Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 4 Issue: 7



Celebrate Canada Day July 1st at a number of events happening in Thunder Bay

  •  The City of Thunder Bay invites all visitors and residents to the City’s largest annual celebration at Marina Park. Enjoy live entertainment, food, family fun and stay for the fireworks to cap off the evening celebrations.  Visit for details.
  • Fort William Historical Park invites everyone to their park for their Canada Day festivities. With free admission, you can enjoy games, contests, the Grand Arrival of the Brigades, make a Canada Day hat and enter to win a prize, face painting, cake, entertainment, drama and more! Visit for more information.

Mt Mckay Pow-Wow 2011
From July 1-3, Fort William First Nations will be holding their annual Mount McKay Pow-wow. The event features a warm-up Friday, grand entries on Saturday, feasts on Saturday and Sunday, and authentic native arts and crafts. For more information, call (807) 623-8160 or (807) 476-5222.

Summer in the Parks Concert Series begins
Join the City of Thunder Bay and the Waterfront District for an evening of free local entertainment for kids and adults alike on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm during this year’s Summer in the Parks concert series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and take in the live music, visit the children’s activities tents, and delicious concessions. For more information, visit, or call (807) 684-2672.  Here is the line-up for the month of July:

  • July 6 - Showcase Night: Mood Indigo, Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four, The Auditor General
  • July 13 - Fiddle Night: Campbell Family Band, Olivia Korkola, Polka Pirates
  • July 20 – Rock Night: Midnight, Night Train, Christine Rock & Rock Hard
  • July 27 – Country Night: Garrick Sissons & the Retro-Fits, The Scott Van Teeffelen Band, Scott Skirving & Skyward.

10th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival
The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is one of the largest and most anticipated events of the summer. Blues fans gather on the shores of Lake Superior to enjoy a spectacular line-up of well-known international musicians and an all-star line-up of national and local talent.
Now in its 10th year – this event scheduled for July 8-10 at Marina Park promises to deliver more of the best fans have come to expect.
More information about the 10th Annual Blues Festival can be found at

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

  • July 8-10 – Thunder Bay Blues Festival @ Marina Park
  • July 11 – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

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

  • July 10: Family Fishing Day at Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre during Family Fishing Weekend in Ontario.
  • July 17: Celebrate Lake Superior Day at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area.  This is an opportunity to appreciate the opportunities offered by the lake.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic
On July 12, grab your teddy bear and a blanket and head to Vickers Park for the annual Teddy Bears Picnic. Enjoy an afternoon of free crafts, activites and entertainment. Festivities include the Teddy Bear parade and Boo Boo Bear Station to bandage much loved teddy bears. For more information, visit

13th Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival
On July 15 & 16, cheer on paddlers during the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Races at Boulevard Lake as they raise money for three local charities including the Catholic Family Development Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, and St Joseph’s Care group. For more information, visit Or call (807) 345-8467.

Thunder Bay Salmon Association’s Week Long Salmon Fun Derby
From July 16 – 23, the Thunder Bay Salmon Derby will be hosting its annual Week Long Salmon Fun Derby.  Over $25,000 in cash and prizes to be won during the derby, including a Princecraft Boat. For more information, visit, or e-mail

Festa Italiana 2011
From July 31 – Aug 1, join the Italian celebrations at this year’s Festa Italiana at the Italian Cultural Centre. There will be live entertainment, food and fun for everyone. For more information, visit

July is Strawberry month at Belluz Farms
Fresh, local berries are in season at Belluz Farms in the Slate River Valley. Call (807) 475-5181 for picking info or visit Enjoy an outing to the farm, BBQ lunch using local meat and ice cream for dessert! They also stock locally made cheese, chocolates, meats, syrups, and more.


Thunder Bay is excited to be hosting the 23rd Ontario Provincial H.O.G. Rally this summer from July 28 to 30. The Victoria Inn on Arthur St will be host hotel and is set to welcome between seven and eight hundred Harley enthusiasts. The roar of hundreds of Harley Davidson motorcycles will fill the city for several days as participants take in the many sights, activities and opportunities that will be offered to them during their stay.

A well-organized committee has been working for over a year to make this event one to be enjoyed by participants and city residents alike, and one that is sure to be talked about for years. Harley riders will be touring many of our scenic routes with well laid out maps that will guide them through the incredible beauty for which Thunder Bay is so famous. Our “higher then Niagra” Kakabeka Falls, the grandeur of Ouimet Canyon, the bikers’ dream ride out the Sibley Peninsula to Silver Islet, and the back country roads in Devon, South Gillies, and Oliver/Paipoonge will be some of the popular day  trips.

In town, events of interest to the general public will be the Show and Shine to be held at the OLG Charity Casino, the walking Poker Tour in the Water Front District, field games and the many vendors plying a wide variety of wares. The highlight of the Rally is sure to be the motorcycle parade to be held on Saturday, July 30 starting at 9:30. The roar of hundreds of Harleys and the glitter and glint of massive amounts of shiny chrome will be both impressive and a lot of fun for the whole family.

Come and join the fun at one of Thunder Bay’s biggest summer events. See you there!

