June 1, 2017 - Thunder Bay will celebrate its rich mining heritage on Saturday, June 3, which has been declared Mining Day by Mayor Hobbs.

Mayor Hobbs made the declaration at a ceremony today, June 1, at Mariner's Hall at Prince Arthur's Landing. He was joined by representatives of the City of Thunder Bay, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association.

Mining Day will include a series of special public events at Prince Arthur's Landing. There will be more than 25 exhibitors with fun, creative and interactive displays and presentations to encourage everyone in the family to participate and learn about mining, minerals and local geology. Heavy mining equipment suppliers, diamond drillers and helicopter service providers will also be onsite to showcase their big tools of the trade.

"The mining community and many volunteers are coming together to bring the fifth annual Thunder Bay Mining Day to the citizens of the City and nearby municipalities," said Robert Chataway, President of NWOPA and Chair of the Mining Day Committee. "As a family-oriented event, we hope everyone has a good time while participating in mining-related activities such as gold panning, searching for buried treasure and looking at gold and other minerals."

This free, rain or shine event benefits from the support of a number of local organizations, including Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association, Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and mining, exploration and service companies with offices in Thunder Bay.

"The event is an opportunity to showcase the exploration and mining sector, an important economic driver in Northwestern Ontario," says John Mason, Project Manager, Mining Services for Thunder Bay CEDC.  "Mining and mining related matters have been a big contributor to the economy of Thunder Bay and the region."

For more information on Mining Day in Thunder Bay, email tbminingday@gmail.com or visit www.thunderbayminingday.ca.

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Contact: Bob Chataway at (807) 344-8151 or tbminingday@gmail.com  


About NWOPA: The objectives of the Association are to represent and further the interests, serve the needs, and support the aspirations of the individual prospectors in Northwestern Ontario.

Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association
P.O. Box 10124  Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 6T6