Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 12

In This Issue:

CIty of Thunder Bay

Winter Win Contest - Last Chance to Enter
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 closes on Dec. 15, 2010. Learn more at

Celebration on Ice at the Fort William Gardens
Celebration on Ice is back on Dec 16. The all new show choreographed by Brian Orser, will feature four-time World Championship Kurt Browning, Olympic Medalist Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeffrey Buttle, Olympic Bronze Medalist Joanne Rochette, Canadian Champion and Olympian Cynthia Phaneuf. Also appearing with incredible on-ice acrobatic performances are Violetta Afanasieva and Pete Dack as well as local performers.
You will not want to miss this unique family entertainment experience during the holiday season! Tickets are on sale now at the Fort William Gardens Box Office, call (807) 625-2929. For more information, visit

Terry Fox Information Centre’s Christmas Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to bring your visitors to the Terry Fox Information Centre throughout the winter season. The Centre is open between 9 am – 5 pm, seven days a week (closed on statutory holidays). For more information, visit, or call (807) 983-2041. Throughout the holiday season the Centre will be closed on the following days:

  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24 – Closed at 12 pm (noon)
  • Christmas Day, Dec 25 – Closed
  • Boxing Day, Dec 26 – Closed
  • Dec 27-30 – Open 9 am – 5 pm
  • New Year’s Eve, Dec 31 – Closed at 12 pm (noon)
  • New Year’s Day, Jan 1 – Closed
  • Jane 2 – Back to Regular Winter Hours.

Tourism Thunder Bay would like to wish everyone and their family a joyous holiday season!

Winter Happenings At Fort William HIstorical Park:

Winter Walking Tours: Available twice daily (11am and 2pm), seven days a week. Admission is $6.60, children ages five and under are free.

Upcoming events:

  • Dec 10-12 & 16-19 - Rogue Productions Live Theatre "Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol". Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and Students.
  • Dec 31 – New Year's Eve Family Frolic. Open 6-10 pm. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for youth ages six-12, $3.75 for children ages two-five, and under two years-old are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Cash, credit and debit cards are welcome.
  • New Year’s Buffet Dinner hosted by the Victoria Inn. Cost is $22.75 for adults, $11.41 for children; price includes HST, gratuity and event admission. No reservation required, dinner will be served from 4-7 pm. Cash, credit and debit cards are welcome.

Facilities and programming for conferences, meetings, education programs, and custom-designed programs.

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

Upcoming Special Events:

Magnus Theatre Closes Out 2010
Plaid Tiding will be closing out 2010 at Magnus Theatre. Don’t miss this theatrical treat. For more information, visit or to purchase tickets, call (807) 345-5552.

3rd Annual Winter Coat Drive
Gear-up for Outdoors Ltd., The Keg Thunder Bay and Shelter House are teaming up for their 3rd Annual Winter Coat Drive! Bring in any used coat (Gently used and clean) to Gear Up For Outdoors until Dec 20, and receive a 15% discount on any new jacket purchased from The North Face, Marmot, Salomon or Merrell Clothing Company (Excluding Canada Goose & Mustang). Your name will also be entered into a draw for one of three $100 Keg Gift Certificates. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-0001.

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

  • Dec 6 – Alexisonfire
  • Dec 7 – Sylvia Browne
  • Dec 17 – Bobby Slayton & Nick Di Paolo

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

NOSM 2nd Annual Holiday Concert
On Dec 4, come out and enjoy musical talent while supporting a local charity. This year, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s holiday concert supports the Friends of Olivia Foundation. For more information, visit

Don’t Miss the Annual Parade of Lights!
On Dec 4, bring your family down to Memorial Avenue and enjoy the 12th Annual Parade of Lights for children in support of local children’s charities. Starting at 7 pm, the parade will make its way from Main Street down Memorial Avenue to Queen Street. For more information, visit

Paramount Theatre Presents: Once Upon A … Happily Ever After
On Dec 10 & 11, Paramount Theatre along with Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre (EDCT) present a fun-filled theatre production written and performed by the 2010 cast of EDCT. For more information, visit

Thunder Bay Symphony December Performances
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will be holding the following performances during the month of December. For more information, visit

  • Dec 7 – Then and Now
  • Dec 11 – A Very Merry Holiday Pops

LRCA Gear up for 2011
The Lakehead Conservation Foundation 2011 Fundraising Dinner Auction will be held on Thursday, Feb 10 at the Slovak Legion. This event usually sells out and seating is limited, get your tickets early. Call (807) 345-2377 for more information.

Local Art Exhibits

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

  • Until Dec 12 – Christian Chapman: Don’t Eat the Fish
  • Until Dec 12 – People and Places: Works from the Permanent Collection
  • Until Jan 9 – Ursula A Johnson: O’pltek (It is Not Right)
  • Dec 17 – Feb 27 – Steeling the Gaze

Events at Definitely Superior Art Gallery
Definitely Superior Art Gallery is holding the following exhibits from Dec 3 to Jan 8; Gala Opening Reception: Friday, Dec 3, 7-10 pm. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  • "Evolation" – 22nd Anniversary Regional Juried – Gallery 1: Featuring 25-30 individual, eclectic and diverse contemporary artists in the only professional paid juried format exhibition in the region and one of the best multi-disciplinary shows of the year!
  • "Break of Day" – Sarah Furlotte – Regional – Gallery 2: First solo exhibition of exciting new paintings and box art forms in various mediums. Furlotte likes to approach a piece of work uninhibited, free of constraints and has learned it takes longer to free yourself than to attempt to render realism.
  • Spooks of Hazard/Vov Abraxas – Regional – Gallery 3: A multi-media performance experience of original and innovative musical stylings and video works, with a live performance at the Friday, Dec 3 Opening Reception.


Country Cozy Bed & Breakfast offering "Winter Weekend Getaways"
Located in Lappe, 20 minutes north of Thunder Bay, Country Cozy B&B is offering “Winter Weekend Getaways” which includes a two-nights stay, two breakfasts and a Saturday night dinner, all for only $230 per couple. Only eight minutes from the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre and five minutes from Hazelwood Lake, this is the perfect place for a “mini vacation” this winter!
Also, Country Cozy B&B is offering “Breakfast Only” bookings. Just call us to arrange your B&B breakfast for two or 20. Cost is just $10 per person. For more information, visit, or call (807) 767-7348.

General Tourist Information

Thunder Bay Adventure Trail Update Gets Ready for 2011
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Shop Local at the Heart of the Harbour BIA
Come visit the Heart of the Harbour for all of your holiday needs. Many businesses are now open later on Thursday evenings for your convenience. On Dec 4 and 11 between 12-3 pm, enjoy the hustle and bustle o Thunder Bay’s downtown core with sleigh rides throughout the BIA. Your family will enjoy all this unique business area has to offer while you ride in style. For more information, visit

Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority
2011 Explorer Cards are now on sale at the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority office in Thunder Bay. The $30 seasonal pass allows unlimited seasonal access to Conservation Areas. Anyone who purchases a 2011 Explorer Card will also receive a free 2011 Lakehead Region Conservation Authority Calendar! Call (807) 344-5857 or visit
The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is reminding hunters that there is no hunting allowed in Conservation Areas. To view the full set of Conservation Area Regulations, visit

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 event a memorable success for all. We provide services including coordination of meeting space and social functions, arranging special room set-ups, accommodation bookings, ordering catering and performing food checks, signage distribution, arranging parking passes, booking A/V equipment and video conferencing, and on-call assistance throughout your event. For more information, visit or call (807) 343-8799.

Thunder Bay Country Market
Come 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