Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Thunder Bay

in-person event information

Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and explore our roots in agriculture! Experience Thunder Bay and area’s rich history, culture and community initiatives first-hand by visiting some of our most unique architectural structures, farming landscapes and heritage sites. 

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Contact information

Canadian National Railway Caboose 78175Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Canadian National Railway Caboose 78175

Built at the Canadian National Railway’s Transcona Shops in Winnipeg, Caboose 78175 served as an office and home for train crews for nearly 60 years. Gifted to the City of Thunder Bay after its retirement, ownership was transferred to the Thunder Bay Railway Historical Society in 2016. This volunteer group has since restored her to her glory days.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

Contact info

Pearl Street (Marina Park)
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Email: tbayrailway@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/679303525531956

Architecture

Year built: 1929
Building type: Attraction Transportation
Architect: Canadian National Railway’s Transcona Shops

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Chapple Building (formerly the Fort William Grain Exchange)Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Chapple Building (formerly the Fort William Grain Exchange)

Constructed to house the Grain Commission of Canada headquarters and sample market for trading, this building was first known as the Fort William Grain Exchange. Chapples Limited opened its magnificent department store in the building’s basement and ground levels. A retail tenant in 1913, Chapples Limited purchased the entire building in 1946. Many original building finishes are still visible today.

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

Contact info

101 Syndicate Avenue North (access main entrance from Justice Avenue)
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Building type: Commercial
Architect: Carl Wirth

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Chippewa Park PavilionDoors Open Thunder Bay

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Chippewa Park Pavilion

Designed by, and with construction overseen by, Hereditary Chief John Thunder, this pavilion is a log-frame lodge that has been a feature of the park since 1925. The logs used in its construction were all cut from the property. An exhibit inside the pavilion main hall explores the site’s history. Tours by The Friends of Chippewa Park.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

2465 City Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Email: chippewa@tbaytel.net
https://www.chippewapark.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1925
Building type: Attraction
Architect: Hereditary Chief John Thunder

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Goods & Co. MarketDoors Open Thunder Bay

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Goods & Co. Market

An innovative economic development project, 2,135 square metres (23,000 square feet) of this former Eaton’s store has been transformed into a modern urban marketplace that reveals the building’s underlying structure. Featuring local food and merchandise vendors and a large public common area, Goods & Co. Market serves as an integrated food and community hub, business incubator and art education facility.

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

Contact info

251 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Email: office@goodscomarket.com
https://www.goodscomarket.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1938
Building type: Commercial Food and drink Gallery
Architect: Arthur Edwin Cubbidge

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Harmony United ChurchDoors Open Thunder Bay

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Harmony United Church

Knox United Church began in 1909 as a small, wooden building on Shuniah Street. The current brick building was completed in 1949 and Crittall Hall added in 1963. On January 1, 2019, Knox United amalgamated with Current River United and became Harmony United Church, which is an appropriate name for the congregations given their love of music and singing.

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

Contact info

1 Shuniah Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Email: harmonyunited@tbaytel.net
https://harmonyunitedchurch.wixsite.com/website

Architecture

Year built: 1949
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Andrew Edward Angus

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station (LUARS)Doors Open Thunder Bay

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Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station (LUARS)

Located out Highway 61 on Little Norway Road, LUARS is a not-for-profit organization composed of local agricultural operations and interested community members. Researchers there are constantly testing new crops, varieties, fertilizers and bioproducts against our local environment and growing season. The station is focused on research for the development and diversification of agriculture, and reports findings back yearly to members.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

5790 Little Norway Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
https://www.lakeheadu.ca/centre/luars

Architecture

Year built: Founded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in 1991
Building type: Farm

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

N.M. Paterson BuildingDoors Open Thunder Bay

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N.M. Paterson Building

While visiting the TBT Engineering Consulting Group, be sure to stop by the display of model ships built by Dave Benedet. From tugs to freighters, many of which reflect familiar visitors to Thunder Bay’s harbour, Benedet has constructed 154 model ships over his lifetime. A retired ship’s engineer, Benedet can also share many stories of sailing Lake Superior and beyond.

