September 8, 2016 - On Saturday, Sept. 10, more than a dozen historically, architecturally and culturally significant sites in Thunder Bay will open their doors to the public during Doors Open Thunder Bay. 

The purpose of the event, which is coordinated by the City of Thunder Bay's Heritage Advisory Committee, is to spark the interest of both residents and visitors in Thunder Bay's rich cultural heritage.

The 2016 Doors Open Event recognizes the City's legacy of medical science and innovation. Lakehead University and Confederation College will be opening laboratories, simulation classrooms and research facilities. Centres for innovative health care in modern and heritage buildings and residences that once housed doctor's offices and homes will be featured. 

Doors Open also highlights the heritage and cultural places that have shaped our community.  Visitors can go behind the scenes at a working grain elevator, an old cordage facility and the storage rooms of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  A visit to local places of worship will reveal cultural places that have become neighbourhood landmarks and reflect the development of the city.

"This unique event offers an in-depth look at that history by providing special access to some of our City's most-significant landmarks and buildings," said Pamela Cain, Heritage Researcher at the City of Thunder Bay. "I hope that citizens will take advantage of this exciting and educational opportunity."

Doors Open 2016 will feature  16 significant Thunder Bay locations:

"¢ Communitea - 112 East Frederica
"¢ George Jeffrey Children's Centre - 200 Brock Street East
"¢ St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Orthodox Church - 1502 Mountdale
"¢ Western Grain Elevator - 102 Kingston Street
"¢ Plymouth Landing - 600 Montreal Street
"¢ Saint Patrick's Cathedral - 211 Archibald Street
"¢ Cyclotron - 1040 Oliver Road
"¢ Paleo DNA Laboratory - 1294 Balmoral
"¢ Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Agora Court
"¢ Reach Building- Confederation College - 1450 Nakina Drive
"¢ Thunder Bay Art Gallery - 1080 Keewatin Street
"¢ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - 651 Beverley Street
"¢ Ray Court Doctor's Cottage - 281 Ray Court
"¢ Hillcrest Neighbourhood Village Condos - 96 North High Street
"¢ Baptist Church/Urban Abbey - 308 Red River Road
"¢ Wiley Mansion/St. Joseph's Heritage - 63 Carrie Street

Tours will run from 10 am to 4 pm.

"The aim of the Doors Open event is to give people a better underestanding and awareness of our built heritage," said Andrew Cotter, Chair - Heritage Advisory Committee. "The Doors Open Committee would like to thank each of the property owners and the sponsors for opening their doors to the public and making this event possible."

Historical information regarding the individual heritages sites of Thunder Bay will be available at each site as well as on the City of Thunder Bay website. For locations and more information about these sites and the Doors Open event go to or

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Contact: Andrew Cotter, Chair - Heritage Advisory Committee, 807-626-3870