Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

In This Issue:


major announcements by Tourism Thunder Bay


Win an Adventure of a Lifetime!
Tourism Thunder Bay’s "Win Seven Days with the Giant" contest is now open! Be sure to enter, and tell your family and friends about this exciting opportunity. The winning entrant and three guests will be taken on an unforgettable seven-day outdoor adventure in Thunder Bay and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Invite everyone you know from within Continental North America to come live the adventure that is the Sleeping Giant by entering at www.visitthunderbay.com. City of Thunder Bay residents and those within a 50 km radius are not eligible to enter.

Tourism Thunder Bay Releases 2010 Edition of Thunder Bay ExperienceExperience Guide
Take time to view the region’s most requested visitor guide, Thunder Bay Experience - a featured-packed annual magazine with engaging and entertaining articles and beautiful photography that captures the allure of Thunder Bay and surrounding region. Complete with fresh travel ideas and useful maps that will help you navigate throughout our beautiful city, this full-colour 88 page book will inspire you to plan your next trip to an outdoor adventure city that truly is, Superior by Nature! View Thunder Bay Experience online or request a free copy by mail at www.visitthunderbay.com.

Terry Fox Information Centre Open Through Winter
Visit the Terry Fox Information Centre 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 www.visitthunderbay.com or call (807) 983-2041.

New Walking Tours of The City of Thunder Bay
The Heritage Advisory Committee has recently developed four new self-guided walking tours around Thunder Bay for both visitors and residents alike. Enjoy a leisurely scenic walk around Thunder Bay while learning about Thunder Bay’s rich heritage and architecture. All Four walking Tours including a photograph and write up of each site is available for viewing. Also available are downloadable brochures of each tour plus quantities of each brochure can be picked up at City Hall. For more information, visit www.thunderbay.ca/living/Culture_and_heritage/heritage_properties/walking_tours.htm.


Winter Fun at Gammondale Farm

Gammondale Farm has facilities and activities for everyone year-round including horse-drawn sleigh rides, birthday parties, educational tours, corporate retreats and special events for families, friends, groups, and businesses. Following are upcoming special events at the Farm.

  • March 15 – 19, 11 am - 4 pm: March Break Maple Days
    Enjoy Sleigh rides, Maple Taffy, skating on the pond, farm animals, mazes and more. Bring your own snack or enjoy a hot drink and pancakes with real maple syrup in the Log House for a fee. Event is $10 per person, children under 2 are free.
  • April 3, 11 am – 2 pm: 4th Annual Gammondale Easter Egg Hunt
    Grab a group of friends, family or co-workers for a fun-filled day of activities. Reservations are required. Enjoy a sleigh ride with the Percheron horses, keep warm in the Log House, play pond hockey (helmets required) visit the farm animals and make maple taffy.

For more information visit www.gammondalefarm.com, e-mail farmfun@tbaytel.net or call (807) 475-5615.


Upcoming Special Events:


March Events at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium is hosting the following events:

  • March 4 – Ron James: Mental as Anything
  • March7 - The Yardbirds
  • March 8 – Jesse Cook: The Rumba Foundation
  • March 15 – Engelbert Humperdinck
  • March 16 – The Flying Karamazov Brothers
  • March 18 – Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Café
  • March 25 – Mike MacDonald

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

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra March Concerts
All performances take place at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit www.tbso.ca or call (807) 474-2284.

  • March 6 – Gala Ball @ Valhalla Inn Ballroom, 1 Valhalla Inn Rd
  • March 11 – TBSO Masterworks V – Mozart & Mendelssohn
  • March 23 – Wild & Witty @ Hilldale Lutheran Church, 321 Hilldale Rd
  • March 27 – TBSO Pops V – El Viento Flamenco
  • March 31 – Glory of Haydn @ St. Paul’s United Church, 349 Waverley St

CILU/LU Radio Turns Five on March 5
Lakehead University Radio, CILU 102.7 fm, is turning five this year and are celebrating with the following activities in March. For more information, visit www.luradio.ca or call (807) 343-8881.

  • March 5 – Launch of new improved website
  • March 5 – Open House at the studio, 707 Oliver Rd from 12 - 8 pm
  • March 12 – Shag-style Birthday Party at the Finlandia Club on Bay St from 8 pm - 1 am
  • March 27-28 – Old Fashioned Radio-a-thon, 9 am - 9 pm.

Live Blues at the Valhalla Inn
The Valhalla Inn is ‘Givin’ You the Blues’ every Friday night from 8 pm to midnight. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.valhallainn.com or call (807) 577-1121.

Cozy Up this Winter at Country Cozy Bed & Breakfast
During the month of March, take advantage of Winter Weekend Getaways specials at Country Cozy B&B. For more information, visit www.countrycozybb.com, or call (807) 767-7348.

An Act of Betrayal at Magnus Theatre
From March 4 - 20, Magnus Theatre presents ‘The Blonde, The Brunette, and The Vengeful Redhead’; a play interwoven with stories of lust, jealousy, revenge and betrayal. For more information, visit www.magnus.on.ca, or to purchase tickets, call (807) 345-5552.

