Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 5 Issue: 2


City of THunder Bay

Terry Fox Information Centre remains Open through the winter
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to bring your visitors throughout the winter months to the Terry Fox Information Centre which is located on Highway 11/17, 1 kilometer east of Hodder Avenue or 1 kilometre west of Spruce River Road which is 500 metres east of the old entrance. While you are there pick-up a copy of our new 2012 experience guide for things to see and do, as well as some new great new stories about things in Thunder Bay. The Centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm, closed on statutory holidays. During February, the Centre will be closed on Feb 20 for Family Day. For more information, visit or call (807) 983-2041.

Public Art at Prince Arthur's Landing
Experience the City's outdoor art gallery at the waterfront. Download the Waterfront Public Art Walking Tour Guide from or pick up a copy at the Water Garden Pavilion building (beside the skate rink) or the Community & Emergency Services front desk in the Victoriaville Civic Centre. (Hard copies available in limited quantities). For more information about public art in the City:

Visit Prince Arthur’s Landing and Skating Rink
Prince Arthur’s Landing is now open to the General public to take in the great art work as well as for families to enjoy a skate on the new skating rink. The skating rink will be open noon to 9pm, 7 days a week. For more information visit

Fort William Historical Park

Upcoming Events:

Voyageur Winter Carnival Festival
February 18-20, 2012
Join us for this colourful celebration of winter with tubing, giant snow maze, games, contests, music, tasty snacks, skating, entertainment, cabane a sucre (sugar shack) and more!

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. These creations make for distinctive gifts and mementoes that are both decorative and functional for the home.

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


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • Feb 4 – Yuk Yuk’s On Tour
  • Feb 9 – The Pink Floyd Experience
  • Feb 10 – Chicago
  • Feb 20 – Masters of Illusion – Live!
  • Feb 24 – Ron James
  • Feb 25 & 26 – Thunderstruck Canada

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

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

  • Feb 3 & 4 @ 8 pm – Cabaret Series: Around the World with John Scaffeo
  • Feb 7 @ 8 pm – Classical Plus Series: Stormy Weather
  • Feb 11 @ 8 pm – Pop Series: My Funny Valentine
  • Feb 23 @ 8 pm – Masterworks Series: Hometown Diva!

Magnus Theatre
Magnus Theatre will be holding the following events/performances in February. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-5552 for tickets.

  • Until Feb 11 – The Syringa Tree

Soroptimist International of Thunder Bay Presents Gardener Mark Cullen
On Feb 7, Soroptimist International of Thunder Bay presents Canada’s best known gardener Mark Cullen with his talk “Escape to Reality in the Garden” at the Valhalla Inn. Tickets are available at JB Evans, Landale Gardens, Vanderwees Greenhouses, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, or by calling (807) 473-4943.

16th Annual Bearskin Airlines Hope Classic
Between Feb 17 – 19, Bearskin Airlines invites all women out to the Fort William Curling Club for their 16th Annual Bearskin Airlines Hope Classic. This all women’s curling bonspiel is dedicated to raising funds to support the Linda Buchan Centre. For more information, visit

Annual Central Canada Outdoor Show
See what Northwestern Ontario has to offer in the great outdoors Feb 24-26, 2012 at the 8th Annual Central Canada Outdoor Show! Over 100 exhibits and interactive displays on tourism, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, cycling, climbing, and everything else to do with outdoor sports and recreation. For More information, visit

Cambrian Players present Roman Conquest
Cambrian Players is excited to present its second play of the season “Roman Conquest” by John Patrick on Mar 1-3 and 7-10 at Paramount Theatre. Performance Time is 8pm.  Tickets are available at Fireweed, Steepers, and at the door. On Mar 1, preview night, the cost is $10/person. On Mar 7, bring a friend night, the cost will be $20/two people. For the other performance dates the cost for general admission is $20, or $15 for students and seniors (65+).

Specials & Contests

2012 Giant Digital Photography Workshops’ Valentines Special!
Early bird discounts on now. Save $5 off each workshop price. Book three or more workshops per person and get a onus camera accessory. Upcoming winter workshops at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park’s visitor centre include: “You and Your Digital Camera” (buttons and knobs – now 4 hours in length!) on Sat, Feb 18, 12-4pm (regular $45+HST) and “Winter Photography” on Sat, Mar 17,, 10am – 4:30pm (regular $59 + HST). More workshops listed online.
Learn the features of operating your new Christmas camera as well as tips and techniques for outdoor winter photography. Instruction by professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski on topics including camera controls, aperture, shutter speed and the basics of good photo composition. For more information and additional workshops, pricing and advance online registration visit or call Lois at (807) 344-9208 or 1-866-688-9990.

Spa De Cuba Give-a-way
Wow! A $500 “A spa for you” certificate and a trip to Cuba. 91.5 CKPR and A Spa for You are excited to announce the upcoming Spa De Cuba Give-a-way. All you have to do is listen to 91.5 from January 23 to qualify to win an all-inclusive trip to Cuba from Noli Tours and Marlin Travel. The winner will be staying at the beautiful Blau Varadero Hotel and will also include a photo shoot while in Cuba. For more information please call Erika Maki at (807) 475-6977.


Thunder Bay Museum Exhibits
The Thunder Bay Museum will be holding the following events in February. For more information visit or call (807) 623-0801.

  • Feb 12, starting at 2pm: Book Launch “ Northern Ontario: Introducing the Unknown Country” by Michael Barnes
  • Feb 28 @ 7:30pm: “The North West Company and the War of 1812” lecture by Jean Morrison

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

  • Until Feb 12: Imprints: Three Perspectives – Jerry Evans, Art Thompson, and Carl Beam
  • Until Feb 26: Sense of Place – Organized and Circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum
  • Until Mar 4: Artist Spotlight (Patricia Deadman) – From the Permanent Collection
  • Until Mar 4: Mood Valleys – Walter Scott
  • Until Mar 4: Wilderness – Brian Holden

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

  • Feb 10, 7-10pm: Gala Opening Reception. Enjoy a winter wonderland of refreshments, live music, and 3 new contemporary art exhibitions at Definitely Superior Art Gallery. The exhibitions will run until Mar 10.
    • Gallery 1: “The Circulation of Fluids” – Catherine Bechard and Sabin Hudon – Interactive Multi-channel Sound Installation from Montreal, Quebec.
    • Gallery 2: “Along the Way” – Julie Cosgrove – New paintings/Multimedia works – Regional
    • Gallery 3: “Bullseye – A painter on the Watch” – Marc Seguin – Award winning Documentary Film from Montreal, Quebec. One of the most important and successful painters in Canada.
  • Jan 21 – April 30: Urban Infill – Art in the Core 6”: Revitalizing our downtown north core by presenting 15 multi-disciplinary arts projects between January and April, by 350 regional/national/international artists at 15 accessible empty and existing downtown spaces. Re-discover the “Waterfront District” through contemporary art!


Come take A trip through Northwestern Ontario in a Whole New Way!
Take a trip with one of two Sled Dog kennels around Thunder Bay and experience the beautiful landscapes that North Western Ontario has to offer.  Visit either Run Silent Dog Sled Trips or Boreal Journeys Sled Dog Kennels for a fun adventure.  For more information, visit, or

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. 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