Save the Date: July 11, 2023

The Teddy Bears Picnic is a beloved annual event that brings joy to children and their furry friends at Vickers Park. This whimsical gathering takes place amidst the vibrant beauty of nature, where families and their little ones come together for a day filled with excitement and laughter. The park transforms into a magical wonderland, with lively music and smiling faces everywhere you look. Children eagerly clutch their favourite teddy bears, each one carefully selected as a loyal companion to share in the day's adventures. Be sure to join us for this free event on Tuesday, July 11 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. 

2023 Schedule

Main Stage

Enjoy a variety of shows on the main stage!
12:00 pm - Science North - Science Show
12:30 pm - Thunder Bay Public Library - Puppet Show
1:00 pm - Teddy Bear Parade
1:30 pm - Rodney Brown concert
2:30 pm - Martin Blanchet Quintet - Mini Cafe concert
3:30 pm - Science North - Science Show

Story Time Area 

Join local story tellers for interactive book readings!  
12:00 pm - Shelia Decorte - 7 Grandfather Teachings
1:00 pm - Story Time with Thunder Bay Drag Queens
2:00 pm - Thunder Bay Public Library
3:00 pm - Story Time with Thunder Bay Drag Queens 

Boo Boo Bear Station

The Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic will be on site in the Teddy Bear Clinic to provide stuffed animal check-ups! 


Join Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) for teddy bear themed crafts! Dance Connections will be offering dancing lessons, and the Thunder Bay Clown Club will be providing face painting. There will also be a bubble station and outdoor games!

Community Groups

Visit the interactive booths to learn more about: 

  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: Oral Health & Vision / Vaccine Preventable Diseases / Healthy Babies, Healthy Children & Lactation / Family Health Programs
  • Healthy Kids - a partnership between the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Our Kids Count and the City of Thunder Bay
  • Let's Talk Science - Confederation College
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • Superior Theatre Festival
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boreales
  • Thunder Bay Museum
  • EarlyON
  • Our Kids Count
  • Children's Aid Society
  • Superior North EMS
  • Boreal Museum
  • United for Literacy
  • PRO Kids
  • Asnishnawbe Mushkiki
  • Ontario Native Women's Association
  • Metis Nation of Ontario
  • Thunder Bay Public Library
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Dilico EarlyON
  • Thunder Bay Police
  • Northern Lights School
  • and more!
Food Vendors

Visit the food vendor area for tasty treats!

  • BeaverTails
  • Cold Slate Creamery
  • Epic Cones
  • Fox Catering & Concessions
  • Knights of Columbus Council #9295
  • Mini Donut Shoppe
  • Snow Cone Factory Bus
  • The Poppin' Hut

Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Volunteer team!

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at 


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 Hotel, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation 

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

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 or call 807-628-5250.   

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