Hop into Cambrian Players Live Theatre Time Machine
March 4 – 6 & 10-13, Cambrian Players presents ‘Arms and the Man’ at the Paramount Theatre; a production that transports you back to 1885 Europe with George Bernard Shaw's brilliant satire. For more information, visit www.cambrianplayers.ca.

"Feel the Thunder" with Thunder Bay Gymnastics
Thunder Bay Gymnastics Association will be hosting "Feel the Thunder" Provincial & Invitational Meet on March 6 & 7. Cheer on athletes as they compete and showcase their talents at the CLE Dove Building, 425 Northern Ave. For more information, visit www.tbga.ca, or call (807) 767-6255.

Ski the Giant During the Sleeping Giant Loppet
Join Thunder Bay Nordic Trails for the annual Sleeping Giant Loppet at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on March 6. Take part in the 8 km Mini-loppet, 20 km event or the challenging 50 km event. For more information, visit www.sleepinggiantloppet.ca or call (8070 475-7081.

Family Skate for P.R.O. Kids
On March 19, P.R.O. Kids invite families to the Fort William Gardens for a public skating event with activities for everyone including Thunder Bay’s only Chuck-a-duck game, face painting, games and prizes. Cost is $2 per person, helmets are recommended, and participants must bring their own skates. All proceeds benefit P,R.O Kids which matches children in need with positive recreation opportunities. For more information, call (807) 625-3212.

Thunderwolves Welcomes the Cavendish Cup
Hockey fans don’t miss university hockey at its finest. Thunder Bay welcomes the Cavendish Cup March 25 - 28. The top six university teams in Canada will meet in an exciting seven-day tournament at the Fort William Gardens.


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 March. For more information, visit www.theag.ca.

  • On Now: Drawings from the Permanent Collection
  • March 5 - 28: Lakehead University Visual Arts Department 2010 Annual Student Juried Exhibition and Major Studio Students' 2010 Graduate Exhibition

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

  • March 24, 7-10pm: Gala Opening Reception for “Urban Infill Art in the Core” Downtown
  • March 25 – 27: “Urban Infill Art in the Core” Downtown Exhibition
    Rediscover your North Core through contemporary art! Featuring visual, multi-disciplinary and new media art works by 350+ critically acclaimed international, national, and regional artists including: Lakehead University Visual Art Students/Grads, Confederation College Film/Mulit-media Students, Commercial Galleries/Artist Studios, Gallery Members & more. Exhibit includes 15 downtown locations including empty retail spaces being converted to galleries including “Wearable Art” with living models in the windows. Start at Definitely Superior Art Gallery for maps and tour guides.
  • March 27, 8 pm - 2 am: One Night! One Massive Event including 30 acts, 18 bands, three DJs, 100 artists, and thousands in raffle/costume prizes (dress-up theme is Super hero/anime). Over 650 people attended this fundraiser for the contemporary arts last year. $8 fee includes entry to all three bar venues - Black Pirates Pub, Jacks & Kilroys.

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 www.ahnisnabae-art.com.


March Break Day Camps


Kids Go Back in Time at Fort William Historical Park
From March 15 - 19, Fort William Historical Park welcomes all children for a full week of entertaining and educational winter activities. Cost is $110 for days in the following two age groups. For more information visit wwww.fwhp.ca, e-mail reservations@fwhp.ca or call (807) 473-2344.

  • 7-9 years of age: Play traditional games, go on a snowshoe hike, make your own paper, learn about winter birding and make a feeder and more.
  • 10 – 12 years of age: Make maple taffy, play traditional games, decorate eggs, create a sea monster, work with the oxen team on the farm and more.

Specials


$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 www.thesportsdome.ca. 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 Country Market.

Visit Thunder Bay's largest farmer's market every Saturday between 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 regularly updated information on vendors and products, visit www.thunderbaycountrymarket.com

Hold Your Next Special Event at Gammondale Farm.
Gammondale farm has year round facilities for workshops, meetings, retreats, reunions, picnics, parties and corn roasts. Even outdoor weddings and photos are better now that we have a beautiful black carriage that is pulled by a magnificent black Percheron draft horse. For more information, visit www.gammondalefarm.com, e-mail farmfun@tbaytel.net, or call (807) 475-5615.

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. Bookings are also available for sleigh and wagon rides, banquets, meetings and conferences, as well as education and community groups. For more information, call (807) 473-2344, visit www.fwhp.ca, or e-mail info@fwhp.ca.  We hope to see you at Fort William Historical Park.


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 www.tbpl.ca.

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 conference.services@lakeheadu.ca.

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 www.gamescomplex.com.

Weather is Guaranteed at Ontario’s Largest Indoor Family Fun & Entertainment Facility.
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 www.thesportsdome.ca for upcoming events and activities. Book ahead or drop in at your convenience.

Fort William Historical Park