Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

In This Issue:

kick off the new year with Festivities planned for the arrival of the OLypmic Torch ON Jan. 3:

Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation are gearing up for one of the most high profile events of a generation. On Jan. 3, Thunder Bay will be welcoming the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay as one of just four communities in Northern Ontario who have been selected to host a community celebration in conjunction with the Olympic Torch Relay. The City of Thunder Bay will be hosting a day full of fun-filled activities, including the following:

Activities at the Canada Games Complex and Norwester Park (between 1 – 5 pm):

  • Free Swim, Thunder Bay Thunderbolts demonstration and Clinics, Lappe Nordic/Kamview Nordic/Big Thunder Nordic Clubs demonstrations and clinics, and Thunder Bay Diving Demonstrations and clinics

Activities at the Port Arthur Arena (Between 1 - 5 pm):

  • Thunder Bay Figure Skating Club Show, Thunder Bay Women’s Hockey Exhibition game, and Free Public Skating

Inside the Community Auditorium (Between 3 - 5:30 pm):

  • Performances by Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay, International Dance Academy, Le Choeur des anges de Franco-Superieur, Tracey K, Thunder Bay Youth Big Band, Roy Coran’s Big Band, Shy-Anne Horvorka, and Mark Potvin Blues Trio

Community Celebration – Auditorium Parking Lot (Between 6 – 8 pm)

  • With performances by Thunder Mountain Singers, Rodney Brown, Peng You Taiji Quan Association, Justin Hines, Ellia Heroux, Billy Manzik, and much More.
  • Main Celebrations begins @ 6 pm
  • Arrival of the Olympic Flame @ 7 pm
  • Fireworks @ 8:05 pm

On Jan. 4, Fort William First Nation will host their Torch Relay before the Flame makes its way to Kakabeka Falls and west on to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

For more information, shuttle services, and event updates visit

Thunder Bay's Terry Fox Information Centre remains Open through the winter

Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit the Terry Fox Information Centres for information on new things to see and do during the winter months. The Information Centre will be open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, closed on statutory holidays. For more information, visit or call (807) 983-2041.

During the start of the new year the Centre’s hours will be the following:

  • New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 – Closed at 12 pm (Noon)
  • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 – Closed
  • Jan. 2 – Open 9 am – 5 pm
  • Jan. 3 - 10am - 7pm, due to the arrival of the Olympic Torch.
  • Jan. 4 - Back to regular winter hours 9 am – 5 pm, daily.

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

Winter Happenings at Fort William Historical Park.

Fort William Historical Park is open and active during the winter months.

Daily walking tours continue Monday through Friday at 11 am and 2 pm. Tours begin at the Administration Building. Please dress accordingly. Seasonal admission rates apply.

Book your spot now for artisan heritage courses offered in the New Year. Work with seasoned artisans in creating unique handcrafted items both practical and decorative. Courses include making a coopered tub, beadwork, blacksmithing, drinking tankards, Ojibwa snowshoes, moccasins, and birch bark baskets.

Bookings are also available for sleigh and wagon rides, banquets, meetings and conferences, as well as education and community groups.

Look forward to the Voyageur Winter Carnival, February 13-15.

For more information, please call (807) 473-2344, visit the website at www.fwhp/.ca or e-mail We hope to see you at Fort William Historical Park!

Upcoming Special Events:

January Events at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, invites you to these January events. Visit or call (807) 684-4444 for more information.

  • Jan. 16 – Last Night
  • Jan. 17 – Larry The Cable Guy
  • Jan. 18 – Blue Rodeo
  • Jan. 24 – Banff Mountain Film Festival
  • Jan. 30 – Yuk Yuk’s On Tour
  • Jan. 31 – Cirque Le Masque

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Celebrates a New Year.
All performances take place at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit or call (807) 474-2284.

  • Jan. 14 – TBSO Masterworks III – Silver Jubilee
  • Jan. 17 – Animals in the Orchestra @ 55 Plus Centre.
  • Jan. 23 – TBSO Pops 3 – Men with Horns

Live Blues at the Valhalla Inn
The Valhalla Inn would like to invite you to come on down to their hotel every Friday night between 8 – 12 pm for Givin’ You the Blues. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call (807) 577-1121.

Port Arthur Curling Club Gearing up for Ontario Scotties
Between Jan. 3 – 10, the Port Arthur Curling Club invites you to come on down to their rink for the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Cheer on the top 10 of Ontario’s best women’s curling teams as they compete for the right to represent Ontario at the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts. For more information, visit, or call (807) 344-0111.

Cozy up this winter at Country Cozy Bed & Breakfast
Country Cozy B&B would like to invites you to come on down to their Bed & Breakfast for one of their special events during the Month of January. For more information, visit, or call (807) 767-7348.

  • Dec – Mar – Winter Weekend Getaways
  • Jan. 8 – 17 – Winter Healing Retreat
  • Jan. 15 – Michael Monroe House Concert
  • Feb. 6 – Sunday Wilde House Concert

PAMHA’s 19th Annual Robin’s Donut’s Minor Hockey Classic
Between Jan. 14 – 17, Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association invites you to come out to various hockey arenas in Thunder Bay and cheer on teams for this year’s Robin’s Donuts Minor Hockey Classic. For more information, visit

Kick off your 2010 ski season with the 2010 Lappe Invitational
Between Jan 23 – 24, Lappe Nordic Ski Centre invites skiers to come out and take part in the 2010 Lappe Invitational. Come and enjoy a day of great cross country skiing at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre. For more information, visit

Magnus Theatre Opens 2010 with a bang.
On January 28th, Magnus Theatre kicks off 2010 with the production Dead White Writer on the Floor, which will run from Jan. 28 – Feb. 13. For more information, visit, or to purchase tickets, call (807) 345-5552.

