Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter


Volume: 5 Issue: 5


City of THunder Bay

Last Chance to Enter Tourism Thunder Bay’s Seven Days with the Giant Contest
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 week-long 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 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.

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, July 6-8. “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. Pick up a copy of the 2012 Thunder Bay Experience Magazine showcasing Thunder Bay and area tourism products and services. See for more information 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

  • May 8 – K.d. Lang & the Siss Boom Bang
  • May 9-10 - Fay Gleeson: Everybody Dance Now!
  • May 11 – Studio One: Together We Can Change The World
  • May 12 – Zorya Ukrainian Dancers
  • May 14 – Dance Dynamics: Cinderella After the Ball!
  • May 16 – Experience Dance: Cinderella Goes Bad
  • May 17 – Rick Mercer: A Nation Worth Ranting About!
  • May 18 – Dream Dance
  • May 23 – International Dance Academy: Dancing for a Cure
  • May 26 – A Little Bit Zombie
  • May 29 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers

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

Magnus Theatre Closing out the 2011/12 Season
Magnus Theatre will be closing this year’s season with the following performance in May. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-5552 for tickets.
• May 4-12 – Harvey by Mary Chase

Cambrian Players Presents
On May 17-19 & 23-26, Cambrian Players once again takes to the stage of the Paramount Theatre with a production of “I Hate Hamlet” directed by Beverley Gravelle-Macleod. Tickets are available at Fireweed, Steepers and at the door. Cost is Adults $20, students and seniors $15. Preview night (May 17) and Bring a Friend Night (May 23) only $10. For more information, visit     

Travel around the World in 48 Hours
On May 5-6 at the Fort William Gardens, take a trip around the world during this year’s Folklore Festival 2012. For more information, visit

Annual 10 Mile Road Race
On May 21, you are invited to the Annual 10 Mile Road Race, promoting active, healthy lifestyles at the head of the lakes since 1910. A community celebration for runners of all levels with a premier sporting event at its core. The event is open to all runners who are ready to challenge themselves over 10 miles! For more information, visit

Annual Shrine Circus
On May 25 & 26, the Lakehead Shrine Club presents the 2012 Annual Shrine Circus at the Fort William Gardens. For more information, visit

Annual Kite Festival
On May 27, the City of Thunder Bay invites you to come to Chippewa Park for its Annual Kite Festival. Visit for more information.

Youth Dragon Boat Festival
On May 26, the 12th Annual Thunder Bay Youth Dragon Boat Festival will once again churn up the waters of Boulevard Lake. For more information, visit

Specials & Workshops

Giant Digital Photography Workshops May Special!
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 ($45 + HST) and “Water in Motion”, Sat. June 9, 10am -4:30pm ($59 + HST).

Join us as we explore the wonders of spring while learning the features of operating your camera. Topics include camera controls and settings, aperture, shutter speed, photo composition and special tips and techniques for water photography. Instruction by professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski. 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 May. 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
  • Until May 27: Leo Yerxa – Permanent Collection Spotlight
  • Until May 20: Harvest Pilgrims: Migrant Farm Workers in Canada – Vincenzo Pietropaolo
  • Artist Talk: May 10 at 7:30pm
  • Until May 27: Setting: Land – Kevin Lee Burton, Kaoru Ryan Klatt, Kade Twist and Anna Tsouhlarkis
  • May 25: Annual Birdhouse Auction. Featuring Birdhouses and Garden Art by Local Northwestern Ontario Artists.

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

  • May 5, 5pm: “Paint Bomb The Mac’s” – Die Active Youth Art Collective – Big Reveal & Back Alley Party @ 708 May ST N - Mac’s Convenience Store:
    • Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s youth art collective “Die Active” will be taking on a large public painting project in partnership with Mac’s Convenience Stores and City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council, a pilot project developed in celebration of youth, community and arts in Thunder Bay. All are welcome to the Big Reveal/Back Alley Party, featuring break dancing/DJ performances, youth artists in attendance, pizza deliveries, car stereos, film crews. Media and supporters! Stop by Mac’s during May 1-5 for a peek at progress on the wall.  Part of National Youth Arts Week.
  • May 11-June 9; L.U. Retrograduate Show & Superior Art – E-Book Launch featuring:
    • Fri, May 11, 7-10pm: Gala Opening Reception. Enjoy an exciting multi-arts convergence with art, e-book launch, live music by Rohr Bohler, featured artists in attendance, refreshments by Sweet Pea Home Catering & Restaurant, and the launch of Definitely Superior’s new website. All ages welcome; donation appreciated.
    • Gallery 1 & 2: Lakehead University Retrograduate Show 2012. See student art from their 4-year program and new works. Support the artists of the future!
    • Gallery 3: Superior Art; Local Art in a Global Context – E-Book Launch. The advanced Institute for Globalization & Culture (aig+c) and Definitely Superior are hosting an E-Book Launch for Superior Art. The e-book recognizes the excellent art made within and about Thunder Bay and showcases 21 diverse/accomplished artists.


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 flyover 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