Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 4 Issue: 5

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City of Thunder Bay

Last Chance to Enter Tourism Thunder Bay’s Seven Days With The Giant Contest
Tourism Thunder Bay in association with local and regional tourism organizations and operators presentsCanada’s ultimate outdoor adventure contest campaign – Win Seven Days with the Giant.
Be sure to enter and tell all your family and friends about this awesome contest for a chance to win an all-inclusive weeklong adventure exploring the city of Thunder Bay and its north shore region. Contest closes on May 31, 2011 at midnight. Enter by going to This contest is not open to residents of the city of Thunder Bay or those residing within a 50 km radius of the city.

Terry Fox Information Centre’s Spring Hours
Bring your visitors to the Terry Fox Information Centre throughout the spring season. Tour the site, visit the monument or pick up travel information about the many things to see and do in the city. The Centre is open between 9 am – 5 pm, seven days a week (closed on statutory holidays). For more information, visit or call (807) 983-2041. 


2011 Giant Digital Photography Workshops' Preseason Sale!
Register online from May 6-13th and enjoy pre-season savings in time for Mother's Day on the following photo workshops. Save $5 off each workshop price. All one-day workshops run from 10 am – 5 pm at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, unless specified. For full details, online registration and cancellation policy, visit Packages price savings also available.

  • May 26, 6 - 9 pm - "You and Your Digital Camera" at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park.
  • June 18 - "Nature & Wildlife Photography"
  • July 17 – "Photographing People in Parks"
  • Aug 20 – "Nature Photography; Landscapes"
  • Sept 30 – Oct 2 – "Fall Colours" Weekend workshop. Save $10 off regular registration of $429 (includes accommodations).

Wilderness Discovery Family Resort & Conference Centre

Upcoming Special Events

Fort William historical Park May Happenings
Fort William Historical Park is offering the following events or services. For more information, e-mail, visit, or call (807) 473-2344 (unless otherwise stated).

  • Walking Tours: By reservations only until May 21
  • Mother’s Day Brunch: Sunday, May 8. Sittings at 10:30 am to 1:30pm. Reservations required. Call (807) 577-8481 ext 383.
  • Facilities and programming for conferences, meetings, education programs, and custom-designed programs.

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

  • May 4 & 5 – Fay Gleeson Dancers
  • May 6 – Studio One –Let it BE
  • May 7 – Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association
  • May 8 – Daylin James: Elvis, The Legend Lives
  • May 11 & 12 – Hairspray
  • May 13 – Shaun Majumder
  • May 14 – Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group: The 4 Seasons
  • May 17 – Dream Dance
  • May 18 – Dance Dynamics
  • May 19 – The Doobie Brothers
  • May 22 – Burton Cummings
  • May 24 – International Dance Academy
  • May 25 – Rodney Carrington
  • May 29 - Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (2 shows – 1pm and 7pm)
  • May 31 – Experience Dance

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

Gear Up For Outdoors 25th Anniversary Tent Central Weekend
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Gear Up for Outdoors’ 25th Anniversary Tent Central Weekend on April 29 – May 1 at Baseball Central Park. The largest collection of tents on display in one location in North America! Over 95 different tents including brands like Eureka, Marmot, MSR, The North Face and more... For more information, visit either or

Take a Trip Around the World
On April 30 and May 1 at the Fort William Gardens, take a trip around the world during this year’s Folklore Festival 2011. For more information, visit

Cambrian Players Present The Tempest
On May 5-7 and 11-14, Cambrian Players presents one of William Shakespeare’s best–loved plays “The Tempest”! The production will take place at Paramount Theatre on Court Street at 8pm. Advance tickets are available at Steepers on May, or Fireweed on Algoma. For more information, visit

56th Annual Shrine Circus
On May 13 & 14, the Lakehead Shrine Club presents the 2011 Annual Shrine Circus at the Fort William Gardens. All acts this year will feature first time in Thunder Bay performers.  For more information, visit

Annual 10 Mile Road Race
On May 23, you are invited to the Annual 10 Mile Road Race. Promoting active, healthy lifestyles at the head of the lakes since 1910.  A community celebration for runners of all levels with a premier sporting event at its core. The event is open to all runners who are ready to challenge themselves over 10 miles! For more information, visit

Annual Kite Festival
On May 29 from 12 Noon to 4pm, the City of Thunder Bay invites you to come to Chippewa Park for its Annual Kite Festival. For more information call (807) 625-2487 or 1-888-336-7386.

Lakehead Region Conservation Authority Upcoming Events
The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority will be hosting the following events during the upcoming months. For more information visit, or call (807) 344-5857.

  • June 4 from 9am – 12 pm (noon) at the LRCA office: Garden Party and Plant Sale. Shop for great deals on perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs.
  • July 17: Celebrate Lake Superior Day at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area.  This is an opportunity to appreciate the opportunities offered by the lake.

Local Art Exhibits

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

  • Until May 15: The Mamanis: Portraits of an Andean Family
  • Until May 15: Rachel Kalpana James: Tagore: Bright Oriental Star
  • Until May 22: Allen Smutylo: Wild Places Wild Hearts: Nomads of the Himalaya
    • May 6 – Artist Talk with Allen Smutyto
    • May 7 – Plein Air Watercolour Workshop for Artists
  • May 1: Family Day at the Art Gallery
  • May 19 – June 5: Annual Secondary School Art Exhibtion
  • May 27 – Up The Creek Paddle Auction

Events at Definitely Superior Art Gallery
May 14 – June 11, Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave) presents the following. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  •  Lakehead University Retrograduate Exhibition 2011 – Haru Edition: See artworks that students have created over the four-year period of their program including new works. Congratulations: Vincent Rey Jones, Kathleen Beda, Sarah Kuraitis, Leslie Hill, Shannon Leigh Martens, Tim Boyce, Kari Smith Kathleen Tamminen, Natalie Hotson, Rebecca Pugh, Andrea Nickerson! Enjoy an exciting multi-disciplinary convergence at the Gala Opening Reception on May 14th at 7pm, featuring art, music, artists-in-attendance and a bevy of fresh spring refreshments! Support the artists of the future!

General Tourist Information

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

Visit One of Eight Local Conservation Areas this Summer
Summer 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. You can also order by phone and use your VISA card by calling (807) 344-5857.

Fort William Historical Park