Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 6

In This Issue:


Announcements from Tourism Thunder Bay!


Two Contests. Two Chances to Win a Thunder Bay Getaway!
There is no better time to enjoy Thunder Bay than in July with so many fun festive and fabulous events and festivals happening!
Visitors are invited to enter our Great Canadian Giveaway Contest Campaign for a chance to win one of two great giveaways. If Blues is your passion plan to enter the BluesWin Contest – a fabulous prize package that gives you free admission to one of the largest and most anticipated events of the summer – the Thunder Bay Blues Festival July 9 – 11. If history and experiencing the past combined with being entertained with great music, food and camping appeals to your taste for adventure, then enter the Great Rendezvous Contest. If you can’t choose, enter both! To enter and learn more about these and other great events taking place this July in Thunder Bay, go to www.visitthunderbay.com today!

The Pagoda Celebrates 100 Years on June 11
The Pagoda Information Centre is celebrating 100 years of service and is Canada’s Oldest Operating Information Centre. Join us for cake and coffee, tour this historic building, and grab some information on things to do in Thunder Bay this summer.

The Pagoda will be opening its doors for the summer tourist season on Tuesday, June 8 and will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Terry Fox Information Centre Summer Hours Start June 14
Do you have family or friends coming from out of town for a visit and you don’t know where to take them? Don’t miss one of Thunder Bay’s popular tourist destinations – the Terry Fox Monument, or drop in before they arrive to get great ideas of things to do when they are here. The Terry Fox Information Centre extended summer hours begin June 14, and are 8:30 am - 7:30 pm, seven days a week.

Celebrate Canada Day at Marina Park
The City of Thunder Bay invites all visitors and residents to the City’s largest annual celebration at Marina Park. Enjoy live entertainment, food, family fun and stay for the fireworks to cap off the evening celebrations. Visit www.thunderbay.ca/canadaday for details.

Thunder Bay’s Own Sailsuperior.com Featured in Canadian Geographic
Sailsuperior.com was recently featured in the May edition of Canadian Geographic in a sailing feature "The Superior Triangle". More...


Fort William Historical Hosts a Busy Summer Season

Take a step into the past at Fort William Historical Park! Join a costumed guide on a fascinating excursion through the Fort, the vast inland Fur Trade Headquarters of the North West Company. Visit the Native Camp, Great Hall and other key areas. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm. Following are just a few of the Fort's unique offerings:

Sunday Community Days Discount Admission
Every Sunday through Sept. 5 (excluding July 9 and 18), Fort William Historical Park is hosting Community Days from 10 am and 5 pm. Bring out visiting friends and relatives or just bring the family to 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.

“Spring on the Farm” Theme June 6 & 14
Explore our country’s rich 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 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $7.50 for Adults, $5 for children 6-12, and $3.75 for children 2-5.

Celebrate Canada Day at Fort William Historical Park on July 1
Celebrate Canada’s birthday! Enjoy family games, activities and entertainment. Join Company partners for the Grand Arrival of the Brigades. Take part in our Canada Pride contest, meet our mascot Willy the Voyageur and enjoy birthday cake. Open 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 12, and $3.75 for children 2-5.

Mark July 9 – 18 on Your Calendar for the Great Canadian Rendezvous
Look for a stellar concert line-up in the upcoming July Newsletter, including the Stampeders and Trooper.

Historic Site Admissions

  • Multi-day: Adults $25, Youth 6-12 $17.50, Children 2-5 $12.50
  • Daily: Adults $10, Youth 6-12 $7.50, Children 2-5 $5

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


    Upcoming Special Events:

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

    • June 15 – Soda Pop 2010 – Featuring Emily Osment
    • June 16 – ZZ Top – SOLD OUT
    • June 17 – Aaron Pritchett
    • June 21 – Celtic Thunder
    • June 24- DOG The Bounty Hunter
    • June 26 – Wynonna
    • July 9-11 – Thunder Bay Blues Festival at Marina Park

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

    Ontario Parks Giant Photography Digital Workshops
    Ontario Parks and Lake Superior Visits invite you to either of the following photography workshops at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park:

    • June 5 – Flora and Fauna Workshop
    • July 3 – People in Parks Workshop

    For more information, visit www.superiorvisits.com or call (807) 344-9208.

    Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area Open House
    On June 3, Parks Canada is hosting an Open House at the Travelodge Hotel Airlane to discuss the development of an interim management plan for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. For more information, call (807) 346-2901 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/superior.

    George Jeffrey Children’s Centre Soap Box Races
    Don’t miss the George Jeffrey Children’s Centre Soap Box Races from June 3 – 6. All Soap Box racers, builders, and enthusiasts are invited to Waverly Park. For more information, visit www.georgejeffreyfoundation.com or call (807) 623-6050.

