After nearly two years of planning, the time has come for the Thunder Bay 2024 Ontario Winter Games, presented by Hydro One. The main square at Fort William Historical Park will come alive at the opening ceremonies as hundreds of the province’s top young athletes parade in to kick off two weekends of competition.

“We are thrilled to be supporting the Ontario Winter Games as its Partner Sponsor,” said Kent Ramsay, President of Thunder Bay Pulp and Paper – who will also be hosting a “Kraft Shack” at the opening ceremonies to make signs to welcome the athletes. “This event provides tremendous opportunity to athletes as well as our community. As a community-minded business we felt it important to step up and show our support.”

The opening ceremonies will take place on Friday, Feb. 16 and again on Friday, Feb. 23 at Fort William Historical Park from 5 to 9 pm to welcome athletes on both weekends of the Games.

Everyone is encouraged to help kick off the Games and welcome athletes from across Ontario. The event and parking are FREE to all. Ceremonies will be held outdoors so dress for the weather. Festivities begin at 5 pm, followed by an Athletes’ Parade and official ceremony at 6:30 pm.

Opening Ceremonies highlights:

  • Lighting of the Games cauldron
  • Athletes parade
  • Meet Pachi the Official Winter Games mascot
  • Visit the Thunder Bay Pulp & Paper Kraft Shack to make your own Winter Games sign
  • Have Fun with Forces with Science North
  • Get swag from the Tbaytel tent
  • Buy Official Merchandise
  • FREE concert featuring The Lockyer Boys

More than 1,350 athletes, coaches and officials are expected to participate in 13 sports ranging from cross country skiing to wrestling, with most athletes’ ages ranging from 12 to 18 years old. The Games provide top young athletes with development and competitive opportunities to prepare them for national and international competition.

For more information, visit the official 2024 Games Website at:

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Contact:       Stacey Levanen, Supervisor – Corporate Communications & Community Engagement, 807-625-3650