Located in the renovated and expanded historic freight shed at the waterfront, the Baggage Building Arts Centre (BBAC) is a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration that adds to the City's programming and events at Prince Arthur's Landing.

The BBAC is the creative and social heart of Prince Arthur's Landing. It is open to the public year-round, and entry is free of charge. It is an incubator for creative people and organizations, and also provides a space to showcase local talent.

The Arts Centre presents and supports:

  • performances, celebrations, festivals, public and community events;
  • the creation and production of a wide range of arts activities with a focus on the multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts;
  • learning, skills development, and participation with a special commitment to young people, as outlined in the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan;
  • collaboration, exchange and dialogue between individuals, communities and organizations;
  • a sense of community, well-being and social engagement.

Rent the space

If you have an event, program or class you'd like to run, consider renting the Baggage Building Art Centre. Program space can be booked by individual artists and organizations alike.

The BBAC is not available for wedding ceremonies or receptions. 

For more information about space rentals, please contact bbac@thunderbay.ca 

Get involved

The Baggage Building is here for you! Find out how you can use the space, help with activities, programs, and events,  and connect with a creative community. 

Propose a class or workshop

Studio space is available to rent to run your own class or workshop, or you can submit a proposal for a class or workshop you would like to run through the BBAC during one of the City of Thunder Bay's events. 

The BBAC hosts family events throughout the year during:

These free family events are enjoyed by thousands each year, and we have a blast coming up with new and creative ideas to awe everyone. Get in touch if your group or organization has ideas or wants to get involved with these free activities by emailing bbac@thunderbay.ca 

Classes and Programs

The Baggage Building Arts Centre is available for rental to host a variety of arts, cultural, or heritage minded programming. 


The Baggage Building Arts Centre (BBAC) features two exhibition spaces. The ground level and mezzanine of the Centre, can each be rented separately. 

If you are interested in hosting a short-term art exhibition, contact bbac@thunderbay.ca 

Contact us

For inquiries related to the Baggage Building Art Centre, please contact bbac@thunderbay.ca 


The Baggage Building Arts Centre is currently closed to the public. For rental information contact bbac@thunderbay.ca 

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