Art Contest

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“North for 150” Youth Art Contest

Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) is excited to launch a regional youth art contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Northern Ontario’s young artists (ages 5 to 21) are invited to submit new, original art pieces to express their community’s identity and connection to Canada’s culture, history and 150th birthday. Art pieces can be any medium including painting, sculpture, song or dance.

Deadline and Shipping

The deadline to submit your art piece and completed Registration Package is Friday, May 26th, 2017.

The first 100 entries will receive free shipping! You can also drop-off your artwork and completed Registration Package at the FWHP Visitor Centre, open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Package

For complete contest details download the Registration Package. Make sure to read the entire registration package carefully and complete all the required forms.

Great Prizes!

Winners will receive the Grand Prize Stay & Play Package which includes:

  • $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Return transportation for two from your home community to Thunder Bay
  • Accommodations at a Thunder Bay hotel for three nights (July 21-23, 2017)
  • Admission and attraction passes for two to FWHP’s Karnival on the Kam festival from July 20-23, 2017
  • All semi-finalists will receive a Fort William Historical Park Prize Package that includes handcrafted items from our Heritage collection, Fort souvenirs and DVDs

Art Exhibition

The two winning art pieces will be selected as iconic elements for FWHP’s Canada 150 celebrations. All art submissions will be displayed at FWHP’s Karnival on the Kam festival and will be combined into a travelling exhibition and online showcase. The travelling art exhibit will be available to Northern Ontario communities throughout 2017.

Winners

Entries will be judged primarily on their Canada 150 theme. Six semi-finalists and two finalists will be chosen by a panel of local judges.

The six semi-finalists will be selected by region and age category as follows:

  • City of Thunder Bay: Ages 5 to 13 and 14 to 21
  • Eastern Region – East of Thunder Bay to Wawa: Ages 5 to 13 and 14 to 21
  • Western Region – West of Thunder Bay to Patricia Keewatin District: Ages 5 to 13 and 14 to 21

The two finalists will be chosen from the semi-finalists, with one winner from the ages 5 to 13 category and one winner from the ages 14 to 21 category. Each finalist will win the Grand Prize Stay & Play Package.

This project is proudly supported by Ontario150.

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North for 150 Digital Gallery

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK'S REGIONAL YOUTH ART CONTEST

To celebrate Ontario and Canada's 150th birthdays, Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) held North for 150, a regional youth art contest. Northern Ontario's young artists between the ages 5 to 21 were invited to submit new, original art pieces that expressed their community's identity and connection to Canada's culture, history and 150th birthday for a chance to win great prizes. Northern Ontario's young artists answered the call and submitted works that included paintings, mixed media and video.

A panel of local judges comprised of representatives from Lakehead University's Visual Arts Department, Definitely Superior Art Gallery and the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) evaluated the entries. All the artworks were evaluated primarily on their connection to the Canada 150 theme. The judges selected six semi-finalist art works from two age categories, 5 to13 and 14 to 21. From this group of semi-finalists, two finalists were chosen, one from each age category.

 Art Exhibition Digital Gallery

Truth
Truth
Isabella, age 6
In the grandfather teachings, the turtle represents truth. It is always important for people to speak the truth (mishiike).

Spirit Bear
SpiritBear
Aiden, age 7
Learn about aboriginal history and focus on diversity and inclusion.

The Sleeping Giant
TheSleepingGiant
Madelin, age 7
My artwork is about the most beautiful thing to me in Thunder Bay which is the Sleeping Giant.

Into the Next Century
Intothenextcentury
Jayden, age 9
The railroad crossing through Canada.

The Canadian Flag
TheCanadianFlag
Jayrin, age 9
Happy 150th birthday to Canada! My painting is made up with many faces to show Canada is a diverse country. I love Canada.

54,787 Sunrises & Counting
54787Sunrises
Kendra, age 9
The Sleeping Giant is a big part of our history. The birds show that we are free and can reach any height. Canada is beautiful just like a sunrise. On July 1, 2017 Canada will have had 54,787 sunrises.

Symbols of Canada
SymbolsofCanada
Amanee, age 10 
My drawing represents some of the most common symbols found within my community. These symbols such as the beaver and the Sleeping Giant show part of Canada’s landmarks and wildlife. Also, the bird represents the aboriginal culture here in Thunder Bay and throughout Canada.

My Canada
MyCanada
Semi-finalist, Age category 5 to 13

Maia, age 10 
All of the pieces I used in my art were found locally and help to represent Canada: The purple background represents amethyst rock. The Inukshuk is made of slate rock found on the beaches of Lake Superior. The Sleeping Giant is made from birch bark. The water/waves are made from the pine cones of a spruce tree. The beach sand is actual beach sand from the Lake Superior Shores. I also included white pine bows and moss. I painted a totem pole as it represents the culture of Canada and it represents many special events and stories.

