Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 7

In This Issue:


Announcements from Tourism Thunder Bay!

July Hours of Operation for Tourism Thunder Bay’s Information Centres
Visit one of our two Thunder Bay Information Centres during the summer. The Pagoda is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6 pm. The Terry Fox Information Centre is open 8:30 am to 7:30 pm 7 days a week.

Summers in the Park Every Wednesday Evening at Marina Park
You are invited to Marina Park on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 pm for this year’s Summer in the Parks concert series. Below is the line-up for July. For more information, visit www.thunderbay.ca/sitp, or call 625-2487.

  • July 7 – 103.5 The Thunder Night: Suitcase Stanley, Southern Comfort, and The Scott Van Teefelen Band
  • July 14 – 105.3 The Giant Night: Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four, Private Eyes, Vinyl
  • July 21 – City of Thunder Bay Night: Good News Jazz Band, The Bottom of The Barrel, Shaken Not Stirred
  • July 28 – Canada Safeway Night: Passive Revolution, Night Train, Powerhouse

Major Events at Fort William Historical Park in July

Fort William Historical Park Hosts a Busy Summer Season
Experience a trip back in time at Fort William Historical Park! Explore Fort William, the vast inland fur trade headquarters of the North West Company in 1815. Visit the Native Camp, Great Hall and other key areas. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm. July also offers exciting event highlights:

Great Canadian Rendezvous July 9 – 18
FWHP offers an exciting “concert-and-camping” package with themed evening concerts headlined by the Stampeders, Trooper and many others on different nights. In addition, there is overnight camping for RVs, trailers and tents. Enjoy a great mix of heritage and contemporary activities and family fun. Daily and multi-day passes and overnight packages are also available. All inclusive, two person packages begin as low as $40.00.

Entertainment line-up includes:

  • July 9 – Campfire concert with Rodney Brown
  • July 10 – Aboriginal Rock with Ira Johnson Band
  • July 11 – Family Fun Fest with Chicago magician Brian Milanowski
  • July 12 – Folk at the Fort with The Wailin’Jennys and Shy Anne
  • July 13 – Mood Indigo and Mark Potvin’s Little Swing Band
  • July 14 – Classic Rock with The Stampeders and David Wilcox
  • July 15 – Great Canadian BBQ : Trooper and Cheap ‘N Easy
  • July 16 – Blue Grass Jamboree with Blue Wolf Bluegrass, Gibson Martin & I, Shades of Grey, Cedar Valley Band
  • July 17 – Celtic Colours with Leahy

Multi – day: Adults $25, Youth 6 to 12 $17.50, Children 2 to 5 $12.50
Daily: Adults $10, Youth 6 to 12 $7.50, Children 2 to 5 $5.

Sunday Community Days Discount Admission
Every Sunday through Sept. 5 (excluding July 9 and 18), FWHP hosts Community Days from 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $7.50 for Adults, $5 for children 6-12, and $3.75 for children 2-5.

Historic Site Admission
Effective July 1, 2010, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will be charged to Admission fees. Here are the daily rates for the Fort.

  • Adult $13.08
  • Senior (60+) $11.21
  • Students (13+ with ID) $11.21
  • Students 6-12 $9.35
  • Children 2-5 - $3.54
  • Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 students) - $35.54
  • Family of 4, additional student (13+) - $9.35
  • Family of 4, additional student 6-12 -$ 6.45
  • Family of 4, additional child 2-5 $2.44

For more information on admissions, ticket packages and activities, visit www.fwhp.ca, call (807) 473-2344, or e-mail info@fwhp.ca.


Thunder Bay International Baseball welcomes the world to Thunder Bay from July 23 – Aug 1

Get ready for a world class sporting event where future Major League Baseball stars represent their country, playing for international glory. With 46 games, 12 teams, 10 days the city will welcome national teams from Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Panama, Venezuela and the United States. Teams will compete one against each other at both the Port Arthur Stadium and Central Ball Park for the chance to play in the Gold Medal game at Port Arthur Stadium on August 1.

The Thunder Bay International Baseball Association, the International Baseball Federation and Arts and Heritage Alliance of Thunder Bay have joined forces to create a one of a kind festival of entertainers, artisans, and cultural touchstones in and around Thunder Bay area.

The World Festival will consist of the four components – the World of Entertainment, the World of Arts and Culture, the World of Information and the World Stage. Each World component will showcase the diversity and talent that is abundant in Thunder Bay and in Northwestern Ontario.

The 2010 IBAF World Junior Baseball Championship will focus the eyes of the baseball world on the city for 10 days at the end of July. Fans can experience a slice of the culture that is Thunder Bay and see some of the best undrafted baseball players on the planet.

For more information, visit www.worldbaseball2010.com, or call 1-877-422-3201.