For more information, go to


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 10am to 5pm. July Offers

The Great Rendezvous: July 7-10
Fort William Historical Park welcomes re-enactors from all over North America to the world’s largest fur trade post! This annual event is aimed at encouraging a stronger appreciation for the role of Fort William and the Fur Trade in the exploration and development of Canada. In the early 19th Century, the Rendezvous was a time when people from across the continent gathered for both business and celebration, to renew political alliances and to meet with old friends.

The Celtic Fair: July 23 & 24
Fort William Historical Park’s Celtic Fair celebrates the best of this vibrant culture with food, music, games, historic re-enactments, and more! Experience the energy and excitement of Celtic Fair with the following activities:

  • Bacchanal Promotions
  • Pipe Band Demonstrations
  • The Duel
  • Highland Games
  • Scottish Tea in the Great Hall
  • Belly Dancer
  • Sword Demonstrations
  • Kids Zone

Also featured will be the following daily entertainers:

  • Saturday: Natalie McMaster
  • Sunday: Olivia Korkola, McInnis’ Kitchen, and The Navigators

The Fort Under Siege: July 30-31
“The Fort Under Siege” re-enacts the epic confrontation between two mighty rivals, the North West Company of Montreal and the Hudson’s Bay Company of London England. Their violent struggle to dominate the Fir Trade in North America changed the course of Canada’s history forever.

RV Camping
RV and Tent camping sites are available May 20-Sept 18 and features the following:

  • Serviced campsites each with 20/30 AMP, some with 50 AMP & direct water
  • Plenty of non-serviced campsites
  • Fresh water access perimeter fencing, toilets, and showers
  • Garbage and recycle bins, grey and black water dump station
  • Picnic areas with tables
  • Canoe rentals and access to remote wilderness island hiking trails
  • Trading Post with souvenirs, gifts, pop, water & ice sales
  • Access to all scheduled public programming

Cost of the camping facilities is $35 for serviced sites, or $25 for non-serviced sites plus HST.

Historic Site Admission
Here is the daily rates for the Fort:

  • Adult: $14
  • Senior (60+): $12
  • Student (13+ with ID): $12
  • Youth (6-12): $10
  • Children 5 & under: FREE

For more information, visit the FWHP website at, e-mail, or call (807) 473-2344.


2011 Giant Digital Photography Workshops Thunder Bay Special!
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is hosting a series of one day (10am -5pm) digital photography workshops this summer. To receive a $5 discount on booking each workshop call Lois at 344-9208 or 1-866-688-9990 between July 1-8/11. For full details and cancellation policy, visit Packages price savings also available.

  • 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).

Country Cozy B&B Offering Canoe & Kayak Rentals
With a partnership with Wildwater’s Canoe and Kayak Rentals Country Cozy B&B will be offering canoe and kayak rental this summer.  Their guests (or anyone interested) may rent a canoe or kayak and spend the day on beautiful Hazelwood Lake. For a small fee they will also provide a picnic lunch to make your day on the lake a little more enjoyable. For more information, call (807) 767-7348 or visit  .

Local Exhibits

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

  • Until Sept 4: Stitched: Works From the Permanent Collection
  • Until Sept 4: Michele Coslett Goodman: Night Garden
  • Until Sept 4: It’s Complicated – Tazeen Qayyum
    • July 8 @7:30pm: Artist Talk with Tazeen Qayyum
    •  July 9-10: Miniature Painting Workshop
  •  July 24: Garden Tour

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 and several yet to be placed, in one place and with artifacts that help illustrate the fascinating stories they tell.

Events at Definitely Superior Art Gallery

Until July 30, Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave) presents the following. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.
  • 23rd Anniversary Definitely Supperior Art Gallery Members Show: 60+ Multi-disciplinary Arists – painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and drawing
  • The Beasts of Intentions – Denise Smith: Ceramics Installation – New Works – regional
  • Kill Your Idols: Award Winning Documentary Film – New York – 30 Years of Alternative Music – “No Wave” to present.

General Tourist Information

Tourism Thunder Bay Visitor Centres Summer Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit one of our 2 local information centres for information on new things to see and do. The Terry Fox Information Centre is still open during the highway construction; their hours are 8:30am to 7:30pm, 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 Pagoda Information Centre will be open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday thru Saturday.  The Pagoda is located at the corner of Red River Road and Water Street.  For more information, visit or call (807) 983-2041.

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.

Stay With Us at Lakehead University this Summer
Whether you’re a conference group looking for a convenient location, a school group looking for an educational environment, a sports group seeking affordable rates, or an individual wanting to stay somewhere with great access to the City of Thunder Bay, Lakehead University Guest Accommodations are an ideal choice. Every summer from May until August, Lakehead University Guest Accommodations offer affordable, clean, comfortable accommodations in their residence. Daily, Weekly, Monthly rates available in single and double dormitories or four-bedroom townhouse and apartment style complexes. Each bedroom offers a telephone with internet access, bedding and towels. All townhouses and apartments come with laundry facilities and are fully furnished with the option for cable television, cooking supplies and small appliances for meal preparation. For more information, call (807) 343-8485, e-mail, or visit

Fort William Historical Park