Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 4 Issue: 12



Ours to Celebrate: Introducing Prince Arthur’s Landing to the Community

Join us on Dec 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm as we celebrate Prince Arthur’s Landing. Along with a grand finale of fireworks, the event will have a festive flair with public skating, performances, children’s programs, bonfires, a variety of food, lighting of the Beacons, and other holiday themes. The vision for Prince Arthur’s Landing also includes an important commitment to public art, so we will be inviting all of the artists involved to showcase their work to the community in an artist’s reception. The event is free and shuttles will be available.

Prince Arthurs Landing

Tourism Thunder Bay Visitor Centre Christmas Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to bring your visitors during the Christmas Holidays and throughout the Winter months to the Terry Fox Information Centre using their new entrance, which is 500 metres east of the old entrance. Their hours of operation are 9am to 5pm, daily.  Terry Fox Information Centre is located on Highway 11/17, 1 kilometer east of Hodder Avenue or 1 kilometre west of Spruce River Road. The Centre will be open the following times during the Christmas holiday Season:

  • Dec 24 – Closed at Noon (12 pm)
  • Dec 25 – 27 – closed for Christmas
  • Dec 28-30 – Open 9 am – 5 pm (Closed for an hour for lunch)
  • Dec 31 – Jan 2 – Closed for New Years
  • Jan 3 – Open for normal winter hours

Fort William Historical Park

Upcoming Events:

Rogue Production Live Theatre: “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol”
Performance Dates: Dec 9-11 and Dec 15-18
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors & students
Performance Location: Great Hall


New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
Saturday, Dec 31. Festivities run from 6 to 10 pm, featuring enjoyable indoor and outdoor activities including: sliding hill, skating rink (bring your skates!), snowshoeing (snowshoes provided), lively main stage entertainment, indoor crafts and performers, fireworks show towards 10pm.
New Year’s Eve Admission: at the door
Cost: Adults $10, Seniors, students, kids 6-12 $8, children 5 and younger free.
Cash, credit cards, debit cards are accepted. Advance tickets available at the Visitor Centre

Winter Artisan Workshops: February & March 2012
Work in small groups under the tutelage of experienced artisans to produce unique heritage items and learn creative techniques. Session include: weathervanes, wall scones, applique beadwork, machine sewing basics, Ojibwa moccasins, birch bark baskets, quillwork

Conferences, Meetings, Banquets and Seasonal Offerings
For details visit, call (807) 473-2344, or e-mail Dickens’ A Christmas Carol


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • Dec 2 & 3 – Fort William Male Choir
  • Dec 4 – Gordon Lightfoot
  • Dec 5 – Paul Brandt
  • Dec 11  - Thunder Bay Legends
  • Dec 16 & 17 – The Nutcracker

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

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra December Performances
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will be holding the following performances in December. For more information, visit

  • Dec 6 – TBSO Classical Series: Tears & Joy, Hilldale Luthern Church (321 Hilldale Road) at 8pm
  • Dec 10 – TBSO Pop Series: Home for the Holidays, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium at 8pm

Magnus Theatre closes out 2011
Between Dec 1 – 17, Magnus Theatre will be performing The 39 Steps. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-5552 for tickets.

Gear Up for Outdoors 5th Annual Winter Coat Drive
Until Dec 16, Gear Up for Outdoors Ltd, The Keg Thunder Bay and Shelter House are teaming up for their 5th Annual Winter Coat Drive. Drop your  Bring in any of your gently used and cleaned Winter Jackets to Gear Up for the Outdoors and take advantage of a chance to win 1 of 6 $100 Keg Gift Certificate, and get 15% off the purchase of a new winter jacket. For more information, visit or call (807) 345-0001.

Don’t Miss the Annual Parade of Lights
On Dec 3, bring your family down to Memorial Avenue and enjoy the 13th Annual Parade of Lights for children in support of local children’s charities. Starting at 7pm, the parade will make its way from Main Street down Memorial Avenue to Queen Street. For more information, visit

A Christmas Wizard of Oz
On Dec 14 & 15 at 7pm, St Patrick High School’s Grade 12 Drama Class presents “A Christmas Wizard of Oz” in support of Thunder Bay Shelter House. Admission is $5 and audience members are asked to bring a canned good in support of Shelter House on show nights.  Tickets can be purchased in the Main Office of St Patrick High School Monday to Friday 8am-3:30pm.


Thunder Bay Observatory
The Thunder Bay Observatory will be offering a price of the $5/person for a limited time on a number of public events they will be hosting during the month of December. For more information and to check to see if the weather is cooperating for those special events visit

  • Dec 2/3 – Open Viewing Night
  • Dec 11 – Tour of the Universe Theme night
  • Dec 16/17 – Imaging Public Night: A chance for those interested in photographing nebulas and galaxies.


Local Colour Art Gallery
Local Colour Art Gallery at 33 Cumberland St S welcomes you to their gallery of local art for the following Holiday Season Art Shows and Sales. For more information, visit, or call (807) 768-3232.

  • Dec 10, 11am – 4pm: One Day “Holiday” Art Sale

Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery are holding the following events and exhibits in December. 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 Jan 8: Red – Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
  • Until Jan 8: Voices of Women – From the Permanent Collection
  • Until Mar 4: Mood Valleys – Walter Scott

Events at Definitely Superior Art Gallery
In December, Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave presents the following Exhibitions until Jan 12. The Gallery will be closed from Dec 24 – Jan 2 for Christmas. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  • Dec 2 @ 7pm: Gala Opening Reception: enjoy refreshments, gypsy blues/soul music by Pang & Parr, and 3 new contemporary art exhibitions.
  • Gallery 1: Dislocation – 23rd Anniversary Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Diverse visual art by 25-30 contemporary regional artists in the only professional paid juried exhibition in Northwestern ON.
  • Gallery 2: Joseph Fredrich – New Installation Works. A highly recognized regional artist from Atikokan, Fredrich explores materials to generate new exciting large-scale contemporary painting/sculptural installations, further developing his own unique, powerful and inventive style.
  • Gallery 3: Mutate Britain – International _Video. A documentation of a monster street art show – an “interactive multimedia pile-up,” highlighting one of the most important and influential counter-cultural/non-corporate art movements of our time.Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
    The Thunder Bay Art Gallery are holding the following events and exhibits in November. For more information, visit


Visit One of Eight Local Conservation Areas this Fall
Come out and play in our backyard! 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 for one year when you purchase a 2012 Explorer Card for just $30. Included with your purchase is a high quality, durable and waterproof map of our Area of Jurisdiction, outlining where our Conservation Areas are and other information. Explorer cards make great stocking stuffers! Order 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 the Lakehead Conservation Foundation annual findraising Dinner & Auction on February 9, 2012.

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