    Lakehead Region Conservation Authority’s 2010 Garden Party & Plant Sale
    On June 5, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is hosting its annual Garden Party and Plant Sale. Shop for garden plants, flowers and perennials at great low prices with all proceeds going to the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority. Items usually sell early. For more information, visit www.lakeheadca.com or call (807) 345-2377.

    Sounds of Superior Cabaret Concert
    On June 9, Trinity United Church, 30 Algoma St S, is hosting the Sounds of Superior and Trinity United Church Cabaret Concert. For more information, visit www.trinityuc.org or call (807) 345-5621.

    Northwest Senior Games Coming to Thunder Bay
    All men and women over the age of 55 are invited to participate in the Northwest Senior Games from June 7-10. The Games are hosted by,the Ontario Senior Games Association along with the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre and will take place at various venues across the City. For more information, call (807) 625-2316, or e-mail mking@thunderbay.ca.

    Benny Birch Turns 29!
    Join St Joseph’s Foundation of Thunder Bay from June 11-13 to celebrate Benny Birch’s 29th Birthday at Chippewa Park. Come out for loads of entertainment and fun for the whole family. For more information, visit http://www.sjcg.net/foundation/benny.asp or call (807) 768-4440.


    15th Annual Pet Charity Leash-a-thon
    On June 12 at 10am, Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital invites pet owners and their companions to Boulevard Lake for the 15th Annual Pet Charity Leash-a-thon. For more information, visit www.tbvet.com, or call (807) 623-3531.

    Wake the Giant Vintage Car Weekend
    The Thunder Bay Vintage Car Club is hosting the Wake the Giant Vintage Car Weekend from June 17 – 20 at the Nor’wester Hotel and Conference Centre. View over 100 vintage cars. For more information, call the Thunder Bay Vintage Car Club (807) 344-7694.

    Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life
    June 18 from 7pm – 7am June 19, at Fort William Historical Park. Cheer on the participants as they raise money for a good cause during this year’s Relay for Life. For more information or to participate, call (807) 344-5433.

    Agriplex Country Fair and Horse Show
    June 19 come out to the Thunder Bay Agriplex on Highway 130 for the Agriplex Country Fair and Horse Show. With lots of activities including face painting, pony rides, games and an addition of a horse show, there will be fun for the whole family. For more information, call (807) 887-4301.

    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.

    Thunder Bay Walk for Muscular Dystrophy
    Participate or cheer on participants as they raise money for the fight of Muscular Dystrophy during this year’s Safeway Thunder Bay Walk for Muscular Dystrophy on June 27. For more information, visit www.muscle.ca/walk, or call 1-866-337-3365.

    9th Annual Blues Festival July 9-11
    Enjoy the 9th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival July 9 -11, presented by the Thunder Bay Blues Society and Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Headlining acts include Robert Randolph, Blues Traveler and Taj Mahal. For more information, visit www.tbayblues.ca.


    Local Art Exhibits

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

    • June 4 – Sept. 5 – Norval Morriseau
    • June 4 – Sept. 5 – Drawings by Frank Big Bear
    • June 4 – Sept. 5 – Aloft: Ravens and Other Flyers

    June Happenings at Definitely Superior Art Gallery

    Definitely Superior Art Gallery at 250 Park Avenue is holding the following exhibits for the month of June. For more information, visit www.definitelysuperior.com or call (807) 344-3814.

    • June 5 – July 3: Fashion and Mimesis-Maria Fernanda Cardoso – International – Sydney Australia. From the artist’s Emu Series, consisting of artworks, photographs, video and original fashion created from native Australian bird feathers. Critically acclaimed internationally from the Tate Gallery – London UK, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art – New York, Centre Georges Pompidou – Paris, 50th International Venice Biennale, Sao Paulo Brazil to Bogota Columbia
    • June 5 – July 3: Elements – Quentin Maki Exhibition – New Mixed Media Works – Painting.
    • June 5 – July 3: Beneath – Cheryl Wilson Smith Exhibition – New figurative sculptural Glass Works – Red Lake, ON.
    • June 5, at 7pm: Gala Opening Reception for all Three Exhibitions.
      Event will feature music, refreshments, and a performance by Kathleen Baleja, presenting a trult exotic/artist emu-lation, wearing one of Cardoso’s creations; all ages welcome by donation.

    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!

    Lake Superior Art Gallery June 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
    • June 8 @ 7:30pm – Presentation “Building an Internet Presence”  

    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 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 and the new location of the Sushi Bowl on Red River Road. 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 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 www.thunderbaycountrymarket.com

    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.

    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.

    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 8 am to 11 pm daily. Check out www.thesportsdome.ca for upcoming events and activities. Book ahead or drop in at your convenience.

  • Fort William Historical Park