Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 5 Issue: 7


July Events Not to be Missed

Celebrate Canada Day July 1st at a Number of events happening in Thunder Bay

  • 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.
  • Fort William Historical Park invites everyone to their park for their Canada Day celebrations. With free admission, you can participate in family friendly games and activities, canoe rides, win prizes, enjoy great food on sale, plus complimentary Canada Day Birthday cake will be served. For more information, visit

Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival
July 6-8, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival will take place at Marina Park. The 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. Now in its 11th year – this event promises to deliver. For more information about the 11th Annual Blues Festival, visit

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • July 6-8 – 11th Annual Bluesfest
  • July 18 – John Fogerty
  • July 23 – SPLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
  • July 31 – REO Speedwagon

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

Teddy Bears Picnic
July 10, between noon and 3pm, children, parents and teddy bears are invited to enjoy an afternoon of free crafts, activities and entertainment presented by Subway Restaurants. This year’s picnic features local entertainers on the main stage that will have you dancing all afternoon! Highlights of the day include the Teddy Bear Parade and Boo Boo Bear Station to bandage much loved teddy bears.

Lake Superior Day
July 15, celebrate the greatest of the great lakes at Marina Park. The event features food, entertainment, activities and displays for the whole family. For more information, visit

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

Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Festival
July 20 & 21, cheer on paddlers at the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Races. Held at Boulevard Lake, this event raises money for three local charities including the Canadian Mental health Association Thunder Bay, Catholic Development Centre of Thunder Bay and St Joseph’s Foundation of Thunder Bay. For more information, visit

FinnThunder 2012
July 27-29, come down to the Finlandia Club for the 74th Annual Finnish Canadian Grand Festival “Finn Thunder 2012”. A celebration of Finnish music, dance, theatre, culture, food and sports. Plus a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most people participating in a Nordic Wak! Special children’s programming, dances every night, and performers from Thunder Bay, across Canada, US and Finland. For more information, visit

Garden Tour 2012
July 29, between 10am – 4pm, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery invites you take part in this year’s Garden Tour 2012. A self-guided tour of seven diverse gardens with visual artists and musicians performing at selected garden locations. Local master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Cost of the tour is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, tickets are available at Landale Gardens, Vaillant Florist, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Summer in the Park 2012 July Line-up

Bring your lawn chair or blanket every Wednesday night 7-9pm starting on June 27th for this year’s Summer in the Parks Concert Series. Listen to local bands live on the shores of Lake Superior. For more information, visit  Here is this month’s line-up:

  • July 4 – Chronicle Journal Night featuring: Trevor Potts, Faye Blais (Toronto, ON), and The Chain
  • July 11 – OLG Night featuring: Hedi Beale, Bottom of the Barrel, and Mark Potvin’s Little Swing Band
  • July 18 – Korkola Design Night featuring: Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four, Mark Potvin Blues Band featuring the Potvin Horns, and Captain John and the Polka Pirates
  • July 25 – Magic 99.9/The Giant 105.3 Night featuring: Billy Manzik, Southern Comfort, and Bluesbangers

Thunder Bay's New Watterfront - Prince Arthur's Landing

Come experience Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park with so many new activities now open to the public. In the Baggage Building visitors can admire and purchase works by local artisans in the Gift Shop Gallery. All ages will enjoy a splash in the new state-of-the-art splash pad – an excellent way to cool off on a hot day. The water feature will be running 11am to 9pm daily and will provide hours of enjoyment. And check out the Mariner’s Hall Exhibits displaying the history of the Grain Elevators, Thunder Bay’s Waterfront, and the Canadian Navy. Get ready to learn something new! For more information, call (807) 684-2080.

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

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 during the summer. Stop by and pick up a treat to enjoy as you explore our newly developed waterfront!

