Thunder Bay – Lots to do in the City for Family Day Long Weekend!


snow forts FWHPTHUNDER BAY – While some in Thunder Bay are likely planning trips to Duluth, those in the city who prefer to Shop Local and support the local economy, there is lots to do and lots to have fun doing this weekend. Your family might love an ice fishing trip, or you could make sure to take the kids sliding at Centenial Park. You could also head to Prince Arthur’s Landing and enjoy a family ice skate.

Be sure to check out the Lakehead University Thunderwolves as the regular season for basketball winds up in the Thunderdome.

lumber jack FWHPAs well, Fort William Historical Park is inviting you to enjoy the tenth annual Voyageur Winter Carnival from February 18th to 20th. Enjoyable outdoor recreational activities, games, and contests highlight this exciting celebration of winter. The Carnival runs from 11 am to 5 pm daily, including Monday, February 20th which is Family Day in Ontario.

Visitors can enjoy tubing runs, the giant snow maze, skating and ‘curling on the Kam,’ snowshoeing, children’s sliding hill, solar viewing, carnival games, cabane à sucre or sugar shack hosted by Club Canadien Francais, indoor crafts, musicians and magicians, and “Wii” games. Meet historic characters through the “Passport to 1815 Scavenger Hunt.”

Contests include log sawing, name the baby lambs, kids three-legged race, family “moose ski” race, tug of war, family relay, snowsnake, and ‘drawing to the button’ on the Kam. Different contests happen on different days, so please check the FWHP website for schedules. Delicious food is on sale courtesy of Gran Sasso and the Victoria Inn. “Take out” services will be available.

Admission is: $10.00 per day for Adults, and $8.00 for Seniors, Students age 13+, and Youths age 6 to 12, and free for kids age 5 and under. Buy a three-day pass for the price of two days. Passes can be purchased at Admissions in the Visitor Centre from 8:30 am to 5 pm daily. Join in the fun during the Voyageur Winter Carnival at Fort William Historical Park, February 18th to 20th. For information, call (807) 473-2344 or visit the website at

As well over the weekend, the Marina Park skating rink and Water Garden Pavilion facility will be open from noon to 9 pm. “It’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends,” shared Paul Fayrick, Manager – Parks Division. “Everyone is encouraged to celebrate and enjoy a fun and active Family Day at the many rinks, parks, pools, and facilities across the City.”

Public/Family Recreational Swims will be held at Sir Winston Churchill Community Pool and Volunteer Pool from 1– 4 pm. Regular admission rates apply. The Canada Games Complex will also host a Public/Family Recreational Swim from 12 – 5 pm. Use of the Thunderslide is included with the price of regular admission for Family Day.

North McIntyre Community Centre, located at 2051 Government Road, will host a ‘Family Fun Day’ from 9 am – 4 pm. Activities include a pancake breakfast, crafts, snowshoeing, bucksawing, a skating skills competition, and many other games.

For more information, call 625-2351 or visit

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