Upcoming Special Events:

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

  • July 9-11 – Thunder Bay Blues Festival at Marina Park
  • July 20 – Heart
  • July 24 - Travis Tritt
  • July 31 – Stompin Tom Connors

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

Sundays in the Park at Chippewa Park
Chippewa Park hosts their summer Sundays in the Park concert series starting at 1:30 pm. Here are the bands playing in July. For more information, visit www.chippewapark.ca or call (807) 623-5111.

  • July 11 – Thunder Bay Youth Big Band
  • July 18 – Razz Jazz Trio
  • July 25 – TBA
Giant Digital Photography Workshop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park "People in Parks Photography"
Ontario Parks and Lake Superior Visits invite you to participate in upcoming digital photography workshops with local professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski, LPPO, PPOC.

Spending your outdoor adventures with family and friends? Want to capture those special memories forever? This upcoming one day workshop for beginner and intermediate photo buffs will show you how to best photograph people in parks. For more information, pricing and online registration visit www.superiorvisit.com or call (807) 344-9208.

Additional upcoming workshops also include:

  • Aug. 14 - Giant Landscapes Workshop
  • Sept. 17 – Fall Colours Workshop

Mt McKay Pow-Wow 2010
From July 2 – 4, Fort William First Nations will be holding their annual Mount McKay Pow-wow. The Event features a warm-up on Friday, grand entries on Saturday, feasts on Saturday and Sunday, and authentic native arts and crafts. For more information, call (807) 62-1245.

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.

Thunderfest Super Weekend
From July 9 – 11, the Da Vinci Centre is proud to present the annual Thunderfest Super Weekend. As usual you will find great entertainment all weekend, and famously good food. For more information, visit www.davincicentre.com.

Family Fishing Day
On July 11, the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority invites you to the Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre 9 am – 3 pm for their Family Fishing Day. Discover the thrill of fishing during the free fishing weekend. For more information, visit www.lakeheadca.com, or call (807) 344-5857.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic
On July 13, grab your Teddy Bear and a blanket and head to Vickers Park for the annual Teddy Bears Picnic. Enjoy an afternoon of free crafts, activities and entertainment. Festivities include the Teddy Bear Parade and Boo Boo Bear Station to bandage much loved teddy bears. For more information, visit www.thunderbay.ca/picnic.

Celebrity Skate for Easter Seals Kids
On July 15, join us for the celebrity skate for Easter Seals Kids at the Thunder Bay Tournament Centre. Collect $50 in pledges and skate with local NHL stars Jordan Staal, Trevor Letowski, Marc Staal, Ryan Johnson and more. For more information, call Rhonda at (807) 345-7622 ext 4.

12th Annual Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Race Festival
On July 12, cheer on paddlers during the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Races at Boulevard Lake as they raise money for three local charities including, Canadian Mental Health Assoc., Catholic Family Dev., and St Joseph’s Foundation. For more information, visit www.thunderbaydragonboat.com or call (807) 768-4407.

Lake Superior Day Community Picnic
On July 18, join the Lakehead Conservation Authority at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area to celebrate life beside the greatest lake of them all – Lake Superior. Visit the interpretive pavilion featuring displays about the importance of water. For more information, visit www.lakeheadca.com or call (807) 344-5857.

100th Anniversary of Finlandia Club
From July 22 – 25, join in the festivities celebrating 100 years on Bay Street. There will be a golf tournament, music, food and street dance. For more information, visit www.finlandiaclub100.com, or call (807) 344-8983.

Artisan Market on Mt McKay
From July 24-25, visit Mt Mckay 9 am – 3:30 pm for their Artisan Market for a wide variety of native arts and crafts. For more information, call (807) 472-8807.

Summer Sizzle Day with the Children’s Museum for Thunder Bay
On July 25, the Children’s Museum for Thunder Bay presents Summer Sizzle Day at the Boys and Girls Club on Junot Ave 1 pm – 5 pm. Enjoy an afternoon full of races, relays, games, obstacle course, scavenger hunts, crafts, a bike parade, and much more. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for the family. For more information, call (807) 623-0354 or (807) 767-6184.

Festa Italiana
From Aug 1 – 2, join in the Italian celebrations at this year’s Festa Italiana at the Italian Cultural Centre. There will be live entertainment, food and fun for everyone. For more information, visit www.italiancc.com.

Heart of the Harbour BIA Welcomes Tall Ship Bounty on August 4.
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!

