Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 5 Issue: 6


City of THunder Bay

Join us as we Celebrate National Tourism Week in Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay Tourism Division is pleased to join the Province of Ontario in celebrating National Tourism Week June 4-11th.
Join us for a celebration on Wednesday, June 6th at 11am at the Water Pavilion Building located in the new Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park.
“This is an ideal opportunity to recognize the significant role Tourism plays as a major economic generator for our city, says Tourism Manager Paul Anthony Pepe. Thunder Bay welcomes 527,000 visitors annually. They spend 127 million each year and close to 1300 businesses in Thunder Bay rely on Tourism in whole or in part for these revenues” Come join us for coffee and Persians as Tourism Thunder Bay unveils the City’s new four season promotional video to the rest of the world! Or check it out on our website following the official launch.

Tourism Thunder Bay Visitor Centre Summer Hours Begin
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit one of our 2 local information centres for information on new things to see and do. On June 18, the Terry Fox Information Centre will be extending their hours to 8:30 am to 7pm, daily. Starting on June 19, the Pagoda Information Centre will be open for the summer season and will be open, 10am to 6pm, Tuesday thru Saturday. For more information visit or call either (807) 983-2041 or (807) 684-3670.
Terry Fox Information Centre is located on Highway 11/17 - 1 kilometer east of Hodder Avenue or 1 kilometre west of Spruce River Road, and the Pagoda Information Centre is located at the corner of Red River Road and Water Street.

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 splash pad) 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

Enjoy an Ice Cream Treat at the New Waterfront
Now open for business – TJ’s Ice Cream Shoppe is located in the Pond Pavilion building at Prince Arthur’s Landing – across from the Skate and BMX Plaza.
They will be serving up refreshing ice cream every day for the spring and summer. Stop by and pick up a treat to enjoy as you exploring our newly developed waterfront!

Come Experience Chippewa Park this Summer!
Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, Chippewa Park is your destination for family fun, scenic beauty and relaxation. Mark your calendar with these fun and festive events. For more information, visit

  • 4th Annual Chippewa Fun Day – June 24. Everything for all ages starts at 12 Noon.
  • Sundays in the Park – Come out every Sunday in July and August starting July 8th running until August 26th. Great local entertainment for the whole family gets started at the Tbaytel Family stage at 2pm.
  • Melodrama Theatre – Every Sunday and Thursday in July. Start time for Thursday performances is 7pm and on Sundays at 4pm.

Celebrate Canada Day at Marina Park
The City of Thunder Bay invites all visitors and residents to the City’s largest annual celebration at Marina Park. Enjoy live entertainment, food, family fun and stay for the fireworks to cap off the evening celebrations.  Visit for details.


Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas (A Retrospective Exhibition)
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is proud to recognize the career and legacy of Roy Thomas with a major retrospective of his work taking place at the Gallery throughout this summer. Vision Circle brings together over 60 of Roy Thomas’ paintings from public and private collections in Canada in order to show the depth of his artistic achievement. For up to date information, visit

You won’t want to miss this opportunity. Mark these events on your calendar:

Opening reception: Thursday, June 8 at 7:30pm. This public community event will launch the exhibition. The evening will begin with an opening drum ceremony and blessing by Artist and Elder Ahmoo Angeconeb of Lac Seul, Ontario, a colleague and friend of Roy Thomas. Many special guests will be in attendance including the lenders to the exhibition, other artists who worked with Roy, Chiefs of the area First Nations, and the artist’s family.
Guest Curator Elizabeth McLuhan will give a short talk about the exhibition. A local musician will perform. At the request of Louis Thomas, the Gallery will provide a reception with traditional Ojibway food.

Friday June 8 at 7:30pm: Walking tour of the exhibition with Guest Curator Elizabeth McLuhran.

Friday June 28 at 7:30pm: Looking Back, Moving Forward – Panel Discussion and Launch of Exhibition Catalogue. The exhibition catalogue, a hard cover, 96 page publication, will be launched. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Thunder Bay Art Gallery Curator Nadia Kurd with four emerging and mid-career Aboriginal artists from Thunder Bay. The panel will focus on the influence of pioneers like Roy Thomas on artists working today.

Sept 7, 7:30pm: Life and Times with Roy – A talk by Louise Thomas. As a culmination of the exhibition in Thunder Bay, Roy Thomas’ wife Louise will present a talk on the closing weekend. She will discuss the artist’s working methods, his traditional teachings, his beliefs referencing the series of works The Time and Life Series completed by the artist the year preceding his death.

