Monday, March 29, 2010

City of Thunder Bay Develops a New Cultural Plan

The City of Thunder Bay's Culture and Recreation Division is developing Thunder Bay's first formal cultural plan and they're looking for your input.

Tourism is one of the seven drivers identified to building a successful cultural community. Our culture is diverse and defines who we are as a community. Its also intimately woven into our larger mission to become regarded as Canada's Best Outdoor City and it supports the principals of sustainable tourism by promoting activities that not only conserve our natural environment but bring economic benefits to the community. Our cultural industries, including artisans, culinary, and events, comprise a formidable element of our local economy.

Our culture is in our music, art, culinary, attractions, events, and even sports. It defines us as unique and rounds out the visitor experience, even when its not the main travel motivator. Visitors may travel here for an outdoor experience like fishing or kayaking, a conference or a sport tournament but its the food, the little artisan shops, or a great local band they heard in a bar that can make their experience extraordinary.

On Monday March 29th from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Community Auditorium, local tourism partners and community members as a whole have a chance to learn about the process in more detail. This event is open to the public.

On March 30th, from 9 AM to 5 PM, an all day workshop for Thunder Bay's cultural partners will help define this strategy in more detail. It may not be too late to register for the March 30th session but registration is required. contact Callie Hemsworth at

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