June 2, 2016 - Thunder Bay will celebrate its rich mining heritage on June 4, which has been declared Mining Day by Acting Mayor Joe Virdiramo.

Councilor Virdiramo made the declaration at a ceremony today at Mariner's Hall at Prince Arthur's Landing. He was joined by representatives from 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 fourth 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 our 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 CEDC.  "Mining and mining related matters have been big contributors to the economy of Thunder Bay and the region."

For more information on Mining Day in Thunder Bay, visit www.thunderbayminingday.ca


Contact:        Bob Chataway, 344-8151 or tbminingday@gmail.com