The Heart of the Harbour BIA is very proud to be sponsoring the arrival of the Tall Ship Bounty to Thunder Bay on Wednesday, August 4, 2010. To celebrate the bounty’s arrival, the Heart of the Harbour BIA is hosting a Pirates Cove Children’s Area the same day. Bring the family to Pirates Cove, held on St. Paul and Cooke Streets, featuring a pirate / mermaid costume contest, inflatable bouncers, face painting, the Shriners train, crafts, and much more! Parking will be free for the day in the civic parking lots on Red River Road and behind the Paramount Theatre. Children of all ages will enjoy this family event from noon – 8pm.
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.


Local Art and Museum Exhibits

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

  • Until Sept. 5 – Norval Morriseau: Copper Thunderbird – Thirty Years
  • Until Sept. 5 – Drawings by Frank Big Bear
  • Until Sept. 5 – Aloft: Ravens and Other Flyers
  • July 25 – Garden Tour 2010

July Happenings at Definitely Superior Art Gallery

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

  • July 16 – August 14: 22nd Anniversary Definitely Superior Art Gallery Members Exhibition: Featuring over 75 diverse contemporary REGIONAL ARTWORKS. Gallery 1.
  • July 16 – August 14: Elizabeth Buset – New Painting Works Exhibition: Large – scale paintings by one of the region’s premiere painters in her first solo exhibition. Gallery 2.
  • July 16 – August 14: Confederation College Film Graduate Screenings – Best of: Enjoy a compilation of some of the best dynamic short graduate films. Gallery 3.
  • July 16, 7-10pm: Gala Opening Reception at Definitely Superior Art Gallery for all 3 exhibitions with live music/refreshments, all ages/by donation.
  • Until end of August: Die Active youth Collective: Summer Youth Program: Multi-disciplinary youth artists collective (ages 14-30) working to create an alternative “zine” publication and art performances. Free workshops, all are welcome to join! E-mail your name/interests to loradefsup@hotmail.com.

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!

Thunder Bay Historical Museum
In July visit the Thunder Bay Historical museum for the following exhibit. For more information visit www.thunderbaymuseum.com, or call (807) 623-0801.

  • Starting July 2: For Better or Worse: A Celebration of Matrimony. Through images, artifacts and costume the Thunder Bay Museum takes a lighthearted look at marriage in Northwestern Ontario and beyond.

The Museum will be open from 11 am – 5 pm every day of the week. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for children aged 6-17; free for children under 6.

July Features at Chenier Fine Arts
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 75 artists. Regular hours are Tuesday to Friday 11 am – 5 pm and Summer Saturdays 11:30 am to 3 pm and later 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.

  • July Feature: "Thirty New Paintings - Seven New Artists". New artists include the Bold Abstracts and Nudes by Bonenfant-Dube, Sensitive Female Nude Etchings by Willi Kissmer, City Portraits by Georges Maman, Paintings by Mina that are inspired by the Female Form and the rhythm of music, Hockey and Nostalic Scenes by Robert Roy, Nude Drawings by Anne Van Mierlo, and Stylized Urban Nightscenes by Alexandre Zerbe.
  • Also featured in July are new paintings by gallery artists - small Figurative paintings by Paule Lagace, Surreal, Figurative paintings by Gerard Castonguay, Autumn and Summer Landscapes by Yvon Breton, and Passionate, Galloping Horses by Anne Marrec. Canadian and Local Sculptors showing are: 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 lifesize, 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.
  • Chenier Fine Arts offers professional custom picture framing services and informative consultations. Debra Chenier and Jean Chenier together 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 consultations. She will reinvigorate your current collection with new location placement and advice on the updating of custom framing of your existing artwork and heirlooms.

Summer Camps

Sports Dome Multi Sport Summer Camp
July 5 - Aug. 27, the Sports Dome is holding a camp for children ages 5-12. Weekly cost is $135 per child and $115 per additional children. Daily rates are available. For more information call (807) 625-0110 or visit www.sportsdome.ca

Summer Camps at Magnus
Magnus Theatre invites children of all ages to come out and explore their creative side at one of their summer camps during the month of July. For more information, visit www.magnus.on.ca, or call (807) 345-8033.

  • July 5 – 16 - Junior Youth Camp: Ages 6-9. Cost $174.
  • July 5 – 16 – Intermediate Youth Camp: Ages 10 – 12. Cost $179.
  • July 19 – 30 – Teen Camp: Ages 13 – 18. Cost $279.

General Tourist Information

Founders’ Museum & Pioneer Village
Take a walk through the past as this unique Northwestern Ontario pioneer village. One of residents of the village will be pleased to escort you. Experience and explore life in the village from the school house to the blacksmith shop. The village offers a unique hand on experience. You can even pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the Paterson Pavilion. Open Daily from 11 am – 5 pm. Closing on Labour Day. Admission is $6 for adults and children 12 and over; $5 for seniors (65+) and children 11 – 6; Children under 5 are free. For more information, visit www.founders.ca, or call (807) 475-5114.

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