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

Contact info

1918 Yonge Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Roots Community Food Centre – Lillie Street Urban FarmDoors Open Thunder Bay

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Roots Community Food Centre – Lillie Street Urban Farm

This 0.8-hectare (two-acre) growing hot spot, developed by the Roots Community Food Centre, provides youth supportive employment, access to fresh food, and opportunities to build community connections. The SHOW program teaches agricultural skills and how to market the farm’s produce (seasonal crops, fruit and honey). The site also includes 48 community garden plots for individuals to grow their own vegetables.

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

Contact info

125 Lillie Street South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Email: info@rootscfc.org
https://www.rootscfc.org

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Building type: Farm
Architect: Roots Community Food Centre

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Rural Heritage DaysDoors Open Thunder Bay

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Rural Heritage Days

With the exception of a wartime pause, Slate River Valley has hosted plowing matches annually since 1927. Today, Rural Heritage Days have expanded to include tractor rodeos, antique demonstrations, vendors and more to entertain visitors and celebrate our local farming heritage. Visit the Doors Open booth onsite for your self-guided tour brochure. Note: $10 parking fee per vehicle

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

Contact info

584 Highway 130 (Highway 130 and Piper Road)
Slate River, Ontario
Email: ruralheritagedays@gmail.com
http://www.slateriverplowingmatch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1927
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

St. Benedict's ChurchDoors Open Thunder Bay

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St. Benedict's Church

This quaint clapboard church was established by the Jesuits with Reverend P.G.S. Lebel first conducting its services. Built in 1915, many of its local parishioners contributed to the construction. The church’s three sections represent Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, St. Benedict’s forms part of Holy Family Parish. Mass is celebrated here on the third Sunday of each month.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Corner of Highway 61 and Boy Scout Road
Neebing, Ontario
Email: holy.family@shaw.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Stanley Hill BisonDoors Open Thunder Bay

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Stanley Hill Bison

Stanley Hill Bison is a small family-run bison farm located in Kakabeka Falls, near Thunder Bay. Established in 2016, they ensure that they have a happy herd through quality hay and pasture. Locally sourced oats are also supplemented when needed. Come and visit and see how they strive toward providing the highest-quality products using family farming values and techniques.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

4326 Highway 11/17
Kakabeka Falls, Ontario
http://stanleyhillbison.com

Architecture

Year built: Established in 2016
Building type: Commercial Farm

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

TBT Engineering Consulting Group, N.M. Paterson BuildingDoors Open Thunder Bay

TBT Engineering Consulting Group, N.M. Paterson Building

This building shares the story of Norman Paterson, whose pursuits in the grain-trade industry brought him to Fort William in 1908. Paterson’s successes saw this property develop from a small building, wooden grain elevator, workhouse and dock into the headquarters of a vast grain-handling and steamship firm. Now home to TBT Engineering, restoration and preservation of this site continues.

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

Contact info

1918 Yonge Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Email: info@tbte.ca
http://tbte.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1917 (expanded in the 1950s)
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Thunder Bay MuseumDoors Open Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Museum

Built as Fort William’s police station and courthouse, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society opened its major exhibit gallery here in 1997. Visit the Thunder Bay Museum during Doors Open Thunder Bay 2022 for back-of-house artifact collection storage tours, artifact displays on the early foodways and agricultural development in the area, as well as a museum-wide family-friendly scavenger hunt.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

425 Donald Street East
Thunder Bay, Ontario
https://www.thunderbaymuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1910-12
Building type: Museum
Architect: Robert E. Mason

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Thunder Bay Tourist PagodaDoors Open Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda

Affectionately known locally as the Pagoda, this structure was a boosterism project created as a means to promote Port Arthur’s merits as a social, business and economic hub. Its unique design was selected through a contest won by local architect H. Russell Halton. Still operational, it is known to be the longest continuously operating tourism information bureau in Canada.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

170 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
https://www.visitthunderbay.com/en/index.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: H. Russell Halton

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10