Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 2 Issue: 1

Upcoming Events

Cabin fever got you Down? Fort William Historical Park has the perfect remedy during the Voyageur Winter Carnival, happening February 14-16th. The exciting festival features the return of the Chilly Willy Pond Hockey Challenge where teams compete for the coveted Beaver Cup. There's live entertainment, good food and lots of outdoor happenings including snow sculpturing, log sawing, dog sled rides and tubing. Plenty of Fun for the whole family. For more information, please visit the website at, e-mail or call (807) 473-2344. Hope to see you there!


Until January 10th, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, located at 250 Park Avenue invite you down to their gallery for the NOCAA-10 (Northwestern Ontario Contemporary Aboriginal Artists).  The Gala Opening will take place on December 6th at 7pm.  A multi-disciplinary experience of visual art and performance.  This thought-provoking exhibit showcases new and existing works by 10 of the leading emerging contemporary Aboriginal artists in the region.  The exhibition features painting, film/video, musical performances and spoken word, which explore the ways in which past and present continue to merge and shape the artists’art form and means of story telling.  This exhibition features 10 vital artists including more than 30 individual artworks and performances, by visual artists: Eric Keast, Christian Chapman, Danny Cutfeet, Richard Fedorick, Michelle Derosier and Thunderstone Pictures.  Musical performances by: Shy-Anne Hovorka, Solomon, the Department of Rhythmis Affairs – featuring Robin Ranger, Tenka and spoken word by: Chris Waite.  For more information visit &  

The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium invites you to take in one of the following concerts during January:  Visit or call (807) 684-4444 for more information on these and other upcoming concerts.
January17 - TBSO - Pops 3
January 18 - Trailer Park Boys
January 19 - Theory of a Deadman
January 22 - TBSO - Emotional Expedition
January 23 - Tommy Hunter
January 24 - Sam Roberts Band "Love at the End of the World"
January 25 - Banff Mountain Film Fest
January 31 - Yuk Yuk's

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be holding the following exhibits for the month of December:  For more information visit   
Until January 11th – Tim Alexander: On The Rim
Until January 18th – Wendy Walgate: Exuberance
Until March 1
- Allen Sapp: The Quiet Life
Until January 31 - Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 23-March 1 - Vid Ingelvick: Hunter/gatherer

General Tourist Information

Fort William Historical Park would like to offer you sleigh rides, education and community programs with spots still available in all. You can still visit the Fort via walking tours, offered daily from Monday to Friday at 11am and 2pm. Tours last roughly 90 minutes, beginning from the Fort’s Administration Building. Please dress accordingly!  Please Mark your calendar for an exciting winter season at Fort William Historical Park.  For more information visit their website at, e-mail, or call (807) 473-2344.

Gammondale Farm invites you out to the farm This winter.  Old fashioned sleigh rides parties are available by reservations for small and large groups. It's great winter fun for everyone in your family, community or corporate group. Or plan a 'romantic ride for two' in our vintage one-horse sleigh called a cutter! WInter activities include sleigh and cutter rides, unlimited hot drinks, farm animals, skating and playing on the frozen pond, Maple Taffy ont he Snow and historic Log House (1894).  Bring your own food or catering is available. For more information about sleigh ride parties at Gammondales visit  To book an activity for your group or family please e-mail or call (807) 475-5615 or 1-888-705-3646.

Chenier Fine Arts, the purple gallery at 8 court Street South showcases a diverse selection of original art created by established an emerging Canadian, regional and international artists.  View over 150 hand selected original artworks by over artists. Styles represented range from abstract and contemporary to classic and transitional.  Mediums include paintings and mixed media on canvas, original prints on paper, ceramics exclusively by Shane Norrie, art jewellery and sculpture.  New are the streetscape paintings of street hockey by Panichinim the whimsical still life of Brosseau and abstracts by Park and Jou Lee.  Visit for the launch of the new online gallery.  Custom frames are both Canadian and European made.

Chenier Fine Arts, the purple gallery regular hours are Tuesday to Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.  Take advantage of the free 2 hour parking in the Downtown North Core on Saturdays.  The Gallery is located on Court Street between Red River Road and Park Avenue.  For more information visit or call (807) 346-0409.

The new Downtown Artisans & Farmers Market is now open at 507 E Victoria Ave.  It is open Saturdays from 9am-4pm year round with fresh produce, freshly prepared foods, entertainment, and the work of local artists.  For more information contact Jim at (807) 621-3133.

Lakehead University would like to invite you to hold your special event at their location. They have year round facilities for conferences, workshops, meetings, retreats, and reunions for between 15-200 people. They offer Catering, audio, visual, and Video conferencing for your event. Between May and August they also offer summer guest accommodations with daily, weekly and monthly rates for single, double dorm rooms, four-bedroom townhouses and Apartments. For more information call (807) 343-8799 or e-mail

The Comfort Inn Thunder Bay celebrates summer with great savings!  Check in for great rates and great service.  Our professional, hospitable staff awaits your arrival.  Plan your get away by calling (807) 475-3155 and ask for your special “E-news rate”.

The Canada Games Complex has 'Something for every BODY'. Open 7 days a week and 3-63 days a year come enjoy the multifaceted recreational facility that offers aquatic, fitness and recreational activities to people of all ages. Enjoy, the 77 meter pool, the 10, 7.5 and 5 meter diving towers and one and 3 meter diving boards, the 73 meter Thunderslide with badminton and Ping-Pong tables to enjoy on the pool deck. Weight and Whirlpools and new on deck Change Areas for Families and People with Disabilities are also available. Daily admission rates are reasonable. Swim, splash, laugh, unwind, move, enjoy! Families are at the Heart of the Complex. Visit us them at

Stay in touch via e-mail while you’re 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 our Virtual Library 24/7 at

Come and visit the Children’s Museum for Thunder Bay, The Imagination Station this winter.  The museum is open on Sundays from 1-4pm at a cost of $4 per child.  Birthday parties and group visits are available upon request.  For more information e-mail or call (807) 345-2222.

Located right by Intercity Shopping Centre.  Come by for a visit to see Ontario’s largest air-filled dome structure at 87,000 sq ft of family fun and entertainment.  The Thunder Bay Sports Dome offers a wide variety of sporting activities including mini-putting, basketball, tennis, badminton and much more.  Book ahead or drop in at your convenience.  Open from 8am to 11pm daily.  Full menu concession and licensed bar available.  Check out for upcoming events and activities.

Fort William Historical Park