Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter


Volume: 5 Issue: 9


September Events Not to be Missed

Movies in the Park
Rock 94, 91.5 CKPR and The Thunder - 105.3 invite you to bring your lawn chair or blanket to Marina Park on Friday evenings at dusk (9pm) between August 24th and Sept 14th for Movie Nights. Enjoy a movie and some fun for Free!
Here is the scheduled line-up:

  • Aug 31 – The Lorax
  • Sept 7 - Back to the Future
  • Sept 14 - The Amazing Spiderman

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • Sept 5 – Ron White
  • Sept 6 – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sept 22 – John Pinette: Still Hungry
  • Sept 23 – Roy Clark

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

Hymers Fall Fair
Sept 2-3, come enjoy the 100th Anniversary Hymers Fair. Bring your family to a true country fair with great music, food, shows along with free children’s events in the sports area and on the playground. For more information, visit or call Sandra at (807) 577-9667.

Annual Bay Street Film Festival
Sept 6-9, the Annual Bay Street Film Festival will be screening 57 films at two venues; 314 Bay Street (The Finnish Labour Temple) and their new venue, Magnus Theatre at 10 Algoma Street South.  For more information, visit

River Fest 2012
Sept 8, bring the family to reconnect, discover and celebrate the River at this year’s Riverfest 2012. There will be fun activities for the whole family including the Kam River Reel in Youth Fishing Derby III, tours of the historical James Whalen Tug Boat, Exploration of the 1960’s era VIA Rail Train, live entertainment, and free activities for the children. For more information, call (807) 625-2487 or toll-free 1-888-336-7386.

Fort William Fall Street Festival
On Sept 8, come down to the May Street and Victoria Avenue for this year’s annual Fort William Fall Street Festival. Enjoy free children’s activities, clowns, face painting, balloon animals, exhibitors, vendors, crafters, food booths, retail sales, and a stage full of entertainment.

Doors Open Thunder Bay 2012
Doors Open 2012 will be held on Sept 8 from 10am – 4pm. Doors Open Thunder Bay encourages residents and visitors to learn about and celebrate Thunder Bay’s rich heritage through tours of numerous sites including private homes, commercial buildings, places of worship, and other heritage sites that are not normally open to the public. Sites include: Thunder Bay Centre of Change/Hillcrest High School, Finlandia Association –Finnish Labour Temple, James Whalen Tug, Bishop’s Residence, Brodie Resource Library, TBT Engineering – Paterson Building, Windrose, St John and the Evangelist Anglican Church, Lakehead University – Port Arthur Collegiate Institute (PACI), Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites, Thunder Bay Museum, Superior North EMS Headquarters, and the Neebing McIntyre Floodway trail. For more information, e-mail, or call (807) 625-3197.

Magnus Theatre 2012/13 Season
Sept 13 – 29, Magnus Theatre opens their 2012/2013 season with a magical evening of theatre and music with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. For more information, visit

Terry Fox Run
Sept 16, gather your friends and family, lace up your shoes, bring your pledge sheets and attend this year’s Annual Terry Fox Run at Boulevard Lake. Help raise money for cancer research and keep Terry’s memory and legacy alive. For pre-registration and pledge forms visit the Terry Fox Foundation website at

2012 Thunder Bay Marathon – Miles with the Giant
On Sept 23 at 8am, the third annual Thunder Bay Marathon – Miles with the Giant will feature a 10km, half marathon, and a full marathon. For more information, visit or call (807) 625-7770.

Prosperity Northwest Business Forum & Trade Show
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce presents Prosperity Northwest Business Forum & Trade Show, Sept 26 11am – 7pm at the Valhalla Inn. Connect with local and regional leaders to energize the business community with emerging opportunities, enhanced contacts and enriched sector intelligence. For more information on exhibiting or attending, go to

Thunder Bay's 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) Closes Sept 9.
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.

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.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will also be hosting the following exhibits during the month of September. For more information, visit

  • Sept 14 – Oct 28 – Barbara Sprague: The Dress
    • Sept 15 – Walking Tour and Reception
  • Sept 24 – Oct 28 - Rosemary Sloot: Immigrant
    • Sept 21 – Artist Talk and Reception

Definitely Superior Art Gallery
In September, 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.

  • Sept 27, 9pm: Biinigaate Film Festival – Art Exhibition Opening Reception.
    • Featuring visual art by contemporary regional aboriginal artists: Mike Anderson, Christian Chapman, Erick & Lisa Hanson, Patricia Ningewance, Candace Twance, Randy Thomas and Kristy Cameron. Live Music, catered food (a twist on traditional snacks) & refreshments.
    • This is a kick-off celebration for the 4th Annual Biindigaate Indigenous Film Festival 0 Film. Art. Culture. See 40 amazing/diverse short and feature films: Sept 27-30 at the Paramount Theatre at 24 Court St.
    • The Exhibit runs until Oct 6 at the gallery from 12-6pm.
  • Sept 27, Oct 1-6: 8th Annual Random Acts of Poetry: Thunder Bay Performance Project, aka RAP.
    • Featuring 30 performances throughout the City of Thunder Bay by 24+ spoken word performers and singer-songwriters, wearing their iconic orange poetry in places where people live their everyday lives!
    • RAP debuts at the Biindigaate Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre on Thurs Sept 27, and then continues city-side Oct 1-6.
    • RAP performance schedule available Sept 27-Oct 6 at the gallery and on www.facebook.

Ontario Parks Events

Giant Digital Photography Workshop
Register today to participate in the “Fall Colours Weekend Photography Workshop” at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park , Sept 28-30, 2012. 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 and trips to various trails and scenic shoot locations throughout the park. The price of $449+HST includes 2 nights shared accommodation in a park cabin or conference centre (private room). Optional meal plan available ($).

There is also Photo Safari Hike at Pigeon River Provincial Park, Sun Sept 9/12 availabel for $54+HST. Advanced registration is required online as space is limited,
Both 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).


Tourism Thunder Bay Visitor Centre Fall Hours Start
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.

On September 1st, The Pagoda Information Centre will be closing for the 2012 Summer Season, and on Sept 4th 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 (807) 983-2041.

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

Fort William Historical Park