Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 4 Issue: 10



Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • Oct 3 – Backyardigans
  • Oct 4 – Rise Against
  • Oct 7 – An Evening with Kevin O’Leary
  • Oct 12 – Michael Bolton
  • Oct 14 – Roll Play Live
  • Oct 17 – Terri Clark
  • Oct 19 – Jesse Cook
  • Oct 21 – Jeff Beck
  • Oct 24 - Rodger Hodgson & his band
  • Oct 26 – Masters of Illusion - Live

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

7th Annual Bay Street Film Festival
From Sept 29 – Oct 2, the 7th Annual Bay Street Film Festival will be happening in the historical Bay Street Shopping District. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-0221.

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Opens their 2011/12 Season
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Opens their 2011/12 season with the following performances in October. For more information, visit

  • Oct 13 – TBSO Masterworks I: Fast Forward
  • Oct 22 – TBSO Pops I: Braco Broadway
  • Oct 25 – Tragedy and Comedy
  • Oct 30 – Halloween Scaretacular

Boreal Journeys Sled Dog Kennel Now Open for the 2011/12 Season
Come meet our friendly Alaskan huskies and travel with them through the storied landscape of North Western Ontario. Our fall programming includes Leadership Development and Team Building programs as well as our Fall Training Tour. From Oct 1-14, join us for our Fall Training Tour with a pay-what-you-can donation to the dogs. Please contact us to reserve your space and let us know that you are a subscriber to this newsletter. Visit to learn more about the program. To learn more about Boreal Journeys visit, e-mail or call (807) 933-4224.

Belluz Farms Fall Wonderland and Pumpkin Barn
Belluz Farms welcomes you to their farm or their Pumpkin Barn during the month of October for the following events. For maps and more information visit

  • Fall Wonderland: Weekends until Oct 30 (Including Thanksgiving Monday) from 11am to 5pm. Admission on the farm is free. Pay by activity only.
  • Visit our Farm Market Store featuring harvest veggies and local products such as meat, cheese, flour, honey, birch syrup, bread & preserves
  • Help Us to Support the United Way: When you purchase a Belluz Farms pumpkin, we donate $1 to the United Way of Thunder Bay. Can’t make it to the farm, buy from our Little Red Barn in town on Memorial Ave by Home Hardware.

Pumpkinfest Fun at Gammondale Farm
Gammondale Farm will be holding the following events for the month of October. For more information, visit or call Sue at (807) 475-9609.

  • Weekends until Halloween 11am to 5pm: Pumpkinfest.
  • Last 3 Fridays and Saturdays of October: 9th Annual Cornfield

2011/12 Season Underway for Magnus Theatre
Magnus Theatere will be holding the following productions during the month of October. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-5552 for tickets.

  • Until Oct 8: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Oct 27 – Nov 12: Mesa by Doug Curtis

International Festival of Authors
On Oct 16 at 7pm, the International Festival of authors (IFOA) Ontario touring program will be making a stop in Thunder Bay! Join us for readings by James Bartleman, Johanna Skibsrud and Jane Urquhart, followed by a Q & A period and a book signing. The event will be held at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel in the Provincial Room. Tickets are $10 and are available at Waverley Resource Library, the Northern Woman’s Bookstore or online at For more information, call (807) 684-6814 or visit

Haunted Fort Night 2011 at Fort William Historical Park on Oct 21-23 and Oct 26-30
Startling screams and piercing sounds and unsettling bumps in the night abound as your guide leads your group through the dark, brooding Fort by candlelight …. Not for the faint of heart!! It’s the Haunted Fort Night!! Embark upon a haunted tour of Fort William as a mysterious story of eerie happenings unfold. For more information or to reserve your spot visit, e-mail, or call (807) 473-2344. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents


Half Price Family Maze @ Belluz Farm
Half Price Family Maze Activity Coupon for the weekend of October 15th and 16th – Value $5. (Get your whole family into the maze for only $5)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month with Bloomers and the Brownhouse Chocolates
Bloomers and the Brownhouse Chocolates will be focusing on October as Breast Cancer awareness month by featuring pink mug gift packs. Also premium pink roses are on sale for the entire month for $15 a dozen. At this price you can afford to treat someone special or yourself and feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds with be donated to breast cancer research. For more information, call (807) 624-9005.


Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery are holding the following events and exhibits in October. For more information, visit

  • Until Jan 8: Line by line: Ahmoo Angeconeb, Angelique Merasty, Norval Morriseau, Roy Thomas, and Michael Robinson - Permanent Collection Exhibition
  • Until Nov 27: Artist Spotlight – Front Foyer
  • Until Oct 30: George McLean: The Living Landscape
  • Until Oct 30: The Last Personas – David Shaw
  • Until Oct 30: CraftCurrects - Contemporary Craft in Northern Ontario

Exhibits at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum
Until November 13, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum will be displaying the following exhibit.  For more information, call (807) 623-0801 or visit

  • Marking our Territory: Milestones of Thunder Bay. Highlighting streets, buildings, landmarks and historic events in Thunder Bay through storyboards and artifacts. Between 2008 and 2010, the Thunder Bay Museum and the City of Thunder Bay produced historic plaques or storyboards that have been posted throughout the city. In this exhibit you can see all of them with several yet to be placed, with artifacts that help illustrate the fascinating stories they tell.

Events at Definitely Superior Art Gallery
In October, Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave presents the following. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  • Oct 1-8: “Random Acts of Poetry”: 30 Performances by 24+ spoken word performers/singer- songwriters throughout Thunder Bay to promote literacy, art & Poetry in places where people live their everyday lives! Schedule available at the gallery, and on
  • Oct 14-Nov 19: 3 New Exhibition with the Gala Opening on Oct 14 @ 7pm
    • Gallery 1: John Kissick–“Faking It: Recent Paintings”. International award winning abstract painter from Guelph.
    • Gallery 2: Ray Atwood – “Living With Ourselves”. Local multi-media assemblage paintings.
    • Gallery 3: Philip Barker – “4 Short Films”. International award-winning avant-garde filmmaker from Toronto.
  • Oct 29, starting @8pm: “The Hunger Cabaret V.666” Fundraiser for the Contemporary Arts – One Night – One Massive Halloween Event – 46 Performance acts including 36 bands of all genres & DJs, 165 artists, thousands in raffle and costume prizes, one cover of $10 gets you into all 6 bar venues, 19+/ID Required, “multi-pass” program available @ door, 2150 attended last year, a festival extreme!


Tourism Thunder Bay Visitor Centres Fall Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit the Terry Fox Information Centre using their new entrance, which is 500 metres east of the old entrance, during the fall and upcoming winter months. Their hours of operation are 9am to 5pm, daily, and closed on Statutory Holidays.  The Centre will be closed on October 10th for Thanksgiving Monday.  Terry Fox Information Centre is located on Highway 11/17, 1 kilometer east of Hodder Avenue or 1 kilometre west of Spruce River Road.

Experience Canadian Heritage Rivers Photography Contest closes Oct 31.
Here is a fantastic opportunity to feature the six Canadian Heritage Rivers located in our Northern Ontario backyards. Tell all your friends and family so they’ll remember to take their cameras along. And why don’t you do the same? For more information see this website link:
Canadian Heritage Rivers in North Ontario

  • Bloodvein
  • Boundary Waters – Voyageur Waterway
  • French
  • Mattawa
  • Missinaibi
  • St Mary’s

Visit One of Eight Local Conservation Areas this Fall
Fall is a great time to visit local Conservation Areas! The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has eight areas offering a variety of recreational opportunities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing and picnicking. Enjoy unlimited access when you purchase a 2011 Explorer Card for just $30. Pick up your Explorer Card at the Authority office at 130 Conservation Road in Thunder Bay. Call (807) 344-5857 or e-mail us at for more information. Be sure to check out for upcoming events, such as Waterfowl Viewing Day to be held on Saturday, Oct 15 at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area.

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

Fort William Historical Park