Visual Arts, Exhibits & Workshops

Thunder Bay Art Gallery
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:

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.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery
In July, Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave) represents the following exhibitions. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  • July 13 – Aug 11; Friday July 13, 7-10pm: Gala Opening Reception for three new exhibitions @ Definitely Superior Art Gallery. Featuring:
    • Gallery 1: 24th Anniversary Definitely Superior Art Gallery Members Show: Featuring 60+ regional contemporary artists
    • Gallery 2: Pact: Die active youth art collective show
    • Gallery 3: Style Ware: Award winning documentary film
    • We’re having a Birthday Party! Come to the Opening Reception and help DefSup celebrate 24 years of artistic excellence & support to over 10,000 contemporary artists! Featuring a ferocity of art/musical performances & exquisite birthday cupcakes/summer refreshments! All ages welcome by donation.
  • June 26 – July 3 - Graffiti Train – Die Active Paint Bombs A Train Locomotive for Mission Terminal Inc. DefSup’s Die active youth art collective has taken on yet another large street art painting project. For the big revel party – date TBS in July – check Die Active’s Facebook page.
  • July 28, 11am – 4pm, Annual Die Active Y-art Sale $ garden behind The Hoito (314 Bay St) – In association with FinnThunder Festival, Die active invites you to discover the work of local artists, clothing, designers, crafters and Die active members for sale; lots of yard sale treasures, live music, gourmet tacos & more! All ages welcome and admission is free.

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

Ontario Parks Events

Giant Digital Photography Workshops’ Summer Sizzler Special!
Book now to save $20 off the regular price of $449 +HST for the “Fall Colours Weekend Photo Workshop” during the weekend of September 28-30, 2012 at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. During this weekend immerse yourself in the study of photography with like-minded people in this spectacular natural setting. This hands-on workshop provides personalized feedback of your images by professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski. Price includes 2 nights shared accommodation in a park cabin or conference centre (private room). Optional meal plan available ($).

In the meantime, try one of our one-day workshops including; “Nature Photography – Macros” on Sat. July 21/12 and “Nature Photography – Landscapes” at Sleeping Giant provincial Park Aug 18/12. Both run 10am – 5pm, and cost $59 +HST (+park fee at SGPP gate). All programs are great for both 35mm DSRs 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).

Giant Digital Photography Workshop “You and Your Digital Camera” (Buttons and Knobs)
Thursday, July 5/12, 6-9pm at Marina Park’s new Baggage Building Arts Centre. Learn the features for operating your digital camera with professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski. For more information, pricing and advance online registration, visit

“Learn to Camp” with Ontario Parks – Free Community Session
Mary J.L. Black Library – Tues. July 10/12 and Waverly Resource Library – Thurs July 12/12. Both 6-8pm. Never camped before and interested in giving it a try? Join us for a free preview and more information on how to participate in our in-park programs at Sleeping Giant, kakabeka Falls and Rushing River (Kenora) Provincial Parks being held in August. For more information, visit and

Fort William Historical Park

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

Anishnawbe Keeshigun: July 7 & 8
Anishnawbe Keeshigun annual tribute to First Nations culture with traditional drumming, singing, and dancing, plus special demonstrations, art & craft displays and sales. Traditional games and crafts for kids. Admission is free

Celtic Fair: July 21 & 22
Celtic Fair celebrates this vibrant culture with food, music, games and historical re-enactments. Featuring local pipe bands and the St Andrew’s Pipe Band Society from Winnipeg. Other performers include The Paper Boys from Vancouver featuring Tom Landa, along with McInnis’ Kitchen from Minneapolis. Admission: one-day rate of $20 for adults, seniors, students, $10 for youth, and free for kids aged 5 and under. Special two-day rate are available.

War of 1812: July 28 & 29
War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute features the roar of muskets and cannons while celebrating the role fur trade companies played in the war.

Enjoy full-service RV camping throughout the summer.
Nightly fees are $25 for non-serviced sites and $35 for serviced sites (plus HST). Serviced campsites include 20/30 amp and 50-amp capability with direct water hook-up. Amenities include fresh water access, toilets and showers, and refuse. Campers can also enjoy canoe and kayak rentals and hiking on “Wilderness Island””.

Chippewa Park

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

  • 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 “Black Day in July: The Revenge of the Selkirk Sisters” by T.T. Lucky – Every Thursday and Sunday in July. Start time for Thursday performances is 7pm and on Sundays at 4pm.


Tourism Thunder Bay Visitor Centre Summer Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to visit one of our two Visitor Information Centres to learn about what there is to see and do in our city. The Terry Fox Information Centre is open between the hours of 8:30 am to 7pm, daily. The Pagoda Information Centre will be open between 10am to 6pm, Tuesday thru Saturday. For more information visit or call either (807) 983-2041 or (807) 684-3670.
The 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.

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. 

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