Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 2 Issue: 8

TOurism Thunder Bay Visitor Centres summer hours

Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit one of our 2 local information centres for information on new things to see and do.  The Pagoda Information Centre will be open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday thru Saturday.  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.


Exciting August Festivals at Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park offers exciting contemporary and heritage events and festivals in August.

Between August 1st and 2nd, Witness the dramatic re-enactment of the armed takeover of Fort William during this year's annual Fort Under Siege.  See the drama unfold as the gunshot ring out!

Experience First Nations culture during Anishnawbe Keeshigun, Satuday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th. Traditional dancing, singing and drumming, plus games, crafts, good food and ceremonial dramatizations are highlights. Admission: $5.00 adults, free for children age 5 and younger. Themed camping also available.

‘Sell and Swap’ Marketplace every Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., with on-stage entertainment & children’s activities. “Community Days” offer discount admission of $5.00 every Sunday throughout August.

Coming up: Grand Kam Canoe Race August 22nd and the Sleeping Giant Writers Festival featuring the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge, August 28th-30th. Register for workshops and readings by acclaimed authors.

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


Events


The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition invites you to bring your family down to their grounds between August 5-9th, for their annual CLE Family Fair.  Come out and enjoy the rides, games, and food with the whole family.  The fair is open daily from noon to midnight.  For more information visit www.cle.on.ca.

The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium invites you to take in one of the following concerts/camps during August.  Visit www.tbca.com or call (807) 684-4444 for more information on these and other upcoming concerts.

  • July 31 - Aug 2 - Geraldton Music Jamboree
  • Aug 10 - 14 - Rock Camp - Week Two
  • Aug 17 - 21 - Rock Camp - Week Three

Grab your blanket or lawn chair and come out to enjoy live entertainment at Marina Park every Wednesday evening for this summer's "Summer in the Parks" from 6:30-9:30pm.  Here is the final line up for the summer's concert series:

  • July 29th - Big Band/Pipeband/Acoustic Night - Thunder Bay Community Band, the Pipes & Drums of Thunder Bay, and SImple Harbour
  • August 5 - Folk Night - Flipper Flanagan's Flat Footed Four, Captain John & the Polka Pirates, and Tommy & the Milestones
  • August 12 - Contemporary/Rock Night - The Hoolies, Jim Hamilton, and Problematics
  • August 19 - Blues Night - Tracy K & Blue Thunder, The Mark Potvin Blues Trio, and Wayne Faulconer & The Bloz Berries

Also, join the heart of the harbour every Wednesday for "Art of the Harbour" during Summer in the Parks at Marina Park.  Come and view local art on display as well as for sale.  The Heart of the Harbour Business district offers audio, visual and Entertainment, Banks, Business Services, Clothing Stores, Gifts and Specialty Stores, Health and Beauty Facilities, Restaurants and Nightclubs, Hotel, Artists, as well as extraordinary views of the Sleeping Giant.  For more information visit www.heartoftheharbour.ca

During the month of August, Chippewa Park invites you to grab your lawn chair and come on down to their park between 2-4pm for their Sundays in the Park.  Come and enjoy some live entertainment, while visiting their concession. amusement rides and wildlife park.  Here is their august's line-up:

  • August 2nd - Her Symposium
  • August 9th - The Resinators
  • August 16th - Flipper Flanagan's Flat Footed Four
  • August 23rd - Hanson & Company
  • August 30th - Mood Indigo

On August 3rd, Chippewa Park invites you to come on down to their park and dance to the Roy Coran's Big Band.

On August 2nd & 3rd, the Italian Cultural Centre invites you down to their centre on Algoma Street for their annual Italian Festival.  Come out and enjoy some live music while enjoying some homemade Italian foods.

On August 8th, the Thunder Bay Salmon Association invite all anglers to come on down to Marina Park for their annual Salmon Fun Derby.  For more information visit www.thunderbaysalmonassociation.com.

On August 11th, you are invited to come on down to the Kaministiquia Community Centre and paddle, peddle, and pound the pavement in the 11th annual Conquer the Dog Triathlon!  For more information visit www.conquerthedog.ca or call (807) 933-4147.

On August 19th, Parks Canada invites you to come on out to Pukaskwa National Park by Marathon for their Spirit Fire event.  Bring a lawn chair, for a special campfire program where you will travel back in time with the ghosts of lumberjacks and voyageurs who have walked the Superior shore and Boreal forests of the park. 

On August 22nd, the merchants of the Westfort Village Shopping District invite you to come out and support local merchants at their 27th Annual Westfort VIllage Street Fair on August 22nd.  The one day event features local street vendors and loads of entertainment for the whole family.