Local Art and museum Exhibits

Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is holding the following exhibits or activities beginning in January. For more information, visit

  • Until Jan. 17 – GIVN’R: Terrance Houle.
  • Until Jan. 17 – Pictures of Me: Sheila Spence.
  • Until Jan. 31 – Visual Aids: Twenty Five Years On.
  • Until Feb. 28 – One little: Michael Belmore.
  • Jan. 22 – Feb. 28 – Interwoven with Nature: Sharon Breckenridge.

Lake Superior Art Gallery Exhibits & Workshops
The Lake Superior Art Gallery, 605 E. Victoria Ave, presents the following exhibits/events for the month of January. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call (807) 285-5538 or (807) 627-2656.

  • Starting in January: Stained Glass Artist Ann Copetto (known as The Glass Lady) will be conducting Stained Glass Classes.
  • Jan. 16 – 17 – Pour It On: Enjoy a “Big Brush Watercolour” workshop with Peter Humeniuk. Learn how to paint vibrant watercolours by pouring the paint on.
  • Jan. 30 – Everything you wanted to know about getting your book published … and beyond: First in a series of writing & publishing workshops with Elle Andra-Warner.

January Happenings at Definitely Superior Art Gallery
Definitely Superior Art Gallery is holding the following exhibits for the month of January. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814

  • Until Jan. 16: “Connections” 21st Anniversary Regional Juried exhibition, Kathleen Baleja – Recent Work, and Digital Playgrounds by Carol Cooper & Duncan Weller.
  • Jan. 23: “Derelicte!” One Haute Couture Night of Fashion, Music & Performance! Including 6 local Fashion Houses, 70 Artists, 15 Performance Acts, 5 live Bands, 2 D.J’s, and much more.

Ahnisnabae Art Gallery represents Local Nations Art
Ahnisnabae Art Gallery invites you to their gallery at 7 – 1500 James St S for a continuously running show of our local artists and crafts. Open weekdays between 11 am -7 pm, and Saturdays from 12 noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (807) 577-2656 or visit

Chenier Fine Arts, the Purple Gallery
Located at 8 Court St S., the Purple Gallery 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 65 artists. Regular hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and by appointment. 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

  • January feature - “Shane Norrie – 75 Ceramics”, 15 new paintings, two new gallery artists – Michael LaRoux, and Normand Boisvert, “Opus” series by Jason Nelson and John Books, “ Art to Wear Jewellery” series by Anne Winkworth,.
  • Chenier Fine Arts offers professional custom picture framing services and informative consultations. Together Debra and Jean Chenier have over five decades of experience in assisting clients in the selection of appropriate framing.


Sail into 2010 with Sail Yacht Charters
Thinking about the 2010 season or how about the HST (horribly Stupid Tax)? Sail has a deal for you. They will pay it for you. Save the 13% HST if you pay in full for ANY charter or sailing instruction packages below before March 1st. Or how about this, buy a 90 minute harbour tour for $49 before March 1st and they will make it two for one. For more information, visit, or call (807) 628-3333.

  • Thunder Bay Harbour Sailing Tours: Regular tours all summer long. Starting at $49 per person
  • Big Lake Adventures: Isle Royale, Silver islet, Horseshoe Cove, Sleeping Giant, Red Rock/Nipigon in the NMCA
  • Island Excursions: Welcome, Thompson, Caribou Island
  • Expert Sailing Instruction: Cruise and learn holidays. ISPA Certification

$5 Drop-ins at the Sports Dome
The Sports Dome is offering $5 Drop-ins all winter long. Come and enjoy a game of soccer, badminton, tennis, ball hockey, basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, flag football, or ultimate frisbee! For more information, visit To confirm drop-in times call (807) 625-0110. Following are days and times of activities:

  • Volleyball (Court) - Mondays 6 - 7 pm
  • Dodgeball (Court) - Tuesdays 7 - 8:30 pm
  • Basketball (Court) - Wednesdays 6 - 8 pm
  • Tennis (Court) - Thursdays 6 - 8 pm
  • Badminton (Court) - Friday 6 - 8 pm
  • Soccer (S Field) - Saturdays 8 - 10 pm
  • Ultimate Frisbee (S Field) - Sundays 8 - 8:30 pm

General Tourist Information

Thunder Bay Adventure Trail Eager for More Snow.
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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

Downtown Artisans & Farmers Market
The Downtown Artisans & Farmers Market is open at 507 E Victoria Ave. It’s 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.

Hold Your Special Event at Lakehead University
Lakehead University has year-round facilities for conferences, workshops, meetings, retreats, and reunions for 15-200 people. They offer catering, A/V, and video conferencing for events. For more information, call (807) 343-8799 or e-mail

Comfort Inn Thunder Bay Celebrates Great Winter Savings!
Check in for great rates and service. Our professional, hospitable staff await 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 seven days a week and 363 days a year, come enjoy the multi-faceted recreational facility that offers aquatic, fitness and recreational activities to people of all ages. Enjoy the 77-meter pool, a variety of diving towers and boards, the 73-meter Thunderslide and badminton and ping-pong tables on the pool deck. Weightrooms and whirlpools along with new on-deck change areas for families and people with disabilities are also available. Daily admission rates are very affordable.
Swim, splash, laugh, unwind, move, enjoy! Families are at the Heart of the Complex. For more information, visit

Ontario’s Largest Indoor Family Fun & Entertainment Facility – “Where Weather is Guaranteed”.
Located next to Intercity Shopping Centre, The Sports Dome is 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. Full menu concession and licensed bar available. Open from 8am to 11pm daily. Check out for upcoming events and activities. Book ahead or drop in at your convenience.

Fort William Historical Park