Welcome to the Thunder Bay Festival hub page! Here you’ll find featured programming, related articles and an ON Culture Guide for the city.

Stunning landscape meets unique history in Thunder Bay, on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek. This city is rich with history, artists, and landmark institutions including the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Thunder Bay Museum.

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Ontario Culture Days


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Explore Thunder Bay!

Extend your visit with our ON Culture Guide. On the shores of Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is an amalgamation of Fort William and Port Arthur and boasts the largest Finnish population per capita outside of Finland. Clues to the earliest inhabitants — stone tools, spear points — point to a 10,000-year history. On the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, the nearby Fort William First Nation is a hub for Northwestern Ontario Indigenous communities.

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Get Creative with Betty Carpick

Creative in Residence Betty Carpick is a multidisciplinary land-based artist, educator, and environmentalist, who offers stewardship of land and water shaped by her Cree and Eastern European heritage. Using Boreal Forest inks made by Betty, community participants made ink blots that were photographed and assembled as patterns in a galaxy for a digital projection. Following an Artist Talk at the Co. Lab Gallery, the projection will go live as an outdoor public installation in Thunder Bay during the Ontario Culture Days Festival. A Maker Session at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will give people of all ages a chance to play with inks.

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Celebrate Ontario Culture Days with Northern Hubs and Organizers

There’s still time to attend Ontario Culture Days Festival events! Check out the many events happening in the last two weeks of the Festival at our Northern Hubs in Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay. From hands-on art experiences, to cultural meet-ups and markets, folk dancing, language arts and more – these events showcase Northern Ontario’s cultural richness.

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To learn more about Ontario Culture Days in Thunder Bay, visit thunderbay.ca, or contact culture@thunderbay.ca

More Events in This Region

The City of Thunder Bay is the proud partner of this Ontario Culture Days 2023 Festival Hub.

The Ontario Culture Days Regional Hub program is sponsored by OLG.

The Thunder Bay Regional Hub is sponsored by Destination Northern Ontario.