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Fort William Historical Park Wins Westjet Award PDF Print E-mail
up-mag--westjet.pngFort William Historical Park has won the 2008 Cultural Attraction Award from up! magazine, the in-house publication for Westjet airlines.

In the congratulatory letter by up! Editor Tom Gierasimczuk, FWHP was chosen by “….thousands of Westjet guests who turn to up! Magazine for vital information about places, businesses and events that deliver a great bang for the travel buck and provide a high-quality and unique travel experience that over-delivers when compared to other similarly priced offerings….”

FWHP is already in the mix for consideration for Westjet awards next year.

Fort William Historical Park Hosts First Ever Regional Showcase Ontario PDF Print E-mail

The state-of-the art, multi-component meeting and conference offerings found at Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) helped to make a success of the first-ever Regional Showcase staged at the Fort May 14th.

Over 300 participants attended various exhibits, conferences and workshops held throughout the day. To facilitate all presentations, the Regional Showcase made full use of FWHP's multi-room exhibit centres featuring high-speed Internet services and audio-visual systems.

The Fort's Visitor Centre was humming with a variety of exhibits collectively offered by Northern Development and Mines, Environment, Natural Resources, Justice, Ontario Shared Services and several other ministries.

Several FWHP heritage structures with contemporary interior service capabilities also served as host venues. Canot du Nord (aka North Canoe Shed) accommodated a video conference for the Information Technology Executive Leadership Council (ITELC).  

Other heritage structures such as the Great Hall, East House and the Bell House featured workshops on a variety of topics including Workplace Communications, Blackberry Training, Customer Relation Management, Effective Team Work, Accessibility Awareness, Project Management 101 and Power of Learning.

The Regional Showcase provided an opportunity for individuals to participate in learning as well as to experience various applications and initiatives from various different ministries that relate to the government's agenda.

Consensus among the participants was extremely positive for both the Showcase presentations and FWHP as host venue, providing potential impetus for the Regional Showcase to become an annual event.

Fort William Historical Park Bounces Back from Flooding to Back-to-Back Community Events PDF Print E-mail

Having recovered from flooding June 6th, Fort William Historical Park re-opened to the general public in fine style June 21st by successfully hosting back-to-back community events in the Fort's amphitheatre.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Fort hosted the Canadian Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life. More than 1,000 participants braved intermittent rain to join in the overnight relay. The event was highlighted by the ceremonial survivors' lap, main stage entertainment and fireworks. The event raised $143,000.

No sooner was Relay for Life concluded than Fort staff swung into gear in setting up for National Aboriginal Day celebrations. Roughly 5,000 people attended the festival which featured drum groups, dancers, a traditional pow wow and a craft market. The event also featured Métis fiddlers and other First Nations musicians performing on the main stage.

Meanwhile, the historic site has re-opened for daily interpretive demonstrations. While a few areas still bear some effects of the flooding, (most of which are not visible to the general public) Fort staff have done a Herculean job in restoring the rest of the site.  The flooding not only affected Fort William Historical Park but also many property owners along the Kaministiquia River, which endured over 80 ml of rainfall within a 12-hour period. 

Fort William Historical Park is now looking forward to The Great Rendezvous (July 10-14) and The Battle of Fort William, July 29-30.

Fort William Historical Park's Main Square PDF Print E-mail
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Fort William Main Square
The Cooperage PDF Print E-mail
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The Cooperage

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Fort William Historical Park     
1350 King Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7K 1L7

Reservations: 807-473-2344
Admissions: 807-473-2347
Administration: 807-577-8461
Emergency After Hours: 807-473-9750
Event Hotline: 807-473-2333
Giftshop: 807-473-2308

Administration Fax: (807) 473-2327
General Manager Fax: (807) 473-2336
Admissions Fax: (807) 473-2312

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