Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 8 Issue: 1

IN THIS ISSUE:


Tourism Thunder Bay Announcements

2015 Thunder Bay Experience Guide Has Arrived
The 2015 Thunder Bay Experience Magazine has arrived and are in brochure racks throughout the city including major hotels, tourist attractions, select shopping outlets, the Thunder Bay Airport and the Terry Fox Information Centre to name a few. Pick up a copy to help you plan a memorable visit for your out-of-town family and friends here for a visit. To request a copy, call (807) 983-2041 or 1-800-667-8386. View or download a digital version at www.visitthunderbay.com.

Tourism Thunder Bay Has Moved
Tourism Thunder Bay’s main office has moved and they are no longer in Marina Park at the Pool 6 Lands. They are now located in the Whalen Building at 34 N. Cumberland Street, Suite 701 P7A 4L4.

Terry Fox Information Centre Winter Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to bring your visitors to the Terry Fox Information Centre to learn about the many things to see and do in our city. During the month of January the Terry Fox Information Centre will be open 9am-5pm with the following holiday hoursTerry Fox

  • Dec 31 – Closed at Noon (12pm)
  • Jan 1 – Closed for New Year’s Day
  • Jan 2 – Open for normal winter hours

The Terry Fox Information Centre is located on Highway 11/17- 1 kilometre east of Hodder Avenue or 1 kilometre west of Spruce River Road. This scenic lookout and Visitor Information Centre features amazing views of Thunder Bay, the Sleeping Giant and is home to a 9 foot statue dedicated to Terry Fox.

For more information, visit www.visitthunderbay.com or call (807) 983-2041 or 1-800-667-8386.


jANUARY EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSed

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium PresentsTBCA
With acoustics that make it one of North America’s finest concert halls, the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium hosts evenings of Broadway, dance, theatre, comedy and more. During the month of January catch one of the following performances and events:

  • Jan 5 – Black Label Society
  • Jan 12 – Dancing Pros Live
  • Jan 24 – Yuk Yuk’s On Tour
  • Jan 25 – Banff Mountain Film Festival
  • Jan 29 – Dallas Smith
  • Jan 31 – Abba Mania

Magnus Theatre January Performances
During the month of January Magnus Theatre will be holding the following performances: For more information visit www.magnus.on.ca.

  • Jan 29 – Feb 14 – Driving Miss Daisy: A Pulitizer Prize winning play about an unlikely friendship between Daisy, a strong-willed Southern Matron, and Hoke, her equally indomitable black chauffeur. Driving Miss Daisy is an inspiring and unforgettable story that makes for a magical evening of theatre.

TBSO performances
During the month of January, the TBSO will be holding the following performances. For more information and a full list of TBSO Concerts, visit www.tbso.ca.

  • Jan 22 – TBSO Masterworks Series III: Denise Djokic Performs Tchaikovsky
  • Jan 28 – TBSO Classical Series III: Beethoven’s Symphony No 2

LRCA 2015 Conservation Dinner & Auction
On Feb 5 at 6pm, the Lakehead Conservation Foundation and Lakehead Region Conservation Authority will be hosting their annual Conservation Dinner and Auction. For more information or to purchase tickets call (807) 344-5857.

Comedy, Local Bands, and Other Events
Interested in comedy shows, live music, and other local events throughout the city? Visit www.tbshows.com or www.thunderbaynightout.com for a current list of events. Or pick up your free copy of The Walleye - Thunder Bay's only alternative arts and cultural magazine – on newsstands throughout the city and the region, or view a copy on-line at www.thewalleye.ca.


Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park is celebrating the winter with numerous events planned for your enjoyment. For upcoming 2015 events, visit www.fwhp.ca.

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
Dec 31 from 6-10pm, gather your family and friends and bring in the New Year at Fort William Historical Park. Enjoy live music and entertainment, plenty of indoor games and activities and cap off the celebration with the exciting countdown to a spectacular fireworks display. For more information, visit www.fwhp.ca.

Voyageur Winter Carnival
Between Feb 14–16, Fort William Historical Park will be holding its Annual Voyageur Winter Carnival. Have fun in the snow maze, go tubing, skate on the Kam River, and enjoy great live entertainment during the carnival. For more information, call (807) 473-2344.

Explore the Stars at Fort William Historical Park’s David Thompson ObseFWHP David Thompson Observatoryrvatory
Whether you’re a serious astronomer or the casual observer, you’ll find that the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory is a marvel of modern space science. Come and explore galaxies, nebulas, star clusters and planets, just minutes away from Thunder Bay! Join us for a “Star Walk Experience" even if it is a cloudy night. Our extensive catalogue of images can take you through a virtual tour of the night sky! Open in January, Thursday through Saturday evenings from 7pm to 9am. Group bookings are available.


VISUAL ARTS, & EXHIBITS

Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, known as the largest Gallery between Sault Ste Marie and Winnipeg, Manitoba, is home to over 1600 pieces of work in its Permanent collection. During the month of December, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will also be hosting the following exhibits and events: Thunder Bay Art Gallery

  • Until Jan 4 – 2014 Northern Ontario Juried Exhibition: The North Now
  • Until Jan 4 – Mitakuye Oyasin: All My Relations

At The Reach Extension Building at Confederation College:

  • Until Further Notice – Everyday Light: Family Photographs Selected by Contemporary First Nations Artists
    For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events and workshops, visit www.theag.ca, e-mail info@theag.ca, or call (807) 577-6427.


