A Festive Day in Our Thunder Bay Neighbourhood

A young lady is completely focused on the balloons at the Fort William Street Fair - Photo by Jamie Bannish
A young lady is completely focused on the balloons at the Fort William Street Fair - Photo by Jamie Bannish

Smiles were the rule of the day. Photo by Jamie Bananish
Smiles were the rule of the day. Photo by Jamie Bananish

THUNDER BAY – EDITORIAL – Saturday, the downtown Fort William core was alive with people, fun and smiles. It was a trip back to how the downtown area used to be, should be, and will be again with the dedicated hard work of local business owners, local political leaders, and inspired leadership.

Arden belts out a tune to a very attentive audience of one - Photo by Jamie Bananish
Arden belts out a tune to a very attentive audience of one – Photo by Jamie Bananish

The change is coming in the downtown. Local business owners have been meeting, listening to customers, and talking with City Council and the Mayor. The process of taking success and building on it for the future is ongoing.

You can join in the discussion and participate in the change. Visit We Have a Neighbourhood to Build!

 

The Fall Street Festival was put together by the Fort William Downtown BIA. The great weather helped to make a real difference in the attendance. The day started out with humidity and felt chilly. However as street vendors started to set up, the sun broke though to make for an amazing September day.

A Place for Fun and Youth

A young lady is completely focused on the balloons at the Fort William Street Fair - Photo by Jamie Bananish
A young lady is completely focused on the balloons at the Fort William Street Fair – Photo by Jamie Bananish

This year there were several changes to the Street Festival, the stage with music and a fashion show was moved off May Street over to East Victoria Street. There were some concerns over the stage being in the shade, and a few people expressed concern over people smoking that lead to a less than pleasant atmosphere for families near the stage. That can be fixed for next year.

Thunder Bay’s Fashion District

Fort William Fashion - Photo by Jamie Bananish
Fort William Fashion – Photo by Jamie Bananish

The downtown Fort William area is seeking to become Thunder Bay’s Fashion District – If you are looking to look good, and not be wearing the same old same old then make a trip to the south and check out the growing number of really special boutiques.

The ever popular Shiner's train - Photo by James Murray
The ever popular Shiner’s train – Photo by James Murray

There is a lot of work to do in the south of Thunder Bay. That work is started. It is going to take co-operation, listening, engagement, and caring. It will take working together.

“We have a Neighbourhood to Build” is the theme of the local May and Victoria area business owners. 

It has real promise.

James Murray

Special thanks to Jamie Bananish for his amazing photographs shot – Like all pros – with his Canon Camera.

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