Tourism Thunder Bay Newsletter

Volume: 5 Issue: 1



Terry Fox Information Centre Hours
Tourism Thunder Bay invites you to bring your visitors throughout the Winter months to the Terry Fox Information Centre using their new entrance, which is 500 metres east of the old entrance. Their hours of operation are 9am to 5pm, daily.  Terry Fox Information Centre is located on Highway 11/17, 1 kilometer east of Hodder Avenue or 1 kilometre west of Spruce River Road.

Prince Arthur’s Landing and Skating Rink Now Open
Prince Arthur’s Landing is now open to the General public to take in the great art work as well as for families to enjoy a skate on the new skating rink. The skating rink will be open noon to 9pm, 7 days a week. For more information visit

Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay coming to Thunder Bay
The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay is retracing the Canadian segment of the Original Man in Motion World Tour, traveling over 12,000 kilometres, through 600 communities and engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made a difference in the lives of others. Come cheer on your local Thunder Bay difference makers when the Relay arrives at the Terry Fox Memorial on January 8, 2012 at 1pm. For more information, please visit

2012 Thunder Bay Experience Guide set to arrive in mid-January
The 2012 Experience Guide is at print and should be arriving in Thunder Bay in the middle of January. Look for the guide at the Terry Fox Information Centre, and various locations throughout Thunder Bay including many attractions, and accommodations in and around Thunder Bay. To receive a printed copy, visit, or call 1-800-667-8386.

Fort William Historical Park

Upcoming Events:

Winter Artisan Workshops: February & March 2012
Work in small groups under the tutelage of experienced artisans to produce unique heritage items and learn creative techniques. Session include: weathervanes, wall scones, applique beadwork, machine sewing basics, Ojibwa moccasins, birch bark baskets, quillwork

Conferences, Meetings, Banquets and Seasonal Offerings
For details visit, call (807) 473-2344, or e-mail


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Proudly Presents

  • Jan 9 – Monty Python’s Spamalot
  • Jan 16 – The Rankin Family: Up Close and Personal
  • Jan 21 – The Jim Cuddy Band
  • Jan 29 – Banff Mountain Film Festival

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

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra January Performances
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will be holding the following performances in January. For more information, visit

  • Jan 19 – TBSO Masterworks III: Beyond the Horizon
  • Jan 28 – TBSO Pops III: Jeans ‘n Classics: Fleetwood Mac

Magnus Theatre Opens 2012
Magnus Theatre open 2012 with the following events/performances. For more information, visit, or call (807) 345-5552 for tickets.

  • Jan 13 – 34th Annual Dinner Auction
  • Jan 26 – Feb 11 – The Syringa Tree

John Beargrease Sled Dog
On Jan 29-30, come cheer on 4 mushers (Joshua Barnes, Brian Wiese, Joanne Oberg, and Paul Amano) from Run Silent Dog Sled Trips and Boreal Journeys Sled Dog Kennel as they represent Northwestern Ontario during the 106 mile mid-distance 29th John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota.

Soroptimist International of Thunder Bay Presents Gardener Mark Cullen
On Feb 7, Soroptimist International of Thunder Bay presents Canada’s best known gardener Mark Cullen with his talk “Escape to Reality in the Garden” at the Valhalla Inn. Tickets are available at JB Evans, Landale Gardens, Vanderwees Greenhouses, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, or by calling (807) 473-4943.


2012 Giant Digital Photography Workshops Announced!
Early bird discounts on now in time for the holidays! Save $5 off each workshop price. Plus, book three or more workshops per person and get a bonus camera accessory. Upcoming winter workshops at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park’s visitor centre include; “You and Your Digital Camera” (Buttons and Knobs – now 4 hours in length) on Sat. Feb 18, 2012, 12-4on (regularly $45 +HST and “Winter Photography” Sat March 17, 2012, 10am – 4:30pm (regularly $59 +HST).
Learn the features of operating your new Christmas camera as well as tips and techniques for outdoor winter photography. Instruction by professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski on topics including camera controls, aperture, shutter speed and the basics of good photo composition. For more information and additional workshops, pricing and advance online registration visit or call Lois at (807) 344-9208 or 1-866-688-9990.


