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Crowd in lawnchairs watching performance
After a much anticipated wait summer is finally here! And with that comes the return of the popular “Summer in the Parks” concerts down at the waterfront in Thunder Bay at Prince Arthur’s Landing. Weekly Wednesday Concerts Summer in the Parks, a popular draw for locals and visitors to the city, offers an extensive range of music and the Wednesday night events are entirely free to attend! From country to jazz, blues to swing, celtic folk rock…
Images by Stephanie Reid
If the idea of having another plastic-wrapped sandwich or microwaved meal makes your taste buds shrivel, have no fear. There are many great lunch spots in Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District that can reinvigorate them in an instant. Here is a list of the best lunch spots in downtown Thunder Bay (In alphabetical order because they are all too good to choose a favourite)  1. bight - open daily for lunch2210 Sleeping Giant Parkway Enjoy local flavours with an…
Art and the Art of Coffee at Espresso JOYA
Espresso JOYA is the Waterfront District’s new espresso bar and gallery, owned and operated by Thomas White. He developed his love of coffee while studying in Italy where he completed the final year of his art degree through the Ontario College of Art and Design. In Italy, he became a coffee fan and saw the immense benefits of making proper espressos and lattés. This stuck with him over the years. When he moved to Thunder Bay…
Sweet North Bakery - Eats and Treats in the Waterfront District
The Sweet North Bakery10 South Court St.807-344-3430 Summer Hours: 8:30am – 5:30 Tuesday and Friday 8:30am – 8pm Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 – 5pm SaturdayClosed Sunday & Monday The astonishing success of the Sweet North Bakery is only going to improve. They have a secret that we’re happy to be the first to share. But before we get to that, you have to know that they don’t make bread or cakes or many muffins. They do bake pretzels,…
Let Your Troubles Float Away in Thunder Bay
Tracey and Gavin Barrett, decided to open Afloat in early 2014 after floating in Minneapolis. The benefits they experienced from that first float inspired them to bring it to their hometown of Thunder Bay. "We were excited about floating's potential to really help people. And so far the response has been amazing," says Tracey. Operating in the Bay and Algoma District since mid-February 2015, Afloat is a thriving new business, offering floatation therapy to Thunder…
Friends, Food and Beer at Breakwater Taphouse
Breakwater Taphouse 2212 Sleeping Giant ParkwaySecond floor of the CN Railway Station,Stair located on the far left side.807-767-2337 (807-SOS-BEER) Open 11am to 11pm. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “Every time I walk through that door,” begins Kerry Berlinquette, the vivacious owner the Breakwater Taphouse, “it’s like someone arranged a surprise party for me. There are always friends here. That’s my favourite thing.” Others are equally stoked. After only nine months of operation Kerry’s little bar on…
Thunder Pride 2015 - Come out... and Celebrate Diversity!
As the largest city in Northwest Ontario, Thunder Bay is often the hub for community events and activities. Each June members of the region’s LGBTQ community, their allies and supporters come to the city to celebrate Thunder Pride. The largest LGBTQ Pride event between Winnipeg and Toronto, Thunder Pride is celebrating a milestone of its own – this is the 5th annual event! Related: Looking Back - The Birth of Thunder Pride This week-long event,…
Give Dad the Perfect Northwest Ontario Father's Day
He probably taught you how to drive, how to throw and catch, how to fish and how to build the perfect campfire. He gave you his time and his money and his advice. Father and Son, Jerry and Ben Stiller in Zoolander Oh yeah! And also tons and tons of his love. As the day to celebrate Dads gets closer, we look at a few ways that this man who gives so much can take…
5 Ways to Explore The Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area This Summer!
Some people may not be aware of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, or may have heard of it but aren’t quite sure what we do…Well I am going to tell you all about it! Once established, the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area will be the LARGEST freshwater protected area in Canada! The ecologically sustainable management by Parks Canada of this HUGE area will ensure its conservation for the enjoyment and appreciation of…
2014 Pride Parade - Photo by Brian Holden
  In 2010, just five days before Christmas, a group of wonderful and enthusiastic folks crammed into a small, but cozy, union office space to discuss and ultimately plan a week-long LGBTQ pride event for the city of Thunder Bay. Throughout the years, there have been many initiatives, programs, centres and events that have transpired, specifically for people, and friends and families of the LGBTQ community. All this was accomplished through individuals - activists and…
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