|Voyageur Winter Carnival|
February 22, 2007
The Voyageur Winter Carnival staged by Fort William Historical Park February 22 to 25 is jam-packed with plenty of fun for voyageurs of all ages, featuring everything from the local premiere of a voyageur film to pond hockey, a mini-rock concert, and one of the biggest fireworks shows Thunder Bay has ever seen.
Festivities kick off Thursday, February 22nd with the Thunder Bay premiere of "Morning in the Northwest," a beautifully-shot docudrama about the voyageur and the evolution of the Métis during the fur trade era. The film was partially shot at the Fort and in the Thunder Bay area. Screenings in both English and French are happening at Silver City beginning at 7 pm and 9:45 pm. Admission is by advance tickets only. Tickets are available by calling the Fort at 473-2344.
On Friday, The Chilly Willy Pond Hockey Challenge gets into high gear at 10 am. Over 42 teams are competing throughout the weekend for the $4,000 first prize and the coveted Beaver Cup. Snow sculptors will be working on their creations.
Saturday features tubing runs, sleigh rides, dog sled rides, the sugar shack, snow sculpting, and several contests are happening. Wendel Clark of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be greeting fans. As part of the Arctic Thunder Rock Concert, Harlequin and Prism take the stage at 1:30 and 3 pm respectively. Fort General Manager Sergio Buonocore and Stan Beardy, Grand Chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation will offer official greetings as a prelude to Kenny Shields and Streetheart. The fantastic fireworks show will cap off the evening festivities.
On Sunday, Fort GM Sergio Buonocore, Grand Chief Stan Beardy and Wendel Clark will drop the puck for the pond hockey championship game at 1 pm. The same gentlemen will also be on hand to award the Beaver Cup and grand prize at roughly 2 p.m. Dog contests will also be happening. Awards for the snow sculpting competition will be presented at 3 pm.
There's plenty of fun in store for the Voyageur Winter Carnival at Fort William Historical Park. For information, call 473-2344.
Fort William Historical Park
1350 King Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Emergency After Hours: 807-473-9750
Event Hotline: 807-473-2333
Administration Fax: (807) 473-2327
General Manager Fax: (807) 473-2336
Admissions Fax: (807) 473-2312