Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 3 Issue: 9

In This Issue:


Enter to Win Today!

Come and live the adventure that is Thunder Bay! From an authentic Finnish sauna experience to world-class skiing and a photo safari that will take your breath away – you and a guest will live an unforgettable four-days in one of Canada’s Best Outdoor Cities. Contest opens September 1st and closes on December 15, 2010. Learn more at www.visitthunderbay.com.

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, cultural 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 www.thunderbay.ca/culturedays or visit the official Culture Days website for a complete listing of events across Canada. Contact Callie Hemsworth at (807) 625-3791 or chemsworth@thunderbay.ca for details.


Fort William Historical Park

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, artisan’s square and other key areas. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Sunday Community Days: Final Weekend – September 5th
tale advantage of discount admission one last time Sunday, September 5th. Here’s a great way to host visiting friends and relatives and show off one of Thunder Bay’s premier attractions and region’s fur trade heritage. Discount Admission is $7.50 for Adults, $5 for children 6-12, $3.75 for children 2-5 and infants to 24 months are free. The hours are 10am – 5pm.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 1-3 & 6-9: Rogue Productions Live Theatre “Dracula”
  • October 22-24 & 29-31: Haunted Fort Night
  • December 10-12 &16-19: Rogue Productions Live Theatre “Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol”
  • Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
  • Feb 12 – 14, 2011: Voyageur Winter Carnival

Final days of daily walking tours: Monday October 11.

Education and community programs offered in the fall along with bookings available for meetings, banquets, conferences.

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


Upcoming Special Events:

Twoonie Week at Canada Games Complex
From Sept 7 – 12, for a twoonie you can enjoy our 75 metre pool, multi-training areas with a variety of exercise equipment or use our saunas and hot tubs. There is something for Every Body at the Canada Games Complex. While you are here, fill out a ballot to win a FREE 3 MONTH MEMBERSHIP! For more information and to learn about our pool admission policy please visit our website at www.gamescomplex.com.

Fort William Fall Street Festival, ElksFest & RiverFest

On Sept 11 at 9am, Fort William Street Festival, ElkFest and RiverFest all offering pedestrian and family friendly fun; ball hockey tournament, Elk’s Clown Band, actors, clown buskers, street vendors, pony rides, Shriners train, antique car displays, retail specials & in-store draws, live stage entertainment, … food vendors, farmers and artisan market. Thunder Bay Museum and Northwest Sports Hall of Fame offer free admission and many activities during Doors Open in Thunder Bay. Shelter House volunteers will be holding a huge outdoor yard sale and are always open to donations, in-kind and yard sale items.

This year we are introducing the 1st Annual Artist Alley; a juried art event showcasing local and regional artists with awards and presentations to the winners of 10 different categories sponsored by the Victoria BIA, Lake Superior Art Gallery Bigbush.com and Barbie’s Bargains & Variety.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy Downtown Fort William at its very best!

Applications for performers, vendors and other participants can be found by visiting their website at www.victoriabia.ca or the new upcoming designed festival website at www.fwstreetfestival.com.

Doors Open
On Sept 11, the Thunder Bay Heritage advisory Committee invites the public to engage in history through tours of private homes, commercial and government buildings, churches and other heritage sites, which may not be normally open to the public. For more information, visit www.thunderbay.ca/doorsopen, or call (807) 625-2724.

Special Olympics 5K Torch Run
On Sept 12, the 24th annual Torch Run in support of Special Olympics Ontario will be held around Boulevard Lake. For more information, visit www.torchrunontario.com or call (807) 626-1609.

Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre
Located 14 km north on Hazelwood Lake Road. Mark your calendars for these family fun events. For more information or to register for events call (807) 344-5857 or visit www.lakeheadca.com.