On August 22nd, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park along with Lake Superior Visits invite you to come on out to their park for their Wildlife Wonders Workshop.  Join Barry Wojciechowski to learn hoe to capture the wonders of park wildlife in their natural habitat.  You will learn about to use wildlife photography equipment; getting to know your subject, and the art of patience and luck; mastering depth of field (Focal length); exposing wildlife, metering light to get the best image; and the eyes have it, capturing the glimmer in their eyes.  For more information visit www.superiorvisits.com or call (807) 344-9208.


Summer Camps For children and young adults


The Sports Dome invites those aged 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-13 to take part in their "The Sports Dome Summer Kids Camp" starting July 6th.
  The camp includes activities such as Volleyball, Arts & Crafts, Baseball, Jewelry and Bead making, Basketball, Dance Soccer, Swim, Tetherball, Dodgeball, Co-operative games, Flag Football, Parachute Games, Ultimate Frisbee, Music and much more.  Camps run from 9am - 4pm for 7 weeks starting on July 6th running until August 28.  For more information visit www.thesportsdome.ca or call (807) 625-0110.


Exhibits

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be holding the following exhibits or activities for the month of August.  For more information visit www.theag.ca   

  • Until September 20 - Unreserved: An Affirmation of Contemporary Expression, Selections from the Renowned Permanent Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery 
  • Until September 20 - Honouring: Birch Bark, Beads, and Baskets, From the Permanent Collection.

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 August:

  • 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 August.  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.


General Tourist Information


When was the last time you came to Chippewa Park?  The most common response is " I haven't been there in ages!"  Well the friends of Chippewa Park have created a lot reasons to come and see the park.  See all the improvements on the buildings and beach area and then take a swim; ride the historical carousel and the other amusement rides; visit the wildlife park and see the animals that are native to Northern Ontario; visit the coffeehouse side of the pavilion which is currently hosting an exhibit with photovoice and a local art display; or just come and enjoy the beauty of Chippewa Park and out Spectacular view of the Sleeping Giant.

Chippewa Park is also a perfect venue to host weddings, family reunions, birthday parties or any gathering.
   There are also beautiful log cabins and historical cabins, RV sites and tenting sites are also available.  So come and enjoy a vacation that is close to home, but feels like days away.  For building/field rentals call (807) 625-2313.  For information on the campgrounds call (807) 623-3912.

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.

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 95 artists. Featured in August is the "2nd Anniversary Art Show" exhibiting " 13 Gallery Artists - New Artwork ". Represented at the show are the following established Canadian artists: Yvon Breton : Colors and Movement of Nature in Traditional Landscape Applied with Palette Knife, Gerard Castonguay : Dynamic, Jewel Toned Figurative/Surrealist Paintings that Incorporate Dream and Reality, Celine Gendron : Gentle Atmospheric Abstract Paintings Occupying Spaces of Silence, Rest and Possible Travels to Intimate Depths, Pippi Johnson : Small Impressionistic Abstract Landscape Paintings Representing the Magic of Spring, Paule Lagace : Figurative/ Portraits - Reflective Characters that Communicate their Sensuality, Joy, Passion, Misfortunes, Travels..., Shane Norrie Pottery, Paintings and Sculpture : Functional Serving Plates, Pods, Tall Vases, Bowls, Wall Plates, New Small Mixed Media Resin Coated Paintings on Wood and Ceramic Boat Sculptures, Anne Marrec : Powerful Oversize Charcoal and Acrylic Paintings that Incorporate Images of Horses with a Reference to the Passage of Time, Fluidity, Proactively and of Going Back in Time , Mathias Muleme : Etchings with the Theme of Marriage, Children, Peace, Love, Dignity and Tranquility of the Human Spirit, Santiago Panichini : Colorful, Impressionistic Nighttime Urban Scenes, Robert Paterson : Interpretive Realist Watercolors Conveying the Spirit of Northern Ontario Scenery, Sacha : Inner-city Alleyscapes, Backlanes, Warm Colored Fall Landscapes and Oversize Transitional Landscape Paintings, George D. Turia : Mixed Media Paintings with Emphasis on the Importance of the Intimate Bond between the Material and Spiritual World - Textural Surfaces Reminiscent of Old Frescos, Artist Anne Winkworth : Wearable Art - Kinky Kopper Summer Collection - Glass Beads, Lampwork, Fibers and Hammered Copper.  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. Debra offers art interiors consultations. She will reinvigorate your current collection with new location placement and advise on the updating of custom framing of your existing artwork and heirlooms.

Chenier Fine Arts regular hours are Tuesday to Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm and by appointment. Call the gallery or visit the website for shortened Saturday Summer Hours and SUmmer Vacation Week.  The Gallery is located on Court Street South between Red River Road and Park Avenue.  Take advantage of the free 2 hour parking in the Downtown North Core on Saturdays. . 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 Summer.  The museum is open for general admission on Tuesday - Saturday from noon - 4pm at a cost of $4 per child.  They are also running Summer camps for children.  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, driving range, multi purpose turf field 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.  "where weather is guaranteed" 

Fort William Historical Park