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.

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

  • 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.
  • Fort William Historical Park has a zero tolerance policy; any patron found to be in contravention with FWHP’s rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly.

Ignite the Fort

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Ignite the Fort

December 9th & 10th, 2017
Ignite the Fort - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Star of Bethlehem - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Kindle your holiday spirit with two great events at Fort William Historical Park this season – Ignite the Fort and the Star of Bethlehem.

Ignite the Fort will feature a variety of fun, family-friendly activities including caroling, cookie decorating, toy making, wagon rides and a visit with Father Time. You’ll also have the opportunity to decorate our giant holiday tree in support of the United Way. For $1.00 you will be able to purchase a bulb for the tree. Proceeds from the tree bulb sales will be donated to the United Way. At 6:00pm, we’ll “Ignite the Fort” with a brilliant tree lighting ceremony in the Main Square. The Cantine Restaurant will also be open, serving a variety of heritage and contemporary menu offerings.

Following Ignite the Fort, the festivities continue with the Star of Bethlehem event at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory. Launch into an evening of discovery and intrigue as you uncover the most popular opinions about the origin of the Star of Bethlehem, and explore the night sky for the Star of Bethlehem and other celestial wonders.

Admission

Stars Ignite Combo-Pass
The combo-pass provides admission to both Ignite the Fort and the Star of Bethlehem, and is available for either December 9th or 10th only.

Adult

$15

 

Student

$11

 

Senior

$11

60+ years of age

Youth

$11

Ages 6 to 12

Children 5 & Under

Free!

 

*All prices include HST

Ignite the Fort event-only OR Star of Bethlehem event-only

Adult

$10

 

Student

$8

 

Senior

$8

60+ years of age

Youth

$8

Ages 6 to 12

Children 5 & Under

Free!

 

*All prices include HST

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

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 route schedule HERE. The Neebing bus does not run on Sundays or Statutory Holidays.

Snow Machines
Snow machines cannot park at the event. Entrance via the Kaministiquia River is not permitted.

What to Bring

  • Cash; ATM available in the Visitor Centre
  • Weather appropriate clothing

Weather
Ignite the Fort is an outdoor, all-weather event. Please dress appropriately.
Activity schedules may change or be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions.

Pets
Pets are not allowed during Ignite the Fort or any of our events.

Food & Beverage

  • Full menu offered in the Cantine Restaurant (debit and credit card machine available).
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed. In the event of a patron with dietary restrictions (i.e., allergies, etc.) please contact the Visitor Experiences Coordinator at 807-473-2357 prior to the event to make alternate arrangements.

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.

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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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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Voyageur Winter Carnival 2018

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Save the Date!

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Family Day Weekend
Feb. 17th, 18th, & 19th, 2018
 
A weekend of winter fun awaits the whole family at Fort William Historical Park’s Voyageur Winter Carnival. Come out and enjoy our giant snow maze, tubing and sliding hills, skating, winter games and activities, carnival games and contests, indoor and outdoor entertainment, and more!