On January 1, 1995, Thunder Bay celebrated 25 years as a City after amalgamation. To mark the occasion, the 25th Anniversary Planning Committee created a time capsule to be opened in another 25 years, on January 1, 2020. Many community groups and City departments joined in, adding letters, photos, and other historic items to the time capsule. The capsule was opened by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on January 1, 2020, at the New Year's Levee and Community Pancake Breakfast at the O'Kelly VC Armoury. The items have now been added to the City of Thunder Bay Archives’ permanent collection.

Below is a full list of all the items that were included, listed by each organization that donated them. Pictures of many items are available here, and more can be found at the City of Thunder Bay Archives. Click on any organization’s name to see what they put into the time capsule.

 For information on the time capsules opened in 2008, visit https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-hall/time-capsule-1903-1966-2008.aspx

 

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce

Submission: Directory of Businesses for the year 1995.

 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce - 1995 directory - 001

 

Herb Carroll 55+ Centre

Submission: A postcard of the building, and a signed photo of the Planning Committee.

Herb Carroll 55+ Centre - Postcard - Front

 Herb Carroll 55+ Centre - Postcard - Back

Herb Carroll 55+ Centre - Photo - Front

Herb Carroll 55+ Centre - Photo - Back

Thunder Bay Hydro

Submission: A pamphlet, a photo of their staff, and a large signed flag.

 Thunder Bay Hydro - Pamphlet

Thunder Bay Hydro - Photo

 

Klondike Casino

Submission: A set of casino chips, their 25th anniversary pamphlet, playing cards, a calendar, various photographs, and their fund raising agreement.

Klondike Casino Chip

Klondike Casino - Pamphlet - Front

 Klondike Casino - Pamphlet - Back

Fort William Historical Park

Submission: A leather satchel filled with Fort William Historical Park memorabillia, including glasses, a scarf, a belt, mocassins, old letters, and a writing feather, as well as a letters, brochures, a leather identification badge, a slide showing the 1995 Great Rendezvous Historic participants, a tin coffee cup full of small items, and a gold tin containing rock samples.

Collection of Old Fort William Great Rendezvous items in canvas shoulder bag Collection of Old Fort William Great Rendezvous items in canvas shoulder bag

Birch Bark

Small leather satchle with maise bead flint sage inside

Northwest Company Small Point Blanket

Old Fort William - 2020 Thunder Bay letter Old Fort William - Submission letter - 001

Old Fort William - Submission letter - 002

Old Fort William - 2020 Thunder Bay Signed card - front

Old Fort William - 2020 Thunder Bay Signed card - Back

Old Fort William - Business card

Old Fort William - William McGillvary letter

Old Fort William - W. David Thompson letter 

 Old Fort William - Letter

Old Fort William - Welcome Pamphlet - Front

Old Fort William - Welcome Pamphlet - Back

Old Fort William - Events - Front

Old Fort William - Events - Back

Old Fort William - Visitor Map - Front

Old Fort William - Visitor Map - Back

Old Fort William - Identification Badges

Old Fort William - Slide

 

Can-Car

Submission: A copy of their published history book, titled Can-Car: A History 1912-1992.

Can-Car - History Book - Front

Can-Car - History Book - Back

Merlin's Bistro

Submission: A CD consisting of music made by various artists for the 1995 Nordic World Ski Championships, along with a signed promotional poster and a small write-up explaining the CD.

CD Nordic Tapestry

 Merlin's Bistro - Information

Merlin's Bistro - Poster - Front

Merlin's Bistro - Poster - Back

 

 

Thunder Bay Police Department

Submission: Three photographs, with two showing neighbourhood policing offices around town and one a police cruiser of the time.

Thunder Bay Police Dept - 002

Thunder Bay Police Dept - 003

Thunder Bay Police Dept - 001

 

 

Thunder Bay Telephone (TBayTel)

Submission: A length of fibre-optic wire, sealed in a plastic tube.

Thunder Bay Telephone wires

Air Canada Cup

Submission: A pamphlet, showing the Air Canada Cup National Midget Hockey Championship.

Air Canada Cup Booklet - Front

 Air Canada Cup Booklet - Back

Bruce Thom - City Manager

Submission: A copy of the 1995 Corporate Report detailing the need and direction for Thunder Bay's strategic plan. Also included are supporting documents, newpaper clippings, and letters on the subject.  