Thunder Bay Museum Exhibits
The Thunder Bay Museum will be holding the following events in January and February. For more information visit or call (807) 623-0801

  • Jan 24 @ 7:30pm: “A Century of Sport in Northwestern Ontario” lecture by Diane Imrie, executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Feb 28 @ 7:30pm: “The North West Company and the War of 1812” lecture by Jean Morrison

Events at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery are holding the following events and exhibits in January. For more information, visit

  • IUntil Jan 8: Line by line- Ahmoo Angeconeb, Angelique Merasty, Norval Morriseau, Roy Thomas, and Michael Robinson - Permanent Collection Exhibition
  • Until Jan 8: Red – Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
  • Until Jan 8: Voices of Women – From the Permanent Collection
  • Until Mar 4: Artist Spotlight (Patricia Deadman) – From the Permanent Collection
  • Until Mar 4: Mood Valleys – Walter Scott
  • Jan 13 – Mar 4: Wilderness – Brian Holden
    • Jan 13 @ 7:30pm: Artist Talk & reception
    • Jan 21: Workshop led by Brian Holden
  •  Jan 13 – Feb 26: Sense of Place – Organized and Circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum
    • Jan 27 @ 7:30pm: Readings by acclaimed authors Nino Ricci & Alistair MacLeod

Events at Definitely Superior Art Gallery
In January, Definitely Superior Art Gallery (250 Park Ave) presents the following Exhibitions. The Gallery will be closed from Dec 24 – Jan 2 for Christmas. For more information, visit or call (807) 344-3814.

  • Until Jan 14: 3 Contemporary Art Exhibitions
    • Gallery 1: Dislocation – 23rd Anniversary Annual Regional Juried Exhibition
    • Gallery 2: Joseph Fredrich – New Paintings/Sculptural Installation Works
    • Gallery 3: Mutate Britain – International Video
  • Jan 21, 8pm – 2am: “Derelicte 4 – A Fashion Odyssey”. One extreme night of wearable art/fashion/music/performance on the catwalk! 7 local fashion houses, 15 “wearable art” fashion exhibitions, 5 performance acts, 5 live bands, 2 DJ’s, hundreds in raffle/best DIY fashion/costume prizes – 550 attended last year! What’s Your Fashion Tribe? Be Haute! Be Derelicte! A Definitely Superior Art Gallery & LU Radio Fundraiser @ Black Pirates Pub. 19+/$10 cover.
  • Jan 21 – April 31:”Urban Infill – Art In The Core – 6”. Re-discover “The Waterfront District” through contemporary art! Revitalizing our downtown north core by featuring 17 multi-disciplinary arts projects between January and April, by 350 regional/national/international artists at 15 accessible empty and existing downtown spaces.


Come take A trip through Northwestern Ontario in a Whole New Way!
Take a trip with one of two Sled Dog kennels around Thunder Bay and experience the beautiful landscapes that North Western Ontario has to offer. Also, visit with the participants of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon from both Run Silent Dog Sled Trips and Boreal Journeys Sled Dog Kennels.  For more information, visit, or

Visit One of Eight Local Conservation Areas this Fall
Come out and play in our backyard! The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has eight areas offering a variety of recreational opportunities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing and picnicking. Enjoy unlimited access for one year when you purchase a 2012 Explorer Card for just $30. Included with your purchase is a high quality, durable and waterproof map of our Area of Jurisdiction, outlining where our Conservation Areas are and other information. Explorer cards make great stocking stuffers! Order your Explorer Card at the Authority office at 130 Conservation Road in Thunder Bay. Call (807) 344-5857 or e-mail us at for more information. Be sure to check out for upcoming events, such as the Lakehead Conservation Foundation annual findraising Dinner & Auction on February 9, 2012.

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