Public Exhibition Tours – Every day, Tuesday through Sunday at 1pm – July/August. Summer students acting as Gallery attendants will be trained to give short introductory tours to enhance the experience of visitors to the exhibition.

Tours for Special Adult Groups – throughout the length of the exhibition. Gallery Educator Vivian Wood Alexander and Curator Nadia Kurd will promote, coordinate and deliver exhibition tours to various community groups, front line tourism professionals, Sister Cities delegations, and other special groups.

Tours for Schools and Special Youth Groups – throughout the length of the exhibition. Our gallery educator, assisted by summer students and gallery art instructors will conduct tour and workshop programs for school groups in the month of June and throughout the summer.


Fort William Historical Park will be holding the following events. For more information, visit; e-mail; or call (807) 473-2344

Spring Round-Up: June 2nd & 3rd

  • Family friendly event
  • Kids meet young farm animals including lambs and chicks
  • Family games, crafts, activities
  • Assist the farmers in planting the garden
  • Go on a voyageur canoe ride
  • Great food
  • Admission: $10 Adults, $8 seniors, students, youth; free for kids age 5 and under

Zero Gravity Circus: Saturday, June 2nd only (separate admission)
Zero Gravity Circus – First ever performance in Thunder Bay

  • World-renowned specialized “circus boutique” from Toronto
  • Exciting demonstrations of breath-taking aerial feats and amazing physical agility
  • Acrobatic balancing acts and incredible gymnastics
  • Contortionists and hoop artists
  • Two evening shows: 6pm and 8pm
  • Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, students, youth; free kids age 5 and under

For Spring Round-up Weekends, enjoy RV Camping

  • Great campground
  • Roast marshmallows by the fire
  • Canoe and kayak rentals & hiking on “Wilderness Island”
  • 50 amp RV sites
  • Shower and dump facilities
  • Quiet and attended
  • Scenic riverside views


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • June 18 – Michael Antcliffe: “Guess Who’s Laughing”
  • June 19 – Senior Star
  • June 24 – Canadian Celtic Celebration

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

Northwest Senior Games 2012
All men and women over the age of 55 are invited to participate in the Northwest Senior Games from June 4-7. The Games are hosted by the Ontario Senior Games Association along with Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre and will take place at various venues across the city. For more information, call (807) 625-3066.

Benny Birch’s Birthday Party
Join St Joseph’s Foundation of Thunder Bay from June 8-10 to celebrate Benny Birch’s Birthday at Chippewa Park. Come out for loads of entertainment and fun for the whole family. For more information, visit or call (807) 768-4440.

Summer in the Park 2012 Concert Series Opens
Bring your lawn chair or blanket every Wednesday night starting on June 27th for this year’s summer in the Park concert series between 7-9pm and listen to local bands live. For more information, visit

Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival
The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is one of the largest and most anticipated events of the summer. Blues fans gather on the shores of Lake Superior to enjoy a spectacular line-up of well-known international musicians and an all-star line-up of national and local talent. Not in its 11th year – this event schedule for July 6-8 at Marina Park promises to deliver. For more information about the 11th Annual Blues Festival, visit

Come Join in the Celebration – Festival of India
Experience the tastes and sounds of Krishna culture right here in Thunder Bay. On July 17th, make your way to Marina Park from 4-9pm for the annual Festival of India. Celebrate traditional and classical Indian entertainment, food, art, theatre, fashion, children’s activities and more! Festival of India has won the approval from students, professors, professionals, authors, and celebrities and has been enjoyed by people of all walks of life. Entrance by donation. For more information, visit

Specials & Workshops

Giant Digital Photography Workshops June Special!
Book three or more workshops per person and get a bonus camera accessory. Upcoming workshops include “Nature Photography – Water in Motion” on Sat. June 9/12 at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park and “Nature Photography - Wildlife”, Sat. June 23/12. Both run between 10am-5pm, and costs $59 + HST (+park fee at SGPP gate).
Join us as in learning more about your camera with professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski. Topics include tips and techniques for capturing photographic images of water in motion, and the wonders of our northern wildlife. Programs are great for both 35mm DSLRs and point and shoot camera users
For more information and additional workshops, pricing and advance online registration visit or call Lois at 344-9208 (1-866-688-9990).


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