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Thunder Bay

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Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and step through the doors of some of our city’s most unique structures and heritage sites. Learn about our history, culture and community initiatives while appreciating some of Thunder Bay's remarkable architecture – all FREE of charge!

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Community information

Located on the north shore of Lake Superior under the protective watch of the Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay is a vibrant urban community in a wilderness setting. The largest Canadian city on Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is located on the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850. Thunder Bay enjoys a rich and unique blend of heritage that includes Indigenous peoples, the fur trade, shipping, industrial history, immigrant history and cultural and natural heritage.

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Be a Greeter, a Visitor Counter or assist as a Guide. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call Laurie at 807-625-3197.

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Contact info

Telephone: 807-625-3197
Email: archives@thunderbay.ca
Website: www.thunderbay.ca

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10 sites found

Alexander Henry Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Alexander Henry

This former Canadian Coast Guard ship was built by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. between 1957 and 1958. The Henry, a light icebreaker, served on the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1984 – tending buoys, supplying lighthouses, etc. The Henry returned home to Thunder Bay on June 27, 2017 under the care of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Cruise Ship Dock at Pool 6, south of Marina Park
Thunder Bay, Ontario
http://ltms.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1958
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brodie Resource Library Doors Open Thunder Bay

Brodie Resource Library

Formerly the Fort William Public Library, this impressive brick-and-limestone library was constructed through a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The library opened in 1912 under the direction of Fort William's first permanent female librarian, Mary J.L. Black. A true pioneer of strong professional woman in northwestern Ontario, Black also became the first female president of the Ontario Library Association.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

216 South Brodie Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-345-8275
www.tbpl.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910-12
Architect: Hood & Scott
Architectural style: Renaissance revival
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carpenters Local 1669 Training Centre Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Carpenters Local 1669 Training Centre

This contemporary facility, built in 2016, addresses the evolving needs of technology and education within carpentry-related trades. The building’s design, inspired by features found in northwestern Ontario, also incorporates the materials and methods traditionally used by carpenters. The 8-metre-high (26-foot-high) practical training area features an engineering training structure used for high-angle rescue, working at heights and suspend-access training.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1306 Captial Way
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-344-0611
www.carpenterslocal1669.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Architect: FORM Architecture Engineering
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Educational facility, Union hall

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centennial Botanical Conservatory Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Centennial Botanical Conservatory

Built by the Fort William Parks Board in honour of Canada’s centennial, construction of this 18-tonne structure began in 1965. In November 1967, this oasis opened as one of only 10 conservatories in the country. The 1,096-square-metre (11,800-square-foot) viewing area features cascading waterfalls, pools and winding pathways among an extensive display of exotic flowers, plants and fruit-bearing trees.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1601 Dease Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-622-7036
www.thunderbay.ca/Living/recreation_and_parks/Parks/Botanical_Conservatory.htm

Architecture

Year built: 1967
Architect: Lord & Burnham Company Ltd.
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

International Friendship Gardens Doors Open Thunder Bay

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International Friendship Gardens

Built as a Centennial Project, this park was organized by the Soroptimist Club of Fort William and Port Arthur, later called Soroptimist International of Thunder Bay. The official sod-turning for the garden took place on November 16, 1966. Over the following years, dedications for 18 different gardens with memorials have taken place – representing various ethnic organizations within the city.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Architecture

Year built: 1966
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

Located in the former McKellar Hospital, this clinic provides an innovative team approach to health care in a cost-effective manner. Six nurse practitioners work collaboratively with registered nurses, registered practical nurses, a social worker, pharmacist, dietitian and psychiatrists. Since opening in 2010, the clinic has played an important role in the advancement and recognition of nurse practitioners in the community.

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  • Washrooms
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Contact info

325 Archibald Street South, Suite 101
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-475-9595
http://lnplc.com

Architecture

Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Healthcare facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites Doors Open Thunder Bay

Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites

Opened in 1911 by the Canadian Northern Railway, this six-storey stately brick and stone structure with its fine finishings and modern facilities was considered the finest hotel between Toronto and Winnipeg. The Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign was ratified here at a meeting in 1921. This historical event is commemorated by a plaque found in the two-storey rotunda.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

17 Cumberland Street North
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 1-800-267-2675
www.princearthurwaterfront.com

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architect: J.D. Matheson, Warren and Wetmore Architects
Architectural style: Chicago School
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA) Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA)

The RFDA distributes food throughout the region, from its home at 570 Syndicate Avenue South. Currently called The Paterson Family Food Centre, the structure – built in 1962 as the A&P Food Stores – later became the Diamond Bingo Hall. In 2011, the building was extensively renovated and repurposed into a food distribution facility – with a kitchen, warehouse and office space.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

570 Syndicate Avenue South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-622-7440
www.foodbanksnorthwest.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1962

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Doors Open Thunder Bay

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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Designed by architects Stinson and Hood, this magnificent church is constructed almost entirely of white sandstone from Simpson Island. Completed in 1909, its late-Gothic revival style is revealed through its pointed arches and windows, carved Corinthian capitals, crenellated parapets, square towers and corner buttresses. Splendid memorial stained-glass windows adorn both levels of the sanctuary.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

207 Brodie Street South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Telephone: 807-622-4273
http://standrewspres-tbay.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: Stinson and Hood
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (former Court Street Fire Hall) Doors Open Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (former Court Street Fire Hall)

Constructed in 1906, this building operated as a firehall for 79 years, and was the area's last horse stable station to be retired. Purchased in 1987 by the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, the Court Street façade was renovated to recall its original design. The Cooke Street façade was restored with its original brickwork and the hose tower remains intact.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

17 Court Street North
Thunder Bay, Ontario
www.thunderbay.org

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Architect: Thomas Hanley (Port Arthur)
Architectural style: Italianate

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 8, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.