*Recreation facility closures due to COVID-19*

City recreation and culture facilities and programs have been temporarily closed for an indefinite period as part of the City’s COVID-19 response.

Child Care Centres: Grace Remus, Algoma, Ogden, Woodcrest, and City-delivered licensed private home child care are closed until further notice.

All parks buildings and recreation facilities and their programs are closed until further notice including but not limited to the following:

  • Canada Games Complex, our largest recreational facility
  • Other Aquatic Venues: Churchill Pool & Volunteer Pool and Community Centre
  • Arenas: Fort William Gardens, Neebing, Delaney, Port Arthur, Grandview, Current River.
  • Older Adult Centres: 55 Plus Centre and West Arthur Community Centre
  • Community Centres: including volunteer-board operated community centres (West Thunder, Current River, North End, Oliver Road, North McIntyre, Jumbo Gardens, South Neebing, Vale, Vickers Heights)
  • Kinsmen Youth Centre
  • Baggage Building Arts Centre
  • Water Garden Pavilion
  • Mariner’s Hall 
  • Centennial Botanical Conservatory 

Program and Service Impacts of Facility Closures

  • It is uncertain at this time when the facilities will be re-opened and programs resumed.  City Administration is committed to providing regular updates on status via the media, social media, and the City’s website.
  • Spring Program Registration - effective immediately, the Recreation & Culture Division’s spring program sessions scheduled to start March 30 – April 30 are cancelled.
    • Staff are proceeding to apply program registration credits. Clients wishing to request a refund instead of a credit to their account may call Community Services at 625-2227 or 684-3323 on Monday, April 20, otherwise please leave a voicemail or email communityservices@thunderbay.ca with contact information only. Please do not leave credit card information over voicemail or email - staff will get back to you. Refunds may take up to 3-4 weeks to process.
    • Memberships will automatically be extended for the lesser of the duration of the facility closure or remaining membership term as of March 17.  Alternatively, clients may contact staff 684-3323 to request a refund for the pro-rated, unexpired portion of their membership.

If you require additional info, please contact:

Mon to Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm : 

General Inquiries - 625-2351

Facility Rentals/Bookings – 625-2227

Ice Rentals/Bookings – 625-2434

Aquatics/Fitness Memberships – 684-3323

Programs – 625-2227

Event Tickets – 625-2929

Stay up to date with information from the City on COVID-19.

Programs and activities

The Recreation & Culture Division's programs and staff promote personal health and well-being, while respecting the diverse needs of participants. Explore the programs by age, or the list of general interest activities for all ages.

Watch for your copy of The Key recreation guide, distributed four times a year, for details on community activities, programs and events!

Register for a program

Call 807-625-8463 to register for a program or visit our register for an activity page to learn more about the registration process.

Registration for Recreation & Culture Division programs listed in The Key recreation guide begin on the Monday following delivery of the guide to homes.

Programs by age

Children (5-12 years)

Youth (12-18 years)


Older adults (55+ years)

General community interest (all ages)

You can also explore our Visit Thunder Bay website which is full of great ideas for things to do in the city.

Book or rent a facility

Call or visit one of our many recreational facilities for more information.

Community recreation map

Looking for a program in your neighbourhood? Check out the Community Recreation Map for activities in your area.

Financial assistance for recreation

Need help paying registration fees? PRO Kids can help families who cannot afford community recreation activities.

Recreation and Facilities Master Plan

The Fit Together: Recreation and Facilities Master Plan was approved in 2017 and guides the planning of City recreation programs and facilities over the next 12-15 years.

Contact Us

Recreation, Culture & Child Care
Victoriaville Civic Centre
111 Syndicate Ave S.
Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 6S4
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