Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 5 Issue: 8


August Events Not to be Missed

Summer in the Park 2012 August Line-up
Bring your lawn chair or blanket every Wednesday night 7-9pm until August 15th 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 Summer in the Parks 2012. Here is this month’s line-up:

  • Aug 1 – Dougall Media Night featuring: DJD and The Difference, Midnight, and Night Trai
  • Aug 8 – Canada Safeway Night featuring: Thunder Bay Community Band, Outside The Lines, and Private Eyes
  • Aug 15 – Tbaytel Night featuring: Campbell Family Band, Michael Monroe, and The Auditor General

Sundays in the Park at Chippewa Park
Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, Chippewa Park is your destination for family fun, scenic beauty and relaxation. Come out every Sunday for Sundays in the Park until August 26th for some great local entertainment for the whole family. Entertainment gets started at the Tbaytel Family stage at 2pm. For more information, visit

Festa Italiana 2012
Aug 5-6, join the Italian celebration at this year’s Festa Italiana at the Italian Cultural Centre. There will be live entertainment, food and fun for everyone. For more information, visit

Canadian Lakehead Exhibition
Aug 8-12, the CLE Annual Family Fair will be happening at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds on May Street. Take part in rides, games, carnival food, or watch a number of Midway shows. Or take a walk through the buildings and enjoy any number of exhibits, which include creative arts, home craft, livestock, horticulture, and a petting zoo. For more information, visit, or call (807) 622-6473.

Ville de Quebec (Canadian Military Vessel)
Climb aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ville de Quebec. During your visit, you will have a glimpse into what life in the Navy is like aboard one of the Canadian Forces’ most prestigious ships. By touring, handling sophisticated equipment and speaking with the sailors, you will have a first-hand experience of a world-class Navy. For a public tour come down to Marina Park and visit Pool 6 where the Ville de Quebec will be in port from Aug 16 at 1pm until Aug 19 at 8pm. Daily Tours will run from 1-5pm.

5th Annual Superior Youth Festival
Aug 22 from 6-10pm, the Superior Youth Festival will take place at the Marina Park’s Band shell. Come Support Youth music, art and culture featuring local and regional musical acts.

Thunder Bay Ribfest 2012
Aug 24-26, the Waterfront District BIA presents Ribfest, bringing to the Waterfront District a three-day food and music festival. The area at Park Avenue and Court Street brings together four rib teams from southern Ontario, hungry to compete for the Best Ribs Title! Activities include: great musical guests, a beer tent, as well as activities and games for kids of all ages in downtown Thunder Bay’s Entertainment District. For more information, visit, or call (807) 343-9032.

Westfort Village Street Fair
Explore the diversity of Westfort Village. The Westfort merchants will be hosting the annual Westfort Street Fair, with the proceeds going towards neighbourhood beautification projects and improvements. For more information, call (807) 475-4755 or e-mail

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

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:

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 August, Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave) represents the following exhibitions. The exhibits are all ages and by donation, and the gallery will be open Tues-Sat 12-6pm. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  • Gallery 1: 24th Anniversary Definitely Superior Art Gallery Members Show. See eclectic and experimental art works by 60+ emerging and established professional regional artists. This annual member’s show marks the gallery’s 24 years of artistic excellence and support to over 10,000 contemporary artists.
  • Gallery 2: Pact: Die active youth art collective show. See this multi-disciplinary art show that became Die Active public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas!
  • Gallery 3: Style Ware: Award winning documentary film. An immersion into the beginning of street art and hiphop in New York; how graffiti transformed the urban landscape, inventing a new visual language to express their individuality and the voice of their community.

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 – Landscapes” at Sleeping Giant provincial Park on Aug 18/12, 10am – 5pm, and cost is $59 +HST (+park fee at SGPP gate). Or Our “You and Your Digital Camera” (Buttons and Knobs) session at Marina Park’s new Baggage Building Arts Centre on Thurs, Aug 9/12, 6-9pm and cost is $45 +HST adults, $35+HST youth. Learn the features for operating your digital camera with professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski. All 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).

“Learn to Camp” with Ontario Parks – In-Park Sessions
Thinking about going camping, but don’t know where to start? Join Ontario Parks’ leaders and fellow campers on an overnight camping trip, where you and your family and friends will learn all you need to know to become confident campers. This 2 day/1 night program includes almost all equipment (except sleeping bags, food and toiletries) and can accommodate up to six people per campsite for a fee of $64. A select number of campsites are reserved for this program in each park so reserve soon! Offered at Sleeping Giant Aug 4-5 and kakabeka Falls Aug 11-12. For more information, visit or call Barb at (807) 475-1482. Advance booking required.


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.

On September 4th, The Pagoda Information Centre will be closing for the 2012 Summer Season, and the Terry Fox Information Centre will be returning to their fall hours of 9am-5pm, 7 days a week (closed on Statutory Holidays).
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.

For more information visit or call either (807) 983-2041 or (807) 684-3670.

2012 Experience Canadian Heritage Rivers Photography Contest
Here is a fantastic opportunity to feature the six Canadian Heritage Rivers located in our Northern Ontario backyards. Tell all your friends and family so they’ll remember to take their cameras along. And why don’t you do the same? For more information see this website link:
Canadian heritage Rivers in Northern Ontario:

  • Bloodvein
  • Boundary Waters – Voyageur Waterway
  • French
  • Mattawa
  • Missinaibi
  • St Mary’s

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

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