Fort William Historical Park To Host Canada Day Celebration

Fort William Historical Park To Host Canada Day Celebration

Thunder Bay, ON, June 25, 2015 - Fort William Historical Park is preparing to host its annual, fun-filled Canada Day Celebration on July 1. The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will cater to families and people of all ages.
It will feature live entertainment, free Canada Day birthday cake, a scavenger hunt, carnival games, crafts, farm animals, science activities, face painting, historic dramas and tours, children's activities, canoe rides, contests (log sawing, potato sack races and Canada Pride), prizes and much more!
Participants are encouraged to wear red and white clothing and make Canada Day hats to win prizes. A Canada Pride station will be set up for children. Show your Canadian pride!
The official Park mascots, Willy and Amik, will attend, eager to make new friends. Coffee and tea sales will benefit United Way. Food and refreshments will be available. The event will feature free parking and will be held regardless of the weather.
"Fort William Historical Park is a perfect venue to celebrate Canada. Our great nation's rich history, optimism for the future, and cultural diversity are all celebrated, year round, through the events and programs at the Fort. This culminates every year at our Canada Day Celebration," says the Fort's General Manager, Sergio Buonocore.
Admission prices: adults, $10; seniors (60+), $8; students (13+ with ID), $8; youth (6 to 12 years old), $8; children (5 years and under), free. HST included.
Campers and RVs are welcome to stay overnight or longer. Please call 807 473-2344 for reservations or more information.

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Contact: Sergio Buonocore, General Manager, 473-2341.

Fort William Historical Park To Host Anishnawbe Keeshigun Festival

Fort William Historical Park To Host Anishnawbe Keeshigun Festival

Thunder Bay, ON, July 3, 2015 – Everyone is invited to celebrate aboriginal culture at Fort William Historical Park's annual Anishnawbe Keeshigun festival, Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Fort is a perfect place to enjoy aboriginal drumming, singing and dancing. Artisans will demonstrate their talents and vendors will offer crafts for sale. The event will also feature aboriginal food such as wild rice, smoked fish and corn on the cob. Children may join in traditional games and crafts. There will be accuracy challenges for those who want to test their skills. Everyone will be welcome to participate in a traditional powwow and in various contests, featuring prizes.
"Aboriginal culture is a vital component of Canadian culture," says the Fort's General Manager, Sergio Buonocore. "Fort William Historical Park recognizes and continually celebrates the rich and enduring contributions of aboriginal culture. We welcome everyone to our annual Anishnawbe Keeshigun festival."
Free admission and parking.
Campers and RVs are welcome to stay overnight or longer. Please call 807 473-2344 for reservations or more information.

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Contact: Sergio Buonocore, General Manager, 807 473-2341.

Let The Cannons Roar! - Battle of Fort William

Let The Cannons Roar!

Thunder Bay, ON, August 4, 2015 – Once again, it's time for the blast, smoke and fire from cannons and muskets as British and American forces clash at the intriguing, hypothetical Battle of Fort William. This exciting event will demonstrate the colourful military uniforms, equipment and tactics of the early 19th century.
Opposing forces will take to the field at Fort William Historical Park on August 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Besides the battle re-enactments, the event will feature dramas, demonstrations, and children's activities.
The action will also illustrate how the North West Company and their rivals were affected by the War of 1812 and the role the fur traders and Aboriginals played during the conflict. During the war, the NWC's Chief Director, William McGillivray, was appointed Lieutenant Colonel, in charge of overseeing the Company's Corps of Canadian Voyageurs. He saw action assisting the British for roughly six months.
"Our Battle of Fort William is a colourful and thrilling experience for the public as well as a great educational opportunity," says the Fort's General Manager, Sergio Buonocore.
Everyone is invited to attend this entertaining event that includes free parking and will be held rain or shine. Admission prices: adults, $14; seniors (60+), $12; students (13+ with ID), $12; youth (6 to 12 years old), $12; children (5 years and under), free. Prices do not include HST.
Campers and RVs are welcome. Please call 807 473-2344 for reservations or more information.

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Contact: Sergio Buonocore, General Manager (807) 473-2341.

Fort William Historical Park General Manager Sergio Buonocore Receives Tourism Champion of The Year Award

Thunder Bay, ON, April 10, 2015 – Fort William Historical Park is proud to announce General Manager, Sergio Buonocore has been awarded Tourism Champion of the Year for his contribution to tourism by Attractions Ontario.

Attractions Ontario recognizes an individual in the province who exhibits excellence in their community by providing quality and memorable experiences to local residents and visitors alike. The recipient represents Attractions Ontario with good financial standing, exceptional customer service and commitment to tourism. Attractions Ontario is the authority on Attractions & Trip Motivators in Ontario, the voice of the industry and the source for consumers to discover Ontario's destination experiences. The association offers best-in-class, high-value access to consumers in bolstering attendance and business activity for the Attractions & Tourism industry.

"On behalf of Fort William Historical Park, I am truly honoured to accept this prestigious award. The Tourism Champion of the Year Award is a source of great pride for us at Fort William Historical Park. It shows our dedication to creating unique and unforgettable customer experiences while providing the highest level of service".

Fort William Historical Park Wins National Cultural Tourism Award

Thunder Bay, ON, December 1, 2016 - The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has awarded Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) the prestigious “National Cultural Tourism Award”.

The Canadian Tourism Awards are recognized as the most respected accolade available in Canada for the tourism industry, and have become the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the nation's best tourism products, services, and experiences.

The “National Cultural Tourism Award” recognizes a cultural organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the development and promotion of authentic, innovative and enriched cultural tourism visitor experiences, or a tourism organization that has demonstrated a commitment to culture as a key aspect of encouraging and promoting tourism growth within their region.

The award recognizes FWHP’s commitment to visitor satisfaction, its vital role as a regional economic promoter, and for its social impact and legacy in the community.

The award, sponsored by Parks Canada, was presented at the TIAC Awards Congress in Gatineau, QC, on November 30, 2016.

At the awards presentation Daniel Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada remarked, “Parks Canada is pleased to recognize Fort William Historical Park as an important and vibrant part of Ontario’s and Canada’s cultural richness.”

Sergio Buonocore, General Manager of FWHP, comments, “The Fort is extremely proud to be recognized with this prestigious award. It is through the hard work and dedication of the staff here at FWHP, that we continue to rise to the top of our industry and gain national attention for our efforts. I would like to extend my personal gratitude to everyone working here at the Fort for your relentless pursuit of excellence and our collective journey of cultural education and celebration.”

Fort William Historical Park has previously won a TIAC Award in 2006 in the “National Event of the Year” category for “Rock the Fort”.