Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 8

In This Issue:

Announcements from Tourism Thunder Bay!

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Cultural Days - September 24-26, 2010
This September, citizens of all ages are invited to experience free behind -the-scenes, hands-on and interactive activities offered by thousands of individual artists, cutlural groups, organizations, and municipalities across Canada as part of Culture Days. Thunder Bay is celebrating Culture Days on September 24-26 with the aim of fostering appreciation and support of the cultural life of the community, representing the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in Canada. All residents and visitors are encouraged to discover their own creativity, develop skills and knowledge, and learn more about how culture is created in Thunder Bay by participating in one of the many activities being offered throughout the community during Culture Days.

The movement will be kicked off with a Community Open House for the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan, with entertainment, interactive presentations, and opportunities for public input relating to the future of Thunder Bay's cultural sector. Throughout the weekend, several local artists, organizations, and groups will be offering a wide range of unique cultural experiences from interactive theatrical and musical performances to workshops led by local artists. View a listing of local events on the City's website at or visit the official Culture Days website for a complete listing of events across Canada. Contact Callie Hemsworth at (807) 625-3791 or for details.

August 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 10 am to 6 pm. The Terry Fox Information Centre is open 8:30 am to 7:30 pm 7 days a week.

Summer in the Parks Concluding August 18
This year’s summer in the parks concert series will be concluding on August 18. Visit Marina Park during Wednesday evenings between 6 – 9pm for this year’s last 3 concerts with the following line-up. For more information, visit, or call 625-2487.

  • Aug 11 – Thunder Bay Community Band, Michael Monroe, Doobsie’s Band
  • Aug 18 – Billy Manzik, Mark Potvin Blues Band, Wayne Faulconer and the Blooz Berries

Happenings at Fort William Historical Park in August

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:.

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, call (807) 473-2344, or e-mail

Upcoming Special Events:

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

  • Aug 14 - Celtic Woman
  • Aug 16 - Buckcherry

Visit 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 August. For more information, visit or call (807) 623-5111.

  • Aug 8 – Hanson and Company
  • Aug 15 – Smedley B and Dave
  • Aug 22 – Jim n’ I
  • Aug 29 – Mark Potvins Little Swing Band

Giant Digital Photography Workshop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Ontario Parks and Lake Superior Visits invite you to participate in upcoming digital photography workshops with local professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski, LPPO, PPOC. For more information, pricing and online registration on either of the following workshops visit or call (807) 344-9208.

  • "Giant Landscapes”: Saturday August 14: 9am – 5pm
  • “Fall Colours”: Sept 17-19 (Friday 4pm registration – Sunday 4pm)

Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority invites you to Hazelwood for the following events. For more information, visit, or call (807) 344-5857.

  • Aug 15 at 10 am at Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre: Lakehead Region Conservation Authority “Discovering Hazelwood” series presents “Blue Bird Recovery Program and Nature Walk”. A representative from the Thunder Bay Field Naturalist will discuss their Blue Bird Recovery Program followed by a short nature walk to discuss the surroundings.
  • Oct 21 at Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre: “The Nature of Comedy” featuring Dr. Funnybone and Isso Ratalinen. The evening includes a delicious dinner buffet followed by the comedy show.

Canadian Lakehead Exhibtion
From Aug 11-15, the CLE Annual Family Fair will be happening at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds on May Street. Take part in rides, games, carnival food, or watch a number of Midway shows. Or take a walk through the buildings and enjoy any number of exhibits, which include creative arts, home craft, livestock, horticulture, and a petting zoo. For more information, visit or call (807) 622-6473.

Sleeping Giant Writers Festival
From Aug 27-29, take part in the Sleeping Giant Writers Festival at Fort William Historical Park. There’s something for beginners and advanced writers, for those with just an idea or those with a complete first draft. This year features Miriam Toews, Jeanette Lynes, Ian Brown, Richard Scrimger, and David Carpenter. For more information, visit

Local Art and Museum Exhibits

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

  • 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

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

  • Aug 7, 8pm-2am: “Blood, Brains & Rock N’ Roll (Bay of the Dead) – Zombies Vs Everyone” DefSup’s Musicians’ Development Fundraiser at Black Pirates Pub, 215 Red River Rd: Never slow dance with a zombie! 13 acts, 6 brain-eating bands, “Wild Zero” zombie film festival fav at 8pm, Zombie appetizers/go-go dancers/drag performances/dress up & dance! “Zombies VS Everyone” Best Costume Contest (both categories + raffles – hundreds in prizes)/19+/Go Zombie! Do Deadmeat! Campy Zombie Pop Culture Fun
  • Until Aug 14: 22nd Anniversary Definitely Superior Members Exhibition: Featuring over 75 diverse contemporary regional artworks!
  • Until Aug 14: Elizabeth Buset – New Paintings: See large – scale paintings by one of the region’s premiere painters in her first solo exhibition.
  • Until Aug 14: Confederation College Film Graduate Screenings – Best of: Enjoy some of the best short grad films.

Collection Exhibition of Canadian First Nation Art at Ahnisnabae Art Gallery
Located at 7-1500 James St S the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery presents the following exhibit for the month of August. The gallery is 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

  • Presenting a rare exhibition and sale of First Nation Art by artists such as Roy Thomas, Jane Ash Poitras, Robert Davidson, Susan A Point and other fine

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

  • 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.

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

Horseback Riding Summer Camps
Until Aug 27, learn how to ride and care for a horse in week long fun filled summer camps for children ages 4-16 at Dows Riding Stable. Camps run Monday – Friday, 10:30am – 3:30 pm for a cost of $170 per child or $45/day. Over night camps are available at an additional charge. For more information, visit, or call (807) 935-2775.

General Tourist Information

Terrific Summer Toys!
Get into the hot weather at Toy Sense with some cool splash toys for the pool or lake from infant to adult. Plus there’s a fabulous selection of ride on toys, pop-up tents, Frisbee galore, beautiful kites and other outdoor active play toys. You’ll also find classic summer favourites like fascinating science kits, imaginative crafts, challenging games, great reads and family puzzles for all ages. At Toy Sense, we’re always on the lookout for the best innovative products for our customers. For more information, visit, or call (807) 624-2765.

Founders’ Museum & Pioneer Village
Take a walk through the past at this unique Northwestern Ontario pioneer village. One of the 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 hands 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, or call (807) 475-5114.

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 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

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

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. Weight rooms 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

Fort William Historical Park