  • Hazelwood Harvest Craft Fair & Festival
    The event will take place Sunday, Sept 12, 1pm - 4pm and features three inflatable play structures for children, clowns, face painting, psychics, live entertainment by award winning singer & song writer Rodney Brown, displays, flea marker, craft tables, concession and more! Great event for the entire family!
    Also Seeking Participants who want to set up a display booth and/or Crafters, Artians or any vendors looking to sell product: $25 a table
  • Mushroom Walk
    Saturday, Set 25, 1pm. FREE ADMISSION
    Dr Leonard Hutchinson, Biology of Fungi Specialist, will be doing a nature hike at Hazelood Lake Conservation Area. Bring a bag because Dr Hutchinson will be describing the biology of various fungi and letting you know which ones are edible! Participants will be meeting at County Fair Plaza at 1pm and car pooling to the Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area.
  • Laughter Yoga
    Sunday Oct 1, 7pm. $15 Admission (proceeds donated to Underground Gym)
    Come in for a self-healing 1-1 ½ hour session of laughter yoga taught by Colleen Sadler, a certified laughter yoga instructor. Laughter yoga is a series of movements and breathing exercises designed to stimulate laughter and cultivate an inner spirit of joy! $5 from admission will be contributed to a local charity.

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

  • Sept 15 - Against Me!
  • Sept 17 - Beatlemania On Tour
  • Sept 30 - Classic Albums Live - Abbey Road

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

Health & Wellness Leisure Expo
From Sept 17-18, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness leisure expo will be happening at the Sports Dome. See over 75 interactive displays and exhibits, on fitness, nutrition, health and wellness and new this year an artisans alley. Get a detox foot bath, have a massage, receive Thai yoga, a spinal scan or book camp demo and much, much more.

Visit the main stage for presentations all day long and featuring author Dick Beardsley – who tells an amazing and inspiring story on overcoming addictions. For more information, visit www.tb-chamber.on.ca, or call (807) 624-2621.

“Fall Colours” Digital Workshop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
From Sept 17-19, join Barry Wojciechowski LPPO/PPOC, to learn how to capture the scenic wonders at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park amongst the fall colours.
This weekend workshop includes three days professional instruction; two nights shared accommodation in a park cabin, park admission and welcome barbeque reception. For more information, pricing and online registration, visit www.superiorvisits.com or call (807) 344-9208.

29th Annual Terry Fox Run
On Sept 19 at 1pm, the Terry Fox Foundation invites you to lace up your shoes, grab your family and friends and come to St Ignatius High School for this year’s 29th annual Terry Fox Run. Help raise money for cancer research, and keep Terry’s memory and legacy alive after 30 years. For pre-registration and pledge forms visit the Terry Fox Foundation website at www.terryfoxrun.org.

Thunder Bay Marathon – Miles with the Giant
On Sept 19 at 8am, the first annual Thunder Bay Marathon – Miles with the Giant which features a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 5K run/Walk. For more information, visit www.thunderbaymarathon.com, or call (807) 627-7770.

The Lakehead Children’s Water Festival
From Sept 21-23 at the CLE Heritage Building, the Lakehead Children’s Water Festival provides hands on activities, discussions, demonstrations, displays and exhibits that challenge students to consider the importance of water. For more information, visit www.lakeheadca.com.

6th Annual Bay Street Film Festival
From Sept 30 – Oct 3, the 6th Annual Bay Street Film Festival will be happening in the historical Bay Street Shopping District. For more information, visit www.baystreetfilmfestival.ca or call (807) 345-0221.


Local Art Exhibits


Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is holding the following exhibits in September. 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
  • Sept 10 - Oct 24 - Kasia Piech: The Cardinal Sins
  • Sept 10 - Oct 31 - Patrick Doyle: Living in Landscape
  • Sept 10 - Oct 31 - Chris Stones: Material Memory

General Tourist Information

Winter Hours of Operation resume at Thunder Bay’s Information Centres
The Pagoda will be closing for the season on September 4 and will re-open in June of 2011. On September 6, the Terry Fox Information Centre will be reducing our hours to 9am – 5pm 7 days a week closed on statutory holidays.

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

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.

Fort William Historical Park