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 001

 Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 002

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 003

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 004

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 005

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 006

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 007

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 008

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 009

Bruce Thom - Corporate Report - 010

Bruce Thom - Letter

Scott Tournament of Hearts

Submission: A copy of their organizational chart, their brochure, and their pin. 

Scott Tournament of Hearts - Brochure - Front

Scott Tournament of Hearts - Brochure - Back

Scott Tournament of Hearts - Organisational Chart

The Scott Tournament of Hearts 1996 Pin

 

Tourism Division
Submission: A set of three postcards for Homecoming '95 with art and essays created by local contest winners in 1995.

Tourism Division - 001

Tourism Division - 002

 Tourism Division - 003

Tourism Division - 004Tourism Division - 005Tourism Division - 006

  

Fort William District Cub Pack
Submission: A section of their tartan, with 4 badges stictched on to it, celebrating the North West Ontario Region, Fort William district, Thunder Bay’s 25th anniversary, and the planting of the 50th million tree in the Scoutree program.Tartan with patches from Fort William District Scouts Canada

Fort William District Cub Pack - Letter - 001

 Fort William District Cub Pack - Letter - 002

 

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Submission: A CD and two brochures.

Thunder Bay Smphony Orchestra CD - Front

Thunder Bay Smphony Orchestra CD - Back

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra - 001

 Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra - 002

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra - 003

 

 

Thunder Bolts Swim Club

Submission: A hat, and a t-shirt.

Thunder Bolts Swim Team Hat

Thunder Bolts Swim Team T-Shirt

Thunder Bolts Swim Team T-Shirt close up

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage
Submission: A letter written by then Alderman and later Mayor Ken Boshcoff, a schedule for that year's Summer in the Parks program, a t-shirt, and a set of Community Auditorium ticket stubs.

 City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Letter

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Summer in the Parks - Front

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Summer in the Parks - Back

The 25 Best Things T-shirt Front

The 25 Best Things T-shirt Front Close up

The 25 Best Things T-shirt Back

The 25 Best Things T-shirt Back Close up

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Ticket - 001

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Ticket - 002

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Ticket - 003

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Ticket - 004

City Recreation Division - Arts and Heritage - Ticket - 005

Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Submission: A letter, and the induction dinner program wth profiles of 1995's inductees. 

Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame - Letter

Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame - Pamphlet - Front

Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame - Pamphlet - Back

 

Thunder Bay Regional Hospital

Submission: A pair of pamphlets, one from the General Hospital of Port Arthur, and the other from McKellar General Hopsital.

Hospital. Thunder Bay Regional Hospital - 001

Thunder Bay Regional Hospital - 002

Thunder Bay Regional Hospital - 003

Thunder Bay Regional Hospital - 004

Joe Comuzzi

Submission: A letter, news clippings, and the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms.

 Joe Comuzzi - Letter - 001

 Joe Comuzzi - Letter - 002

Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society

Submission: Its 25th Anniversary project, a book of local history, From Rivalry to Unity, and a large portrait of Saul Laskin, first mayor of Thunder Bay.

 Thunder Bay Historical Society - Book FrontThunder Bay Historical Society - Book BackThunder Bay Historical Society - Photo - Saul Laskin

Robin's Donuts

Submission: A Coffee mug commemorating their 20th anniversary, a t-shirt, and a shoelace.

Robin's Donuts 20th Anniversary Mug

Robin's Donuts T-Shirt

Robin's Donuts T-Shirt Close up

Robin's Donuts Shoe Lace

Nordic Winter Games
Submission: A glass carving, a skier's pinny, pins, a book of information, its schedule of events, and the Nordic Pass to the event.

 Nordic Winter Games - Booklet - FrontNordic Winter Games - Booklet - Back

Avenor

Submission: A newsletter, a booklet, a greeting, and copies of its annual reports.

 Avenor Booklet - Front-accessAvenor Booklet - Back

 

Ontario Registered Music Teacher's Association

Submission: A booklet of music made by local students, and letters.

 Ontario Registered Music Teacher's Association - Music Booklet

 

Mayor David Hamilton 

Submission: A message from the Mayor to people living in Thunder Bay in 2020 and two in black and white showing City Council of 1994-1995. .

 

 Mayor David Hamilton

Thunder Bay Police Dept - 004

Thunder Bay Police Dept - 005

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