FREE! Grand prize is a weekend get away for four to Sturgeon Lake Lodge!  For more information on these events or other events visit the www.chippewapark.ca.

On June 6th the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority will be holding its Lakehead Conservation Foundation Garden Party and Plant Sale from 9am to 12 noon.  For more information visit www.lakeheadca.com or call (807) 345-2377.

Between June 10 -11th, the Thunder Bay District Crime Stoppers invite you to come out to the Murillo Fair Grounds for their annual RCMP Musical Ride.  There will be two shows, one each day.  THe show starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm.  Tickets are available at the Fort William Gardens Box Office, or by calling (807) 625-2929.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  For more information contact the Crime Stoppers Office at (807) 684-1309.

Between June 19-21st, the Downtown Heart of the Harbour invites you to come down for this year's annual Harbourfest.  The event will showcase local artists and their work both for sale and for show.  For more information visit www.harbourfest2009.com.

Come out on June 24th as the City of Thunder Bay and the Downtown Heart of the Harbour kicks off its annual weekly Wednesday evening Summer in the Park concert and Art of the Harbour series.  Enjoy live entertainment as well as view local artists work.  For more information visit www.thunderbay.ca/sitp.


Exhibits

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be holding the following exhibits or activities for the month of June.  For more information visit www.theag.ca   
Until June 14 - Joseph Fredrich: Immortal
Until June 14 - High School Art Showcase 2009 
June 4 - 21 - Honouring Our Voices
June 15 - Art Appraisal Day
June 19 - September 20 - Unreserved: An Affirmation of Contemporary Expression, Selections from the Reowned Permanent Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery 

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 June:

  • 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 June.  For more information visit www.thunderbaymuseum.com.

  • Until August 2: Albertosaurus: Our Dinosaur
  • Until September 13: "Cambrian Players Presents" an exhibit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the theatre group.
  • July 2 - November 15: "By Land, Sea and Air: Our Military Forces" an exhibit on the army, navy and air force units of Northwestern Ontario Throughout our history.

In June, Definitely Superior Art Gallery at 250 Park Avenue presents:

  • June 20th: Prepare yourself for a Zombie invasion with Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s 1st annual "BAY OF THE DEAD: Zombie Walk, Zombie Fest & Zombie Ball", during Thunder Bay’s HARBOURFEST weekend.  A Zombie Walk is a fun non-profit public performance activity started by horror movie fans turned mainstream/popular. People get together dressed up like zombies, and do what zombies do best, lurch, shamble and drag barely hinged limbs down the street. Theatrical fun anyone can participate in! They’re everywhere worldwide! For Zombie Walk participants, donations of canned food items for local food banks would be appreciated. Zombie Ball after-party at Black Pirates Pub w/ 10 Living Dead bands+performances.
  • Fri. June 26th @ 7pm: Gala Opening Reception: Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s 21st Anniversary Members Exhibition & Confederation College Film Graduates Film Screenings; until July 25.

For more information on the Gallery or any of the featured exhibits visit www.definitelysuperior.com or call (807) 344-3814.


General Tourist Information


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.  New are the resin coated, mixed media paintings by Internationally recognized Canadian artist Shane Norrie. Also featured in June is Shane's summer pottery collection, "White Coral". Local jewelery artist Anne Winkworth is exhibiting her summer art to wear collection, "Kinky Kopper" fibre, glass and bead jewellery. New are the miniature paintings of musical subjects by Monique Bedard, original etchings with the subject of family by Mathias Muleme, summer landscape watercolors by Robert Paterson and oil paintings on wood, transitional landscape paintings by emerging artist Astrid Denelle, "Portrait Series" by internationally recognized Canadian painter Geoff Farnsworth. 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, mixed media, original prints, Shane Norrie pottery, sculpture, and art jewelery.  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

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

The new Downtown Artisans & Farmers Market is now open at 507 E Victoria Ave. It 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.

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