Prince Arthur's Landing: Thunder Bay's Waterfront

Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park is alive and full of activities throughout the year. Take a stroll and explore the art features, enjoy the Skate Pad in the winter and the Splash Pad throughout the summer. Take part in art classes or view exhibits at the Baggage Building. Have a bite to eat at Bight Restaurant, or enjoy one of many special events and festivals hosted at this lakeside Park. There is something for everyone at Prince Arthur’s Landing.

Art Walking Tours
Pick up a copy of the Waterfront Public Art Walking Tour Guide at the Baggage Building Art Centre and take a stroll to view the numerous outdoor art pieces that Prince Arthur’s Landing has to offer or view a copy of the Waterfront Public Art Walking Tour at Baggage Buildingwww.thunderbay.ca/publicart. While you are at the Baggage Building, admire and purchase works by local artisans in the Gift Shop Gallery including pottery, jewelry, books, music, food stuff and more. The Gift Gallery is extending their hours. They will be open Tuesday – Friday 11am-5pm, and Saturday & Sunday Noon-4pm. For more information on the Gallery or on any of the events or classes below, call (807) 684-2063. Mark your calendars with these fine exhibitions and events happening at the Baggage Building for your enjoyment this winter season:

BBAC Exhibitions

  • Until Dec 30 – Christmas Bizarre: A Christmas Exhibition with a twist …
  • Until Dec 30 – The Art of Pat Izsak: Inside the Gift Gallery.

Activities

  • Drop-In Nature Based Play Centres & Creation Stations (1-6yr). For more information, visit www.connectthedotstbay.com.
    • Mondays 11:30am - 2:30pm
    • Wednesdays 10am - 2pm
    • Thursdays 10am -2pm, and 5-6pm
    • Sundays 10am-3pm *some Sundays may be cancekked due to special events at the BBAC*
  • Mondays Until Feb 9, 10–11:30am - Parent and Tots Program (1-5yr). Culture, Music and Movement the program has it all. Each week the class will focus on a new experience for you and your child.
  • Wednesdays Until Feb 11, 11am-12:30pm - Parent and Baby Program (1-12 months). A wonderful learning and bonding experience for you and your baby.

Programs

  • Jan 11 & 25, Feb 22, 4-5:15pm – Youth Celtic Sessions. Come with your fiddle, harp, accordion, flute, whistle, guitar or keyboard. The bi-weekly sessions will be led by fiddler Pierre Schryer and is intended for kids age 8-18 (novice to intermediate plus) and their parents, teachers and friends who would like to join in with instruments in hand or just simply listen. Although the session is not a place for beginners to learn to play their instruments, all levels are welcome to come and have fun playing through their repertoire and building their skills.
  • Every Tuesday evening 7-9pm – Life Drawing with Tom White. For more information or to register contact Thomas_white@fastmail.fm.

Classes

  • Feb 17 – March 17, 6-8:30pm – 2015 Pottery Classes with Fritz Lehmberg
  • Jan 10, 12:30-3:30 – 2015 Colour Mixing Wokshop with Linda Dell
  • Wednesdays Jan 14 – March 4, 6:30-8:30pm – 2015 Acrylic Painting Classes with Linda Dell

While strolling through the waterfront, stop by Bight Restaurant and Bar for an enjoyable meal made with locally grown ingredients paired with a fine wine or enjoy a draft from Thunder Bay’s own Sleeping Giant Brewery. Bight is open daily at 11:30am. Closing times vary throughout the week. For Prince Arthur's Landing Skatingmore information including a copy of their menu and hours, visit www.bightrestaurant.ca or call (807) 622-4448.

The Skate Pad is open between 11am and 9pm daily. Visit www.thunderbay.ca/waterfront for more information.


Sporting Events And Recreation

Lappe Invitational
Jan 17-18, Lappe Nordic Ski Area will be holding its annual Lappe Invitational. For more information, visit www.lappenordic.ca.

Tour De Kamview
On Jan 30 – Feb 1, Kamview Nordic Centre will be holding their annual Tour de Kamview. For more information, visit www.tbnordictrails.com.


GENERAL TOURIST INFORMATION

Ontario Parks Open during the Winter Monthskakabeka_winter_tn
Even though the parks have closed for camping a few remain open during the winter months for hiking, skiing and to visit. For more information, general information and location of the parks around the region, visit www.ontarioparks.com. Here are those that are open during the winter months around Thunder Bay:

  • Kakabeka Falls PP – Open for viewing of the falls, and hiking trails are open year round.
  • Pigeon River PP – Open year-round for hiking.
  • Sleeping Giant PP – Trails open for hiking and skiing during the fall and winter.

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 www.tbpl.ca.

Heritage Hide ‘n’ Seek GeoTour
Do you love adventure and the outdoors? Ever heard of Geocaching? Parks Canada has launched its Heritage Hide ’n’ Seek GeoTour. We’ll have you and your family searching for heritage treasures across Northern Ontario. Visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/ssmarie/activ/geocache.aspx or follow them on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

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