THUNDER BAY – Beyond Human Limits, a highly interactive exhibition, developed and produced by Science North, brings visitors inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes and explores the psychology of their motivations and the science of extreme sports. The exhibit has started its three-week stay at the Thunder Bay Museum. The Beyond Human Limits Northern tour is proudly supported by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and FedNor.
This 1,000 square foot customized exhibit showcases the science, creativity, and innovation in extreme sports. Be prepared to engage with friends and family in a multitude of physical, multimedia and creative challenges. Visitors will be able to virtually race the backcountry slopes, balance along a highline, or test their hang time endurance. From exhilarating speeds, breathtaking heights and profound depths, to uncontrolled variables such as weather or terrain – witness passionate stories about how athletes prepare and train extensively and carefully evaluate risks, endure intense physical and mental challenges, and maintain a calm focus.
Beyond Human Limits will tour to the Thunder Bay Museum, Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre in Kenora, the North Bay Museum, Science Timmins, and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, where it will reach an estimated 25,000 visitors this spring and summer. Beyond Human Limits is open at the Thunder Bay Museum from June 28 to July 20.
“Science North plays a vital role in Northern Ontario, bringing important educational and experiential learning opportunities to the far regions of our province,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. “Our government is very proud to support Science North, and the tour of the Beyond Human Limits exhibit. This travelling exhibit provides fun and engaging experiences for people across the north, it also creates opportunity for economic development in host communities. By investing in tourism projects that stimulate local economies, we are sending a signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”
“Thank you to everyone at Science North for bringing another exciting and educational opportunity to Thunder Bay. Science North fosters that sense of curiosity and exploration that we need in order for our country to keep innovating, growing and learning. By giving our youth access to science, the possibilities are endless for what the next generation of Northern Ontario can achieve,” said Patty Hajdu, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Science North continues to deliver high quality, educational and interactive programming for residents of Northwestern Ontario. Our government recognizes the valuable work they do within our northern communities and is proud to support the “Beyond Human Limits” Northern Tour through the FedNor program. I encourage everyone to make a visit to the Thunder Bay Museum as part of your summer activities to experience this interactive display and everything else our museum has to offer,” said Don Rusnak, MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy.
“Science North’s increased presence in Thunder Bay and other communities across Northern Ontario is very exciting to see. Beyond Human Limits is an engaging and interactive exhibit where visitors from the City of Thunder Bay and tourists from across Northern Ontario can learn about the world of extreme sports and have fun while doing it. We look forward to seeing more partnerships like this in the future,” said Thunder Bay Mayor, Bill Mauro.
“We are thrilled to partner with Science North and to be able to bring Beyond Human Limits to Thunder Bay. This exhibit provides visitors a chance to understand and experience the world of extreme sports, and we know that our community will enjoy the content and programming as much as we do,” said Michael deJong, Curator of the Thunder Bay Museum.
“Being the leader in science engagement and creating new collaborations across Northern Ontario is a key part of our strategic plan. Through the Beyond Human Limits Northern tour, Science North aims to help stimulate local economies by increasing local spending, providing tourism opportunities and giving local residents access to exciting, new science experiences at these venues. Science North is very proud to work with the NOHFC and FedNor, and our partners on these initiatives,” said Science North CEO Guy Labine.
About the Thunder Bay Museum
The Thunder Bay Museum is open seven days a week from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission to all three floors of exhibits is only $3 per person. For more information on this or the museum’s other exhibits, programs, services, and events, visit our website at www.thunderbaymuseum.com or call the museum at 807-623-0801.
About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North maintains the second – and eighth- largest science centres in Canada. Science North’s attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, have developed North America’s first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint graduate diploma program. As part of its mandate, Science North provides science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more, and has a permanent base in Thunder Bay providing outreach to the Northwest. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit sciencenorth.ca.