Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 4 Issue: 8



Summer in the Parks Concert Series
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 August:

  • Aug 3 – Showcase Night: Thunder Bay Community Band, Hammy and Zak, and John Booth and the Southside Band
  • Aug 10 – Women in Music Night: Ti Amo, Outside the Lines, and The Chain
  • Aug 17 – FINAL CONCERT Blues Night: Tracy K Band, Wayne Faulconer and the Blooz Berries, and The Mark Potvin Blues Trio featuring the Potvin Horns

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • Aug 2 – Daniel Tosh – Tour on Ice

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

Canadian Lakehead Exhibition
From Aug 11 -14, the CLE Annual Family Fair will be happening at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds on May Street. Take part in rides, games, carnival food, or watch a number of Midway shows. Or take a walk through the buildings and enjoy any number of exhibits, which include creative arts, home craft, livestock, horticulture, and a petting zoo. For more information, visit, or call (807) 622-6473.


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.

Anishnawbe Keeshigun: Aug 19 – 21

Friday, August 19 – An Evening of Aboriginal Arts
Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21 – Aboriginal Drumming, Singing and Dancing Celebration

Fort William Historical Park welcomes everyone to their annual Aboriginal cultural celebration. Anishnawbe Keeshigun highlights Aboriginal culture through performance and fine arts, music, food, exposition, and history. For centuries, the Aboriginal peoples from North America (known to some as Turtle Island) cultivated many relationships not only with the land, plants, and animals, but also through the ritual of trading. Seasonally, the Aboriginal peoples gather for cultural, economic, and social purposes, including rekindling old relationships and cultivating new ones, together with renewing political alliances. Today, Aboriginal re-enactors join Fort staff to re-create this exciting time in Canada’s (known as “Kanata” by aboriginals) history as it played out on the shores of the Great Lakes and the Kaministiquia (Gaa-mi-nis-tig-weyaa) River.
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 one day (10am – 5pm) “Nature Photography and Landscapes” photography workshop on Saturday, August 20th. To receive a $5 discount on booking this workshop call Lois at (807) 344-9208 or 1-866-688-9990 between Aug 1-8/11. The “Fall Colours” Weekend Workshop is being held Sept 30-Oct 2. Call to save $10 off regular registration of $429 which includes accommodations in park conference centre or cabins. For full details and cancellation policy, visit  

Summer Clearance Sale at Take A Hike
Take A Hike’s Summer Clearance Sale starts August 16 at 10am. This is your chance to save on top quality brands of outdoor and casual clothing, footwear, toys, gear and gifts. Now located at 309 Bay Street (across from the Hoito). For more information, call 1-800-737-0750 or visit

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


Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is holding the following events and exhibits in August. 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

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.


Tourism Thunder Bay Visitor Centres Summer Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit one of our two local information centres for Information Centres. 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, Monday thru Saturday until Sept 3.  The Pagoda is located at the corner of Red River Road and Water Street. The Pagoda Information Centre will be closing for the 2011 season on September 3rd and will reopen June of 2012. For more information, visit or call (807) 983-2041.

Experience Canadian Heritage Rivers Photography Contest
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

Parks Canada – Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area Update
It is that time of year when tourists explore and communities, along the Lake Superior north shore, welcome them with open arms. Visitor information centres are open during the summer months in various communities so visitors can stop to gather information, get a feel for the community and discover the jewels each of them has to offer. For the first time last year, Parks Canada employed local students in four of the visitor information centres, to communicate information about the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (LSNMCA) to the visitors. This year, students are places in Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Pays Plat, Rossport, Schreiber, and Terrace Bay tourist information centres. Come visit the students and find out more about the LSNMCA. Also keep your eye on for more news.

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

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