Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 10

In This Issue:

Enter to Win Today!

Come and live the adventure that is Thunder Bay! From an authentic Finnish sauna experience to world-class skiing and a photo safari that will take your breath away – you and a guest will live an unforgettable four-days in one of Canada's Best Outdoor Cities. Contest opens September 1st and closes on December 15, 2010. Learn more at

Winter Hours of Operation resume at Thunder Bay's Information Centres
The Terry Fox Information Centre is open between the hours of 9am – 5pm 7 days a week closed on statutory holidays. The Centre will be closed on October 11 for Thanksgiving Day.

Fort William Historical Park

Experience a trip back in time at Fort William Historical Park! Explore Fort William, the vast inland fur trade headquarters of the North West Company in 1815. Visit the Native Camp, Great Hall, artisan's square and other key areas. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm until October 11. Walking tours available throughout the winter months at 11am and 2pm daily 

Haunted Fort Night on Oct 22-24 & Oct 29-31
Shadows are deepening … something sinister and disquieting is in the air … it's the Haunted Fort Night. Embark upon a haunted tour of Fort William as a mysterious story and eerie happenings unfold. The building are dim and foreboding … The pathways are dark and threatening … what lurks in the shadows? The inhabitants are fearful and strange …. Startling screams and piercing sounds and unsettling bumps in the night abound as your guide leads your group through the dark, brooding fort by candlelight … not for the faint of heart!

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Reservations are required. The event often sells out, so you must call ahead! Over 12 tours are available each evening, with a capacity of roughly 20 patrons per tour. Haunted Fort Night is outdoor walking tours, happening rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. For inquiries please call (807) 473-2344 or e-mail

Other Upcoming Events:

  • October 1-3 & 6-9: Rogue Productions Live Theatre "Dracula"
  • December 10-12 &16-19: Rogue Productions Live Theatre "Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol"
  • Dec 31 – New Year"s Eve Family Frolic
  • Feb 12 – 14, 2011: Voyageur Winter Carnival

Final days of daily walking tours: Monday October 11.
Education and community programs offered in the fall along with bookings available for meetings, banquets, conferences.

For more information, visit, call (807) 473-2344, or e-mail

Upcoming Special Events:

6th Annual Bay Street Film Festival
Until Oct 3, the 6th Annual Bay Street Film Festival will be happening in the historical Bay Street Shopping District. For more information, visit or call (807) 345-0221.

Pumpkinfest Fun at Gammondale Farm
Gammondale Farm will be holding the following events for the month of October. For more information, visit, or call Sue at (807) 475-9609.

  • Weekends until Halloween 11am to 5pm: Pumpkinfest
  • Last 3 Fridays and Saturdays of October: 8th Annual Haunted Cornfield and Family Fright

Fall Wonderland and Pumpkin Barn at Belluz Farm
Weekends until Oct 31 from 11am to 5pm, Belluz Farm at 752 Candy Mountain Drive will be holding Fall Wonderland. Admission is free and activities include, barn animals, toddler toddle straw Bale Maze, Kids Play Area. For an additional $3 you can enjoy a 3 acre, 7ft tall Amazing Corn Maze, Farm Wagon Tours, and the hidden Pumpkin hunt. Visit the Farm Market store featuring harvest veggies and local products such as meat, cheese, flour, honey, birch syrup, bread and Preserves. Purchase a Belluz Pumpkin and we will donate $1 to the United Way of Thunder Bay. If you can't make it to the farm visit the Little Red Barn on Memorial Avenue by Home Hardware. For more information, visit

Oct Events at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
The Auditorium proudly presents:

  • Oct 2 – Yuk Yuk's On Tour
  • Oct 17 – Carolyn Dawn Johnson
  • Oct 18 – Trailer Park Boys
  • Oct 20 – The Wiggles Wiggly Circus
  • Oct 21 – Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis
  • Oct 24 – Virsky National Dance Company
  • Oct 25 – Coheed & Cambria
  • Oct 28 – Thunder Bay In Concert
  • Oct 29 – Derek Edwards
  • Oct 30 – Johnny Reid

Visit or call (807) 684-4444 for more information.

