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

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.

  • 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

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

Architect: Roots Community Food Centre

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Slate River DairyDoors Open Thunder Bay

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Slate River Dairy

In 2015, this dairy’s first batches of milk and yogurt were produced from their new facility in Neebing. The 55 milking cows, fed using crops grown on the farm, produce approximately 1,400 litres (370 gallons) of milk daily. Come and learn about products sold in glass bottles and the closest you’ll get to raw milk in its most natural state.

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

Contact info

8 Highway 608
Neebing, Ontario
Email: slateriverdairy@tbaytel.net
https://www.slateriverdairy.com

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

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

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

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

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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