Canada Day - July 1, 2024 
Prince Arthur's Landing, Marina Park 

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Walk together. Learn together. Grow together. 

It is important to reflect and understand that Canada Day means something different to everybody.  For many Indigenous Peoples, Canada Day is not a time of celebration, but a reminder of our country's colonial past and ongoing challenges. The effects of the loss of traditional lands and of over a century of systemic racism and mistreatment are still prevalent and felt by Indigenous Peoples today. 

The City of Thunder Bay has been built on the traditional lands of the Ojibwa peoples of Fort William First Nation, original signatories to the Robinson Superior Treaty signed in 1850, and we recognize the significant contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples to our heritage, social, cultural, spiritual and economic wealth.

Since early 2021, there has been an ongoing re-envisioning of Canada Day on the Waterfront to reflect and recognize that Canada Day means something different to everyone, and to move forward in an inclusive, thoughtful, and meaningful way towards Reconciliation. Please join us for this event and an opportunity for us to come together as a community

All Canadians are encouraged to take time to educate themselves, listen to truth, and reflect on how they can contribute to reconciliation, strengthen relations and make our country a more inclusive, safe, and welcoming space for everyone.

Please visit our Indigenous Relations page to learn more about the City of Thunder Bay's Anishinaabe Elders Advisory Council, our Indigenous Relations and Inclusion Strategyrelationship agreements between the City and partners, and response to the Seven Youth Inquest. Explore supports and services for Indigenous residents, local cultural events and recognition programsIndigenous spaces found within the City, cultural education and inclusion opportunities, and additional Indigenous resources.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Volunteer team!

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at volunteer@thunderbay.ca 

Sponsors

Make an impact in our community - consider sponsoring the region's most popular and well-attended special events. If your company is interested in participating as a sponsor for this award-winning event, email culture@thunderbay.ca or call 807-628-5250.   

2023
Canada Day - July 1, 2023 

 

Main Stage - Presented by Ontario Power Generation 

Included performances by:

  • Orville Councillor
  • Miranda Currie
  • The JB Band
  • Tennyson King
  • Tim Albertson

 

Second Stage

Include performances by:

  • Thunder Bay World Dance Collective
  • Thunder Bay Chinese Music and Dance Troupe
  • Thai Healing Centre Dance Troupe
  • World Cultural Dance
  • Italian Touch Latin Dance
  • Arabella Middle Eastern Dance Academy
  • Cambrian Players Improv Troupe

 

Park Wide Programming
  • Festival Area
    • Food vendors
    • Artisans
    • CKPR Summer of Fun Crew
    • Bubble station
    • Outdoor games
    • Information & First Aid
    • Portable washrooms
  • Tai Chi Park / Green Space
    • Sunrise Ceremony
    • Sacred fire
    • NAN Display 
    • Tipi 
  • Skate Park
    • Cinema 5 Skate Park - lessons and equipment borrowing for youth 
  • Splash Pad & Water Garden Pavilion
    • Splash Pad party
    • Thunder Bay Clown Club - face painting & balloon animals 
    • Indoor washrooms
    • Water bottle filling station 
  • Baggage Building Arts Centre
    • Information & First Aid
    • Crafts with CAHEP on the patio (access up the ramp)
    • Cookie painting with SonShine Sweets in the Gallery area (access through patio) *available until supplies run out
  • Green Lawn Area
    • Healthy Kids
    • Youth Move
    • Canadian Army
    • Let's Talk Science - Confederation College

Sponsors

Presenting & Main Stage Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

Volunteer Program Sponsor: Tbaytel

Signature Sponsors:99.9 The BayCountry 105ROCK 9491.5 CKPRCFNOtbnewswatchRoundtable 

Patron Sponsors: Impala CanadaDelta HotelOntario Lottery & Gaming Corporation

Contributing Sponsors:  Breakwater Events,  The Waterfront District BIASpadoni Used Car & Truck - Sales & Leasing

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