The Great Fort
TheGreatFort
Nina, age 10 
My painting shows a bagpiper and highland dances. This is one example of the diversity of people in Canada. I chose to paint people and the Old Fort because I went on a tour of Fort William Historical Park and learned about Canada’s history (fur trade, settlers, First Nations). My painting shows people celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Growing in Diversity
GrowinginDiversity
Juliana, age 11 
How Canada is a country of “Diversity” and how proud I am to be a young female Canadian with opportunities, freedom and love for others.

The Wonders of Canada
TheWondersofCanada
Semi-finalist, Age category 5 to 13

Avia, age 12
We spent two summers traveling across Canada. Canada is a beautiful country. I hand crafted all of the sculptures to represent a special scene of each province.
Thunder Bay – Sleeping Giant
New Brunswick – Hope well Rock
Alberta – Hoodoo
Manitoba – Polar Bear
Northwest Territories – Northern Lights
Nunavut – Igloo
Yukon – Gold mine
British Columbia – Rain Forests
Quebec – Maple Syrup and Poutine
Prince Edward Island – Lobsters
Saskatchewan – Grassland

Nanna Bijou (The Sleeping Giant)
NannaBijou
Sophie, age 12 
My artwork is based on the Canada 150 theme. The canoe symbolizes people interacting with nature which is the Sleeping Giant and the outdoors. I chose to do the sunset because it shows the great beauty of Thunder Bay.

Our Canada
OurCanada
Finalist, Age category 5 to 13

Emily, age 13
Scenes of Canada placed inside the majestic National bird.

To Be Loaded At The Elevator
Tobeloadedattheelevator
Alyssa, age 17 
My artwork depicts how Thunder Bay connects to Canada because it shows the ships that come into our port and transport various things such as grain all over. Also it has the sleeping giant which is a beautiful landmark in our area.

Goose
Goose
Semi-finalist, Age category 14 to 21

Riley, age 17
Canadian Goose to represent Canada with an aboriginal style reflection to represent Canada’s multicultural roots.

The Sleeping Persian Man
TheSleepingPersianMan
Chloe, age 17; Christopher, age 17; Gavin, age 16; Lexie, age 17
On June 7th, 2007, the Sleeping Giant was nominated as the number one, on the Seven Wonders of Canada and still remains. Adding a comical twist with Thunder Bay’s signature pastry we constructed a replica using 84 persians, taking a high quality photo and photo shopping the two as one.

North for 150, Thunder Bay
Northfor150ThunderBay
Finalist, Age category 14 to 21

Erika, age 18
My artwork is a painting incorporating all the aspects I believe define my city, Thunder Bay. I’ve included symbols depicting Canada’s identity and connecting my city to Canadian culture, such as the Union Jack and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation flags, and the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William coming together.

Thunder Bay – Reflecting Canada’s Past and PresentLenticularPrintingView2LenticularPrintingView1
Semi-finalist, Age category 14 to 21 

Haneen, age 18
My artwork illustrates and highlights key aspects and symbols of Thunder Bay that represent Canada as a whole, while reflecting on its past and present. Not only does it showcase Canada’s history, but it also spotlights Canada’s rich and diverse Native culture as well as some of its recognized spots and wildlife.

Canada 150 – Voyageur Dance
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Mrs. Harri’s 5/6 Class & Mrs. Jewell’s SK/1 Class. The Grade 5/6 class at Agnew H. Johnston School taught the voyageur dance to the SK/1 class and made a video.

 

This project is proudly supported by Ontario150.

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North for 150 Art Contest Finalists

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK'S REGIONAL YOUTH ART CONTEST

To celebrate Ontario and Canada's 150th birthdays, Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) held North for 150, a regional youth art contest. Northern Ontario's young artists between the ages 5 to 21 were invited to submit new, original art pieces that expressed their community's identity and connection to Canada's culture, history and 150th birthday for a chance to win great prizes. Northern Ontario's young artists answered the call and submitted works that included paintings, mixed media and video.

A panel of local judges comprised of representatives from Lakehead University's Visual Arts Department, Definitely Superior Art Gallery and the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) evaluated the entries. All the artworks were evaluated primarily on their connection to the Canada 150 theme. The judges selected six semi-finalist art works from two age categories, 5 to13 and 14 to 21. From this group of semi-finalists, two finalists were chosen, one from each age category.

"I would like to thank all the young artists who participated in the North for 150 art contest. Fort William Historical Park is proud to be able to highlight Northern Ontario's amazing talent. I would also like to thank our panel of local judges for sharing their time and expertise," says Sergio Buonocore, FWHP's General Manager. "Fort William Historical Park is grateful to Ontario 150 for supporting the North for 150 Art Contest and providing Northern Ontario's youth with this great opportunity."

