Saturday, September 23, 2023. 

Hello Neighbours!

Neighbour Day is a wonderful way to bring neighbours together to build a strong and caring community. It allows our us to plan and host activities to celebrate our vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods. It also provides an opportunity for neighbours to form strong relationships and helps neighbourhoods become more welcoming, safe and inclusive places to live.

Thunder Bay has a giant heart and we can't wait to celebrate Neighbour Day in our city! 

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For the month of September, celebrate your neighbours and neighbourhood!

We invite you to share your stories and photos of kind and generous neighbours who demonstrates the true heart and spirit of your neighbourhood.

This year Neighbour Day is on Sept. 23, 2023. It is an opportunity to connect with our neighbours and celebrate the heart and spirit of the community. Knowing your neighbours can help transform neighbourhoods into welcoming, safe and inclusive places to live.

Neighbour Day is a wonderful way to bring neighbours together to build a strong and caring community.

Post your stories and photos online below, or email them to

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Neighbour Day Events 2023

Neighbour Day Scavenger Hunt
September 18th - September 23rd
Download the Neighbour Day scavenger hunt here or grab a copy at any Thunder Bay Public Library.
Complete your hunt by September 29th for a chance to win $100 in BIA Bucks!
Gallery Neighbour Day (Thunder Bay Art Gallery)
September, 23rd 12:00pm-5:00pm 
Neighbour Day Drag Queen Story Time (Thunder Bay Waverly Library, 285 Red River Rd)
September 23rd from 2:30pm-3:30pm  
The Art of the Mushroom: Arts & Scavenger Hunt with CAHEP (Baggage Building Arts Centre, Marina Park)
September 23rd 11:00am-2:00pm 
55 Plus Neighbour Day Event & Car Show (Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre)
September 23rd 10:00am-2:00pm 
Youth Move Sky High Tie Dye Event at the Kinsmen Centre
September 23rd 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Snacks Provided. 
Healthy Kids Scavenger Hunt at Minnesota Park
September 23rd 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Completed scavenger hunts will be entered to win a prize
West Arthur Community Centre Open House (1914 Arthur St W)
September 23rd 11:00am-1:00pm 
Neighbour Day Swim at Chruchill Pool, $2.00. ( 140 Chruchill Dr W)
Churchill Pool will be offering a $2:00 Public Swim on Sept 23rd from 2:00pm-5:00pm.  Anyone who attends the swim may enter their name into a draw for either a Birthday Party Package or 3 Month Membership!
Neighbour Day Swim and Aquabics at Volunteer Pool
September 23rd, 1:00pm-1:45pm Aquabics Class $2.00 admission.  2:00pm-5:00pm Public Swim $2.00 Admission.   Anyone who attends the swim may enter their name into a draw for either a Birthday Party Package or 3 Month Membership!
Eco Superior Rain Garden Tour 
September 23rd, 12:00pm-4:00pm.  Purchase tickets at Rain Garden Tour Tickets, Sat, 23 Sep 2023 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite
The Good Harvest at the Goods & Co ( 251 Red River Rd)
Sunday, September 24th.  10:00am-4:00pm
Neighbour Day at Pioneer Ridge, front patio.
Thursday, September 21st.  1:30pm-3:00pm 
Neighbourhood Walking Tour App

Does the Tourism Thunder Bay have the perfect Neighbour Day activity for you! Their brand new Tour App has a number of neighbourhood walking tours! Download and discover the most incredible things to see and experience in Thunder Bay through detailed tours with turn-by-turn directions, local attractions, and event information all from your hand held device.


The Thunder Bay Tour app is available in the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store: Thunder Bay Tours

Tour App

 Neighbour Day Ideas 
  • Neighbourhood Clean Ups
  • Neighbourhood BBQs or picnics
  • Neighbourhood Window Walks - Be creative and brightly dress up your windows for a neighbourhood walking tour. 
  • Light up your neighbourhood - Bring out your lights and let your block shine brightly.
  • Show random acts of neighbouring. Celebrate your neighbours or do something kind to show you care. Share your ideas using #thanksneighbour.
  • Neighbourhood Art Gallery - Families can use their imaginations to create their own works of art, chalk drawings or yard sculptures in their yards, sidewalks and driveways for the neighbourhood to enjoy.
  • Driveway Concerts
  • Neighbourhood Yard Sale
  • Neighbourhood Gardens and beautification projects
  • Plan a night out and explore the downtown core

Read Uplifting Local Neighbourhood Stories

For more information about Neighbour Day, contact Jennifer Bulloch at  or (807) 630-5360.


 New City, New Streets
After amalgamation in 1970, the newly formed City of Thunder Bay found themselves with a problem other amalgamated municipalities have faced: multiple streets with the same or similar name.  

One street name in particular that held great prominence in both Fort William and Port Arthur was Arthur Street.

As with many street names in Fort William, Arthur Street was associated with the Vickers family, named after son Arthur Algoma Vickers. Residents of Toronto, John Joseph (J. J.) Vickers, and his wife Catherine, were frequent visitors to Fort William and held close friendships with prominent Fort William families. Recognizing the region’s great opportunity after his first visit in 1859, Vickers began investing locally both in mining and real estate. The Vickers Park property, bordered by Arthur Street to the north, was gifted to the Town of Fort William in 1902 by Catherine Vickers in memory of her husband. Arthur Vickers himself did become a resident of Fort William, arriving in 1903, he handled the sales of family lands.

In contrast, Arthur Street in Port Arthur was named in 1871 when the community was first surveyed as Prince Arthur’s Landing. Both the community and the street were named in honour of H.R.H. Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. In 1977 the street was re-named Red River Road, commemorating the route to the Red River Settlement.

Another set of streets sharing the same name was McIntyre Street. The Port Arthur street, named after railway executive Duncan McIntyre, retained its name after amalgamation.  

The Fort William streets’ namesake was John McIntyre, Clerk in Charge, and later Factor, of Hudson Bay Company’s Fort William Fur Trade Post.  Upon his retirement in 1877, McIntyre remained a prominent member of the growing community along the Kaministiquia River.

In 1971, McIntyre Street in Fort William’s East End, was renamed McNaughton Street after long-time city clerk Alexander McNaughton.  McNaughton began his role in 1900 prior to Fort William’s incorporation as a city.  He remained city clerk until 1945.

Certain duplicated street names had straightforward solutions. John Street in Fort William, named after Fort William’s first Mayor, John McKellar, was simply renamed McKellar Street.

These are just a few examples of Thunder Bay street name changes post-amalgamation, there are certainly many others! If you would like to learn more, contact the City of Thunder Bay Archives,

Source: The Street Names of Thunder Bay by Diane Grant

Neighbourhoods Past and Present

Photo Gallery: Neighbourhoods Past and Present will appear here on the public site.


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