Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 5

In This Issue:


Plan Your Summer Vacation For Right Here in Thunder Bay!

Last Chance to Win an Adventure of a Lifetime!
Tourism Thunder Bay’s "Win Seven Days with the Giant" contest will be closing on May 31! 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.

Summer Holidays Are Just around the Corner.
Visit the Terry Fox Information Centre for exciting ideas the entire family can do right here in Thunder Bay. The Centre is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Look for the start of our summer hours in Mid-June, as well as the opening of the Pagoda Information Centre on June 8. For more information, visit www.visitthunderbay.com or call (807) 983-2041.

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 www.thunderbay.ca/living/culture_and_heritage/heritage_properties/walking_tours.htm or hard copies can be picked up at City Hall, 500 Donald Street East.


Spring Events at Fort William Historical Park

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

Daily Tours Commence Saturday, May 22
Take a step into the past at Fort William Historical Park! Join your costumed guide on a fascinating excursion through Fort William, the vast inland fur trade headquarters of the North West Company. Visit the Native Camp, Great Hall and other key areas. For tour times, call (807) 473-2344 or visit www.fwhp.ca. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

Sunday Community Days: Discount Admission
Starting May 23rd to September 5 (Excludes July 9 and 18) Fort William Historical Park will be holding its Community Days every Sunday between 10am and 5pm. Bring out the visiting friends and relatives or just bring the family and show them the best of Thunder Bay! Admission is $7.50 for Adults, $5 for children 6-12, and $3.75 for children 2-5 $3.75.

“Spring on the Farm” Theme May 30, June 6 and 14
Show visiting friends and relatives the best of Thunder Bay! Explore our nation’s Aboriginal and Fur Trade past. Enjoy voyageur canoe rides, meet our new baby farm animals, visit the Ojibwa Native Encampment, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and learn from our skilled artisans. Open 10am to 5pm. Admission is $7.50 for Adults, $5 for children 6-12, and $3.75 for children 2-5 $3.75.

Historic Site Admissions
Adults $10, Youth 6-12 $7.50, Children 2-5 $5
Multi-day: Adults $25, Youth 6-12 $17.50, Children 2-5 $12.50 

For more information, visit www.fwhp.ca, call (807) 473-2344, or e-mail info@fwhp.ca.


Upcoming Special Events:

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

  • May 4 – Ron White –Sold Out
  • May 5 & 6 – Fay Gleeson Dancers
  • May 7 – Zorya Ukrainian Dance
  • May 8 – Elvis – The Legend Lives
  • May 11 – The Naden Band “Sailors and Sounds”
  • May 13 – Studio One
  • May 16 – Chaban’s 30th Anniversary Concert
  • May 17 – Dream Dance
  • May 19 – Experience Dance
  • May 20 – Dance Dynamics
  • May 24 – George Thorogood

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

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 www.valhallainn.com or call (807) 577-1121.

Cambrian Players Present Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead
Between May 6–8 and 12-15, Cambrian Players welcomes you out to the Paramount Theatre for their final production of the season of Tom Stoppard’s clever comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, Steepers, or Fireweed. For more information, visit www.cambrianplayers.ca.

Dirty Work at the Crossroads at Magnus Theatre
Between May 7-15, the Nurses of Thunder Bay invites you out to Magnus Theatre for their production of Dirty Work at the Crossroads. Come support those local nurses brave enough to perform in a musical melodrama by Bill Johnson with an old fashioned story of good versus evil and tells the tale of an innocent Country Gal. For more information, visit www.magnus.on.ca, or to purchase tickets call (807) 345-5552.

55th Annual Lakehead Shrine Circus
On May 7-8, the Lakehead Shriners invites people of all ages to come on down to the Fort William Gardens for their annual Lakehead Shrine Circus. Take in one of the 4 shows and enjoy various circus acts including clowns, cotton candy, flying trapeze act, and much more. For more information, visit www.lakeheadshrineclub.ca, or call (807) 625-2929.

Royal LePage Women United in Motion
On May 8, Royal Lepage invites you to come on out to Boulevard Lake for their 31st annual Royal Lepage Women United in Motion. Run, stroll or roll around Boulevard Lake, while meeting new people, getting some exercise and most importantly, do your part to help women in need in Thunder Bay. For more information, visitiwww.royallepagethunderbay.com, or call (807) 623-5011.

100th Annual 10 Mile Road Race
On May 24, you are invited to come on out for the annual 10 Mile Road Race. Since 1910, the race has promoted a “healthy and clean sport at the head of the lakes”. It continues to be a premier sporting event that is open to all runners who are ready to challenge themselves over 10 miles! For more information, visit www.10mileroadrace.org.

Annual Kite Festival
On May 30, the city of Thunder Bay invites you to come on out the annual Kite Festival. For more information call (807) 625-2487.

Northwest Senior Games to be hosted in Thunder Bay
Between June 7-10, the Ontario Senior Games Association as well as the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre invites all men and women over the age of 55 to participate in the Northwest Senior Games. The games will take place at various venues across the city. For more information, call (807) 625-2316, or e-mail mking@thunderbay.ca.