All the art pieces will be available for viewing on a special online showcase at www.fwhp.ca. They will also be on display at the following FWHP summer events:
• Canada Day Celebrations - July 1st, 2017
• Karnival on the Kam - July 20th-23rd, 2017
• Battle of Fort William - August 19th & 20th, 2017 

Click Here to View All Art Submissions in our Digital Gallery

Congratulations to the semi-finalists and finalists:

Our Canada Emily, age 13
Finalist, Age category 5 to 13
Artist Statement: Scenes of Canada placed inside the majestic National bird.
OurCanada

 

North for 150, Thunder Bay Erika, age 18
Finalist, Age category 14 to 21
Artist Statement: My artwork is a painting incorporating all the aspects I believe define my city, Thunder Bay. I’ve included symbols depicting Canada’s identity and connecting my city to Canadian culture, such as the Union Jack and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation flags, and the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William coming together.
Northfor150ThunderBay

The four semi-finalists are:

My Canada Maia, age 10
Semi-finalist, Age category 5 to 13
Artist Statement: All of the pieces I used in my art were found locally and help to represent Canada: The purple background represents amethyst rock. The Inukshuk is made of slate rock found on the beaches of Lake Superior. The Sleeping Giant is made from birch bark. The water/waves are made from the pine cones of a spruce tree. The beach sand is actual beach sand from the Lake Superior Shores. I also included white pine bows and moss. I painted a totem pole as it represents the culture of Canada and it represents many special events and stories.MyCanada

The Wonders of Canada Avia, age 12
Semi-finalist, Age category 5 to 13
Artist Statement: We spent two summers traveling across Canada. Canada is a beautiful country. I hand crafted all of the sculptures to represent a special scene of each province.

Thunder Bay – Sleeping Giant
New Brunswick – Hope well Rock
Alberta – Hoodoo
Manitoba – Polar Bear
Northwest Territories – Northern Lights
Nunavut – Igloo
Yukon – Gold mine
British Columbia – Rain Forests
Quebec – Maple Syrup and Poutine
Prince Edward Island – Lobsters
Saskatchewan – Grassland

TheWondersofCanada

Thunder Bay – Reflecting Canada’s Past and Present Haneen, age 18
Semi-finalist, Age category 14 to 21
Artist Statement: My artwork illustrates and highlights key aspects and symbols of Thunder Bay that represent Canada as a whole, while reflecting on its past and present. Not only does it showcase Canada’s history, but it also spotlights Canada’s rich and diverse Native culture as well as some of its recognized spots and wildlife.LenticularPrintingView2

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Goose Riley, age 17
Semi-finalist, Age category 14 to 21
Canadian Goose to represent Canada with an aboriginal style reflection to represent Canada’s multicultural roots.
Goose 
This project is proudly supported by Ontario150.

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Haunted Fort Night

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Terror in William's Town - The Witches Plague

A terrible darkness has awoken in the secluded community of William's Town. Its dark whispers are carried on the wind and its terrifying cackle bubbles in the river. William's Town is overrun by the Witches Plague. Its presence lurks all around; it turns light to dark, dreams to nightmares, life to death. You can try but you will never escape the terror in William's Town.

Dare to scare? Volunteer at Haunted Fort Night!
Help make Fort William Historical Park the most terrifying place in Thunder Bay this October by volunteering at Haunted Fort Night! All costumes, makeup and training will be provided.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 473-2344 to apply. Volunteer registration closes September 24th.

Admission

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Reservations are required for Haunted Fort Night
$15.00 per person
*Includes HST

  • Haunted Fort Night is recommended for ages 12 and up. Adult only tours are also offered.
  • Haunted Fort Night is not recommended for individuals with sensitivities to flashing lights and loud noises.

Tickets can be pre-purchased by calling 807-473-2344 or in person at the Fort William Historical Park Visitor Centre. Tickets ordered over the phone can be picked up the day of the event or prior to the event at the Visitor Centre.

  • Tickets are non-refundable. There are no rain dates and no rescheduling of tour times.
  • Tickets are sold individually, there is no group rate.

Tours

October 2017 – Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October 5th-8th, 12th-15th, 19th-22nd & 26th-29th
Tours start at 7:00pm nightly

  • October 5th to 22nd: 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • October 26th to 29th: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tours run every 10 minutes and last for approximately 1.5 hours.
Approximately 20 visitors per tour.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour time. Late arrivals will not be accommodated. Tours will leave at their scheduled times. There will be no refunds for late arrivals. Late arrivals will not be allowed to join a tour already in progress.

