Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 5 Issue: 3


City of THunder Bay

Tourism Thunder Bay’s Seven Days with the Giant Contest Returns
Tourism Thunder Bay, in association with local and regional tourism organizations and operators, is bringing back Canada’s Ultimate outdoor adventure contest campaign – Win 7 Days with the Giant.
Enter this awesome contest for a chance to win an all-inclusive weeklong adventure exploring the city and North Shore region. The winner and three of their guests will start with paid return airfare from anywhere in North America, digital camera package, camping gear and a beautiful Sleeping Giant watercolour painting. From there they will create their own adventure that includes exploring Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Fort William Historical Park, sailing and angling on Lake Superior, mountain biking, hiking, culinary and cultural adventures, and much more!
Contest opens on February 15th and closes on May 31, 2012 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 Winter Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to bring your visitors throughout the winter months to the Terry Fox Information Centre. Located on Highway 11/17 - 1 kilometer east of Hodder Avenue or 1 kilometre west of Spruce River Road, the centre is open throughout the winter from 9am to 5pm (closed for statutory holidays).  Pick up a copy of the 2012 THunder Bay Experience Magazine showcasing Thunder Bay and area tourism products and services. 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 skating rink) or the Community & Emergency Services front desk in the Victoriaville Civic Centre. Hard copies are available in limited quantities. For more information about public art in the city, visit

Visit Thunder Bay's Beautiful New Waterfront - Prince Arthur's Landing
Prince Arthur’s Landing is now open to the general public. Take in the stunning art installations while enjoying a skate on the new skating rink open noon to 9pm, 7 days a week. For more information visit


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • Mar 1 – Stuart  McLean and Vinyl Café
  • Mar 2 – Jann Arden
  • Mar 14 – Fiddler on the Roof
  • Mar 25 – Richard Scarry’s Busytown Live
  • Mar 30-31 – Lakehead Festival of Music & Arts

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

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

  • Mar 6 @ 8pm - Classical Plus Series: Musing and Amusing @ Hilldale Lutheran Church
  • Mar 11 @ 3:30pm – Family Series: Peter and the Wolf @ Grassroots Church
  • Mar 17 @ 8pm – TBSO Pop Series: Cead Mile Failte
  • Mar 25 @ 8pm – Special: Symphony Sunday @ St Paul United Church
  • Mar 29 @8pm – TBSO Masterworks Series: Of Heaven and Earth

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

  • Mar 1 - 17 – 400 Kilometres

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

35th Anniversary of the Sleeping Giant Loppet
Join the Thunder Bay Nordic Trails for the 35th Annual Sleeping Giant Loppet at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on March 3. Take part in the 8km mini-loppet, 20km event or the challenging 50km event. For more information, visit

2012 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships
Between March 18-25, show your support for wheelchair curling at the Fort William Curling Club, during the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships. For more information, visit

Sweet Indulgences Ladies Night
On March 28th from 8-10pm, the Arthritis Society is pleased to invite ladies to the fun evening of Sweet Indulgences will feature ten great caterers from Thunder Bay all competing for the title of “Best Dessert in the City”. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-9535 ext 1.

Spring Home and Garden Show
Between Mar 30 – Apr 1, visit the CLE grounds for the annual Spring Home and Garden Show displaying the latest in garden products and services for your home.  For more information, visit, or call (807) 622-6473.

Health & Wellness Expo Coming in April
April 14-15, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce presents Superior Living Health & Wellness Expo at the Valhalla Inn. See over 50 interactive displays and exhibits showcasing health, wellness and beauty products and services. A $3 admission fee provides you with informative seminars, a chance to speak to many experts and win many prizes. For more information, visit

Specials & Workshops

2012 Giant Digital Photography Workshops’ March Madness Special!
Early bird discounts are now being offered. Save $5 off each workshop price. Book three or more workshops per person and get a bonus camera accessory. The next workshop at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park’s Visitor Centre is “Winter Photography” on Saturday, March 17th, 10am – 4:30pm (regular $59 + HST). More workshops listed online.
 Join us for a full day of winter fun in the park, while learning the features of operating your camera. Topics include camera controls, aperture, shutter speed photo composition and special tips and techniques for winter photography. Instruction by professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski. For more information and additional workshops, pricing and advance online registration visit or call Lois at (807) 344-9208 or 1-866-688-9990.

Winter Artisan Workshops: March at Fort William Historical Park
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. For details visit, call (807) 473-2344, or e-mail


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

  • Until Mar 25: Artists in the 5th CAHEP : Catch a Dream
  • Until Mar 4: Mood Valleys – Walter Scott
  • Until Mar 4: Wilderness – Brian Holden
  • Mar 2: Winter Wilderness Art Auction. Preview @ 6pm, Dinner & Auction @ 7pm
  • March 9 - Apr 1: The 2012 Annual Lakehead University Major Studio and Juried Student Exhibition
    • Mar 9 – April 1: Major Studio Exhibition
    • Mar 9 – Mar 25: Annual Juried Student Exhibition
    • Mar 16: Opening Reception & Awards for both exhibitions

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

  • Sat. Mar 31, 7-10pm: Gala Opening Reception – New National/International Exhibitions: Champions of Entropy No. 3  - Brandon Vickerd from Toronto (kinetic sculpture); Canadian Contemporary 12; Dead Astronaut – Brandon Vickerd from Toronto (sculpture installation). The exhibit will run until Apr 28
  • Mar 31 – April 3 – “Urban Infill – Art in the Core 6” Downtown wide art exhibition: Rediscover “The Waterfront District” through contemporary art!
    • Gala Opening Reception: Sat Mar 31, 7-10pm; After-party: 10pm-2am. See Multi-disciplinary art by 350+ international/national/regional artists at 15 downtown north locations – including empty retail spaces transformed into new temporary art galleries! “Wearable Art” performances in downtown window spaces, artist talks, music & refreshments! Start at the gallery for maps & Performative Tour Guides!
    • Exhibition (visual art only) also runs: Apr 1 – Apr 3, 12-6pm


Ahnisnabae Art Gallery
Ahnisnabae Art Gallery is creating an appreciation of Native culture through art. Representing more than 150 First Nation artists working in all different mediums, this unique gallery is the home of many Woodland artists from the North western Ontario Region. Visit their website and view artworks by established and emerging, regional artists. Mediums include original artwork, original prints, mixed media, smudge bowls, abalone shells, sweet grass, sage, greeting cards, and handmade jewellery art. For more information, visit

Wilderness North Offering Aerial Tours of Thunder Bay and Sleeping Giant this Summer
An aerial tour of the rugged coastline of Lake Superior and a fly over of the famed Sleeping Giant is something you will want to put on your “must do” list when visiting Thunder Bay this summer. Wilderness North, one of Canada’s largest providers of fly-in outdoor adventures are offering special float plane excursions from its seaplane base located in Thunder Bay harbour on the shores of Lake Superior.  This special excursion fly over will allow guests to view and photograph Northwestern Ontario’s famous landmark the Sleeping Giant, the sky line of Thunder Bay, as well as the lush boreal forests in its autumn colours. To find out more information, visit or call 1-888-465-3474.

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