Nipigon River Adventures Presents Ladies Fly Fishing Workshop
Nipigon River Adventures invites all women to register for their upcoming Ladies Fly Fishing Workshop on June 25-28 at the Quebec Lodge in Red Rock, Ontario. There is a maximum limit of 12 participants. For more information, call Ray (807) 621-6342 or e-mail him at ray@nipigonriveradventures.com.


Local Art exhibits

Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is holding the following exhibits in May. For more information, visit www.theag.ca.

  • Until May 23 –Celebrating The Creators Exhibit
  • Until May 9 – Christi Belcourt: Identity Land & Spirit Exhibit
  • Until May 9 – Four Stars from the Permanent Collection
  • Until May 9 – Waabanda-Iwewin
  • May 13 -30 – Secondary School Art. Opening Reception May 13
  • May 28 – Birdhouse Auction at 7:30pm.

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

  • May 14, starting at 7pm: Opening Reception for “Spring Vernissage 2” featuring art, live music, refreshments, and artists in attendance. Open to people of all ages, and by donation.
  • May 7 – 29: “Spring Vernissage 2” Exhibition featuring Lakehead University Retrograds Exhibition featuring Lakehead University graduating student show to present works completed in their last 4 years and new works, encouraging a positive transition into their status as professional artists, Atikokan resident Joseph Fredrich painting/sculpture works, and Cardboard Monsters featuring Swedish artist Sjors Vervoort animation video

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 louisethomas@ahnisnabae-art.com or visit www.ahnisnabae-art.com. 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!

Chenier Fines 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 over 95 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 www.chenierfinearts.ca.

  • May feature – “Collector’s Choise – Sculpture Show” exhibiting new sculpture by 13 gallery artists. Represented are the following established Canadian and Local Sculptors: Abstract Series and spectacular 33 inch Figurative Alabaster Sculpture by local stone sculptor Jason Nelson, Wood and Metal Figurative Sculpture by local John Books, Wasp Nest Baskets and Torsos by local Kathleen Baleja, Wire Mesh Figurative sculpture from 12 inches to life-size, by Ted Semienchuk, Ceramic Vessels and Boats by internationally reknowned Shane Norrie, Bronze Figurative Sculpture on five foot high bases by Ed Kotansky, Metal Figurative sculpture with the theme of the family by Boris Kramer, lovely small framed bronzes made with recycled wire by Matthieu Binette, Ceramic Torsos by Eva Lapka, editioned bronzes by Anne Renard and Gerard Belanger, Onyx by Charles LePage, and Green Steatite stone by Molly Gersho.
  • Also featured in May are eight new small Figurative paintings by Paule Lagace, Street scenes by Santiago Panachini, Surreal, Figurative paintings by Gerard Castonguay, and new small abstracts by Hyan Jou Lee and Lise Tremblay.

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. Art on Paper is preserved by using Conservation Framing – acid free materials, rag mats and boards, and UV protecting glass to help keep the art from fading and damage. Canadian, Italian and French mouldings are hand finished by skilled artisans. Debra offers art interiors consultation. She will reinvigorate your current collection with new location placement and advise on the updating of custom framing of your existing artwork and heirlooms. 

Lake Superior Art Gallery May Events
Lake Superior Art Gallery located at 605 E Victoria Ave, inside Victoriaville Centre, offers daily and monthly art classes. Admission to the gallery is free and houses large watercolours on display. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10:30am - 5pm. For more information or to register for one of the classes call (807) 285-5538 or visit www.superiorartgallery.com.

  • Daily: Local watercolourist and residence artist, Peter Humeniuk, offers daily watercolour classes.
  • May 27 6:30pm - 9:30pm – May Cutting Class with Lucio Coppola. Fee is $20 plus $15 for one 32 x 40” mat plus tax.

General Tourist Information

Come and Explore The Downtown Heart of the Harbour BIA
The downtown Heart of the Harbour offers unique shopping at its finest, a great selection of restaurants, excellent dining and a spectacular view of the Sleeping Giant! In this upcoming month, the Downtown Heart of the Harbour BIA will be putting together a “Street Team” to help beautify the downtown core through jobs such as cleaning and painting. The BIA would also like to welcome new businesses to the area. Ruby Moon (www.rubymooncatering.com) offers a relaxing dining environment where guests can connect over fresh, made to order meals. Lumberjack’s restaurant at 16 St Paul St (807) 285-4784 welcomes guests with mouth watering fare. The BIA is also looking forward to Sushi Bowl opening on Red River Road in the Month of April. For more information on the wide variety of exciting shops, restaurants, businesses, and entertainment venues found at the “Heart” of Thunder Bay, please contact Natalie at heartoftheharbour@shaw.ca, or call (807) 343-9032.

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 guest.services@lakeheadu.ca, or visit www.conferenceservices.lakeheadu.ca.

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 conference.services@lakeheadu.ca or visit www.conferenceservices.lakeheadu.ca.

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.

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.

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