Adult Only Tours (Ages 18+)

Adult only tours are reserved for adults 18 years of age or older.

  • 8:30pm, 8:40pm, 10:20pm, & 10:30pm

Zombie Paintball Gallery

Test your aim at moving zombie targets in this sniper-style paintball experience!

  • Tickets are $5.00 for 50 paintball shots.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Centre (debit, credit and cash) or at the paintball booth (cash only).
  • Haunted Fort Night reservations do not need to be made to participate.
  • This is an add-on experience to the Haunted Fort Night ticket pricing.

Getting Here

Car
Fort William Historical Park is located at 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay. Click HERE to get directions to the Park.

Thunder Bay Transit
Fort William Historical Park can be reached by taking Thunder Bay Transit Route #4, Neebing. View the Neebing rout schedule HERE. The Neebing bus does not run on Sundays or Statutory Holidays.

What to Bring

  • Cash.
  • This event takes place indoors and outdoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Weather

Haunted Fort Night is an all-weather event. There are no rain dates. Please dress appropriately. Entertainment and/or activity schedules may change or be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions.

Pets

Sorry, pets are not allowed at this event.

Food & Beverage

  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed.
  • The Visitor Centre will be selling small snacks and beverages.
  • During intermission there will be hot chocolate and cookies available.

Event Rules & Regulations

Any patron found to be in contravention with the rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly.

  • Fort William Historical Park has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for violence.
  • Late arrivals will not be accommodated. Tours will leave at their scheduled times.
  • Cell phones or flashlights are not allowed – this takes away from the experience for others.
  • Drugs and alcohol are not permitted.

Canada Day Celebration

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Come and celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday at Fort William Historical Park!

July 1st •  10am to 5pm

Come dressed in your red and white patriotic best and show off your Canadian pride at Fort William Historical Park's Canada 150th birthday party! Celebrate with a variety of activities and contests throughout the day:

  • Watch an amazing daytime fireworks and coloured smoke show
  • Jump around in the bouncy castles
  • Take a canoe ride down the Kaministiquia River
  • Participate in the science stations, farm activities, and a scavenger hunt
  • Explore your creative side by colouring on the giant wall mural and making crafts
  • Join in fun contests to win great prizes including Canadian pride, log sawing, hockey shot, and moose ski races
  • Try your hand at entertaining carnival games for prizes
  • Savour delicious Canada Day cake
  • Enjoy great live music and entertainment
  • And much more!

Admission

Adult  $10.00  
Student $8.00  
Senior $8.00 60+ years of age
Youth $8.00 Ages 6-12
Children 5 & under Free!  

*HST included

Tickets can be purchased by calling 807-473-2344 or in person at the Fort William Historical Park Visitor Center on Canada Day.

Getting Here

Car

Fort William Historical Park is located at 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay. Click here to get directions to the Park. Parking is free.

Thunder Bay Transit

Fort William Historical Park can be reached by taking Thunder Bay Transit Route #4, Neebing.
View the Neebing rout schedule here. The Neebing bus route is not available on Sundays or Statutory Holidays.

Bike

Cyclists are welcome. Bike racks will be available.

Water Access (boats, canoes, kayaks, etc.)

Docking or tie ups for boats and canoes from the Kaministiqua River will not be available for this event. There is no admissions entrance via the Kaministiquia River.

What to Bring

  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen

Weather

Canada Day is an all-weather event. Please dress appropriately. Entertainment and/or activity schedules may change or be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions.

Pets

Pets are not allowed on the historic site during any event. Click here Fort William Historical Park’s full Pet Policy.

Food and Beverage

  • The Cantine Restaurant will be offering a full menu (debit, Visa, MasterCard and cash are accepted)
  • Hot Paddle Pizza (cash only)
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed
  • If a patron has dietary restrictions (i.e., allergies, etc.) contact Visitor Experiences Coordinator at 473-2357 prior to the event to make alternate arrangements

Camping

Consider staying the night at Fort William Historical Park’s RV and tent campground. 

  • Non-Serviced Site - $25/night + HST
  • Serviced Site - $35/night + HST
  • RV Rentals - $110/night + HST

*Fees for other services are not included in the campsite fees.

RV’s can only park in the main parking lots for day visitors. Overnight camping for RV’s is only permitted in the registered campground with a camping permit and campsite. Click here for more details about our RV and tent campground.

Book your campsite today! Call 807-473-2344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Event Rules and Regulations

  • Any patron found to be in contravention with the rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly
  • Fort William Historical Park has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for violence
  • Smoking is only allowed outside of the palisade walls
  • Pets are not allowed on the historic site during any FWHP event
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