Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 5 Issue: 4


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 opened on February 15th and closes on May 31st, 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.

Be a Healing Part of History, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Thunder Bay
On the last Saturday of April each year at 10am. Tens of thousands in hundreds of cities, in over 70 nations come together …. to breathe together …. To provide the world a healing image of our planet and our people.
Be a part of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2012 being held in Thunder Bay on April 28th at 10am at the International Taiji Park in Marina Park at Prince Arthur’s Landing.
Everyone is welcome to join this global even and participate in a Tai Chi exercise lead by local Master Peng You.
For more information, call Peng You at (807) 6284305 or visit

Tickets on Sale Now For the 11th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival
A taste of Southern rock on the shores of Lake Superior is the theme of this year’s Blues Festival. “There is really something for everyone this year” says Bob Halvorsen – General Manager of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium and Blues Festival Association President and Festival Programmer. “Anyone who enjoys live music performed in a great open-air festival atmosphere will find something in this year’s line-up that they will really enjoy”. The list of bands including the headliners is expected to draw large crowds to Thunder Bay’s waterfront at the newly developed Prince Arthur’s Landing. Festival-goers can expect one of the most exciting musical offerings to date. Get your tickets today! For more information, visit

Terry Fox Information Centre Spring Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to bring your visitors throughout the spring and summer 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 9am to 5pm (closed on statutory holidays). During April we will be closed on April 6 for Good Friday, and April 9 for Easter Monday. 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


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • April 1 & 2 – Lakehead Festival of Music & Arts
  • April 1 – NOSFA Film Festival
  • Apr 11 – Pavlo
  • April 12 – Our Lady Peace
  • April 28 – Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group
  • Apr 29 – Johnny Reid

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

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Closing the 2011/12 Season
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will be holding the following performances in April to close out their 2011/12 season. For more information, visit

  • April 13 & 14 – Cabaret Series: Stars of the Orchestra
  • April 15 – Family Series: Under the Moon with Aunt Birdie
  • April 21 – Pops Series: Rhythm of the Night
  • April 26 – Masterworks Series: The Titan

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Join the Fort William Kinettes on April 1 from 9am – 1pm for their 16th Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Moose Hall. Tickets are $5 and children under 3 years are free.

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

  • April 5 – 21 – The Long Weekend by Norm Foster 

Superior Living Health & Wellness Expo
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   

Dudley Hewitt Cup
Between April 17-21 at the Fort William Gardens, cheer on the Thunder Bay North Stars Jr A hockey team and 3 other Junior A teams as they play for the Dudley Hewitt Cup. For more information, visit

Run for Life
On April 21, take part in a walk/run awareness event to encourage organ and tissue donation.  For more information, call Laurel Moir at 627-3545 or e-mail

Join Thunder Bay’s Dancing for Memories in support of Alzheimer Society
On April 29 at the Port Arthur Prosvita Cultural Centre, come out and dance, take a lesson, watch performances, and enjoy some great music during the Dance for Memories event in support of the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay. For more information, visit

Specials & Workshops

Giant Digital Photography Workshops Spring Special!
Early bird discounts on now. Save $5 off each workshop price. Book three or more workshops per person and get a bonus camera accessory. Upcoming workshops at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park include “You and Your Digital Camera (Buttons and Knobs)” on Thurs. May 24, 5:30-9:30pm (regular $45 + HST) and “Water in Motion”, June 9, 10am -4:30pm (regular $59 + HST).

Join us as we explore the wonders of spring while refreshing or enhancing your camera skills. Professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski, will cover various topics including camera controls and settings, aperture and shutter speed, and putting it all together and getting the shot! For more information and additional workshops, pricing and advance online registration visit or call Lois at 344-9208 (1-866-688-9990).


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

  • Until May 27: The Lay of the Land – Carl Beam, Henry Beaudry, Bob Boyer, Julius Cook, Greg Hill, Robert Houle, Gerald McMaster, Margaret Mitchell, and Janice Toulouse Shingwaak
  • April 3 – May 27: Leo Yerxa – Permanent Collection Spotlight
  • April 7 - May 20: Harvest Pilgrims: Migrant Farm Workers in Canada – Vincenzo Pietropaolo
  • April 7 – May 27: Setting: Land – Kevin Lee Burton, Kaoru Ryan Klatt, Kade Twist and Anna Tsouhlarkis

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

  • April 1-3, 12-6pm: “Urban Infill – Art In The Core 6”, Downtown – Wide Art Exhibition: Featuring multi-disciplinary art by 350 international/national/regional artists at 15 downtown north locations, including DefSup, commercial art galleries, artist studios and empty retail spaces transformed into new temporary gallery spaces! Start at Definitely Superior Art Gallery – 250 Park Ave. to pick up your Art Map – Re-discover “The Waterfront District” through contemporary art!
  • Until April 28: National/International Contemporary Art Exhibitions at Definitely Superior Art Gallery (Part of Def Sup’s “Urban Infill” Series)
    • 2 exhibitions by Brandon Vickerd (Toronto): “Champions of Entropy No 3” (Kinetic art installation): Two robotic machines replicate the organic movements of two male deer locked in constant combat (gallery 1); and “Dead Astronaut”: a life sized, wood-carved skeletal astronaut which gives presence to the secret failures of the space race (gallery 3)
    • “Canadian Contemporary 12” – Borrowed Collection/Dr. Bob Chaudhuri (gallery 2)


Get renewed at A Spa For You
Enjoy your personal journey to Thunder Bay by allowing the four elements in this spa treatment to guide you to experience complete relaxation. Begin your experience by enjoying a custom mud body wrap followed by a warm cleansing rinse, continuing by breathing in the beautiful scents with our aroma massage while being warmed by our relaxing fire bowls. A Spa for You invites you to explore your surroundings while experiencing Thunder Bay and emerge renewed. For your appointment call (807) 475-6977. 

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 Northwestern 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 on your visit to 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 skyline 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