On Oct 2 at 6:30pm, join the fun at the Port Arthur Proz in support of the Kidney Foundation for a traditional Oktoberfest. For more information, visit, or call (807) 624-2680.

Thunder Bay Symphony Opens 2010/11 Season
The Thunder Bay Symphony will be holding the following performances during the month of October. For more information, visit

  • Oct 14 – TBSO Masterworks Series: Celebration
  • Oct 23 – TBSO Pop Series: The Music Within
  • Oct 26 – TBSO Classical Plus Series: Dreams and the Spirit

2010/11 Season Underway for Magnus Theatre
From Oct 21 – Nov 6 Magnus Theatre presents the second production of the season with “Tempting Providence”. A story of courage and strength told with simple elegance, the play is an inspiring and heart-felt portrayal or Myra (Grimsley) Bennett, the “Florence Nightingale of the North”. As a British trained nurse and midwife she arrives in Newfoundland from her native England in 1921 after hearing of the desperate need for her work in rural communities. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-5552 for tickets.

22nd Annual Wedding Wishes Formal Fair
Planning a wedding or big event? If so you are cordially invited to the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce 22nd Annual Wedding Wishes Formal Fair on Sunday, November 7th at the Valhalla Inn. Over 90 Wedding and party experts will be showcasing their products and services. See fashion shows with the leading bridal shops, and all brides can enter to win a $10,000 bridal package. Don't miss this one stop shopping extravaganza. For more information, visit

Local Art Exhibits

Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is holding the following exhibits in October. For more information, visit

  • Until Oct 24 - Kasia Piech: The Cardinal Sins
  • Until Oct 31 - Patrick Doyle: Living in Landscape
  • Until Oct 31 - Chris Stones: Material Memory
  • Oct 1 – Nov 7 – Thunder Bay IOD Park: Iron Ore Dock

Events at Definitely Superior Art Gallery
Definitely Superior Art Gallery is holding the following exhibits in October. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  • Oct 2 – 9 - Random Acts of Poetry: 30 spoken word performances by 20+ poets/singer songwriters throughout Thunder Bay to promote literacy, art & poetry in places where people live their everyday lives! Schedule available at the gallery or on
  • Oct 22 – Nov 20 – 3 new exhibits with Gala Opening Reception on Oct 22.
    • Gallery 1- Nathalie Daoust: "Frozen in Time"
    • Gallery 2 - Janice Andrews: "Minds Eye"
    • Gallery 3 - Blu: “Big Bang Boom
  • Oct 30, Starting @ 8pm – "The Hunger Cabaret V.5". The monster of massive performance events is a fundraiser for the Contemporary arts. One night – One massive Halloween event with 135 artists, 40 performance arts including 28 bands of all genres and 4 DJs for a cover charge of $10. Venues include 4 bars (Jack's, Black Pirates Pub, Kilroy's and Crock's/The Office) with thousands in raffle costume prizes. 19+/ID Required. "Multi-pass" program available at the door.

General Tourist Information

Hold Your Event at Lakehead University
Planning an event or a conference can be an overwhelming task and it takes hard work to ensure it's a success. Lakehead University's attractive and safe location, functional facilities, delicious food and trouble-free planning can make your function a memorable success for all. We provide services including, coordinating meeting space and social functions, arranging special room set-ups, organizing accommodations bookings, ordering catering and performing food checks, handling signage distribution, arranging parking passes, booking A/V equipment and video conferencing, and providing planning, coordination and on-call assistance throughout your event. For more information, visit, or call (807) 343-8799.  

Thunder Bay Country Market
Visit Thunder Bay's largest farmers' market every Saturday from 8 am - 1 pm in the Dove Building on the CLE grounds. With over 40 seasonal vendors for the best in locally-produced meats, eggs, seasonal produce, baking, handcrafted essentials, and ready-to-heat meals. For more information on vendors and products, visit

Stay in Touch Via E-mail While 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 the Virtual Library 24/7 at

Fort William Historical Park