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COVID-19 UPDATE - Virtual Canada Day Celebrations for 2020

In response to Provincial orders and physical distancing mandates, the City’s Canada Day celebrations will be delivered virtually this summer. With public safety being top priority, event staff are planning innovative ways of delivering events without encouraging the large gatherings that typically occur with events of this scale.

View Virtual Canada Day Programming Guide

Vue Fête Du Canada Virtuelle Guide de programmation


50th Anniversary & Canada Day Themed Colouring Pages

Check out the 50th Anniversary and Canada Day themed colouring pages for you to print at home!

Download Colouring Pages Here

Canada Day Celebrations 1972 to 2019

To celebrate the City of Thunder Bay’s 50th Anniversary, please enjoy a photo slideshow from Canada Day Celebrations over years from 1972 to 2019!

View Slideshow Here


Monday, June 29, 2020         

11AM – Science Show with Science North

Tune in to the Science Show Here

Join Science North as they take you through exciting science demonstrations that are sure to put a spark in your Canada Day! Learn why fireworks get all their beautiful colours, watch some bubbly chemical reactions, and enjoy engaging physics demonstrations! The science of Canada has never been so AWESOME!

2PM – Art Projects with the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP)

Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to the five different art projects.

1) Make a comic character with Merk! Draw, colour, cut and play using a base figure design. You create the rest!

2) Judy will lead a step-by-step class in the style of Group of Seven. You will be guided through colour-mixing, painting techniques and paint application, and by the end each participant will create an original acrylic oil painting. Lur inspiration is the beautiful summer skies in Thunder Bay.

3) Using fimo clay (which needs to be baked at home afterwards), Abhi will help you to create your own sculpture of the Sleeping Giant!

4) Light up the sky from your living room! Create a dazzling firework display with acrylics on canvas. We will use local landmarks to celebrate 50 years of Thunder Bay!

5) Using acrylics, create a painting of Thunder Bay trees!


Tuesday, June 30, 2020                                 

11AM – Coast to Canvas with Parks Canada

Tune in to Coast to Canvas Here

Celebrate Canada Day with Parks Canada team members from Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area! Join us to learn art techniques used by famous Canadian artists who were inspired by the north shore of Lake Superior to create your own masterpiece at home. Make sure you have a pencil and paper. If you have a canvas, paint and paintbrushes, that will work great too!

7PM – Trivia Night with The Giant Quiz

Test your family and friends' knowledge with some good ole’ Canadian and City of Thunder Bay history in celebration of our City’s 50th Anniversary!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020 

10AM – Municipal NHL20 Online Tournament

We Got Game! has teamed up with several municipalities including the City of Thunder Bay, Town of Ajax, City of Pickering, Town of Aurora, and Town of East Gwillimbury to host an online Canada Day NHL20 EASHL 6v6 Tournament on the PS4 console! Register solo or team up with family and friends to play for team “City of Thunder Bay”! This event is FREE for all ages. Click here to check out the Municipal NHL20 Online Tournament livestream!

2PM – Decorate Your Own Canada Day Themed Cupcakes Tutorial

Tune in to the Cupcake Decorating Tutorial Here

Jennifer Riley of CAKE will show you how to decorate your own Canadian themed cupcakes. Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to the cupcake decorating tutorial.

4PM – Cooking Demonstration: Make Your Own Canadian Pizza

Tune in to the Make Your Own Canadian Pizza Cooking Demo Here

Judi of Willow Springs Creative Centre will demonstrate how you can cook your own Canadian pizza. Click here to view the ingredients you will need to follow along to the cooking demonstration.

6PM – Opening Ceremony
6:30PM – Thunder Bay World Dance Collective

Thunder Bay World Dance Collective is a not-for-profit intergenerational group of dancers from a variety of backgrounds who perform dances from around the world. The collective represents a variety of dance forms, including flamenco, Bollywood, bhangra, and skirt dances.

6:45PM – Mini Café by Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet

Mini Café is a family show made up of some of Thunder Bay’s most diverse and talented musicians. This show is produced by Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet (Café Paris, Sharp Ninth #9). Mini Café specializes in gypsy jazz kids songs sang in French. The group is made up of five musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds.

7PM – Jean-Paul De Roover

De Roover’s early career was defined by his innovative approach to music using live looping, where he used his voice and a wide range of musical instruments to construct his songs piece by piece in front of an audience. But his constantly evolving palate has seen him exploring his earnest acoustic singer-songwriter side on “Love” (2019) as well as his passion for emotionally and aurally heavy alternative and progressive rock on “Loss” (2020), the two of which are sister albums. De Roover continues to push his own musical limits both in form and substance, daring others to try and categorize him. Because of this, De Roover’s music retains a distinct identity whether he is playing solo, with a band or even a 30-piece orchestra.

7:15PM – Almost ABBA

Almost ABBA have performed for NBC, Universal, The Release of Mamma Mia, The US Military, crowds as large as 50,000 and were recently asked to open for Cher on her "Here We Go Again" tour of Australia. Lisa Ewing, who performs as Agnetha Faltskog in the show, is originally from Thunder Bay, and is proud to be a part of this year's special celebration!



Presenting Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

Volunteer Program Sponsor: Giant Tiger

Signature Sponsors: Porter Airlines, 99.9 The Bay, Country 105, ROCK 94, 91.5 CKPR,

Featured Sponsors: TD Bank

Patron Sponsors: Maverick Entertainment Group, The Waterfront BIA, National Car Rental, Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Contributing Sponsors: Destination Thunder Bay, Club culturel francophone de Thunder Bay, OLG

Funded by the Government of Canada


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