Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 4

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 City of Thunder Bay residents and those within a 50 km radius are not eligible to enter.

New City of Thunder Bay Walking Tours Highlight City’s Heritage
Four new self-guided walking tours throughout the City of Thunder Bay have been developed by the City’s Heritage Advisory Committee for both visitors and residents alike. Enjoy a leisurely scenic walk around Thunder Bay while learning about the City’s rich heritage and architecture. Brochures that include photographs and descriptions of each destination within the tours are available for download at or hard copies can be picked up at City Hall, 500 Donald Street East.

Spring into Terry Fox Information Centre
Visit the Terry Fox Information Centre for information on new things to see and do during the spring months. The Centre is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, closed on statutory holidays. Centre will be closed on April 2 in observance of Good Friday and April 5 for Easter Monday. For more information, visit or call (807) 983-2041.

Spring Events at Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park comes alive throughout the spring months. Following are just a few of the Forts unique offerings:

Spring Walking Tours
Daily walking tours continue 11am and 2pm, Monday through Friday. Please dress accordingly. Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children aged six to 12. Children aged five 5 and under are free.

Conferencing and Banquet Facilities, Custom Programming
The Fort offers various conference and banquet facilities, from grand scale to intimate, plus a variety of custom-designed programming options for education and community groups, and corporate retreats.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Fort
Join Fort William Historical Park in celebrating Earth Day on Thursday, April 22. Embark on themed Earth Day tours from the Visitor Centre at 11 am and 2 pm. Tours last roughly 90 minutes. The Fort also offers Earth Day education programs for various grades.

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

Upcoming Special Events:

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

  • April 1 – Franklin The Turtle Live
  • April 11 – Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang
  • April 17 – Confederation College Film night
  • April 26 – Los Lonely Boys
  • April 27 – Our Lady Peace – Clumsy
  • April 28 – Our Lady Peace – Spiritual Machines
  • April 29 – Charley Pride

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

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

  • April 11 – Space and Stars at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, 700 River St
  • April 16 & 17 – Concertino at the Italian Cultural Centre, 132 South Algoma St
  • April 22 – TBSO Masterworks IV: Sleeping Giant

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

Gammondale Farm Easter Egg Hunt
On April 3, from 11 am – 2 pm, Gammondale Farm invites you to the 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. Come and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, face painting, pony ride and much more. $10 per child includes Egg Hunt, Easter Loot Bag, farm animals, crafts and more. Kitchen and Bake Sale in support of Westmount School Grade 8 Graduation.. For more information, visit, e-mail or call (807) 475-5615.

Egg-straordinary Easter Brunch at the Travelodge Hotel Airlane
On April 4, the Travelodge Hotel invites families to either the Travelodge Hotel Airlane, 698 West Arthur St, or Fort William Historical Park for their fabulous Easter Brunch. To book your brunch at the Travelodge Hotel Airlane, call (807) 473-1608. For more information or to book your brunch at Fort William Historical Park, call (807) 473-1646.

CLE Spring Home & Garden Show
Don’t miss the annual Spring Home & Garden Show, April 9-11, at the CLE grounds. Come out and meet experts in the Home and Garden industries, do your spring shopping, get advice, stop for lunch, take in a seminar or just enjoy the spring fever. For more information, visit or call (807) 622-6473 or (807) 475-7131.

Anne of Green Gables Live at the Paramount Theatre
On April 22 and 23, the Paramount Theatre presents Anne of Green Gables. For more information, visit

24th Annual Tent Central Show
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Gear Up for Outdoors’ 24th Annual Tent Central Show on April 23 – 25 at Baseball Central Park, The largest collection of tents on display in one location in North America! Over 95 different tents including brands like Eureka, Marmot, MSR, The North Face and more.. For more information, visit or call (807) 345-0001.

St Patrick’s High School Presents Disney’s Beauty and The Beast
St Patrick’s High School is presenting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from April 26-May 1 at 7 pm in the School’s Auditorium. For more information or to purchase tickets call (807) 623-5218.

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Prosperity Northwest “Business Building Business”
Join the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce on April 28 from 8am – 7pm at the Valhalla Inn for Prosperity Northwest “Business Building Business”. This is a full-day of networking, valuable seminars and an opportunity to see a wide array of local businesses showcasing products and services. For more information on a booth or attending the seminars and trade show, contact Nancy Milani at, or (807) 624-2621.

37th Annual Folklore Festival
The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association presents the 37th Annual Folklore Festival at the Fort William Gardens, 901 Miles St. Take a trip around the world in two fun-filled days with magnificent sights, sounds and flavours from across the world. For more information, visit, or call 1-866-831-1144.

Local Art exhibits

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

  • April 9 – Opening Reception for Celebrating The Creators. Exhibit runs from April 3 to May 23
  • April 9 – Opening Reception for Christi Belcourt: Identity Land & Spirit. Exhibit runs from April 3 to May 23
  • April 25 – Family Day. Event runs from 1-4 pm

Ahnisnabae Art Gallery Represents Regional and Local Native Art
See authentic Native arts and crafts at Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, 7 – 1500 James St S,. Open weekdays from 11 am -7 pm, and Saturdays from 12 noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (807) 577-2656, e-mail or visit Coming soon to the gallery - An Amsterdam collection of First Nations art. This collection includes well known artists from the BC West Coast to Northwestern Ontario. Watch for updates!


$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

Stay With Us at Lakehead University this Summer
Whether you’re a conference group looking for a convenient location, a school group looking for an educational environment, a sports group seeking affordable rates, or an individual wanting to stay somewhere with great access to the City of Thunder Bay, Lakehead University Guest Accommodations are an ideal choice. Every summer from May until August, Lakehead University Guest Accommodations offer affordable, clean, comfortable accommodations in their residence. Daily, Weekly, Monthly rates available in single and double dormitories or four-bedroom townhouse and apartment style complexes. Each bedroom offers a telephone with internet access, bedding and towels. All townhouses and apartments come with laundry facilities and are fully furnished with the option for cable television, cooking supplies and small appliances for meal preparation. For more information, call (807) 343-8485, e-mail, or visit

Hold Your Special Event at LU
Lakehead University has year-round facilities for conferences, workshops, meetings, retreats, reunions and even weddings for 15-200 people. We offer catering, audio-visual, and video conferencing for events. For more information, call (807) 343-8799 or e-mail or visit

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

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, e-mail, 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, or e-mail  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

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.

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

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 for upcoming events and activities. Book ahead or drop in at your convenience.

Fort William Historical Park