Staycation (stāˈkāSHn) - a vacation spent at home rather than abroad

#tbaycation (tē-bāˈkāSHn) - a vacation spent experiencing the best of Thunder Bay

Stay Home, Support Local

The effects of COVID-19 have been felt across the globe including in Thunder Bay and many of our amazing local businesses have been impacted.

So this summer, Thunder Bay CEDC and Tourism Thunder Bay are asking YOU, the residents of Thunder Bay and surrounding area, to stay home and support local! 

The Summer #tbaycation Contest

Help us showcase our amazing businesses and unforgettable experiences by showing us your #tbaycation and we'll enter you into weekly draws to win BIG PRIZES all summer long.

There is over $20,000 in prizing to be won, including hotel stays, guided tours, outfitting and guide services, restaurant and retail gift certificates and more!

Each week from June 5, 2020 – August 31, 2020, we will be giving away two prizes: a main prize valued at approximately $1000, and a bonus prize valued at approximately $250. 

How to Enter

  1. Take a photo of yourself/your family on your #tbaycation - in your favourite local places with your favourite local products
  2. Post the photo on Instagram or Facebook
  3. Make sure to use the hashtag #tbaycation in your post
  4. Tag all the businesses and products that are featured in the photo - you must tag the Thunder Bay CEDC and Visit Thunder Bay accounts to be entered!

Tagging Thunder Bay CEDC (@tbcedc), Tourism Thunder Bay (@visitthunderbay) and #tbaycation will equal one entry into that week's draw. 
You will receive an additional entry for each local product shown/business tagged.
The more businesses tagged the more entries to win!

Important Info

  1. Draws for weekly prizes and bonus prizes will be held each Friday for 13 weeks.
  2. Winners will be notified through Facebook or Instagram
  3. By entering the contest and using the #tbaycation hashtag on photos posted during the contest period, you give permission for Thunder Bay CEDC and/or Tourism Thunder Bay to use the photos with credit in future promotion of the contest.
  4. The contest will reset each week and a new photo will need to be submitted to be entered into each week’s draw. There is no limit to the number of unique photos you can submit each week or during the contest period.
  5. Weekly winners & bonus prize winners can only win each prize type once but all submissions will be included in the grand prize draw.
  6. All qualifying photos received during the contest period will be entered in the grand prize draw.

Prizes

Grand Prize 

A Superior Experience

Draw date: August 31, 2020

Valued at approximately $3,000!

  • An excursion for 12 to Porphyry Island with Sail Superior plus, 
  • Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior: Porphyry Island membership and tour plus,
  • A one-night stay in the Executive Suite at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel plus,
  • Gift certificates to:
    • The Keg
    • Current River Bakery

Weekly Prizes

PRIZE 1 – Welcome to Thunder Bay 

Draw date: June 5, 2020

Sailing Excursion for 8 to Welcome Islands with Sail Superior

Plus Gift Certificates for:

Boston Pizza

Current River Bakery

Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel – Lake View Standard Room

PRIZE 2 – Hook, Line and Jacuzzi

Draw date: June 12, 2020

Fishing Excursion for 4 with Archie’s Fishing Charters

Plus Gift Certificates for:

Java Hut

Red Lion Smokehouse

Current River Bakery

Shake Shoppe

Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel: Jacuzzi Suite

PRIZE 3 – Climbing New Heights

Draw date: June 19, 2020

Rock Climbing Adventure with Outdoor Skills and Thrills

Plus Gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

Bight Restaurant

Current River Bakery

Days Inn

PRIZE 4 – Climb and Dine

Draw date: June 26, 2020

Rock Climbing Adventure with Outdoor Skills and Thrills

Plus Gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

Boston Pizza

Current River Bakery

Days Inn

PRIZE 5 – Taco’bout Climbing

Draw date: July 3, 2020

Rock Climbing Adventure with Outdoor Skills and Thrills

Plus gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

El Tres

Current River Bakery

Days Inn

PRIZE 6 – Retail Therapy

Draw date: July 10, 2020

Local Shopping Expedition

Includes Gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

Ungalli

Intercity Shopping Centre

Authentique

Fresh Air

Bight Restaurant

Current River Bakery

Days Inn

PRIZE 7 – Shop Local

Draw date: July 17, 2020

Local Shopping Expedition

Includes Gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

Ungalli

Intercity Shopping Centre

Authentique

Fresh Air

El Tres

Current River Bakery

Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel & Conference Centre

PRIZE 8 – Crosstown Shopper

Draw date: July 24, 2020

Local Shopping Expedition

Includes Gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

Ungalli

Intercity Shopping Centre

Authentique

Fresh Air

Bight Restaurant

The Courthouse Hotel

PRIZE 9 – Shop Local 2.0

Draw date: July 31, 2020

Local Shopping Expedition

Includes Gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

Ungalli

Intercity Shopping Centre

Authentique

Fresh Air

El Tres

Current River Bakery

Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel & Conference Centre

PRIZE 10 – Tee-baycation

Draw date: Aug 7, 2020

An 18-hole Golf Experience at Whitewater Golf Club

Plus Gift Certificates for:

La Poutine

Fresh Air

Whitewater Golf Club

Bight

Current River Bakery

Shake Shoppe

Holiday Inn Express

PRIZE 11 – Tee-baycation 

Draw date: August 14, 2020

An 18-hole Golf Experience at Whitewater Golf Club

Plus Gift Certificates for:

Daytona’s

Fresh Air

Whitewater Golf Club

Giorg Cucina e Barra

Current River Bakery

Holiday Inn Express

PRIZE 12 – The Lighthouse Keeper

Draw date: August 21, 2020

Experience the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior with a one-night stay for 6 on Porphyry Island

*will require own transportation to Porphyry Island

Plus gift certificates for:

Java Hut

Giorg Cucina e Barra

Current River Bakery

Shake Shoppe

PRIZE 13 – The North to South Shopper
Draw date: August 28, 2020

Local Shopping Expedition

Includes Gift Certificates for:

Red Lion Smokehouse

Fresh Air

Intercity Shopping Centre

Ungalli

Authentique

El Tres

Current River Bakery

Shake Shoppe

Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel & Conference Centre

Bonus Prizes

Each week a local prize pack valued at approx $250 will be up for grabs. To be entered into the drawing for the weekly bonus prize, your photo must include at least one of the following items (and as always, the more items shown and businesses tagged, the more entries to win):

  • A local business's branded swag - ex. Tomlin tees, Bay Village Coffee mugs, Heartbeat Hot Sauce hats, etc.
  • Take out food
  • Locally-made PPE - non-medical masks, hand sanitizer etc.
  • Gift cards for future use from any local business
  • The jersey or hat of a local sports team
  • A local craft beer or bottled water
  • Attending a local event that has been altered/adjusted due to COVID (drive in concert, stay-at-home/virtual event. etc.)

Bonus Prize Packages (valued at approx. $250) will include gift certificates for one or more of the following businesses:

  1. Best Western Plus NorWester Hotel & Conference Centre
  2. Courthouse Hotel
  3. Current River Bakery
  4. Days Inn
  5. Delta Hotels by Marriott Thunder Bay
  6. Holiday Inn Express
  7. La Poutine
  8. Nook
  9. Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites
  10. Shake Shoppe
  11. Smith's RV Centre
  12. Valhalla Inn Hotel

Extra Bonus Prizes

On special occasions during the summer, we will have Extra Bonus Prize Draws. Stay tuned for announcements on social media throughout the contest period.

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